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  •  40 weeks? (0+ / 0-)

    That's about 4 weeks past a normal gestation period.

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    by skohayes on Sat Jan 22, 2011 at 04:31:42 AM PST

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    •  38-40 weeks is normal gestational period. (2+ / 0-)
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      tardis10, Ezekial 23 20

      36 is early.

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      by Desert Rose on Sat Jan 22, 2011 at 04:52:29 AM PST

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    •  Not really. (0+ / 0-)

      '9 months' is actually more than 36 weeks.  52 weeks in a year x 9/12 = 39 weeks.  And I know quite a few of women who went to 40 or even had labor induced once they got past 40.

      •  An average normal pregnancy (1+ / 0-)
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        .... is 40 weeks from the first day of the last menstrual period. It's a crazy dating system, but it's what we have.  An actual pregnancy is about 38 weeks on average from conception to delivery, but reckoned to be 40 weeks by this dating system.

        A fetus is considered full term from 37.5 weeks on.  Most women deliver naturally between 37.5 and about 42 weeks of gestational age. (Gestational age at delivery is a bell curve, with 40 weeks the median.)

        "Nine months" is medically meaningless.

        Fetuses have survived with regularity and much medical intervention from 26 weeks on when delivered prematurely.  Fetus born from 32 weeks on do well, and fetuses born at 34 weeks and on do quite well.

        In difficult pregnancies, i.e. those complicated by hypertension, low amniotic fluid, etc., delivery is often performed at 34 weeks for the sake of either the mother or the fetus (or both).

        I fully support abortion rights for women (being one myself), but in the third trimester, when the fetus is quite viable outside the womb, some regulation is not unreasonable. Terminating a fetus with severe deformities or otherwise lethal conditions seems reasonable to me.  Killing an otherwise totally normal, healthy fetus does not.

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