Tips for Preemie Care
Today, Heather shares tips for surviving the nerve wracking early months of preemie care:
“Pregnant with triplets, we knew that our babies would be born premature. Studies have shown that babies born from one to three weeks early have a greater risk of breathing and feeding problems, trouble maintaining their body temperature, greater rates of jaundice, and problems with brain development. I was among the fortunate to carry to 35 weeks (considered full term for triplets). Our trio came into this world weighing 5.9, 4.11, and 3.13 pounds.
Words cannot describe the barrage of feelings when holding a 3.13 pound baby in the cup of your hands. Our triplets turned one in January. We made it through the round the clock feedings, sleepless nights, and all the wonderment infants bring. My fears and challenges related to caring for premature infants are now behind me, but I’ll always carry that experience with me. Here are a few helpful tips for those challenging early months of preemie care: