Premature Babies in the NICU
According to the latest guidelines any babies born before 39 weeks are considered premature. When a baby is born she is immediately accessed for possible problems. Premature babies are at an increased risk of having complications after birth. Their body is not mature and is unable to or has trouble doing basic tasks required for life such as breathing, eating, and keeping themselves warm.
My first baby was born at 35 weeks, he spent a week in the NICU. He had jaundice and needed to be under the special lights.
My second baby was born at 31 weeks and she spent 33 days in the NICU. She had issues with breathing and keeping up her heart rate, she was unable to eat and required IV nutrition, she had to learn how to eat by mouth, and she had to grow so she could maintain her own body temperature. Her biggest struggles were eating and remembering to breath.
My third baby was born at 30 weeks and she spent 49 days in the NICU. She had problems with eating and remembering to breath. She needed to have two blood transfusions. Her biggest issue was making enough blood and learning to eat.
My fourth baby was born at 34 weeks after a very rough pregnancy and she had less than 1% chance of living. She was a fighter and strong from the moment she came out. She never needed any help, never needed the NICU or the nursery. She was able to eat and breath with no issues from the start.
Every baby is different and every premature baby is even more different. If your baby is born premature make sure to ask your doctors a lot of questions, make sure you understand what is going on with your baby's health. Remember that they are such little fighters and they can overcome many challenges!