New Gestational Age Designations
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has decided to change the definition of Term pregnancy. Here is the new designations along with the former designation:
The reasoning behind the change is that:
- Research has shown that babies born in the "early term" have a 20% greater risk of significant complications compared to those born after 39 weeks.
- "The frequency of adverse neonatal outcomes is lowest among uncomplicated pregnancies delivered between 39 0/7 weeks of gestation and 40 6/7 weeks of gestation" (Full Term)