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While 37 weeks weeks used to be considered “full-term” for babies, doctors now know that every day matters in a baby’s development at the end of pregnancy. It’s best to allow pregnancy to progress and for labor to start on its own, unless there is a medical emergency. Doctors now will not allow a mother to induce her baby before 39 weeks without a medical reason.
Most babies weigh 7 pounds by week 37, and measure around 20 inches. Remember, by this point in a pregnancy, there tends to be variability between babies, some weighing more than others. Boys, for example, are typically heavier and longer than girls.
If born this week, all of your baby’s internal organs should be developed enough to function outside of your body, although because every pregnancy is not an exact timing, some babies may develop differently than others. From week 37 on, your baby will be adding more fat to his/her frame each week and refining his or her development to get ready for life outside of the womb.
If you are having multiples, twins are considered “term” at 37 weeks.