Originally Posted by swissgirl
The key to a full-termer this time - a cerclage and 3 months of bed rest. Otherwise, our new son would most likely have arrived early. Didn't get the chance to see the new and improved private suite NICU - I have to admit, I was curious to see the remodel of the place we spent so much time after
The reason for my DS1's early birth (34-3w) was not fully determined. I had an alleged kidney crisis at 31,3w (I am pretty sure of it!) and birthing contractions started and wouldn't give up even under anti-contraction meds.
For my second, we expected a possible early labour again so after 5m pregnant I started to be REALLY careful and not do much anymore except toddler care, and rest as much as I could with my demanding toddler around and no-one else to help out in daytime. I got as inactive as I possibly could, just to exclude an added risk for a repeat. When I reached the 31w and the 34w milestones I felt more relieved again. I also got the shots for the lungs for this one. At 37 weeks I could be 'free' and do whatever I wanted. 10 days later we finally went shopping (I'd been soooo bored!), the next day I would deliver at 38,5w.
I now believe that the first premie was an 'accident' and probably wouldn't have been repeated. But there is either a possible, real or definite risk for repetition so you try whatever necessary to minimize risk.
As for the NOISY NICU. Both my babies have been hospitalized after birth. When I think of it, DS1 was in an always busy room most of the time full with 7-8 babies for 10 days and 2 more days in hospital with me rooming in, and environment was noisy. When he was a small baby he could sleep through many sounds, could even attend a noisy wedding at 8m and sleep through it most of the time :-). DS2 stayed in NICU for 8 days. At the time there were never more than him and another baby, or it was just him alone. So it was real QUIET there. And HE hasn't been so great with noise, would wake from us tiptoeing in the nearby room