Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Petra | 2009/12/17

Q.

NORMAL, PRETERM OR PREM? WHAT IS THE DIFF?

Hi there.

My little boy was born at exactly 35w6d with me having gone into prem labour at 29, 32 and 35 week. We were able to stop each each time but only delay it the last time.

My question is this - if he is born at 36wk is he seen as being normal, preterm or prem?

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

preterm and premature mean the same. The normal period for a baby to develop in the womb is 40 weeks. the average bith weight of a full term is about 3.3kg.Your baby having been born at 36 weeks is called preterm or premature. There are usually no problems when babies are born at or around 36 weeks from a health and development point of view.

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