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born early? Mama Bird of 3 3 kids; Missouri 6686 posts
14th Aug '12

if your baby was born between 31 and 34 weeks how well did they do? there is a good chance my baby will be born soon because i have pre e and babys hear rate has been slowing down :(

Rette Mich 1 child; Texas 27603 posts
14th Aug '12

Mine was 34 weeks and actually has a lot of problems. More so then my micro preemie nieces. But its not that common, most babies born at that time tend to do really well!

Mama Bird of 3 3 kids; Missouri 6686 posts
14th Aug '12
Quoting Rette Mich:" Mine was 34 weeks and actually has a lot of problems. More so then my micro preemie nieces. But its not that common, most babies born at that time tend to do really well!"


did you get the steroid shots?

Mary Stickles Due May 22; 4 kids; Virginia Beach, Virginia 978 posts
14th Aug '12

My son was 33 weeks and did great 10 days nicu 10 in stepdown...acid reflux and latch issues but thays it

Hocus Pocus Due September 27 (boy); Japan 1096 posts
14th Aug '12

My 34 weeker was on life support and all the drugs they used to save her life cause hearing and vision issues. She had blood transfusions and lots of problems was originally given 48 hrs to live but she had a knot in her cord that cut her off two weeks prior so she was 32 week development. Most 34 seekers are okay so to speak

Just Andria 4 kids; Houston, Texas 915 posts
14th Aug '12

I have one 29 weeker and a 35 weeker. Both did lovely with no major problems. Just be prepared for the little set backs you will have now and then. Good luck!!

Rette Mich 1 child; Texas 27603 posts
14th Aug '12
Quoting 3 Pumpkins:" did you get the steroid shots?"


Sadly no, it wasnt really possible.

Mama Bird of 3 3 kids; Missouri 6686 posts
14th Aug '12
Quoting Rette Mich:" Sadly no, it wasnt really possible. "


i got one show yesterday and the next shot is coming soon. they hurt like hell but the are trying to make sure she is prepared to come out. i hope they will help her if she does come too early

*WishingUponAStar* 2 kids; 4 angel babies; Lawton, Oklahoma 18442 posts
14th Aug '12

My son was born at 28.1 weeks. He had to have a heart (PDA) and hernia surgery. He had a rough night after the heart surgery and had to have transfusions and be revived, but he pulled through. He was ok the next day. He spent 69 days in the NICU and is now a happy healthy 3 year old.
My sil had her daughter at 33 weeks and only had to have help breathing, learning to suck, & to gain weight. She was out of the hospital within 2 weeks. Good luck mama! I had pre-e with my first baby and honestly think it is the devil!
ETA: I never got any steroid shots either. My induction was an emergency and kind of all the sudden, so they didn't give me the shots because they wouldn't have time to help.

Vanilla MILFshake. 1 child; Georgia 5424 posts
14th Aug '12

DD was born at 34 weeks because I had very severe pre-e. I did have the steroid shots. She was 4lbs 3oz and had to stay in the NICU for 2 weeks. She never had issues with breathing or any other major health problems, she just had to stay so she could get the hang of taking a bottle and so they could make sure she would gain a few ounces. She's almost 19 months now and she's totally healthy and completely on track with other children her age, maybe even a little ahead. :)

DumpstEr DiveR TTC since Oct 2010; 34 kids; Illinois 7193 posts
14th Aug '12

I had a 32 weeker - he was very Ill when he was born - not breathing and then got pnuemonia - was in the hospital for 6 weeks -I did not get the steroid shot before he as born he was 4lbs4oz



I also had a 34 weeker - she was as healthy as an ox - was breathing perfectly - weighed 6lbs6oz 17.5 inches long - she was in for 9 days because she was not eating well and was jaundice a little

Rette Mich 1 child; Texas 27603 posts
14th Aug '12
Quoting 3 Pumpkins:" i got one show yesterday and the next shot is coming soon. they hurt like hell but the are trying to make sure she is prepared to come out. i hope they will help her if she does come too early"


Well thats good! I wish I would have been able to get one. But the Drs I was seeing let me fall through the cracks and my pre-e almost killed me. I really wish you and your daughter well!!

Mama Bird of 3 3 kids; Missouri 6686 posts
14th Aug '12
Quoting Vanilla MILFshake.:" DD was born at 34 weeks because I had very severe pre-e. I did have the steroid shots. She was 4lbs 3oz ... [snip!] ... 19 months now and she's totally healthy and completely on track with other children her age, maybe even a little ahead. :)"


thats awesome

Mama Bird of 3 3 kids; Missouri 6686 posts
14th Aug '12
Quoting Rette Mich:" Well thats good! I wish I would have been able to get one. But the Drs I was seeing let me fall through the cracks and my pre-e almost killed me. I really wish you and your daughter well!!"


thank you! so sorry you had to go through that. im really liking my hospital and dr they seem to know what they are doing. i feel safe its just waiting that sucks not knowing whats going to happen next.

regina_margot 2 kids; New York, New York 1543 posts
15th Aug '12
Quoting 3 Pumpkins:" thank you! so sorry you had to go through that. im really liking my hospital and dr they seem to know ... [snip!] ... and dr they seem to know what they are doing. i feel safe its just waiting that sucks not knowing whats going to happen next."


i'm sorry you're going through this, i know it's very hard
but it will all be worth it when you get your beautiful baby home!



you've got a few important things going for you, that i think will really help:
1. you have good doctors you trust
2. you're reading up on what to expect ahead of time in terms of preemies and NICU
3. you got the steroid shot (further proving #1 above)



My baby girls were delivered via emergency c section at 32 weeks 3 days, due to a condition that happens to identical twins who are sharing a single placenta (TTTS). Thank GOD i had gotten the shot. It was actually my idea, because I'd heard of it.... on BG ;)
Once it started to look like my drs were becoming worried (they started having me come in more and more for ultrasounds), i asked if i should get one. they were like "yeah, you should" heh. good thing i asked, cause baby girls arrived four days later :)
anyways, they were very small (3 lbs 2 and 3 lbs 9) but thank god no complications. all they needed was to grow and learn to suck. babies usually learn this at 34 weeks, but mine didn't come around to the tasty bottle until week 35.
but they've since seen the light on the tasty tasty bottle :)
they spent 27 days in NICU. I'm not gonna lie: it's hard to leave them at the hospital. but NICU doctors and nurses are AMAZING.
In fact, see if you can get a neonatologist to speak to you for a few minutes. you can ask a few questions, like what they'd expect if you had to deliver today, next week, in two weeks, etc.
you might feel a lot better.
fact is, as traumatic as it is for us as parents, there were actually FORTY SEVEN babies at my NICU when my girls were there. In other words, they (the neonatologists) do this all day, all year, and they know exactly how to grow those healthy babies.
fact is, your baby will still get her womb time, just outside, where you and the doctors can help her and get her the best care and nutrition possible :)



good luck, dear.