Babies born at 33+ weeks angelcurls 2 kids; Alabama 161 posts
3rd Dec '07

Anyone have their babies at 33+ weeks and could tell me how they did? Wt, length, needed oxygen or not, stayed in hospital?????, etc.....

john casey (mtka) 3 kids; Bradley, Illinois 21994 posts
3rd Dec '07

i am delivering some were between 33 and 36 weeks. i'm told not to expect them to be more than 5 and a half pounds at the most. 20 inches is the best bet and my boys are lucky enought to have gotten a lung developing steroid so i won't need to worry about oxygen. they may need to be incubated though. mine just depends on wieght. we are working on take home babies. hope hope hope. don't know if that helped. its just what i have been prepared for

*Wicked Mama* 3 kids; Olympia, Washington 16221 posts
3rd Dec '07
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Marilyn's dad Tennessee 5 posts
4th Dec '07

are baby was 5 weeks early. My developed gestational diabetes - but passed the screening tests so it was not caught in time. The baby grew fast and was 6lbs 7oz at birth - that was the good news. Her lungs were not mature enought to support her. She spent 8 days in the NICU for oxygen support. She needed one steroid treatment for her lungs and was then weened of the oxygen. Like many others - I would strongly suggest every precaution once your baby is home to reduce chances of any infections. We didn't allow anyone but family into our home for the first month and no kids for 3. After the 4th month she did contract RSV and spent another week in the hospital. It was a tough week - but she came out fine. The pediatrician told us that being a premie with immature lungs it wasn't if she was going to have a respitory infection but when. And was happy that we made it 4 months. So, yes, having baby that can't come home with you stinks but knowing it's best for them does help. Our wasn't home for christmas but was home for new year. And despite a rough start - after nearly a year, she is still a little small for her age - but otherwise growing, developing fine and very happy baby.

jnbstanton 3 kids; Oklahoma 4 posts
5th Dec '07
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jnbstanton 3 kids; Oklahoma 4 posts
5th Dec '07
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ReaGan & SaRa's MoM Due August 29; 82 kids; Texas 126 posts
6th Dec '07

I just had mytwins at 33 weeks on Saturday Dec 1st. They are at the hosptail still. Sara was 4 lbs 13 oz and Reagan was 3 lbs 7 oz. Sara need O2 for a day. They still have a tube for feeding. They are trying to take Sara's out. They will have to be in a heated crib for a while. They don't know how long they will be in the hosptail for. I am starting to have PPD because my girls are still there and I am at home. I cry all the time. Sometimes I can't stop. They are many of people who are there for you and your baby when you need it. Everyone in NICU is great. The moms, grandmas, and nurseswill sit there and talk to you when you need it the most. It helps alot with things. When you are up there everyday they will talk to you more and let you do things more. I have been up there everyday for at least one feeding a day and they just tell me it is time to feed them. So I change the diper, check their temp and grab their bottle and feed them. They may not know how to suck and breath at the same time. But they will. I am hoping to have them home for christmas. But I don't know if I will. I know everything is scary right now but it will be okay.

Bangtail 50 kids; Katy, Texas 7751 posts
status 12th Dec '07

My son was born at 35 weeks and spent 20 days in the NICU. Even though I had two seperate rounds of steroids (4 shots total), his lungs were underdeveloped. Then, he developed a staph infection in the hospital. It was very scary. But now is four months old and doing just fine. The rule of thumb that they gave me is that they will release them after they have not had any bradychardias (where there heart rate drops rapidly) and when they can consistantly hold their O2 sats at 90 percent or higher.

angelcurls 2 kids; Alabama 161 posts
12th Dec '07
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Bangtail 50 kids; Katy, Texas 7751 posts
status 14th Dec '07

He weighed five pounds. On the ultrasound, they said he weighed six lbs 3 oz. But they were wrong. My first son was born at 34 weeks, weighed an even six pounds, and went home with me four days after he was born. I guess every baby is different. I had progesterone shots and everything during this pregnancy, but he just wasnt wanting to stay in there. I'm sure that he would not have stayed that long if he had not developed the Staph infection.

double k's mommy 2 kids; New Mexico 1 posts
14th Dec '07
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AidanandElla'smom! 50 kids; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 917 posts
14th Dec '07

My son Aidan is 3 1/2 now. He was born at 31 weeks and weighed 3 pounds 12 ounces. He was a stubborn thing! He was in the NICU for 6 weeks. He required oxygen and had some bad spells. Once they figured out that reflux was his problem, he was medicated properly and started putting on weight appropriately. You would never know that he was born early, ever.He is off the charts in height, right on target with weight, and he is so smart. Too smart I think sometimes. It was a really stressful time for me. I would be happy to talk with any of you if you like. I am pregnant again and scared to death that I am going to go through this again. I just try to remain positive because I know that it is out of my hands. Good luck everyone and God bless!

Savannah's Mom 1 child; Florida 3 posts
15th Dec '07

Hello! My daughter, Savannah was born at 34 1/2 weeks...she was 3 pounds 6 ounces and 16 inches. She has stopped eating and growning 3 1/2 weeks earlier. We were in the hospital from 7/13/07 to 7/31/07. Knock on wood, she had no problems. She had to eat from a feeeding tube in her nose for a couple of days and stay in the incubator for a little while (Probably like 15 days or so). As of now, she is 5 months and is fine. She is 13 1/2 pounds and 23 inches long. I did have to have a c-section...they tried to induce me but her heart rate started to drop...I also had two steroid shots the previous two days and oxygen right before. I had pre-eclampsia...that's whyt she was early.

jbridley21 1 child; North Dakota 6 posts
19th Dec '07

Hey! My little girl was born at 33 weeks and 1 day and she was a healthy girl! She weighed 5 pounds 6 ounces at birth. She stayed in the NICU for 12 days to gain weight becuase she dropped to 4 pounds 15 ounces the first night. I've had her home now for a week and she is now up to 5 pounds 13 ounces. She didn't have any breathing problems, but that is due in large part to the steriod treatment that I got for her when I was 26 weeks pregnant. (I was put on bedrest for premature labor for 4 weeks, then out for 10 days, then back in for a week due to my membranes rupturing lol) When I finally had her it was scary yet a relief from the trouble pregnancy that I had. My advice is keep them in as long as you can! It is better for everyone in the end!!

Elaborate Dream 2 kids; Charleston, West Virginia 2519 posts
20th Dec '07

Ethan was born at 35 weeks, he weighed 5lbs 4oz and was 19 inchs long. We were lucky because his lungs were mature enough that he didn't have to be incubated, and he only had to stay in the nicu one day. He came home a week later with me. (I had pre-eclampsia) When He came home Ethan weighed 4lbs 15oz ..

almost five months later he is doing awesome! I think it is over time to upload a new picture of him!!