premature babies weight at birth. To begin with the earlier the gestation a baby is born at the lower the birth weight. in fact the average weight of a new born baby is 7 1/2 lb. A full term baby usually in born between 40 -42 weeks pregnant.
In premature babies born less than 37 weeks pregnant is classed as premature. As weights and measures has now changed worldwide, premature babies weight is now in grams and kg. Although nurses still use pounds and ounces when telling mums the actual birth weight. A mum will raise her head after delivery and watch as the midwives record the birth weights on a card which goes onto their baby’s cot and in the notes.
what is a premature babies weight at birth ?
a premature babies weight at birth is often a low birth weight. Viability for premature babies is now at 22 weeks instead of 24 weeks . Amazing how far the hospital staff have come in helping these tiny babies. So in the past a baby born at 24 weeks weight would be around a pound or 500 grams. premature babies are now surviving at an even smaller birth weight of less than 500 grams.
Subsequently premature babies continue to grow in the womb. For the most part in the mid trimester its all about length and growth. In the last few weeks of development in the womb babies start to lay down the fat deposits. Generally Babies tend to gain an ounce a day.
Losing weight in the premature baby and NEC
Premature babies weight at birth may go down then go up at first . This is normal for all babies. Occurs in the first week of life. For a very early premature baby usually born before 32 weeks pregnant. Incidentally its a condition that effects the bowels tolerance to milk . Its a condition called NEC or Necrotising enterocolitis.
As a result of inflammation to the large and or small intestine its quiet a serious condition. The effected baby may not be able to take milk for a while. Some babies may require surgery. Sadly a few of the premature babies that have NEC can die.
As a result of recovering from NEC Breast feeding premature babies that helps them recover. Do you intend to bottle feed instead of breastfeeding ?try expressing some of your milk just for the extra nutrients breast milk provides.The hospital staff will use a feeding tube .
premature babies gaining weight at home
Finally as the big day arrives is when premature babies can go home. Once home the midwife then health visitor will come to see you and baby. they will check that baby is gaining weight nicely. Sometimes the SCBU team can liaise with you for any feeding issues over the phone. They offer support too especially for preemie babies.
Occasionally a premature baby may need to swap milk . As a result of a baby not gaining as much weight as they should they may need a milk with higher calories. In fact don’t be surprised if your baby is not like the norm. 3 out of 4 weeks they don’t gain weight but on the 4th weigh in they have gained loads. This happened to little Abi born weighing 4lbs. Now she is a thriving 4 year old. mum breast fed her for 12 weeks.
premature babies eating solids
Listening to some mums they found that their premature baby was hungry as the months progressed. many put their babies on solids much earlier than normal. Speak to your health visitor if your are worried at all. Health advice changes all the time. more articles on premature babies on the home page under articles at cheekychumsonline