• 7 Facts About Premature Babies You Should Know

    When it's time to try baby making, it can be very fun, but just as fun as it may be, it can also be a very complicated process. You need to calculate when you're ovulating and keep track so you know when you are most fertile and can actually produce a baby.

    Doctors say that every month women who ovulate regularly have a 25% chance of getting pregnant, but a woman who does not ovulate regularly only has a 10-15% chance of becoming pregnant.

    If you ovulate regularly, this means that you have your period every month and go through PMS. You become an angry, potato chip, ice cream eating, mad woman for 5-7 days. If you do not ovulate regularly that means that your period may skip a month or two. When this happens it becomes difficult to track when you are ovulating, and makes it harder for you to get pregnant.

    With help from your doctor you can pinpoint when you are ovulating and finally see a positive pregnancy test. Now it's finally your turn to be a mom and celebrate the next Mother's Day.

    But the truth is, the hard part isn't over just yet. You're still at risk of having a miscarriage or possibly having a premature baby. A lot of moms-to-be don't know the truth about premature babies or why premature births happen in the first place.

    We've done our research for you and we've found 7 facts about premature babies that you should know.

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     Out of Babies Are Born Premature

    If you have never had a baby, you might not know that premature babies are very common. Each year, nearly 500,000 babies are born prematurely, or preemie. That's 1 of every 8 infants born in the United States.

    While this statistic might sound exaggerated, the truth is every woman is at risk of having a premature baby. When you're pregnant, you will carry your baby for 9 months, approximately 40 weeks of pregnancy. A baby that is born 37 weeks or less is considered premature.

    A baby isn't considered full term until it reaches 39 weeks, which is why doctors recommend that pregnant women try to hold on to their babies for as long as they can. In some cases, the woman's body will start to reject a baby after 30 weeks, but this not common, if this were to happen doctors recommend bed rest for the remainder of your pregnancy.

    When a baby is born prematurely, they're at higher risk of infection and diseases, most premature babies have organs that aren't fully developed yet. A premature baby with under developed organs may be at a higher risk for many health problems, such as breathing problems. This may occur because a premature baby's lungs are not fully developed.

    You can avoid a premature birth by:

    - Quitting smoking

    - Avoiding alcohol and drugs

    - Maintaining a healthy weight throughout your pregnancy

    - Minimizing stress

    Although these can help you avoid a premature labor, you could still run the risk of having a preemie baby if you have smoked throughout your pregnancy, or have a stressful life, or have had a stressful event in your life during your pregnancy.

    When it comes to your baby, their best chance for survival comes from you, so give your baby a head start by quitting smoking, or getting help to stop any problem behaviour that puts your pregnancy at risk.

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     Increased Risk Younger Than

    From the moment a young woman gets her period, she's told that she has become a woman. Her first period is her welcoming party to womanhood. With this come a great responsibility, because now she can conceive her very own baby.

    Having your period means you are at risk of becoming pregnant if you become sexually active and don't take any precaution to stop yourself from becoming pregnant, like wearing condoms or taking birth control pills.

    As a young woman you'll never hear the end of teen pregnancy warnings, but that's because being a sexually active teen puts you at risk for more than just pregnancy. Not every teen is fully informed about their choices and the consequences that could result from the choices they make.

    If you become sexually active at a young age, you run the risk of catching sexually transmitted diseases and infections as well as teen pregnancy. Some STD's can cause premature births, but so can just getting pregnant as a teenager.

    The reason you have a higher risk of having a premature baby is simply because of your immature body. Your body and mind aren't considered fully developed until you're 21 years old. As a teenager, your body is just not prepared to have a baby at that young an age. If you are younger than 18 when you become pregnant, then you have a 40% higher risk of having a premature baby.

    On top of the stress of being a teen and now a parent, you might even have to deal with the struggles that come along with having a premature baby, such as underdeveloped organs or problems digesting milk or any type of food. 

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    Increased Risk After

    Most women start to get baby fever around the age of 24, if they haven't already begun to have babies. Doctors recommend that women start to have kids around the age of 25 because their eggs are most fertile during this time.

    In this time of a woman's life, most women are ready at the age of 25 feel to be a mother because they have established lives and a stable partner. As with everything in life, it all depends on the person and when they feel ready.

    Some women are ready at 23 and some are ready at 37, it's very important to remember that nobody can tell you when you're ready to have a child, the only one who can decide is you and your partner.

    For some women their lives and career don't allow time to stop and get pregnant, these women wind up having babies later in life. Waiting until your mid to late 30's carries risks, if you are older than 35 when you conceive, you could have a premature baby.

    One reason this may occur is because your body doesn't produce as many eggs as it does at the age of 25, which means your body is not prepared to hold a baby to full term anymore. It's not impossible to conceive a baby if you are older than 35, but it does become a trickier process.

    While having a baby so close to 40 isn't ideal for every woman, some women do stop and have children later in life because they want to start a family. And as long as they're able to conceive, they should be able to do so regardless of what other people think.

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     Breast Milk is Best for Premature Babies

    Remember how painful your breast became almost immediately after you found out that you were pregnant? How heavy and big they got? Well you were in the process of creating breast milk. Breast milk has been known to be one of the best foods you can give your baby. It's full of nutrients, and you can't fool mother nature, mother nature knows best.

    It's very important for premature babies to receive the proper daily nutrients, because this will help with their growth and development. Your breast milk contains antibodies and colostrum that you can't find or replicate in milk supplements or formula.

    Premature babies are known for reaching their milestones, the milestones are small advances that the baby makes as they grow and develop. These milestones have been created because premature babies develop a little bit slower than a normal baby who was born at 40 weeks. So giving them proper nutrition and skin to skin contact is essential to help them grow and reach their potential.

    When a premature baby is born, it may need to be a feed through a feeding tube because it is unable to latch on their mother because they are too small and immature to latch on properly. In this case, your doctor will recommend that you use a breast pump and pump as much breast milk as you can.

    The pumping has a dual purpose, firstly it's a superior nutritional source for your baby, but it also keeps the breast milk flowing and producing. Whatever you pump will be transferred into your baby's feeding tube. Which in return will help nourish your baby from the inside, helping him to get stronger day by day.

    Those painful days of heavy breast that made your back hurt, were well worth it. 

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     % of Premature Babies Live Healthy Lives

    Having a premature baby can be a very scary thing. Mind you, just a little bit of pain or Braxton hicks can alert a mom and make her think something is wrong with her baby. When you're pregnant your main concern is your baby's health and having a normal, trauma free delivery.

    The reason why it's so important to go to your doctor checkups and get the right nutrition while being pregnant, is that you know whether you're having a normal, healthy pregnancy. It's important to remember when you're pregnant that whatever you consume your baby does too.

    So if you're a smoker, the earlier you quit, or more ideally, you and your partner quit, the earlier you can have a healthy pregnancy and baby. The same goes for drinking and drugs. The sooner you quit the better.

    Doctors don't know why some women may have a premature baby while others don't, even considering all the risk factors. But the good news is, 90% of premature babies make it and become healthy little babies. This is great news for mothers who have had premature births, and for you if you were to have a premature baby.

    As a whole, babies are being born healthier and stronger than any other generation because we know so much more about nutrition and environmental factors that can affect babies.

    For a mother of a premature baby, a 90% chance of success is life changing. It gives her the hope that she needs just knowing that her baby will be fine. Of course the longer a woman can keep the baby inside of her, the higher the chance of her pregnancy going to full term.

    Even if a baby is born at 22 weeks, it has a 55% chance of making it, which is still an encouraging percentage compared to what it used to be. About 30 years ago the percentage of a premature baby making it was 25%.

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    Health Problems

    One of the main worries of any mother when it comes to premature babies, is that premature babies come with health problems. The younger the baby is born the more likely it is to have health problems.

    Babies who are born closer to their due date are less prone to having complications than babies who are born months away from their due date. Meaning if your baby is born around the 7 month mark or less, it is more likely to have organ problems than those that are born 8 months and above.

    Some of the organ problems that babies who are born 7 months or earlier experience are due to being very small or under weight. This can cause major problems for their tiny system and may cause you to have to make a drastic life saving decision when it comes to treatment for your preemie baby.

    This can become a stressful period for the parents and the baby. If your baby is born 7 months or less, some of the organ problems that your baby can have include the inability to eat, breathe or stay warm on their own. Which will result in placing your baby in an incubator until the baby has had enough time to grow and develop their organs.

    This can make parents sad because they won't have direct access to their child, and they won't be able to take them home until the doctor says it's okay to do so.

    The good news is if the baby does really well, it may only take a few weeks and your baby will be ready to go home.

    Some mothers will stay with their baby all day every day at the hospital, talking to their baby just as they did when they were pregnant. Studies have shown that this helps preemie babies to grow and develop healthily. By doing this, the mother can create a bond with her baby, and this bond works to make them stronger. 

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    It's Not Your Fault

    Guilt can consume us when we think we have done something wrong, or have caused something bad to happen. The most important thing to remember if you have a premature baby, is that it's not your fault. There are many different factors that contribute to a premature birth.

    Making yourself feel guilty is not going to solve anything, and right now you have to be strong for your baby. Many doctors check for premature birth risks and will notice if you're at risk of having a premature baby around your 5th month of pregnancy.

    If this occurs, your doctor may prescribe a href:"https://www.babygaga.com/buzz/show/695/10-ways-to-cope-with-forced-bedrest" target="_blank">bed rest for the rest of your pregnancy. It's very important to always follow your doctors instructions. While you may not love the idea of being bed ridden for 4 months, there are a number of ways you can cope with the diagnosis.

    Sitting around feeling guilty is the last thing you should do, this will only bring stress onto you and your baby, it really isn't your fault if you go into labor prematurely.

    Doctors aren't sure why some babies are born premature, but there are some causes that can cause your baby to be born premature. These can include problems with the placenta, problems with your placenta result in disproportionate amounts of nutrition reaching your baby, or the placenta detaching from the wall of your uterus resulting in a premature birth.

    Another cause for premature babies are multiple babies. When you have twins, triplets, quadruplets etcetera, the space inside of you may become very cramped so the pregnancy can't be sustained to full term, resulting in a premature birth.

    As you can see none of these reasons are your fault. And while there is no way to reassure yourself that you won't have a premature baby, all you can do is enjoy those 9 months of eating mayo with celery sticks along with peanut butter with mash potatoes.

    Enjoy every kick and every sonogram as soon you will have a beautiful baby. Follow doctor's orders to the letter to make sure you have a healthy baby that will soon give you lots of love and headaches. Plus you will have tons of good stories to tell them about your adventures of keeping him or her safe. 

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