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How long does a normal pregnancy last?

A normal low-risk pregnancy can last anywhere from 38 to 41 or 42 weeks

Traditionally, pregnancy lasts 40 weeks based on the date of the last menstrual cycle.

A normal pregnancy lasts 40 weeks.

A normal term pregnancy lasts generally between 37 and 42 weeks. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists considers a full-term pregnancy to be between 39 weeks and 0 days and 40 weeks and 6 days. Early-term babies are born between 37 weeks and 38 weeks and 6 days. Babies born after 41 weeks are considered to be late-term or post-term.

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