Did you know that it’s usually best for the baby if pregnancy lasts 39-40 weeks?
Today, researchers published a study showing that many women are confused about the length of full-term pregnancy. This isn’t surprising since there’s a lot of mixed up info out there.
In the study, one out of every four women thought a full-term pregnancy lasts 34-36 weeks. Half of the women said it’s 37-38 weeks.
Only one out of every four gave the “right answer”: 39-40 weeks. That is the time recommended by most medical experts.
What’s the most important thing that happens during the last few weeks of pregnancy? The baby’s brains and lungs are still developing. It’s usually best if that development happens inside mom’s uterus, rather than outside in the world.
To learn more, read the March of Dimes article “Why the Last Weeks of Pregnancy Count.”
This new study was published in the medical journal Obstetrics & Gynecology.