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When is Baby Full Term: The Importance of a 40 Week Pregnancy

Pregnancy is often seen as a 40-week journey. Since mothers and babies are unique, a full-term pregnancy can vary. In the past, full-term pregnancy was defined as three weeks before the due date to two weeks after (around 37 to 42 weeks). However, babies born within that five-week range face different outcomes and challenges. Statistics show that babies born closer to the 40-week mark tend to do better. Those last few weeks are crucial for the development of a baby’s lungs, liver, and brain.

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