Hey, fellow mom!
Although we now know that full-term delivery is the best for both moms and babies, there are circumstances when pre-term delivery actually happens, or should happen. Pre-term labor, or pre- mature labor, may be something expected or unexpected, so we might as well talk about some details about pre-term delivery. Delivering a baby before the 37th week of pregnancy is considered a pre-term delivery, and most of pre-term births are actually planned. Induced labors may be suggested by your doctor if either or both you and your baby are in serious medical conditions. Spontaneous pre-term delivery happens when you go into a premature labor. This happens when your water breaks earlier than expected, or when your cervix opens prematurely without contractions. Noting a few symptoms of premature labor, as I have noted below, may help you:
1. Having more vaginal discharge than usual
2. Noticing a change in vaginal discharge (example: from watery to mucus-like discharge)
3. Vaginal bleeding or spotting
4. Abdominal and lower back pain
5. Feeling more pressure in the pelvic area
Although these symptoms may be quite confusing since some of them are also usually experienced by pregnant women, we still get a hold of the old saying, “better late than sorry.” So, I’d advise that once you experience those symptoms, let you medical team know, and they’ll handle the rest of it. If, by chance, you undergo pre-term delivery, there are a lot of possible conditions that your baby may experience. Some of the baby’s organs such as the lungs and the brain may have not completely developed yet, and as such, he may be at risk to some breathing problems and brain hemorrhage. Pre-term baby is also at risk to jaundice, and it may as well be hard to maintain his temperature. Medical measures may be done by your medical term to help your baby be at his best condition possible. But, more than those, it is still your kiss and touch that comforts your baby. That special connection is, more than anything else, powerful. Pregnancy is indeed the most delicate nine months of a mother’s and a baby’s life. Fellow mom, how you handle yourself and your baby during pregnancy will influence your lives soon. So, you’ve got to take as much care as you can. Just stay positive and strong! Enjoy every moment of it, as your husband, your medical team, and we – the rest of the moms in the world, support you in your journey to having a baby.