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Pregnancy News – A recent study conducted at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL and lead by David N. Figlio, Ph.D., found that babies born at 41 weeks had higher test scores in elementary and middle school and had a higher chance of being gifted.
Figlio and his colleagues looked at records for more than 1.4 million children in the state of Florida, born between 1994 and 2002. All were single births and 80% of them attended public schools.
The authors of the study say that it may help parents as well as doctors make more informed decision when considering inducing delivery.
“While this article does not constitute a course of action for clinicians, our findings provide useful long-term information to complement the extant short-term data for expectant parents and physicians who are considering whether to induce delivery at full term or wait another week until late term.”
The study also found that those who are born late appear to have a greater risk of abnormal conditions at birth and physical challenges during childhood.
Source: David Figlio et al., Long-term cognitive and health outcomes of school-aged children who were born late-term vs full-term, JAMA Pediatrics, doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2016.0238, published 6 June 2016.