What happens if my baby is born early?

Do you remember your Cabbage Patch Kids? And how the “preemie” doll was always the cutest one? Well, about one in 10 babies born in the US are considered premature, and while they’re certainly teensy and tiny, they eventually get older and most of them catch up to full term babies over time. 

The earlier a baby is born, the more likely they’ll have some issues. Babies born from 7 months and on usually need a short stay in the NICU, while babies born earlier face bigger risks, such as autism, cerebral palsy, lunch problems, vision and hearing loss. OF course, this isn’t always the case, but if you suspect you might be significantly preterm, check in with your doctor to review your options.