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    Default So then why 40 weeks....?

    Just got my "pregnancy week by week" email and it said that this week the baby is considered physically developed (fully) and that all she is pretty much doing right now is working on weight gain.

    This made me wonder if this is true at 35 weeks - why arent they born for another 5 weeks? I would love to be able to sit around and do nothing but eat and get fat for 5 weeks
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    LOL...me too!

    Putting on the fat is very important, though. That is why babies born even a week early are more susceptible to illness and other complications.

    Personally, I think it would fabulous if they could be born small, and then expand upon exiting. LOL!
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    lol ive always wondered that.
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    I think it's so they can 'fatten' up enough to maintain their body temperature once born.


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    Quote Originally Posted by fingerscrossed View Post
    I think it's so they can 'fatten' up enough to maintain their body temperature once born.
    If born early an incubator usually has to do that job.

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    Yeah maintenance of body temperature, and maturity, ability to suckle, among other issues. Infants born before 37 weeks are called 'near term' and they do have more issues than full term issues, and are less likely to be able to nurse without a lot of help.
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    My DD was born 5 weeks early (I feel like I've been saying this a lot in posts lately lol.. ) and she was fully developed.. lungs were great, sugar levels were perfect, but she was sooo thin and always cold. Her and I were monitored very closely because she was just a wee bit too early. So yes, they are born alive and well, just not QUITE ready to come into our big scary world.

    The extra bit of fat they get in that last month is quite critical in some cases. I think I just got lucky that everything else was a-ok.

    Would be nice if they were ready when we felt ready though!
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    I agree, they need to fatten up!
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    My oldest was born a bit early. very skinny but not a single problem but i was very paranoid. I have to say tho having a fat baby the second time around was alot less scary for me.
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    DD was born at 41 weeks exactly...nice and chunky

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrsKK View Post
    DD was born at 41 weeks exactly...nice and chunky
    Mine too! M was 41w6d, and Z was 41w1day. Chunky, alert, easy nursers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by myrrah View Post
    Mine too! M was 41w6d, and Z was 41w1day. Chunky, alert, easy nursers.
    DS too, 40 weeks, 9lbs, 4oz and a great nurser!
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