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risks of having baby at 36 weeks duejuly09 4 kids; Dayton, Iowa 39 posts
3rd Jun '09

Hey ladies,
I am 34 weeks pregnant and as of yesterday at my doctors appointment my doctor informed me that more then likely my baby would be born in the 36th week do to the fact that I am dialating,having contractions, and the babys head is fully ingaged. I am just really curious what the risks are when you have a baby at 36weeks.

Thank you for any responces

Jayme S. Due August 31; 1 child; Texas 5409 posts
3rd Jun '09

You can have a perfectly healthy baby at 36 weeks...so dont stress yourself!!

My friend just had hers at 36 weeks and he was fine.. he was smaller than most full term babies of course... he was only 6lbs.

and.. he had a little trouble breathing through the night because their lungs are still a little under developed. But by day 2 he was doing great and in the regular nursery..

That was about 3 weeks ago and he growing like a weed and has already gained some major weight.

Just relax and dont stress!

Small Fry&Bed Bug 2 kids; Ontario 16793 posts
3rd Jun '09

I had my daughter at 35 weeks 6 days and she had to stay In NICU for almost a month because she wasnt breathing properly, but if your doc knows this now she should have offered you steriod shots to develop the babies lungs.
I got them last week in case my little man comes early.

Tracy Ann 3 kids; Michigan 20794 posts
3rd Jun '09

He did not offer any plan to stall your labor until 38 weeks??

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3rd Jun '09
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Petit tabernac clusterfuck, LA, Sri Lanka 107724 posts
3rd Jun '09

I had my daughter at 36 weeks and she was fine, came right home with me. Good luck and remember that all babies are different.

Gina♥ Due October 28 (boy); 3 kids; Oklahoma 3037 posts
3rd Jun '09

I had my son at 36 weeks.
He was 6lb 10oz and 18in
He was born with very low blood sugar and spent 1 night in the NICU, and also had a hard time maintaining his body temp. But we were both released 36 hours after my csection.

My best friend had her baby at 36 weeks.
She was 5lbs even and 18in
No problems whatsoever.

At this stage, it can go either way as to whether there will be any problems at all. My advice to you is stay your butt in bed as much as possible.

Hayley's mum Due November 24; Melbourne, Australia 344 posts
3rd Jun '09

my god daughter was born at 36weeks she spent a week in the special care nursery she did really well no breathing problems

duejuly09 4 kids; Dayton, Iowa 39 posts
3rd Jun '09
Quoting Tracy Ann:
Sarah Voisin 3 kids; Fredericksburg, Virginia 825 posts
3rd Jun '09

If your doc is expecting you to deliver early hopefully he has given you steroid shots to help develp the baby's lungs more. My best friend had her baby at 35 weeks and 2 days and had been on bedrest for 10 weeks prior. They had given her two rounds of steroids and he came out screaming his head off. He was very little- 4 lbs 13 oz but never had to go to the NICU and is over 7 lbs about 7 weeks later. Each baby is different, but you are past the very scary premie stage, so just take it as easy as possible and know that he will be in the best hands possible no matter what happens. Good luck.

Fongifrogs_315 2 kids; Illinois 4229 posts
3rd Jun '09

my son was born at the end of 35 weeks and weighed 6.11 He had to go to nicu for a week and half because he popped a small hole in his lung when he tried to take his first breath. that was more due to my csection and me being under general anasthesia than because he was early. Every baby is different!

duejuly09 4 kids; Dayton, Iowa 39 posts
3rd Jun '09

Thank you everyone for your replies, I am trying to relax as much as possible but have to admitt i am extremly concerned about babys lungs. This is my second child, my first was born at 40 weeks and perfectly healthy baby, so this situation is new to me. Hopefully i can get my body to let me stall for some extra time.
Thank you again everyone!!!!

MissySweet Minnesota 23 posts
3rd Jun '09

To duejul09: Are you able to call your dr to ask over the phone if you could come in early to recieve the steriods so the baby can stay in longer?

I am TTC for 2yrs now. And i call my dr over the phone if i can't get in, usually, He is good at calling back or having his assistant RN call back. If you want to you could try that.

Petit tabernac clusterfuck, LA, Sri Lanka 107724 posts
3rd Jun '09
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MissySweet Minnesota 23 posts
3rd Jun '09

Oh, I am sorry to hear that Collen13.
I hope it all goes well for you. Good luck!