For new parents, the arrival of a preemie can bring more than a typical level of anxiety. This is common—and understandable. After all, while the average newborn weighs about 7 pounds, your preemie may weigh less. This might cause you to stress over her health needs, which differ from those of full-term newborns. It's important to understand that she has higher nutrient needs than full-term newborns.
Also, while most newborns leave the hospital when their parents do, your preemie may need a longer stay and receive special feedings to ensure that she gets the right amount of vital nutrients for growth and development of organs, such as her brain and lungs. Take heart. With the aid of a little extra information, and the expertise of your baby’s healthcare team, you can be more than ready to help make your preemie’s new world a wonderful place.