Many of my patients tell me that the are worried about having their baby prematurely.
Around 8% of babies are born premature, that is before 37 weeks.
Babies born at 35-37 weeks usually look like a small full-term baby. They usually don't need much help from paediatricians or admission to a specialist nursery.
About 1% of premature babies are very tiny babies, born before 28 weeks.
Thanks to special care nurseries called NICU's and SCN'S by 28 weeks, almost all babies will survive and will be free of significant disabilities. A 24 weeker is a tiny delicate baby requiring many months of expert care to survive.
You can lower your risk of prematurity by keeping a healthy bodyweight, avoiding smoking, drugs and alcohol while pregnant, having a check-up with your dentist before pregnancy or in the first trimester and making sure your healthcare team know about any previous pre-term births you may have had.
Dentist?? Yep we will talk about 'why the dentist' next post.
How extremely beautiful is this photo? A repost from
#📷 @berkshirelifeimagephotography .
🙂 Dr Pat