Pre-Term Birth News: Keep That Baby In There!

Cynthia Dermody
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We've been talking about the risks and struggles of having a premature infant this month. Now a new report shows that even babies born "a little early" can have health difficulties.

Have you noticed that moms talk a lot more about inductions these days? There's something to that. The CDC says points to a 20 percent increase in late pre-term births, (that's anywhere from the 34 to 37 week) from 1990 to 2006, according to new study, reports Health NewsDigest.

Some stats from the report:

  • Babies born between 34 and 37 weeks were six times more likely to die during the first week of birth than babies born full-term.
  • Late pre-term babies were at increased risk of learning and behavioral problems.
  • Babies born at 37 weeks were four times more likely to have serious breathing problems or be admitted to the newborn intensive care unit (NICU).
  • Babies born at 38 weeks had twice the risk of these health problems as babies born at 39 weeks.
  • A baby’s brain is only two-thirds developed by the 35th week of pregnancy. When babies are deprived of those critical last few weeks of pregnancy, it can have lifelong consequences for the child and the family.

Cafe MicheleZ, preggo with twins, was just talking about her "get this baby out of me" feeling. Those last few weeks and days can be hard and extremely uncomfortable. But I know she wants to hang in there as long as possible for her babies' sakes -- we're all rooting for you mama!

Were you urged by friends and family to stay pregnant as long as possible, as tempting as it might have been to go for an induction? Have you have urged others?

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