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What is a Premie?

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Updated October 10, 2012

A premie, or preemie, is a baby born before 37 weeks gestation.

A premie, or preemie, is a baby born before 37 weeks gestation.

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Question: What is a Premie?
Answer:

Premie is another word for a premature baby, or preemie.

Premies, or preemies, are babies who are born before 37 weeks gestation. A normal pregnancy lasts for about 40 weeks, but babies born much earlier than 40 weeks may live and thrive.

There are many risk factors that increase a mom's chance of having a preemie, including:

Although many preemies are very healthy, others have health problems that may be severe. Unless there are severe health complications, longer pregnancies mean healthier babies. Some of the health problems that preemies may face include:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Bleeding into the brain (IVH)
  • Heart trouble(PDA, bradycardia)
  • Severe jaundice
  • Eye problems (ROP)

Having a preemie is a medical emergency, but it is also a psychological one for the parents. It can be very hard to cope with having a preemie. Learning as much as you can about your preemie and talking to other parents of preemies can help parents to adjust to life with a preemie.

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