At 37 Weeks Term Baby Or Preemie

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Mary - October 4

My mom just told me that a baby born on week 37 (out of 40 weeks) is no longer considered a preemie. Is that true? I thought a full term baby was considered so from week 38 to week 42. I am confused now. Anyone knows the answer? Thanks.


jb - October 4

I have heard that anything before 37 weeks is preemie. I took that to mean 36 weeks and below. I think 37 weeks is considered full term.


N - October 4

I would say at 37 weeks it's preemie. I was told 38 was full term too, so 37 would be a week early. I know it's different with mulitples though.


chris - October 4

yes,37 weeks is full daughter was born at 37 weeks and 4 days at 7LB 9oz.went home in a day and a half.I'm not sure the exact date you cross from preemie to full term.


chrissy - October 4

i work in a newborn icu....anyone less then 35 weeks comes to us for prematurity. if your baby is born at 35 weeks he/she will go to the newborn nursury. unless your baby is smaller then 2 kilograms, then he/she will also come to us.


Jamie - October 5

My daughter was born at 37 weeks and is considered full-term.


FT - October 5

My baby was born at 37 weeks and 2 days, and weighed 7lbs 3 ounces. He was considered full term.


val - October 5

I think it all depends on the baby and how developed they are. My nephew was born at 36 weeks and was only 4 lbs and his lungs weren't matured enough yet so he had to be in the NICU for a week....after that he could go home but he had to wear a heart monitor for a month that would go off if his heart stopped beating. The hospital considered him a preemie. He sure didn't fit into new born clothes, I know that for sure...I had to go to Walmart and get him a bunch of little preemie onsies he was so tiny!


Jbear - October 6

My first daughter was born at 36 weeks and was considered a preemie. She spent 2 weeks in NICU because she had trouble breathing. My second daughter was born at 37 weeks 4 days and was considered full-term.


C - October 6



h - October 6

my girlfriends baby was born at 36 weeks 6 days at 7lbs 15 oz and was considered a preemie (by one day)


Mica - October 6

Chrissy--I think your comment sounds mis-leading. Are you saying that a 36+ weeker would never come to the NICU? I've seen many 36+ weekers very sick and on venitlators for RDS d/t pre-maturity or other problems. I doubt, your wellborn nursery would take care of them just because they're older than 35 weeks! Besides are you sure all the 35 weekers can cut in out in wellborn? I'd say, almost half need help initially.


- October 7

they say at 37 weeks is term, but i had my son a 37 weeks one day and my son only weighed 3 pounds 3 oz so i guess it on how much they weigh and if they all the way devloped, my son we fine, went home with me. good luck


Ashlie - October 7

I was told by my doc that at 36 wks they wouldnt stop my labor cuz baby would be fine but 37wks -40wks is fullterm baby and 41-43wks is postterm. I had a 41wk postterm baby and he was 8lbs but we were still in the hospital for 5 days cuz of jaundice.


uh huh - October 10

Before 37 weeks is considered premature. 37 weeks is term, perfectly normal to deliver at that time.


GD - October 10

I have read the same, according to several books a 37 week baby is considered clinically mature to be born and if labor starts at that time there will be no effort to delay it or stop it. It seems to be a bit of controversy, i guess it depends on the baby and the mother's health.


Amy - October 10

i had my daughter at 37wks and she was 7lbs 14oz and no one ever said any thing about her being a preemie



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