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37 or 38 weeks considered 'term' here in the UK?

(19 Posts)
Allboxedin Sun 25-Sep-11 18:49:40

Read different things online and wondered if I can call myself 'term' yet at 37 weeks grin

ShowOfHands Sun 25-Sep-11 18:51:01

Yup 37 weeks here.

Hulababy Sun 25-Sep-11 18:51:34

From what I remember anythign from 37w-42w is considered within the normal term for a baby.

BikeRunSki Sun 25-Sep-11 18:56:24

I think it depends on the Heath Authority (or whatever they are called these days), but mine (Sheffield Teaching Hopsitals) considers term to be 37-42 weeks.

Allboxedin Sun 25-Sep-11 19:01:16

smile goodo

MrsArchchancellorRidcully Mon 26-Sep-11 11:24:18

The World Health Authority defines term labour as anything from 37-42 weeks. You are only officially overdue when you reach 42+1.
This may not be why you posted but if you are keen to avoid induction, there is no harm in using the WHO info to support your decision.

goodnightmoon Mon 26-Sep-11 11:34:36

i thought it was 38 weeks but this from the NHS:
The length of a normal pregnancy varies between about 37 and 42 weeks. Babies born before 37 weeks are considered premature

Sandra2011 Mon 26-Sep-11 12:40:22

Anything after 37 is full term.

bruffin Mon 26-Sep-11 13:10:16

DD was 37.2 and considered full term.

sjuperwolef Mon 26-Sep-11 13:22:24

37weeks is term, my friends wee girl was 16 days early so she thought prem but was told no she counts as term as she was past 37. im looking forward to getting to 37 so the rasberry tea, curry and pineapple party can start grin

Allboxedin Mon 26-Sep-11 18:03:27


banana87 Mon 26-Sep-11 18:19:40

37+6 is considered full term according to my consultant. Seems it varies on who you ask though based on above replies!

banana87 Mon 26-Sep-11 18:20:50

P.S. Raspberry leaf tea can be taken from 34 weeks smile because it is not labour inducing, just 'tones' the uterus and prepares it for labour.

bluerodeo Mon 26-Sep-11 18:21:45

i think it does depend on who is answering the question - dd3 was born at 36+1 and was not considered to be premature. thank god as she was nearly 7 pounds at that stage!!

Fatshionista Mon 26-Sep-11 18:25:52

Pineapple (large amounts) can contract the uterus which is why it's recommended to be avoided in early pregnancy.

Allboxedin Mon 26-Sep-11 18:46:09

Oh right, didn't know that fatshionista. smile

ShowOfHands Tue 27-Sep-11 09:51:03

The pineapple/curry stuff is all nonsense. But harmless nonsense I suppose. grin The enzyme in pineapple which is associated with labour starting for example would have to be consumed in enormous quantities to replicate nature ie you would need to eat at least 8 pineapples, skin and stalk included, in one go to even begin to get close to levels you produce naturally. You physically could NOT do it.

And I have never, ever heard anybody say to avoid pineapple in early pregnancy.

Babies come when they're ready and generally that's somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. We don't get to decide when short of chemical induction.

DS was born at 37 weeks but wasn't ready. My waters broke because I have a misshapen pelvis (same happened with dd) and while he was 7lbs, he was mucousy, sleepy, bit weak and clearly undercooked.

Sandra2011 Wed 28-Sep-11 15:55:06

Pineapple and curry. Yum!

Haven't actually tried them together yet.... smile

nickelbabe Wed 28-Sep-11 16:30:28

ooh, i bet pineapple in curry is lovely.
(must find a recipe)

I'm hoping that my term is 42 weeks, so that I don't have to go back to work inbetween my week offand the christmas holidays starting!

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