Scottish researchers analyzed data on more than 400,000 schoolchildren, paying attention to gestational age at delivery and the children's use of special education services. In a study published this week in PLoS Medicine, they write quite bluntly:
"... deliveries should ideally wait until 40 weeks of gestation because even a baby born at 39 weeks — the normal timing for elective deliveries these days — has an increased risk of [special educational need] compared with a baby born a week later."
Read the full gestatation-and-special-education study here.
It includes a link to a March of Dimes explanation of why the last weeks of pregnancy count -- something to consider when scheduling that C-section.
-- Tami Dennis
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