Its not that much earlier really. But I'm not sure why, from what I've read it has to do w the fact that their lungs have fully matured and some studies indicate 37wks to be the peak of development for twins. There's some evidence that twins born after 37wks have lower APGAR scores, birth weights, etc. 5.5 lbs is the average weight for a full term twin. I think NICU time is usually related to lung maturity (if oxygen is needed, etc) and their ability to feed on their own. It looks like how far past 37wks a twin mom is 'allowed' to go is often dependent on the OB. Some will really push to induce by 38wks if you aren't already showing signs of labor.
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NICU time is determined by how well they do after birth, basically. Some ages are going to be a NICU stay no matter what (anything under 35 weeks), but after you hit that 35 week mark it's more up to the baby. I have seem 35 weekers go to full term nursery, and I have seen 38 weekers come to NICU. It has nothing to do with weight, either. Big babies can do badly and small babies can be fine. If you get to 36 weeks you're probably in the clear. At 37 weeks you almost certainly are. You haven't mentioned any underlying health problems, so I'm guessing your babies are healthy and growing well in there, so they should come out at term and go right home with you.
I think with twins Feral at least here- they like to hang the NICU thing over you to make you aware of it but also to pressure you into things- at least it feels that way, esp at a 'learning hospital' which is so heavily attached to the medical school here.. its really unsettling at times
Yeah. they do that here too. Which is why I'm not delivering at the hospital I work for, but at the one in the system that the NICU nurses consider the "bad and dangerous" hospital. It has the lowest c/s rate in the state, doesn't even have an official NICU, and is staffed entirely by midwives.
Oh, well thanks! Lol. I didn't do my hair today (um, wayyyyyyyyyyy too hot!! Lol) so it feels like a hot mess to me cause it's supa straight. But FYI, if anyone likes that tank (and I've probably said this alreayd, but I really like them!)... I have them in like 900 colors, and I absolutely LOVE them all. So comfy cause of the ruching on the side. They're at Old Navy and they're inexpensive!
All you ladies seriously look so awesome! It's amazing to me to see the difference in everyone's bodies. Crazy!
Ithappened: I think we look almost the same belly size, but you have 2 sweet little babies in there... amazing!