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    Default Differences in babies 38-42 weeks

    Has anyone had one earlier and one later?
    Have you had any problems with any babies within the "full-term" gestation?
    It just seems so weird to me that some babies can be born within a months difference and still all be classed as full term.
    Are there benefits to delivering at 38 weeks or 42 weeks etc???
    Hope that makes sense.

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    I think the general rule is the longer the better (though not past 42 weeks). Important brain maturation is still occurring at 38 weeks which is why women are better delaying c sect until at least 39weeks. Though, of course things happen and if it's risky for bub to still be in utero than taking him/her out early may be the best option. Case by case I guess

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    I had one born at 40w 6d and one born at 38w 6d so exactly 2 weeks difference and there was a bit of difference in that DD2 was a massive vomiter and i found out that babies born before 40 weeks have most risk of relux colic etc but it could have just been her as well. oh and DD1 has no vernix on her at all but DD2 was absolutely covered she was so stick and could barely open one of her eyes because it was stuck shut

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    Dd1 was 42wks and dd2 39wks. My eldest was bigger, more alert, slept less but vomited heaps. A happy chucker that lived on my boobs. Also didn't get sick much in that first year.

    Dd2 slept the first three weeks. No real vomits more possets. 3hrly feeder from day 1. Not a cluster feeder. On the health front - well dd2 has been hospitalized for 10 days already at 7wks old.

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    Oh didn't think about their health being older DD1 has never been hospitalized and she is now 3 and a half

    DD2 on the other hand has had 3 stays in hospital, a trip in the ambulance and to emergency about 10times. she had inguinal hernias which need to be operated on then croup, SSSS, bronchiolitis, dehydration despite feeding well, and is constantly sick again i have no idea if its to do with the age she was born or if thats just her. she is also tiny and has been off weight charts since 4months old she is now 22months

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    very interesting! I was just wondering this...Im 38 weeks pregnant and I know so many people so desperately want their bubs out! I was just thinking since they consider it full term whether there were health benefits to being in longer.
    Is there evidence of this?

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    Hi MummyJ :waves:

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    I had the first one at 41+5, the twins were 36+1 and my last one was 38+3. The 41+5 and 38+3 were almost the exact same weight and both fed beautifully and were basically fine. The twins were fine too, although smaller of course, no need for NICU or SCN.

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    My 3 children have been born at: 39 weeks, 40 weeks, 38 weeks. All spontaneous. I don't think there were any real differences. The only thing I can think of is DD (38 weeks) was completely covered in thick vernix when she was born and my other children were not. DD was also born the earliest (but all 3 were still full term) and yet I went on to breastfeed her for the longest.

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    Ok cool! Very interesting! I will wait for spontaneous labour anyway, but the thought occurred to me that maybe there were benefits to them being in longer. I tend to have big babies anyway. Not niggly enough to think it will happen quite yet, but I kinda hope to go earlier. Wishful thinking perhaps!


 

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