Things to Expect in the NICU

For someone so tiny, a preemie can be surprisingly resilient.


Although you expect some ups and downs when it comes to pregnancy, labor and delivery, few moms imagine their babies spending time in the neonatal intensive care unit, or NICU. But the most routine pregnancy or delivery can change course, and even if you know ahead of time that your little one might need extra care, it can still be a rough time for new parents.

While your NICU experience will probably make you feel anxious, knowing what's going on can help you feel more in control and let you stay focused on your little one. We have 10 things you can expect during your baby's stay.