About Preterm Birth

A full term pregnancy lasts 38 to 42 weeks; anything before 37 weeks is considered preterm. Understanding why a full term birth is important for your baby — and knowing the risks for and symptoms of preterm labor — can make a big difference.


  1. March of Dimes. What is Full Term? https://www.marchofdimes.org/pregnancy/what-is-full-term.aspx. Reviewed October 2013. Accessed April 16, 2019.

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