The Chances of Survival For a Premature Baby Are Extremely High
If your worried about giving birth to a premature baby,
you may be reassured that over the past two decades,
technology has improved so much in developed countries
that the chances of survival is
higher than ever.
How do we define a premature baby (preemie)
birth is one which happens before 37 weeks. The chances
of a premature baby surviving after a pregnancy of 25
weeks is extremely good. However this becomes better
with expert care as soon as your baby is born and, if
possible, even before the birth.
chances of delivering a premature baby are high, it's a
good idea to make sure you've plenty of medical
assistance on hand. A home birth is fine for a
normal birth without complications, but the health of
both yourself and your baby must override any personal
preferences. Go to a hospital with all the facilities to
help you at this time.
Are you at
risk of having a premature baby?
aware of these risk factors. Each one on it's own
doesn't necessarily mean you'll deliver a premmie
If you have
previously had a preterm birth, this will increase the
chances of it happening again.
issues may increase the chances of a premature birth.
For example diabetes or high blood pressure. Both these
can be managed however. Any infections contracted during
pregnancy should be dealt with straight away to prevent
them spreading to the uterus.
following a good diet? While you don't have to 'eat for
two', you should make sure your diet is nutritious. Poor
nutrition may lead to a low birth weight baby.
While smoking can cause a low birth weight baby, this is
not the only health risk. Give up this habit during
pregnancy. If you can't do it for yourself, please
do it for your baby.
after yourself while you're pregnant. We've all heard
about the mum who gave birth on the kitchen floor when
she didn't realize she was pregnant. This doesn't happen
very often, that's why it made the news! As you as you
suspect you may be pregnant go and see you health carer
and find all the information you can to take care of
yourself during this exiting time.
older mum. If you're over 35, this raises your risk of
having a premature baby. If you've had trouble
conceiving, the risk of prematurity is also higher.
carrying more than one baby, this may increase the
chance of an early delivery.
As you can
see there's no single cause for prematurity. The
best prevention is to care for yourself as best you can
and take steps to prevent a premature birth. We'll
concentrate on the natural ways
ways to prevent a premature birth
best way to avoid prematurity or having a low
birthweight baby, is to have sufficient omega-3 in your
diet. This can be obtained by eating a diet high in
fish, but as we've explained previously, a lot of fish
nowadays contains high levels of mercury - a highly
alternative is to supplement with omega-3 (or fish oil)
capsules. make sure the brand you select is guaranteed
pure. Omega-3 has been shown to delay and prevent
premature delivery in random trials. There are many
other health benefits from taking fish oil, in fact
there are so many reasons to take it, perhaps everybody
on the planet should be using it. It may put some of the
drug companies out of business. Oh dear me!
excessive stress and anxiety. Try not to get into too
many stressful situations. Easier said than done? Use
meditation, relaxation techniques or anything that will
bring calm into your day.
If you do experience a premature birth, your baby
will be looked after in a neonatal intensive care unit
(NICO) until he is old enough to go home. This will
ensure they are kept warm (essential for a premature
baby) and monitored day and night.
Your breast milk will be the best food for your
preemie at this time and will need to be pumped out as
premature babies are unable to feed normally.
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