By Julia Jacobo, May 29, 2019
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| The world’s smallest surviving baby has been discharged from the hospital five months after she was born at just 23 weeks gestation, according to the hospital.
Baby Saybie, who was born in December 2018, weighed just half a pound when she was delivered at the Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns in San Diego, according to a press release by Sharp Health. Saybie weighed 5 pounds when discharged.
Her mother underwent an emergency cesarean section after she experienced severe pregnancy complications and doctors determined that the baby was not gaining weight and the mother’s life was at immediate risk.
“It was the scariest day of my life,” Saybie’s mother said in a video released by the hospital, adding that doctors told her that she was suffering from preeclampsia and very low blood pressure.
“I just felt very uncomfortable, and I thought, maybe this was part of the pregnancy … ” Read more.
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What is preeclampsia?
WebMD – Formerly called toxemia, preeclampsia is a condition that pregnant women develop.
It’s marked by high blood pressure in women who haven’t had high blood pressure before.
Preeclamptic women will have a high level of protein in their urine and often also have swelling in the feet, legs, and hands.
This condition usually appears late in pregnancy, though it can happen earlier.
If undiagnosed, preeclampsia can lead to eclampsia, a serious condition that can put you and your baby at risk, and in rare cases, cause death. Women with preeclampsia who have seizures are considered to have eclampsia.
There’s no way to cure preeclampsia except for delivery, and that can be a scary prospect for moms-to-be. Even after delivery, signs and symptoms of preeclampsia can last for 1 to 6 weeks.
But you can help protect yourself by learning the symptoms of preeclampsia and by seeing your doctor for regular prenatal care.
Detecting preeclampsia early may lower the chances of long-term effects for both mom and baby … Read more.
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