Take Control of your Health

Blue Cross Blue Shield Tower Overlooking Millennium Park in Chicago The Take Control of Your Health website provides a variety of information to manage one's health and that of family members. Be an informed consumer! Partner with your doctor and choose wisely when making decisions about YOUR health.

Why preventing early delivery is good for your baby

There has been a focus in recent years regarding women having a healthy pregnancy and delivery. Organizations like the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the March of Dimes have been promoting the importance of full-term pregnancies—those naturally reaching at least 39 weeks gestation—yet early elective deliveries still account for 10-15 percent of all deliveries.

One of the most important things a mother can do is give her baby time to fully develop. While pregnancy is usually thought of as a 9-month period, the baby actually needs at least 39 weeks to be considered full-term. View the information on early elective deliveries and talk with your doctor about your options.

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