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I am almost 35 weeks now, and I just have this sense that I am not going to make it . . . I see my doc in one week, but I can't help but be a little worried. What are the stats on babies born at 36, 37 weeks? I remember with #1 the Doc telling me at 37 weeks if I went in to labor then no one would stop me (and I ended up going until 42 weeks). Was that comment specific to that pregnancy or is 37 weeks usually considered "term"?

I'm stressed and exhausted enough and definitely not trying to add worrying about premature labor to my list!
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37-42 weeks is considered full term.

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anecdotally... my son was born at 36 weeks 4 days and completely healthy, (though a lb and a half lighter than my daughter who was born at 38 weeks 3 days and completely healthy).

Try not to worry. Let your baby & your body lead the way.

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My second was born at 37 weeks and though he was fine he was the only sickly baby I had with ear infections and such.

Though I think it's always a good idea to listen to your instincts the fact that your first baby came at 42 weeks makes it more likely this baby will be born later rather than early.

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my first was born at 37w - she has always been perfectly healthy.

I have to say, though, that since your first was 42w, it doesn't seem logical that your first would be born significantly earlier.

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34 weeks is usually the safe mark medically where they will try not to intervene.
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I am almost 35 weeks now, and I just have this sense that I am not going to make it . . . I remember with #1 the Doc telling me at 37 weeks if I went in to labor then no one would stop me
This is what my MW has said. The fact that you are at 35 weeks should free you of much worry. your baby will come when ready
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If it makes you feel any better I had a sense I would not make it to my EDD with this one. Now I'm 40+3
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My Dr will not try to stop labor after 36 weeks. In the 34-36 week range, he is not overly aggressive unless there is reason to believe the baby is small or not ready. Most babies born after 34 weeks are fine...they may need a little help if their lungs are not quite fully developed, but other than that they are just small.
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