Scheduled Deliveries on the Decline
Melissa Kossler Dutton
The March of Dimes advocates for 40-week gestation when possible. Here are some of their reasons why:
- A baby's brain at 35 weeks weighs only two-thirds of what it will weigh at 40 weeks.
- In the last six weeks of pregnancy, your baby's brain adds connections needed for balance, coordination, learning and social functioning.
- Babies born at 40 weeks are less likely to have breathing and feeding problems as infants.
- Babies born at 40 weeks are less likely to have learning and behavior problems in childhood.