Full Term Pregnancy: 37 To 41 Weeks On The Way
The doctor tracks down the progress of pregnancy during the scheduled visit of the pregnant woman. A pregnant woman’s record or card usually contains information on the weeks of pregnancy, weight of the mother, heartbeat of the baby and blood pressure of the mom. This is to ensure a safe and healthy pregnancy until the baby is born. The 37th week of pregnancy is the start of full term pregnancy.
The estimated date of delivery or due date is calculated by the doctor by determining the mother’s last menstrual period. 37 to 40 weeks are considered full term pregnancy. Though due date is determined, this doesn’t mean that it’s the exact date that the baby will be born. Nobody can tell the exact date that the baby will be delivered, except for schedule delivery or C-section. If the date of baby’s birth fell exactly on the due date, it’s because full term pregnancy is from 37 weeks till the due date. So the mother can possibly give birth on any of those dates, including the due date itself. Full term pregnancy means that the baby is ready to come out anytime. During this period, he will already be able to survive outside the mom’s womb. All parts of his body are complete and his weight and height has already reached the limit. This means that his weight and height will remain the same until the mom gives birth to him. Premature delivery risks baby’s life because his system is not fully developed to survive outside the mom’s womb. Though there are some premature babies who grew up normal and healthy, most premature babies have health, mental or physical problems, and some are not even able to survive.
If the mother experience early symptoms of labor and she’s not yet on her full term of pregnancy, she needs to inform her doctor immediately so appropriate steps can be taken for this situation.