As I discussed in an earlier post, I have become a regular contributor to the blog How Do You Do It? (hdydi.com). I am so proud and excited to be a part of something so special, and it has gotten me together with other moms of multiples from all around the country. These women are incredible, and I am about to join them on this amazing adventure of Multiple Mommyhood! How lucky am I to have a great, knowledgable support system?!
Most of my posts are published on Mondays (I started the series Make-It Mondays on their blog) or Thursdays (other pregnancy-related topics), although sometimes my posts go live another day.
This week is especially special and poignant to me, however, as it is Prematurity Awareness Week 2013 at HDYDI.com, which we have lined up with World Prematurity Day (November 17), led by the March of Dimes.
As many of you know, we are days (hours?) away from meeting our little peanuts,. By a normal singleton pregnancy calendar, they would be considered “preemies” at 35-36 weeks gestational age. Of course, this is a fantastic age for twins, but we have still been preparing ourselves for possible NICU time because of their young birth age and possible weight (although all estimates show that they will be a great 5lb+ weight). The inspiration that I have gotten from the posts from this week have helped me to become less scared of this possibility.
So please, get comfortable and travel over to HDYDI.com and take a look at some of the posts about birth stories, NICU time, and other premature birth topics. I think you will find it just as inspiring as I did.
In the United States, 1 in 9 babies is born prematurely, 1 in 10 in Canada. Worldwide, over 15 million babies are born too soon each year. While not all multiples are born prematurely, a multiple birth increases the probability of an early delivery. Babies born prematurely, before 37 weeks gestation, are at a higher risk for health complications in infancy, some of which can have long-term effects. Full-term infants are not all free from their own health complications, of course.
In honor of November’s Prematurity Awareness Month, led by the March of Dimes, How Do You Do It? is focusing this week’s posts on The Moms’ experiences with premature deliveries, NICU stays, health complications, special needs, and how we’ve dealt with these complex issues.