Consequences Of Premature Birth

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What is premature birth? A premature birth is a birth that takes place more than three weeks before the baby is due. In other words, a premature birth is one that occurs before the start of the 37th week of pregnancy. Normally, a pregnancy usually lasts about 40 weeks.

Premature birth gives the baby less time to develop in the womb. Premature babies, especially those born earliest, often have complicated medical problems.
The survival rates for a premature baby surviving rising the further along you are. Babies born at 23 weeks may survive with these specialists in a state-of-the-art NICU but the odds of survival are much lower”. A baby being born at 21 weeks survived and was reported to be a miracle. As the pregnancy progresses the chances
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Placental abruption and low-lying placenta are conditions connected to the placenta that may cause premature birth. In placental abruption, some or all of the placenta separates from the wall of the womb before the baby is born. Pre-eclampsia is a condition in pregnancy characterized by high blood pressure, sometimes with fluid retention and proteinuria. Pre-eclampsia is a very serious condition. If you have preeclampsia you may notice, rapid weight gain caused by a significant increase in bodily fluid, abdominal pain, severe headaches, change in reflexes, Reduced urine or no urine output, dizziness, excessive vomiting and nausea, and vision changes.This condition only occurs while pregnant, and happens after 20 weeks. This condition is a combination of high blood pressure and protein in your …show more content…
A micro preemie is a baby weighing less than 1 pound, 12 ounces or born before 26 weeks of gestation. Most Micro preemies face long stays in the NICU, Some face no long term effects others face severe health problems throughout life. Micro preemies are very fragile, another day the mother spends being pregnant raises the chances of the baby surviving. Ten percent of babies survive being born at 22 weeks. Fifty to sixty six percent of babies born at 23 weeks survive. The survival rate goes up when the mother stays pregnant. Micro preemies skin is very thin with visible veins. It may look sticky. If you are visiting a micro preemie you should prepare to see the baby with tubes in its mouth helping it breathe. This means the baby has respiratory problems. ( http://preemies.about.com/). The survival rate of micro-preemies are increasing. Some key facts about premature birth are that every year 15 million babies are born premature before 37 weeks of gestation and this number is rising. Preterm birth complications are the leading cause of death among children under the age of 5 years old, responsible for nearly 1 million deaths in 2013. Three quarters of them could be saved with current, cost-effective interventions. Across 184 countries, the rate of premature birth ranges from 5% to 18% of babies being born. (www.who.int). In almost all countries with reliable data, the preterm birth rate is

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