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What's the difference between a baby born at 36 weeks and one full term? Will the baby act any different?

What's the difference between a baby born at 36 weeks and one full term? Will the baby act any different?

Short/long term: Babies nervous system development is mapped out from the point of conception rather than the time of birth. Developmental expectations like sitting/standing/walking etc. Are adjusted for these kids by a month. Other functions like gut maturity, kidney function and the like mature based on time of birth. So some issues are different some the same. By 2, most kids will act the same. ...Read more

Full Term (Definition)

Full term is a condition in which a baby is delivered after reaching 37 weeks' gestation. Full term babies are presumed to be normal, compared with premature babies who can suffer from cerebral palsy, blindness, deafness, developmental problems, learning disabilities, severe lung diseases, infection and loss of some intestines, etc..., depending on ...Read more


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Is 36 weeks considered full term? -- and why don't you stop labor after 36 weeks?

Is 36 weeks considered full term? -- and why don't you stop labor after 36 weeks?

37 weejs: 37 weeks is consiidered fullterm. We don't stop labor after 35 to 36 weeks because the risks of the medications can outweigh the risks of prematurity. ...Read more

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2 babies both weighing 5lbs 9oz. One was born @ 35.5wks and the other was born@ 40wks. Was the full term small for 40wk or the 35wk one big for preterm?

2 babies both weighing 5lbs 9oz. One was born @ 35.5wks and the other was born@ 40wks. Was the full term small for 40wk or the 35wk one big for preterm?

Growth restriction: A term baby weighing 5 lb 9 oz suggests some problems with the health of the placenta, maternal high blood pressure, or other issue that lead to baby not filling out in the normal way. Most will recover their weight after birth and experience catch up growth over the first year, unless the infant has a medical condition that led to the lower weight in the first place. ...Read more

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Can full term babies get necrotizing enterocolitis?

Can full term babies get necrotizing enterocolitis?

Yes but rare: Very rarely a full term baby can get necrotizing enterocolitis. It usually occurs in full term babies in the first 1-3 days of life. Most often there is a predisposing reason such as birth asphyxia, respiratory distress, congenital heart disease, or metabolic abnormalities, or has a history of abnormal fetal growth pattern. There can also be maternal issues that predispose a full term baby to nec. ...Read more

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Do full term babies ever get necrotizing enterocolitis?

Do full term babies ever get necrotizing enterocolitis?

Rarely: Necrotizing enterocolitis usually happens because the bowel was deprived oxygen. Most term newborns don't have problems but those that have respiratory problems and infection or other issues which can decrease the oxygenation to the bowel can ge nec. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if full term babies get necrotizing enterocolitis?

Can you tell me if full term babies get necrotizing enterocolitis?

Yes: It is possible but typically it is under weight premature infants after initial feedings. ...Read more

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How common is periventricular leukomalacia in babies born full term?

How common is periventricular leukomalacia in babies born full term?

Uncommon: Very uncommon. Periventricular leukomalacia, or white matter pathology, represents some pathological process has occurred or is occurring. This would require an understanding of cause and perhaps an action plan wrt treatment, if possible. ...Read more

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Will loud music such as a car radio affect my babies hearing.....I'm 36 weeks?

Will loud music such as a car radio affect my babies hearing.....I'm 36 weeks?

No: It will not. The baby is protected by the bag of water it is floating in, and it does an excellent job of protecting the babies ears. ...Read more

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If a patient wanted to be induced early to avoid a difficult delivery of a large infant, how unusual will it be to induce at less than 36 weeks?

If a patient wanted to be induced early to avoid a difficult delivery of a large infant, how unusual will it be to induce at less than 36 weeks?

Extremely: No doctor should consider this based on current guidelines. You should be evaluated for causes of a large infant. Elective delivery should not be performed prior to 39 weeks. Estimated size is not an appropriate indication for early delivery due to the inaccuracy inherent in estimating fetal weight. Size may be considered when deciding the route of delivery. ...Read more

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I am 38. I have triplets pregnancy for 7week. I'm worried this situation. Is that possible that three babies carring for 36 weeks.

I am 38. I have triplets pregnancy for 7week. I'm worried this situation. Is that possible that three babies carring for 36 weeks.

Yes: Most will end up in labor earlier and deliver by urgent C-section, but some get lucky. I had one mom carry to 37 wks with triplets & all did well. Just make sure you maintain good communication with your delivery team so they can work with you to get as far as possible. ...Read more

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I'm 36 weeks pregnant and I just listened to my babies heartrste on the packet fetal doppler I have at home and it read 194. Should I be concerned?

I'm 36 weeks pregnant and I just listened to my babies heartrste on the packet fetal doppler I have at home and it read 194. Should I be concerned?

Heart beat accelerat: When the baby moves at this point of the pregnancy, the heart rate goes up. This is called an acceleration and is a good thing. It should settle back down soon afterwards to the normal range. If it stays elevated and you are having pain or fever, you should contact your OB right away. ...Read more

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36 weeks pregnant w/twins, have been on bed rest for 10 wks. The wt of babies last wk was 5.6lbsand 6 lbs. If induced at this stage will babies be ok?

36 weeks pregnant w/twins, have been on bed rest for 10 wks. The wt of babies last wk was 5.6lbsand 6 lbs. If induced at this stage will babies be ok?

Define OK??: If your question is primarily that of survival, outlook is good. However, at 36 wks there is a 50% risk of premature lung disease, more for male infants than female. Successful treatment is the usual outcome at this stage, but the longer you can stay pregnant, the better your chances of avoiding neonatal intensive care for the babies. ...Read more

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I am almost 36 weeks pregnant and I am having horrible back pain and a lot of vaginal pressure. Is this normal? Previous babies were C-section

I am almost 36 weeks pregnant and I am having horrible back pain and a lot of vaginal pressure. Is this normal? Previous babies were C-section

Call your doctor!: This is definitely a case when you need to talk to your personal doctor and see when she would like to evaluate you in person! ...Read more

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I'm 36 weeks pregnant and feel vibrations/twitches in my stomach. Is this normal? Do babies have seizures inutero??

I'm 36 weeks pregnant and feel vibrations/twitches in my stomach. Is this normal? Do babies have seizures inutero??

Likely hiccups: Some have speculated that the close position of the babies stomach to the diaphragm causes a rubbing that triggers the hiccups.This is common & generally continues on through the first months after birth. Once the child grows longer & the stomach can drop away from the diaphragm the frequency declines. It bothers mom's more than the baby. Not a seizure! ...Read more

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What is the normal birth weight of a baby at full term?

What is the normal birth weight of a baby at full term?

Usually 6-8 lbs.: Birth weight varies according to # of weeks of gestation and the size and ethnicity of the baby as well as other factors during pregnancy and the health of the placenta. Boys tend to weigh slightly more than girls. But, on average, a normal term baby weighs between 6 and 8 pounds. ...Read more

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Do I need to feed my premature baby more than a full-term baby?

Do I need to feed my premature baby more than a full-term baby?

Yes: Premature babies have a smaller stomach size and will need to eat smaller amounts more frequently than larger full term babies. Soon after birth premature babies can also have a harder time maintaing their blood sugar; more frequent feedings will help to maintain their blood sugars more easily. ...Read more

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Is a full term baby still possible after 2 abortions and 2 miscarriages?

Is a full term baby still possible after 2 abortions and 2 miscarriages?

Yes, but see REI MD: You may still have a healthy baby: you've been pregnant 4 times already. Abortions rarely cause problems, but any surgical procedures (D&C) may cause scar tissue inside the uterus. After 2 miscarriages see a fertility md (rei) to look for causes of recurrent miscarriage, including uterus problems like polyps or fibroids, blood clotting disorders, immune system problems, low egg supply. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What should I do if I am nearing full term and I cannot feel any baby movements?

What should I do if I am nearing full term and I cannot feel any baby movements?

Fetal movement: The lack of fetal movement is an emergency and should be monitored immediately. Go to hospital. ...Read more