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The gestational period refers to the interval in completed weeks between the first day of the last menstrual period of the mother and the day, month and year of delivery irrespective of whether the product of conception is a live birth or born with no evidence of life (foetal death).

Source Publication:
Handbook of Vital Statistics Systems and Methods, Volume 1: Legal, Organisational and Technical Aspects, United Nations Studies in Methods, Glossary, Series F, No. 35, United Nations, New York 1991.

Statistical Theme: Demographic and population statistics

Created on Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Last updated on Wednesday, January 4, 2006