I have always believed that being born 6 weeks premature would lead to complications, but now my thoughts have been confirmed by a study, which was carried out at the University of Illinois in Chicago.
The study concluded that babies delivered from between 34-37 weeks would be more susceptible to risks of respiratory complications than those babies delivered from 38-40 weeks gestation. The study went on to conclude that with every week of advancing gestation, the risk for respiratory illness would be reduced.
I know through my own struggles that this is true, although it’s fair to say that other complications my also arise through being premature. For example, pre-term babies may struggle with learning difficulties. That is certainly true for me, although Cerebral Palsy, is also a contributing factor. Pre-term babies may also struggle with high blood pressure; Autism; Diabetes and Heart Disease. Hearing loss and vision may also be a problem.
Obviously that doesn’t mean to say that every pre-term baby will struggle with all of these difficulties, other factors I assume, would have to be taken into consideration too, as to how complicated the birth was; other problems at the birth etc, but the likelihood is that they will struggle more than babies who continue to full gestation.
It remains to be seen what happens when babies like myself, reach our golden years. There is very little research to suggest whether we will just have these kind of problems, or will these problems be part of a bigger picture in terms of how our organs continue to function and whether being born early will contribute or lead to more complications.
I tend to bring acceptance on facts. I find it hard to bring acceptance without a general understanding of what I deal with. It’s just the way I roll. Always have.