In Reply Dr Nicholson and colleagues raise concerns regarding the subcategorization of term gestation and recommend use of sophisticated computer technologies to optimally time deliveries.
As a point of clarification, the use of term pregnancy has not been abandoned and continues to be part of the recommended terminology throughout the gestational age period from 37 weeks 0 days through 41 weeks 6 days. The only change was to categorize that period into 3 subgroups: early term, full term, and late term. This terminology does not dictate management but should improve communication and understanding as has been shown with previous work subdividing the preterm period.1
Spong CY. Term Pregnancy—Reply. JAMA. 2013;310(18):1986-1987. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.277999