When is a baby viable?

A pregnancy lasts about 40 weeks. These 40 weeks start from the first day of your last menstruation. There are few women who give birth exactly on the calculated day. Babies can still 'sit' for up to 42 weeks or decide to come earlier. About 90% of all pregnant women like their baby earlier than 40 weeks. If your baby is born after 37 weeks, your baby is still on time. If your child arrives for the 37th week, we speak of one preterm birth. If a baby is born after 24 weeks of pregnancy, then a baby viable.

A 28-week-old baby like the woman who gave birth on the Turkish Airlines plane had about 95% chance of survival. You can still fly if you are between 28 and 34 weeks pregnant, but then you need an explanation. After 36 weeks, airlines will refuse you.
A lot of discussion arose about the woman who gave birth to her baby. The suspicions are that she was much further in her pregnancy and she went on purpose during her pregnancy. Underprivileged mothers from poor countries are more likely to give birth on the plane because their baby will receive a different nationality.

Premature birth

We speak of a premature birth if your baby is born for the 37th week of your pregnancy. Approximately 8% of all babies in the Netherlands are born prematurely. A premature birth is also called premature. If you are pregnant for the 20th week of your pregnancy, we speak of a miscarriage and your baby is not viable.

Until the 24th week of your pregnancy, a lot of work will not be done in the Netherlands to save your child. If your baby is born after 24 weeks of pregnancy, the doctors will do everything to save the life. Your baby will then have to be in an incubator.

Experience Story: After 23 weeks of pregnancy, my child was born!

Survival rate if your baby is viable

If your baby is born in the period between 20 and 32 weeks pregnant then that is called extreme prematurity. Up to the 24 weeks your baby is not viable even though there are cases known of babies who have saved it. However, this is very exceptional. Below is a small overview of the chance of survival if your baby is viable but is born prematurely:

  • Birth after 25 weeks: 56% survival rate;
  • Born after 26 weeks: 71.5% survival rate;
  • Birth after 27 weeks: 80 to 90% survival rate;
  • Birth after 28 weeks: 95% survival rate.

Complications in premature birth

The fact that your baby is viable in a premature birth does not yet say that the quality of life is also optimal. known complications are:

  • Lungs that are not yet developed enough;
  • Less good circulation;
  • Cerebral haemorrhages;
  • Worse resistance to infections.

Possible causes of premature birth?

There are a number of causes that may encourage prematurity. These are:

  1. Higher age of the mother

    Women between 35 and 40 years of age are 1.5 times more likely to have a premature birth than women between the ages of 20 and 24. Women older than 40 are twice as likely. Premature birth in this case means that the child comes before the 33rd week.

  2. Fertility treatments

    When women are infertile and still become pregnant through fertility treatments, there is also an increased chance of the baby being born earlier. This is often due to the fact that the mother is infertile and not to the treatments themselves.

  3. Inflammation and infections

    The most diverse inflammations in the mother's body can increase the chance of premature birth. Think of inflamed gums or an inflamed mucous membrane in the vagina.

  4. Smoking

    Smoking is bad for your baby for many reasons. One of these reasons is that smoking increases the chance of a premature birth. The more you smoke, the greater this chance is.

  5. Soon two pregnancies in succession

    Are you incredibly fertile and are you pregnant again in no time after your birth? On the one hand of course nice, but on the other hand, the chance that your baby is born too early is bigger. That is because your body has not had enough time to recover properly. The result is that you can not have enough nutrients in your body that are needed for your new baby. This can trigger a premature birth.

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