We talk about World Prematurity Awareness Day because prematurity can happen to any baby. All causes for preterm birth are not even known, but there are ways you can be prepared and reduce your risk of going into preterm labor.
The idea of having micro preemie babies never even crossed my radar. In my situation, we were just lucky it didn’t happen sooner. My doctor told me that if the twins had been my first pregnancy, my uterus probably could not have handled all of the extra fluid and stretching, and I would have likely gone into labor weeks earlier. So I was lucky that we made it to 30 weeks. Many TTTS babies come between 23 and 28 weeks, if not earlier.
Since my girls were born and I experienced what 84 days like is in the NICU, I have become a huge advocate for the March of Dimes, the lead organization for reduction and prevention of preterm birth, birth defects, and infant death.
Today, November 17th, is World Prematurity Awareness Day.
I’m posting a great article the March of Dimes shared: Are You at Risk for Preterm Birth?
I sure never dreamed I was.
Are you at risk for premature birth?
The March of Dimes says these three risk factors make you most likely to have preterm labor and give birth early:
1. Prior premature birth: You’ve had a premature baby in the past.
2. Multiples: You’re pregnant with twins, triplets or more.
3. Cervical or uterine problems: Problems with the structure or function of your cervix or uterus.
Have you had a premature baby in the past? Are you pregnant with twins or other multiples? Do you have problems with your cervix or uterus? If so, you are more likely to give birth early.
Other risk factors include:
- Family history
- Maternal health conditions
- Maternal Age
There are a few other factors too.
I highly encourage you to head over to the March of Dimes article Are you at Risk for Premature birth? and read the entire article.
Did you have a preemie? Tell us about your special baby!