According to the Centers for Disease Controls and Prevention, 1 out of every 8 babies are born premature in the US every year. Babies are considered premature if they are born before 37 weeks. A baby born premature can face a variety of complications such as cerebral palsy, breathing difficulties, and visual difficulties. There can also be complications that aren’t seen until later such as learning difficulties.
A pregnant woman can decrease her chance of having a premature baby if she does not smoke, drink and attends regular checkups by her physician. However, a woman can still have a preemie even if she does everything right. That’s what happened to me, and here’s my story- (more…)