I’m 21 weeks and 6 days pregnant today – why is that magical?
Because, according to my research, the youngest baby ever born – Amillia Taylor – was exactly 21 weeks and 6 days into her gestation! She weighed 10 ounces, which is 285 grams! There is however some confusion around the way that date was calculated. Another miracle baby – James Gill – was also born at 21 weeks and 5 days weighing 1 pound 6 ounces (624 grams). The most recent micro premie – Kenna Claire Moore – was born in 2012 in Charlotte at 23 weeks of gestation and weighed 272 grams.
The World Health Organization (WHO) defines prematurity as babies born before 37 weeks from the first day of the last menstrual period. THere are however different levels of prematurity.
- A baby born at 36 weeks will probably be a little slow to feed.
- A baby born before 33 weeks will have more serious problems including, possibly, immature lungs.
- Birth before 28 weeks causes very significant problems but the survival rate is quite remarkable.
- 90% survival if over 800 g.
- 50% survival if over 500 g.
- 80% survival in those born before 28 weeks of gestation.
All this medical talk aside, it’s such an amazing feeling to know that my baby could potentially survive if born now. It makes everything so much more real, even more real than all the kicking at night, as if baby was saying “don’t sleep mama, I want to play”.
I can’t wait for the baby to arrive – as a term baby of course – end of July!
Update: Here’s a very interesting article about prematurity.
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