From the moment the pregnancy test reads positive, we quickly envision the best of all possible worlds: minimal sickness, a cute baby bump, and a delivery that's both easy and on time. But life has a way of laughing at our expectations. More often than you might think, moms find themselves in the delivery room long before their due date. It's a reminder of the uncertainty of life, and with that in mind, parents might choose a special name for preemies that reflects just how special they are.
Giving birth prematurely, which is defined as any time before 37 weeks of pregnancy, occurs in one out of every 10 births, according to the Centers for Disease Control. A number of factors can raise the risk of prematurity, including age (teen moms are more likely than adults to give birth early), carrying multiples, and lifestyle choices such as smoking and drinking during pregnancy. Babies born prematurely can have breathing, vision, and hearing problems, according to the March of Dimes; they're also at greater risk for developmental and cognitive delays, but that's not to say that every premature baby will have these conditions.
Parents of preemies quickly learn never to take anything for granted. If you're a member of this not-so-exclusive club, picking a baby name to match the gratitude and wonder you feel is a logical and beautiful choice. These are just a few of the possibilities out there; do any strike a chord with you?