(BPT) - Alexis Tkachuk, a healthy 34-year-old, was overjoyed when she became pregnant with her first child. After 32 weeks of an uncomplicated pregnancy, Alexis’ doctor cleared her for travel, and she and her husband decided to enjoy a relaxing trip. During the flight, however, Alexis began feeling discomfort, and upon checking into a local hospital, discovered she was in labor – eight weeks early! Only four pushes later, Alexis gave birth to her four-pound baby boy, Jack.
Nearly one in eight babies in the U.S. are born preterm (typically defined as before 37 weeks gestation), but many women deliver early without any risk factors or warning signs. Like many parents, Alexis and her husband initially felt unprepared to raise a preemie, as these infants face several health risks and often require special healthcare needs.
Fortunately, Jack was provided extra oxygen and was able to breathe well right after his birth. After ten days in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), he and Alexis were able to fly back home. In the following months, Jack gained weight quickly, appearing strong and healthy, and Alexis thought the worst was behind them.
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