Glossary of Diagnoses and Terminology

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Carrying to term

Carrying to term, as used by our organization, refers to the decision to continue a pregnancy after receiving a prenatal diagnosis of a life-limiting condition. This phrasing is used to distinguish this choice from the decision to terminate a pregnancy following such a diagnosis. Carrying to term means carrying to the natural term of the life of the baby diagnosed with a life-limiting condition. The exact gestational age or term for each pregnancy continued will vary widely.  [10]