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    Default Premature birth

    I've been getting some distinct pain today and it has me thinking, what would be the likely outcome if I just happened to go into labour this early (35w+3d)?

    Not that I think that I'm in labour whatsoever, this is just where my general train of thoughts have led me and it has made me curious. Any stories from people who have had premature babies out of the blue, as in, everything was uneventful, you had weeks to go and just went early? Is there always a reason, or can it just happen? What did bubs weigh? Were there complications?
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    My little man was born at 35 weeks due to PE. He was a very healthy 2.95kg, 50cm long. Was in NICU for 3 weeks mostly for observation and testing for some other unrelated issues. All was fine.

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    A friend birthed her baby at 35 weeks at home. She and baby were on complete bed rest, full kangaroo care, with twice daily and then daily midwife visits but they were able to avoid going to hospital.

    The first breastfeed was easy, but she had a bit of trouble with other breastfeeds for a few weeks- had to do breastcompressions to encourage baby to suck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kymmie View Post
    My little man was born at 35 weeks due to PE. He was a very healthy 2.95kg, 50cm long. Was in NICU for 3 weeks mostly for observation and testing for some other unrelated issues. All was fine.
    Wow that's a great size for 5 weeks prem! Just imagine if you had gone full term!

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    I went into labor at 31+6 as my waters broke no reason was found for this. My son was born weighing 2.28kg 47cm. With no complications besides staying in SCBU for 5 weeks til he could feed properly. He is now 7 months

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    My dd1 was born at 31 weeks after no warning signs. I thought I had gastro until a friend asked if the pain was coming and going and made me ring the hospital.
    I went in and they checked me then transferred me to Melbourne (2hrs away) to a hospital equipped with level 1 care for bubs.
    She was born 6 hours later weighing 1691gms and spent 7 weeks in NICU and SCN. Initially NICU for breathing issues and then SCN for growth. She is now fine and has no signs that she was prem.
    Dd2 I'd had threatened prem labour at 33 weeks 4 days and they transferred me again but held it off with meds until she was born right on 36 weeks. She weighed 2.8kg and we were kept in for 5 days as she had low blood sugar but she didn't go into the SCN. She breastfed beautifully with no issues at all.
    Again no lasting effects of prematurity and wouldn't know she was an early bird :-)

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    I had a 34 weeker then a 35 weeker, then 34 week twins. All out of the blue. Most of the time there is no reason. The 34 weekers all weighted around 1.9 kg and the 35 weeker about 2.2 kg which is pretty average. Ur baby girl may just have to spend time in SCN for a short while although my 35 weeker was like a full term baby and spent no time there.
    good lucksweetie. Rest rest and no,stress

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    My DD was born at 34 weeks after my waters spontaneously broke, she spend 2 weeks in the nursery, she weighed 8 p 1 oz. she really only stayed in the nursery until she developed good feeding and put on weight. DS was only 2 weeks early and weighed exactly the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BMJandBaby View Post
    Wow that's a great size for 5 weeks prem! Just imagine if you had gone full term!
    I know! I'm freaking out with this one. Really really hoping it will be a couple of weeks early

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    Thanks for sharing your stories, I find it amazing that babies can be born so early and (with technology these days) be OK.
    My pains have settled for the time being and I'm seeing my OB tomorrow

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