21How Long Does Pregnancy Last?

In all mammals, including human beings, pregnancy is a memorable journey. Elephants’ pregnancies last for over 95 weeks, while opossums experience gestation period of only 12 days.

But how long does human pregnancy last? As we know, the traditional view across the globe is that pregnancy lasts 40 weeks. A baby

born before the 37th week is considered preterm. It’s believed that pregnancy shouldn’t last more than 42 weeks, so many overdue moms get induced.

Timelines vary between countries and cultures, though. When it comes to C-sections, in the US, cesareans are avoided before the 39th week. Yet, according to mindbodygreen.com, in some European countries, such as romantic Italy, the standard for C-sections is 38 weeks.

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