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When is the earliest my baby can be born without being "premature?"

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Dr. Pam Yoder
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
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In brief: 37 weeks

But you cannot round up! neonatologists have taught us that every day counts for a premature baby.
So most consider preterm birth to occur before 37 "completed" weeks. Many perinatologists evaluate in terms of those extra days also. Expectant parents can consider a baby term when it is born 259 days from day 1 of last normal menstrual period or 245 days after conception spontaneously or by ivf.

In brief: 37 weeks

But you cannot round up! neonatologists have taught us that every day counts for a premature baby.
So most consider preterm birth to occur before 37 "completed" weeks. Many perinatologists evaluate in terms of those extra days also. Expectant parents can consider a baby term when it is born 259 days from day 1 of last normal menstrual period or 245 days after conception spontaneously or by ivf.
Dr. Pam Yoder
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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: 37 weeks

Babies born after 37 weeks are considered term. A baby born before 37 weeks will be considered premature/preterm.

In brief: 37 weeks

Babies born after 37 weeks are considered term. A baby born before 37 weeks will be considered premature/preterm.
Dr. Jeff Livingston
Dr. Jeff Livingston
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