From the moment you find out you’re expecting, your emotions are all over the place. But one thing is for sure, you want to do everything you can to protect this amazing little person growing inside.
For some like my Mum, keeping a baby or babies inside to full term is not always an option, sometimes babies have other ideas about sitting tight and cooking to term like my twin sister and I 37 years ago … we were born 9 weeks early and were a little over 3lbs each (which was a reasonable size for premature twins).
My Mum had to leave us in special care for weeks while the amazing staff helped keep us safe and help us get bigger and stronger so we could finally come home.
With my second child, Joshua I feared that I too would have to see my small human in special care as I had so many complications including the possibility of surgery under a general anaesthetic at 17 weeks pregnant. I just prayed he would make it to 25 weeks when the baby becomes viable and had more of a chance of fighting on his own. I spent a lot of time in and out of hospital and I prayed every single day he would hang in there.
Thankfully Joshua was born by planned section at 36.5 weeks meaning he was slightly under full term but he was a healthy weight and size. We were lucky.
Being pregnant with Jacob my nerves were on high alert and every twinge, ache or kick had me anxious but excited at the same time. I never ever wanted to feel like I had with my second pregnancy. Even though this pregnancy resulted in a planned c-section a few weeks before my due date and a happy ending was had, it is still an odd feeling for every pregnancy that you are growing something so wonderful. As a mum is the proudest job of growing a little human but also scary too. That’s why I am thrilled to be supporting Pampers Preemie Protection campaign.
At a time when the rest of the world feels like it’s crumbling, having the baby basics, like nappies that fit well, means you don’t think about them and it’s just one less thing to worry about – and that has to be good.
Did you know that approximately 60,000 babies are born prematurely in the UK every year – that’s roughly 1 in 11 of all births. As advances in medical science get better and better they are enabling more preemies to fight harder and survive.
When Pampers spoke with neonatal intensive care nurses in many countries they told them that the preemie nappies currently available are still massively too big for the smallest little fighters and in some instances the nappies need to be cut and folded so they don’t cause pain and discomfort for the baby.
That’s why for the last 3 years Pampers has been working hard to design nappies for the smallest of premature babies and has partnered with Bliss, the premature baby charity.
The Pampers Preemie Protection Size P3 nappies (the range also includes sizes P1 and P2), are 3 sizes smaller than a regular newborn nappy and are designed for babies weighing as little as 1.8lbs (800g), and allow natural positioning for tiny hips.
As part of the campaign, Pampers will be donating approximately 3 million Pampers Preemie Protection nappies to UK hospitals’ Neonatal Units, giving every premature baby born in the UK access to nappies specially designed for their needs, which I think is wonderful.
Bliss Charity Donation
As mentioned previously Pampers is partnering with the UK’s leading charity for babies born premature or sick, Bliss, to support premature babies and their families. As part of this campaign they are asking all parents to share photos on social media of their little ones fist pumping to celebrate the amazing fighting spirit that premature babies show every day, and for every photo shared on social media Pampers will be donating £1 to Bliss as long as it’s using the #powerofbabies hashtag.
Fear not if your little tot is no longer or has never been a preemie baby, they are celebrating all babies so do feel free to join in with your little human and help share this wonderful campaign far and wide! If you know a little fighter please do drop me a comment below – I would love to hear all about them!