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Babies born at 29 weeks? Sunshinelove Due August 19; 1 child; Pendleton, OR, United States 179 posts
22nd Jul '11

Has anyone had a baby born at 29 weeks give or take a week or two? What were they like? what was the main worry with them? What was under developed other than lungs? C-section or Vaginal? How long before you could take them home? And hold them? and Breast feed them? Did they have any serious health issues?

2 Boys + 1 3 kids; New York 2063 posts
22nd Jul '11

*watching*

Taryn - Anya's mommy 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Toronto, Ontario 49455 posts
22nd Jul '11

I had a baby born at 27 weeks. Her digestive system was under developed, she spent less than a day on the ventilator, which I believe had a lot to do with me getting steroids 5 days before she was born. She spent 12 weeks 1 day in the hospital and came home 3 days before her due date. She was very tiny, but she never had any major problems, her biggest problem was a feeding intolerance which interfered with her gaining weight, and she had a PDA, which is a valve in the heart that is supposed to close soon after birth but some preemies have problems with it. They can let it close on its own, with meds or with surgery.

Taryn - Anya's mommy 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Toronto, Ontario 49455 posts
22nd Jul '11

Oh and that 27 weeker is now 2 yrs old, and is in perfect health.

GongShowExtravaganza 2 kids; Burnaby, British Columbia 5671 posts
22nd Jul '11
Quoting Sunshinelove:" Has anyone had a baby born at 29 weeks give or take a week or two? What were they like? what was the ... [snip!] ... How long before you could take them home? And hold them? and Breast feed them? Did they have any serious health issues?"

I was born at 29 weeks...

Nicholas, Khloe, Aria 18 kids; Michigan 537 posts
22nd Jul '11

I had my daughter at 26 weeks. Her lungs were fine.
They fed her through IV for a little bit but had me pump to store the milk. Once she got on a feeding tube they used the breast milk.
She was 2 pounds 3 oz and very skeleton like but she started gaining fast once the feeding tube went in.
I had a c-section.
She would have been able to come home before she was 2 months but she got an infection in her intestines. so it was more like 4-5 months before she came home.
I was able to hold her at about 3 weeks.

Sunshinelove Due August 19; 1 child; Pendleton, OR, United States 179 posts
22nd Jul '11

So far nothing horrific. Thats good, congrats to you ladies and your healthy babies!! :)

Taryn - Anya's mommy 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Toronto, Ontario 49455 posts
22nd Jul '11
Quoting Sunshinelove:" So far nothing horrific. Thats good, congrats to you ladies and your healthy babies!! :)"

do they think you may give birth prematurely?

Sunshinelove Due August 19; 1 child; Pendleton, OR, United States 179 posts
22nd Jul '11
Quoting Tara - Anya's mommy:" do they think you may give birth prematurely?"


Its a high possibility, and I don't want them to stop it if I do so I'm looking into potential health risks, My baby is already >3lbs at 29 weeks and everything is well developed so fingers crossed if it happens nothing goes wrong

Taryn - Anya's mommy 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Toronto, Ontario 49455 posts
22nd Jul '11
Quoting Sunshinelove:" Its a high possibility, and I don't want them to stop it if I do so I'm looking into potential health ... [snip!] ... My baby is already >3lbs at 29 weeks and everything is well developed so fingers crossed if it happens nothing goes wrong"

The weight is an approximate, but thats not the point, :), have they given you steroids to help mature the baby's lungs?



I may have misunderstood, but why wouldn't you want them to stop the labor if you do?

Sunshinelove Due August 19; 1 child; Pendleton, OR, United States 179 posts
22nd Jul '11
Quoting Tara - Anya's mommy:" The weight is an approximate, but thats not the point, :), have they given you steroids to help mature ... [snip!] ... to help mature the baby's lungs? I may have misunderstood, but why wouldn't you want them to stop the labor if you do?"


They have not :/ I've been in l&d 4 times in the last month with very painful contractions that wont stop but they don't dialate me at all so they don't do anything about them. My US yesterday put the baby at about 3lbs 14 ounces :S I'm expected to have an 11 lb baby!! And I guess its more or less out of selfishness really, I have had a miserable pregnancy from day one, I have been in excruciating, nauseating pain for the last 2 months with maybe 3 hours of sleep every day and they say its only going to get worse which is causing extreme depression. So the sooner I can get him out, really the happier I will be as selfish as it sounds :/

Taryn - Anya's mommy 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Toronto, Ontario 49455 posts
22nd Jul '11
Quoting Sunshinelove:" They have not :/ I've been in l&d 4 times in the last month with very painful contractions that ... [snip!] ... which is causing extreme depression. So the sooner I can get him out, really the happier I will be as selfish as it sounds :/ "

trust me you do not want a premature baby, the stress from your baby struggling to survive, is worse than any pregnancy can bring on.

Sunshinelove Due August 19; 1 child; Pendleton, OR, United States 179 posts
22nd Jul '11
Quoting Tara - Anya's mommy:" trust me you do not want a premature baby, the stress from your baby struggling to survive, is worse than any pregnancy can bring on."


No doubt in my mind! My pregnancy has been low stress high pain I can't imagine having to go threw that, it sounds horrible it really does.

♥Bella'sMommy♥ Due May 19; 1 child; Colorado Springs, Colorado 24631 posts
22nd Jul '11

Bella was born at 29 weeks. Her lungs werent too bad off. She was only on the vent for 23 hours and then skipped cpap and went straight to the nasal canula. Her intestines always caused her problems though. It took them a long time to up her feeds and she always had residuals. Then she got NEC and that was a whole other ball game. She almost died multiple times from that. In one day she had to be bagged to be resuscitated (she NEVER had to be bagged previously). She also got a staph infection that turned septic and went to her blood stream. They think it was from the picc line (it is common to get infections due to that). Once that got cleared the rest of her NICU stay was pretty uneventful. She came home in 40 days (a little less then 6 weeks old) which was REALLY early for a 29 weeker to come home. They are usually in for 11+ weeks. I had an emergency c-section and was able to hold her when she was 4 days old. I wasnt able to breastfeed her til about a month old AFTER they bottle fed for about a week so she never would latch on. I just pumped and gave her BM. She has had problems with her intestines ever since. She couldn't digest milk protein (a super common problem with preemies) and had to be put on predigested formula. It was reallllly expensive. She had SEVERE reflux had to be on meds 2x a day and rice cereal for that. We still go to the GI every 6 weeks and she is 2. She wont gain weight. She had to have glasses (she doesn't any more). She has asthma.



Having a preemie is NOT pretty and I have no idea why you wouldn't want them to stop your labor. You do NOT want a preemie baby..I can guarantee it. Having to watch your baby struggle to live and being told they may not make it through the night is not something I would wish on anyone. My little girl is 2 now and relatively healthy other then asthma and not gaining properly (which are both due to her prematurity and are actually minor problems to due to long term problems other preemies at 29 weeks have) and it is still hard for doctors to tell you that your baby is not normal. It is still a reality to me EVERY day when I am having to make her eat 2000 calories a day and trying to force her to drink 2 pediasures a day. Or when I have to give her a breathing treatment every night. Most preemies have lasting problems from their prematurity. You do not want that.