Pregnancy is good for all married females of reproductive age. After the wedding, getting pregnant is a great time in your life. And you see a respective doctor or midwife when you notice some pregnancy symptoms like morning sickness and no periods. At a maternity or fertility centre, the doctor interacts with you to know what you are experiencing and conducts physical examinations and recommends a few diagnostic and screening tests. On the basis of test reports and allied done things, the doctor states an estimated due date.
Full term - what does it mean?
From the beginning of human civilisation on this earth, the baby has been defined as being born at term if the baby comes into the world between 37 weeks and before the beginning of 42 weeks. Medical experts use preterm to the baby born before 37 weeks of pregnancy and post-term to the baby born after 42 weeks of pregnancy. Usually, a newborn baby has no problem if he/she arrives in the world between 39 to 40 weeks and 6 days. Here are 5 terms that medical experts use to mention a baby birth or delivery:
- Early term/preterm - Babies who are born between 37 weeks and 38 weeks and 6 days
- Full term - It indicates the time when a baby is born between 39 weeks and 40 weeks and 6 days.
- Late term - It denotes the time of baby birth that happens between 41 weeks and 41 weeks and 6 days.
- Post term - It refers to the babies born at or after 42 weeks.
How does the calculation of the estimated due date take place?
As a pregnant woman, you are very curious about the birth of your baby even after knowing the estimated due date. If you have become pregnant for the first time and are willing to see a doctor, you want to know how the estimated due date is calculated.
Almost everyone, from doctors to midwives and online due date calculators, follows Naegele’s rule to calculate EDD (estimated due date). As per the rule, medical experts assume you have a menstrual cycle of 28 days and you have ovulation on the 14th day of your cycle.
To calculate your estimated due date, you, your doctor, or midwife add seven days to the first day of the last period and count 9 months forward. The calculation is equal to 280 days from your last period date, or 40 weeks. If you can add 266 days to the date of your conception if you have conceived through IVF.
Chances of having labor pain at 37 weeks of pregnancy
Several reproductive health experts have studied a lot on pregnancy and associated things like labor pain that indicates the baby is about to come into this world. On the basis of a 2013 study conducted on 125 women, the outcomes are as follows:
- Lower than 10% chance of labor pain and baby delivery at 37 weeks pregnant
- At the pregnancy of 38 weeks and 6 days, 10% women have labor pain give birth to babies
- 25% of pregnant women have labor pain and deliver babies by 39 weeks and 5 days
- 50% females feel labor pain and give birth to babies in their pregnancies of 40 weeks and 5 days
- 75% women give birth to babies at 41 weeks and 2 days after their labor
- 90% females deliver babies in the 44 weeks of their pregnancies
The above-mentioned are clinical findings that can differ from one pregnant woman to another. At Mannat Fertility clinic, our doctors and healthcare professionals provide all the requisite treatments, support, and care to facilitate you to carry your pregnancy successfully and give birth to a cute and healthy baby.