Did you know that babies aren’t fully developed until at least 39 weeks in the womb? Important development of the brain,lungs and eyes occur in the last few weeks of pregnancy. We know you can’t wait to meet your baby, but if possible, it’s best to stay pregnant for at least 39 weeks. If your pregnancy is healthy, wait for labor to begin on its own.
The Florida Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait campaign aims to educate women and their families about the importance of the final weeks of pregnancy and their contribution to healthy fetal development. More and more births are being scheduled a little early for non-medical reasons. The March of Dimes and medical experts are learning that this can cause problems for mom and baby. If there are problems with your pregnancy or your baby’s health, you may not have a choice about when to have your baby and may need to deliver early. But if you have a choice and you are planning to schedule your baby’s birth, wait until at least 39 weeks. Healthy babies are worth the wait!