ACOG & “Due Dates”: Post Dates is Past 42 Weeks

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecology, also known as ACOG:

“Founded in 1951 in Chicago, Illinois, ACOG has over 52,000 members and is the nation’s leading group of professionals providing health care for women.”

From their website: 

ACOG works primarily in four areas:

  • Serving as a strong advocate for quality health care for women.
  • Maintaining the highest standards of clinical practice and continuing education for its members.
  • Promoting patient education and stimulating patient understanding of and involvement in medical care.
  • Increasing awareness among its members and the public of the changing issues facing women’s health care.

“The average length of pregnancy is 280 days, or 40 weeks from the first day of a woman’s last menstrual period.

Your due date is used as a guide for checking your pregnancy’s progress and the baby’s growth and age. Doctors often use more than one method to check the age of the fetus and set the due date. The size of the uterus may help assess the age of the fetus. Ultrasound also may be used to help confirm the age of a fetus.”

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