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Why 9 months may no longer be full term in a pregnancy

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If you're counting the days and weeks until your baby is due, this article may be a little disappointing.

The reason why being because, what used to be 9 months, now sounds more like 10.

That's the consensus of two major medical groups reporting in obstetrics and gynecology. We used to think if a pregnant woman made it to 37 weeks, well then that was close enough, and that was full term.

But now, the experts are narrowing the window to just 2 weeks, between 39 and 41 weeks for a full term baby. That's because the data shows babies who grow inside their mothers for that long, do the best after they're born.

But, don't panic if you go into labor at 37 weeks, if it's the baby's choice, researchers say they still do better than when a mother chooses to have her baby early.

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