Weighing less than a small apple and a size smaller than a kid’s juice box, Baby Saybe came into the world officially as the world’s smallest baby. She was not expected to live through the night, but she just celebrated her one-year-old birthday this December!
Tipping the scales at just a measly 8.6 ounces, and born nearly 17 weeks early at barely half a pound, doctors gave Saybie little chance for survival. They thought that she would only last an hour. Then one hour turned to two hours and two turned into a day, then a week and so on. To nearly everyone’s surprise, the strong little survivor kept getting better and at a little over 5 months old, she was finally able to go home healthy.
Her mother, who has decided to remain anonymous, shared her voice in a video released by the hospital, recalling the day she gave birth to Saybie at 23 weeks and 3 days gestation. A typical pregnancy lasts about 40 weeks.
“I was the scariest day of my life,” she says, explaining that when she learned she had preeclampsia and needed to deliver she was terrified. “I kept telling them: ‘She’s not going to survive. She’s—I’m only 23 weeks,” she recalls.
While still in the womb, concerned doctors at Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborn noticed Saybie wasn’t gaining weight as her mother experienced severe pregnancy complications, the hospital revealed in a Wednesday press release.
Doctors felt Saybie’s mother’s life was at risk and were forced to perform the emergency c-section after the mother has been suffering from severe preeclampsia.
Preeclampsia is a condition that occurs only during pregnancy. Some symptoms of preeclampsia may include high blood pressure and protein in the urine, occurring after week 20 of pregnancy. Preeclampsia is often precluded by gestational hypertension. While high blood pressure during pregnancy does not necessarily indicate preeclampsia, it may be a sign of another problem. Preeclampsia affects at least 5-8% of pregnancies.
In the U.S., preeclampsia is one of the four most common reasons for maternal death. On an average, there is approximately 1 maternal death for every 100,000 births, but for African American women, this number triples. African American women are three times more likely to die from preeclampsia and other childbirth-related issues and but many don’t know why.
Currently, there is no sure way to prevent preeclampsia. Some contributing factors to high blood pressure can be controlled and some can’t. Here are some things that may help:
– Use little or no added salt in your meals
– Drink 6-8 glasses of water a day
– Limit your intake of fried foods and junk food…