Preterm birth

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Such infants require additional attention and treatment for a considerable time after birth. The neonatal intensive care unit will treat any issues a premature baby may have (NICU). In our society, premature infants are not fully prepared for life: Dimple Chudgar, M.D.

Mumbai: Preterm birth rates have steadily increased over the past few years as maternal ages are rising worldwide, primarily in developed countries. Preterm births are more likely in women over 40 who become pregnant.

Dr. Dimple Chudgar, a gynaecologist and obstetrician at Apollo Spectra Mumbai, commented on this incident by saying, “At the moment, women tend to marry later due to career aspirations or certain medical conditions. Most women plan to get pregnant after age 35, sometimes even at 40. Women can now fulfill their desire for motherhood at the ideal age with ARTs (Aided Reproductive Technology). Preterm births, however, can result from late conception.

“Such babies require additional care and treatment for a considerable time after birth. The neonatal intensive care unit will treat any issues a premature baby may have (NICU). Preemies can, however, survive their first few days, weeks, or months of life until they are strong enough to survive on their own, according to Dr. Chudgar.

Babies born prematurely may experience respiratory distress syndrome, jaundice, anemia, anxiety, low immunity, neurological disorders, hearing loss, cardiac issues, and weak muscles, according to Dr. Amey Kakirde of the SRV Mamta Hospital in Dombivali. They need appropriate care and attention after being discharged from the NICU and while at home.

“Mothers who bring a premature baby home must adhere to all the guidelines provided by the doctor. Breastfeeding is crucial for a baby’s development and for protecting it from allergies, infections, and other diseases. To dispel any misconceptions they may have about breastfeeding and to learn the proper breastfeeding positions; they can seek the assistance of a lactation specialist. According to Dr. Kakirde, routine health examinations and follow-ups can help babies lead healthy lives as adults.

Mothers over 35 are more likely to deliver premature babies, but this isn’t always the case, according to Dr. Surabhi Siddhartha, consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist at Motherhood Hospital in Kharghar. Furthermore, older women who conceive later may already have health issues like gestational diabetes, hypertension, and thyroid issues. Premature births can result in various health problems, including breathing difficulties, lowered immunity, and neurological disorders.