New Definition of Term Pregnancy

New Definition of Term Pregnancy

When is your baby “full term”? This is what is addressed in this recent TIME article.

Once upon a time in most cases your baby was born when it was good and ready. But more and more births are being medically induced for non-medical reasons such as a “big baby”, guaranteeing that you deliver with your Doctor and just plain convenience. It was thought that babies born any where between 37-41 weeks would have the same healthy outcomes, but research has shown that those last few weeks really do make a difference. The new guidelines are as follows:

Early Term: Between 37 weeks 0 days and 38 weeks 6 days
Full Term: Between 39 weeks 0 days and 40 weeks 6 days
Late Term: Between 41 weeks 0 days and 41 weeks 6 days
Postterm: Between 42 weeks 0 days and beyond

These guidelines were recently redefined by ACOG and are certainly a step in the right direction. There are, of course, times when medical induction is best for baby. But I tell my students to send up the red flag when Doctors start talking about “how big the baby is” especially before 40 weeks.

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Bacteria is amazing!

Bacteria is amazing!

If you are one of the one third of pregnant women who will have a cesarean surgery, there are ways to make the best of the experience. Ask to have one arm free so you have touch your baby, ask to breastfeed right away and the latest birth plan item, swab your baby with your vaginal fluids.

Delayed Cord Clamping

Delayed Cord Clamping

I just finished working on a report on the British Medical Journal‘s paper regarding the benefits of delayed cord clamping. Since I exclusively breastfed my son for the first six months of his life, I often heard conflicting advice about giving him an additional iron supplement (I didn’t). But if we had delayed cutting his cord, I wouldn’t have had to even think about it! Amazing! The BMJ report is a bit technical, but this NYT article gives a brief overview. Did you delay cutting your baby’s cord? Would you in the future?