When you're expecting, your due date is everything. It's the finish line to the marathon that was your pregnancy, and can be used to plan everything from your baby shower to your baby's first birthday party. But in some cases, the health of the baby or the mother may require the baby to make his debut a little early, which can naturally cause some parents to worry. If you are concerned about your baby's well-being, you'll want to be aware of some of the myths about premature babies that have been dispelled.
Premature babies, even late-preterm babies born between 34 and 36 weeks, can be more susceptible to health complications than full-term infants, making it especially important for parents to work with their doctors to ensure they are not experiencing any issues with breathing, feeding, or maintaining a normal temperature. Your doctor can help you develop a feeding schedule, and instruct you on how to administer any medication your baby may need once you're all at home. It is also important to limit the number of visitors you receive, to protect your baby against germs which could be harmful.
Though premature babies require extra special care in their first few months of life, they tend to catch up with their full-term counterparts by their first birthday and go on to live happy, healthy lives. And that, unlike the following myths about premature babies, is something you can beleive.