"Term" is now redefined.

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I like it.  Knowing I was “full term” at 37 weeks made those last 3 weeks (plus 4 days, lol) seem interminable.  Even though the better part of me knew I’d probably go late, I couldn’t help but feel so antsy all the time and like it could really happen RIGHT NOW.  I certainly didn’t want to be induced at 37w but I was more than ready to meet my son.  And to not be pregnant anymore!

Post # 4
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

I read something about this yesterday. I think it’s a great idea to revise our definitions as the research evolves. Hopefully this is a step in the right direction of reducing totally elective inductions.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I like it! Certainly there are times when an early induction is necessary for medical reasons (baby’s and/or mother’s safety), but it’s great to see this change following in the lines of all the research showing the benefits of baby being born closer to 40 weeks rather than 37. Kudos to science!

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

The more I learn about pregnancy and child birth, the more I realize that the body is designed to do things the way it does things for a reason, and scheduling an induction or c-section isn’t doing yourself or the baby any favors! Obviously in cases where it’s necessary then so be it, but if it’s not, just let it happen in it’s own time!

Post # 9
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

@mamadingdong:  Elective inductions are different than elective c-sections.

To your point, at a $10k per birth mark-up on an elective c-section vs. a vaginal, that’s $988,400,000 in unnecessary health care expenses that every single health insurance buyer in this country is paying for. That’s a whole lotta money to waste, don’t you think?

Post # 10
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Sugar bee

@urchin:  I’m going to look up some info on this. I have a super high risk pregnancy and still my doctor won’t discuss induction before 39w. I wonder how many women are actually having elective inductions before then. I would blame the doctors, not the women! I’m really curious!

Post # 12
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Sugar bee

@urchin:  meanwhile, my doctor has discussed induction at 39w due to complications which would put us in the hospital together on 12/26! surely not convenient to either of us. this is very interesting…

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Overall I think this is great, but I do wonder what impact it will have on women who naturally go into labor before 39 weeks. I am not sure it would be good to take extreme measures to stop labor in that situation (as opposed to delaying inductions/c sections until at least 39 weeks).

As far as I know, length of gestation follows a roughly normal distribution.  Compare it to height, and if the average height of a woman is 5’5″ does that mean if a woman is 5’4″ she did not grow enough, or is simply shorter than average?  Typically you do not know for an individual if not being average is due to natural variation or due to other factors (for height, poor nutrition can be a factor).  I would think the same logic applies to length of gestation: some are shorter or longer than others simply because of natural variation, and others because of factors that might have negative health outcomes.  I wonder of the studies comparing birth outcomes were able to distinguish the two.

Post # 15
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

@fallingleaves:  The revised definition classes 37-38+6 as “early term”, meaning that it is still “term” in the sense that, should a woman go into labor at that point in time, no extraordinary measures would be taken to inhibit the labor and delivery.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

@urchin:  I really like this. I ended up going into labor at 38w but I was very nervous about going “over” 40 weeks since it was my first. I didn’t want unnecessary interventions. It’s nice to know that moms have a little extra time before their OBs start pushing induction. 

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