40-Weeks of Pregnancy

Forty weeks of pregnancy is best. A full term pregnancy is 40 weeks. Your baby grows a lot in the last weeks of pregnancy. The baby gets stronger. Important lung and brain development happens.
With some pregnancies the doctor may tell you that you need to have a scheduled delivery. A scheduled delivery is when you and your doctor pick the day to deliver your baby.

Here is what the experts say about scheduled deliveries:
  • It is best to wait for natural labor. As long as there is not a medical reason for you to deliver before your due date you should wait.
  • The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says that scheduled deliveries should not take place before 39 weeks into your pregnancy unless there is a medical reason.
  • The closer your baby is born to his or her due date, the healthier he or she should be.