Complications at birth in weeks 34-36 of pregnancy
Babies born between week 34 and week 36 of pregnancy have a higher risk of medical complications than babies born on or after week 37.
Although most babies born during this period of pregnancy are healthy, a significant minority, ie 17 to 34% of babies, have respiratory problems, jaundice, eating disorders, low blood sugar, unstable body temperature and other medical problems.
Every year over 350,000 babies are born prematurely. Experts do not yet know exactly what is causing the large number of babies and why this number is increasing.
Until a few years ago, these babies were not given special attention because they seemed to develop normally. But even at this age, the baby's brain is only 60% more developed than a full-term baby.
Studies show that babies born between weeks 34 and 36 are more likely to die in the first week of life and six times more likely to die in the first year of life than babies born at term.
Experts suggest that there are a number of factors that could influence premature birth. For example, more and more women are resorting to assisted reproduction, which increases the risk of multiple pregnancy and premature birth.
February 20, 2008