UC at 34 weeks? - Page 2
In Spiritual Midwifery, Ina May suggests using alcohol to stop early labor. I would also think bedrest would be of great benefit to you. An ultrasound can tell you if baby's lungs are developed and give you an idea of his size. I personally wouldn't want to do UC at less than 36 weeks but, I might choose to if in that situation. I attended a 35 week UC and all was well, he weighed 4 lbs 3 oz and breathed right away. I know you will take the necessary precautions and make the right decision for you and your lo. Love and peace, sister.
And stay hydrated! So many early labors are caused by dehydration, fatigue, and stress.
Don't even know what to say about the alcohol suggestion. There are meds that can be prescribed that work better to put off birth for 48 hrs or so, while you do things like give steroids to help baby's lungs to mature or transport mom to a place with a level 2 or 3 NICU. Those meds don't depress the fetus like alcohol does.
Ultrasound can't tell you whether a preemies lungs are mature. It's not about size, it's whether the kid's making surfactant yet.
This thread has jumped the shark.
More than one professional midwife has suggested booze for early labor.
Using ultrasound to detect lung development, a new method since 1991: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1046/j.1469-0705.1991.01050345.x/pdf
Size of the baby has more to do with suckling issue and needing extra care from what I've seen.
Seems the above could be right about the bed rest (depending on the cause of prematurity), but do take it easy, Love. <3
Edited by ShaktiDevi - 8/16/13 at 3:39am