New definition of 'full term' narrows on-time arrival window

By Laura Sanders, 18:34 PM October 24, 2013

To the chagrin of pregnant women terrified of giving birth on a dingy Metro platform, due dates are far from certain. Due dates are also weird: They are calculated as 280 days (or 40 weeks) from the day of a woman’s last menstrual period, rendering a woman officially “pregnant” before she’s even ovulated. The odds of a little bundle of joy arriving precisely on his or her due date are actually pretty low. But thankfully, doctors are pretty good at ballparking the big day.

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