Premature infants, known as “Preemies”, come into the world earlier than full-term babies. Prematurity occurs when a pregnancy lasts less than 37 weeks; full-term infants are born 37 to 42 weeks after the mother’s Last Menstrual Period (LMP).
Most think premature babies are born weak and frail. Yes, they are born earlier with more odds against them. And without the protection form their mother’s womb, they face the world unprepared.
However, in reality, they are fighters. They claw on to life itself and try their hardest to make it through.
Although survival can be an uphill battle, the end result can be seen with their smiling face. There is nothing sweeter and more innocent than a baby’s smile. But when a preemie smiles, somehow it seems even sweeter—a preemie smile shows that everything is going to be ok.
Compiled by Life Hacks, check out these 13 premature babies who are alive and happy.
#1 Born weighing only 2 lb 12 oz.
Look at that beautiful smile!
#2 Born at 33 weeks, her mother was told she’d never smile again after suffering a stroke.
Her big grin just proved everyone wrong.
#3 He may not look like it, but this man was born nine weeks premature.
He weighed 4.8 lb. He will soon be graduating from med school to be a doctor of osteopathic medicine.
#4 Born at 34 weeks and weighing 5 lb 4 oz.
After two weeks in the NICU, this little guy is doing great!
#5 The difference a few weeks can make.
This little lady was born weighing 3 lb 7 oz. But now at 16 weeks old, you’d have never known!
#6 Evelyn was born at 25 weeks and only weighed 1.8 lb.
She was revived numerous times over the first six months of her life and now she is a strong and beautiful little girl, determined to live.
#7 Kennedy was born at 31 weeks and weighed 3 lb 2 oz.
That won’t stop her from letting her smile shine.
#8 These twins were born at 26 weeks and weighed 1 lb and 11 oz. each.
After 80 days in the NICU, they are celebrating their fifth birthday.
#9 This little lady was born at 3 lb 14 oz.
Nothing says happy to be alive with a smile.
#10 Born weighing 3 lb 6 oz.
This gorgeous lady has just turned 7!
#11 This sweet guy was born weighing 4 lb 9 oz.
Now 17 months old, he is proving that preemie babies are strong too!
#12 Seven weeks premature, but not about to give up!
This is just the start of a long and happy life for this guy.
#13 Not a care in the world!
Born at 25 weeks and weighing 2 lb 2 oz, he flashed his first of many smiles at one-month-old.
According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 15 million babies are born too early—before 37 weeks gestation—every year around the world.,. Last year, preterm births affected about one of every 10 infants born in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.