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Pregnancy and Newborns   - When Baby Needs Special Care

When Baby Needs Special Care

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  • Prematurity

    Prematurity What is prematurity? A baby born before 37 weeks of pregnancy is considered premature, that is, born before complete maturity. Slightly fewer than 12 percent of all babies are premature. ...

  • Small for Gestational Age

    Small for Gestational Age What is small for gestational age (SGA)? Small for gestational age (SGA) is a term used to describe a baby who is smaller than the usual amount for the number of weeks of pr...

  • Very Low Birthweight

    Very Low Birthweight What is very low birthweight? Very low birthweight is a term used to describe babies who are born weighing less than 1,500 grams (3 pounds, 4 ounces). Only a few babies, 1.5 perc...

  • Know How Your Preemie Will Grow

    Know How Your Preemie Will Grow An infant is considered premature if born before 37 weeks. What should you expect during your child's development? Premature babies may grow at a slower rate than full...

  • Large for Gestational Age (LGA)

    Large for Gestational Age (LGA) What is large for gestational age (LGA)? Large for gestational age (LGA) is a term used to describe babies who are born weighing more than the usual amount for the num...

  • Low Birthweight

    Low Birthweight What is low birthweight? Low birthweight is a term used to describe babies who are born weighing less than 2,500 grams (5 pounds, 8 ounces). In contrast, the average newborn weighs ab...

  • Postmaturity

    Postmaturity What is postmaturity? The normal length of pregnancy is from 37 to 41 weeks. Postmaturity refers to any baby born after 42 weeks gestation or 294 days past the first day of the mother's ...