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sugar n spice
Hi all i have been to the drs and my bp is affecting the baby and me so im going to have bubs early i dont know how early, im 29wks 4 days today. Anway my two boys were born at 38 and 37 wks so i have no experience with anyuthing earlier. im freaking out that i will get told that i will have to have it early i dont want a baby that is slow, etc and i ve been told there harder to settle, did anyone have a baby born between 30 and 37wks? was your child ok and how long was your baby in hosp for?
thanks in advance
I'll just move this thread to the Prem section, you might get some more replies there.:thumbsup:
Good luck with it all. Hopefully that bub can stay in there for as long as possible.:hugs:
sugar n spice
thanks tickle i wasnt sure where to post it didnt notice the premmie forum.
Hi Sugar n spice
I did not have a really early baby but he did stay in hospital for a while.
My little man Daniel was born at 36weeks due to a condition called IUGR and placental insufficiency therefore he stopped growing at 32 weeks so they decided it would be better for him to come out straight away so that he could get more nutrients on the outside.
I was told that his head would be big and his body small but when he came out he was all in proportion he was just little he weighed 4 pound 7 which is 2.025kgs so not as small as some of the babies on this forum.
How big do they think your baby is already ?
Daniel stayed in the hospital for 12 days after birth as he had a few problems feeding and they would not send him home until they were happy he could feed properly so he would gain weight.
So basically he is fine now at 4 and a half months ( 3 and a half months corrected ) and I can't say I have any trouble settling him as he is my first baby so didn't know what to expect. I will say that because he was early and little he does sleep a lot even now and everyone keeps telling me it is because he is growing.
Anyway hope I answered some of your question.
Hey Sugar n Spice
My beautiful DD was born at 29 weeks and 6 days as i also had gestational hypertension. My waters broke on their own and she was delivered by c section that night as she was stressed.
She weighed 2lb 9oz and was in hospital about 8 weeks. If ur baby comes early they will say usually they will be out by their due date.
I am so grateful she is perfect she is doing everything that a 5 month old should be doing (which is her corrected age) she is almost 7 1/2 months.
I believe that people think prems are slow coz the take development from their birth date and not their due date.
If you need to talk feel free to PM me as i have been there and i know how u are feeling it is a stressful time but so rewarding.
I haven't had a premmie, but I just wanted to wish you luck. and fingers crossed that bub stays in there for a bit longer :fingerscrossed: :hugs: :hugs:
Zach was born at 31 weeks, 2lb 12 ounces, due to pre-eclampsia and IUGR He spent 6 weeks in hospital and has had developmental delays but now aged 4 has almost caught up in every regard except hes still tiny for his age. He came home 6 weeks old and honestly I think he was the easiest baby in the world, being premmie all he did was sleep, he woke up for a feed and went back to sleep and he was like this until DD1 arrived when he was 2.5 yrs old! He slept AMAZING amounts, he still does at 4 he sleeps 12 hours overnight and naps for 4-5 hours in the afternoon!
DD1 was 5 weeks prem due to pregnancy induced hypertension, she was a hefty 5lb 12 ounces, no premmie problems, no extra time in hospital, now 16 months and big for her age and perfect developmentally.
Best of luck for the remainder of your pregnancy, hopefully bubs stays put for another cpl of months!
sugar n spice
thanks everyone im just so anxious:confused::(
and with good reason sugar. :yes: :hugs:
My daughter was born at 29 weeks for some unknown reason. She spent 7 weeks in hospital before I got to bring her home.
DD turns two next week and has no health problems what so ever. I have noticed that DD is quite advanced for her age compared to other 2 year olds that we have been around. She can count to 3 and speak in sentences.
So there is no need to think the worst just think positively. It is amazing what technology they have these days to help prem babies.
sugar n spice
mandymoo - thanks so much its reasurring hearing things like that.
I gather you all would have stressed aswell though when you heard you were having yours early?
ive had my last two prem.
dd2 was 5 & 1/2 weeks early v/b (after 3 stopped prem labours)
ds was7& 1/2 weeks early c-sect (when waters broke)
my first prem was a nice big 6lb 3oz .. id had steroids injected three times before her birth but still she had alot of problems breathing and was on oxygen for days. she was slower than av to crawl walk talk ect...but i got the help she needed while she was young and she is now where she should be for her age. she is 7.5 and doing very well at school.
ds was earlier than dd but breathed on his own and didnt need any oxygen. ( i refused the steroids) he was 2040gm born- 3lb 13oz and fully breastfed when we left the hospital 10 days after his birth. he is little for 4 but is doing very well for his age he crawled at 8 months walked at 14months was slower to talk and harder to understand than most his age but is very loud and clear now!
i am now 27 weeks and been told i may need my cervix stitched to try to stop another prem labour.(anyone else had this done??) i hope to make it to 32 weeks.
even after 2 prems im scared..so i know how you feel
:hugs: hope it all goes well for you
Hi sugar n spice,
I can appreciate your concern, however, premmies have a much better chance these days.The care is excellent.
Our DS was born at 34 weeks, weighing 1.6 kgs.(IUGR)
He stayed in the NICU and SCN for 4 weeks, he has no problems sleeping/settling, and is now 15 months (13 1/2 corrected), has just started walking this week :) and is a happy and healthy bub.
Try not to freak out, I know its hard, but you will see, things will be just fine.
Keep us posted.
sugar n spice
thanks so much both of you for that, its reassurring hearing from other people with prems.
I'm so sorry to hear that you are going through this. I know how stressful it can be. We were told at 27wks that we had a problem with the blood flow to Twin 2's cord and managed to get to 31wks. Taea (twin 1) was 1.86kgs and Bailey (twin 2) was 1.385kgs. Taea was on CPAP for 8 days whilst Bailey needed no breathing assistance. Both were treated for Hypoglycaemia due to my GD and both needed Phototherapy for severe jaundice (common in prems). My dynamic duo are now 13mths old (11mths corrected) and kicking all sorts of goals.
The road with a prem can be stressful but each day is so precious and the smallest things seem like you've climbed Mt Everest.
I wish you good luck and support if you need it.
My boys were both prem
DS1 was born at 35 weeks, and DS2 was born at 34 weeks.
DS1 was a spontanious VB out of the blue. But he was a healthy 5 lb 4, and went sraight into a normal cot with no monitors, and was in NICU for 10 days to establish feeding. Went home fully BF
DS2 was born via VB 30 hrs after my waters braking, and was in NICU for 10 days also. However he was a tiny 4 lb 7 (for his gestation was small). He had low blood sugar and severe jaundice. So he was in a closed crib, and was under lights, and had a drip, and anti b's. This was a lot harder to see then DS1, but easier because I had been down the prem road before. He came home tube feeding three times a day (which I did myself), which was tricky, but we got through it. Much easier then coming and going from the hospital trying to juggle a toddler too.
Both my boys just slept when they first came home, and DS1 still sleeps really well. Which is a problem with establishing feeding prems, you have to wake them up to feed.
The longer your bub decideds to stay put the better, it's amazing how much difference a few days makes, but your baby has a really fantastic odds on being just fine. :hugs: for you and try not to stress too much, but you are not alone and there are plenty of people you can talk to. :hugs:
My DD was born at 29 wks weighing 1.3kg's and was in hospital for 5 weeks. She didn't have any health problems as such, but she had to be 2kg's before they could send her home, so our main issue with her was getting her to take all her feeds and lots of undisturbed sleep!
I didn't find her hard to settle. For the first few weeks I had to rock her to sleep as all mothers do but by 3 months she was sleeping through the night. Now I just put her to bed and she goes to sleep herself. She is reaching all her milestones... she isn't exaclty doing things early, but just average for her age. We were really blessed by how well she did!
I hope everything goes well for you! I was told two days earlier that she was going to be born early so I know how scary it can be, but it amazing seeing all those little babies fighting on and eventually going home. I'll be thinking of you!
Don't stress out at this point. My little girl was born at 26 weeks 550 grams. She was in hospital for 3.5 months. She came home on oxygen, now off it. She is now 5.5 months old corrected, 8 months actual. Her mental state of mind is great. She babbles and grabs things blows bubbles puts everything possible in her mouth. They have said at Growth and Development clinic she is exceptional and definintely not behind mentally but still catching up physically which will come in the next few months with more weight gain and movement. So don't worry you are further along than I was.:angel:
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