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Can anyone answer my silly question

(4 Posts)
Tea1Sugar Mon 03-Mar-14 00:07:49

Full term is 37+ weeks. So why if a baby is born early, at say, 34 weeks are they said to be 6 weeks premature, not 3 weeks?

FlatsInDagenham Mon 03-Mar-14 00:14:23

40 weeks is the average length of pregnancy. A baby born at 34 weeks is born 6 weeks earlier than average. Three weeks earlier (37 weeks) isn't a significant deviation from the average and such babies do not tend to have difficulties associated with prematurity.

<not an expert of any kind>

PretzelPrincess Mon 03-Mar-14 00:14:26

I was thinking the same thing....

Sam100 Mon 03-Mar-14 00:17:05

Because everything is measured at 40 weeks gestation. Which is in itself bonkers because that is measured from the first day of your last period. So for at least 2 of those weeks you weren't actually pregnant as you hadn't even ovulated yet.

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