Premature Birth

As Moms-to-be enter the third trimester of their pregnancy, they start getting excited about meeting their new baby. Many of them even say, “How I wish I could meet my baby now!”

While this is being said purely out of excitement, seriously speaking, that’s one thing Moms shouldn’t be wishing for! The longer the baby stays in the womb, the more time it has to develop properly and thrive in the outside world. The last few weeks of pregnancy are crucial for proper brain and lung development. However, sometimes, babies arrive a lot earlier than expected, and a premature birth like this can create some challenges.

What is premature birth?

Very few babies are born exactly on their due date; many are born before it.

Most premature births occur in the late preterm stage. The earlier the baby is born, the more complicated the birth and the bigger the risk to the baby.

So how early is considered premature?

  • Late preterm –  born between 34 and 36 weeks of pregnancy
  • Moderately preterm –  born between 32 and 34 weeks of pregnancy
  • Very preterm – born at less than 32 weeks of pregnancy
  • Extremely preterm – born at or before 25 weeks of pregnancy

Facts about Preterm Birth.

  • Out of all the world countries, India is the country with the greatest number of preterm births
  • Every year, an estimated 15 million babies are born preterm
  • Preterm birth is the leading cause of death among newborns
  • In 2015, approximately 1 million children under the age of 5 died due to preterm birth complications
  • Three-quarters of preterm deaths can be prevented
  • More than 60% of preterm births occur in Africa and South Asia, with poorer families at higher risk

Due to the potential health problems for babies, doctors are always on the lookout for signs that may indicate that a baby may be born prematurely, so that adequate arrangements may be made. Most of the time, the cause for premature birth is unknown but there are still many factors that can be possible causes for premature birth.

Learn more about possible causes of premature birth in our next blog.

Article courtesy of My Little Moppet