World Prematurity Day: Raising Awareness about RSV
Nearly six years ago I was blessed with the best Christmas gift a woman can ask for. My baby girl. She’s beautiful, loving, smart, silly, full of energy, and has a heart of gold. My life would not be complete without her. Throughout my pregnancy with her I took care of myself. I went to all my prenatal appointments, took it easy on the cleaning and cooking, rested as much as I could. I milked every bit of my pregnancy rights possible. The nature of my body and hereditary genetics however, did not allow me to complete my third trimester.35 weeks into my first pregnancy, my water bag broke! 7 o’clock in the morning (the day after my baby shower and my second day off for maternity leave), my body said no more.
As you can probably imagine, we were worried; my husband more than I. Thank goodness both baby and I were fine. She was in place, my contractions grew quick, and by 6pm she was born weighing 5 pounds even. She stayed with me in the hospital room the first day, but by the next day the pediatrician did not feel she was ready to go home. Her new home for the next nine days were in an incubator in the hospital. Those were the hardest nine days of my life as a new Mama. I cried every night, but as the doctor explained to me, it’s necessary to take these extra precautions because of her still underdeveloped lungs and high levels of bilirubin.
Key RSV facts:
How can I help protect my baby from RSV?RSV is very contagious and can be spread easily through touching, sneezing, and coughing. Additionally, the virus can live on the skin and surfaces for hours. There is no treatment for RSV disease once it’s contracted, so prevention is critical. To help minimize the spread of RSV disease, all parents should:
Speak to your child’s pediatrician to determine if your baby is at high risk for RSV disease, and if so, what additional steps may be recommended. For more information about RSV and prevention, visitwww.RSVprotection.com.