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Pregnancy, COVID And Prematurity: Much Still Unknown

At almost two weeks old a wedding ring could have been a bracelet for Daniel, who was born at 24 weeks.
At almost two weeks old a wedding ring could have been a bracelet for Daniel, who was born at 24 weeks. Photo Credit: The Yang Triplets Blog

While there are medical conditions that can lead to premature birth, the reasons for it often remain a mystery. One out of 10 births in the United States involves a baby born before 37 weeks—and, according to the World Health Organization, prematurity and its complications are the leading cause of death in children under five.

You’d think that the stress of quarantine and fear of exposure to COVID would cause an increase in prematurity, but the opposite actually seems to be true. Studies from Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands and the United States all show decreases—and reasons remain unclear.

Sofia, a day after her birth. It would be more than four years before she could breathe through her mouth and nose due to complications from premature birth. Read Sofia's story in Table For Five.

The Yang Triplets Blog

More studies are underway, but as of now, the medical community believes staying at home (less exposure to germs) and therefore resting more, as well as lack of driving places (where can you go?) and a reduction in air pollution with the decrease in car travel have all contributed to lower prematurity rates. Of course, all this may only be true if you don’t end up with COVID while pregnant, in which case the possibility of premature birth increases.

So how do you handle being pregnant during COVID times? How do you prepare for a possibility you’d never want?

There is no sure-fire way to prepare, but you can be more informed about what might happen by reading the stories of those who have been through it. Table for Five - A Father’s Story of Life, Love and Loss by Ted Yang is one such story, when premature triplets upended the lives of a family that thought they were ready. The memoir has been described as a must-read by Amazon reviewers.

Table for Five by Ted Yang is available now at Amazon.

Table For Five

One reviewer wrote: “This was an amazing memoir; a story of heartbreak, resiliency, perseverance, and embracing a different life than what you had expected. This would be an invaluable book for any parent of a premature child, both as a sort of guide and a reminder that you are not alone in this experience.”

You can purchase Table for Five on Amazon, the #1 New Release in Fatherhood and Childhood and Pregnancy.

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