How Many Weeks Pregnant is it Safe to Give Birth?


How many weeks pregnant is it safe to give
birth? Forty weeks is the average expected pregnancy
duration, but plus or minus two weeks is fine. I meant way earlier. Every day in the mother is worth three in
neonatal ICU. There’s supposed to be a cutoff where it
isn’t likely to survive and points where the odds are much better. If you give birth at 20 weeks, there isn’t
any technology that can reliably be expected to save the baby. I know that, since it is only halfway there. Anything before that point is going to get
classified as a miscarriage. And the United States infant mortality rate
is higher than the EU because we count really early preemies as live births that died when
they say it is a miscarriage, doesn’t count. If you deliver at 24 weeks, the baby has a
modest chance of survival, but the odds of handicaps like blindness, cerebral palsy and
developmental delays. That’s true for any degree of prematurity. If you get to 28 weeks, the baby’s lungs
have started to make surfactant. At that point, when you don’t need pure
oxygen to make sure the baby gets enough, the odds of many types of problems go down. I know pure oxygen when given to preemies
was a major cause of blindness, and why they developed artificial surfactants to help reduce
that issue. As the baby gets bigger, it can better maintain
its own body weight and doesn’t slow down or impair development using up energy to keep
warm. That’s the whole point of an incubator. Most babies born at 26 weeks survive, but
the odds go up at 28 weeks, and the odds of complications go down at 30 weeks and keep
going down each week. Sure, because pregnancy is like a status bar,
well, inflating balloon. And babies born at less than two pounds or
one kilo have the greatest rate of complications and lowest odds of survival, whether they
are 24 weeks or 34 weeks with poor health. Any baby that hasn’t developed as well as
it could is going to have problems. And that’s why twins at the 36 week mark
have worse outcomes on average than a singleton – they are smaller, on average, which means
less developed. Women tend to give birth to twins earlier
just because they are larger as a pair. And any health problems that make it hard
for a baby survive on its own, like trouble swallowing is a problem. This is a lot of generalities, while I was
looking for a deadline. The ideal is your due date, forty weeks. But it is relatively safe to have the baby
any time past twenty eight weeks as long as there aren’t other problems like an infection,
diabetes, high blood pressure and so forth. Uncontrolled diabetes can cause the baby to
become too large. That’s not as much of a problem for the
baby as for you. But every day the baby is layering on fat
and developing its lungs and brain, the baby’s odds of a good outcome increase. Which is why you were saying every day in
the womb is worth three in the ICU.

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