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Not stopping labor after 34 weeks?

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
Is it common not to do anything to stop labor after 34 weeks? I always thought 36 weeks was the cutoff but was told 34 yesterday.
post #2 of 17
It was 36 weeks for me. Maybe it depends on your care provider and circumstances?
post #3 of 17
I think it depends on where you plan to deliver, and what is causing the labor.
post #4 of 17
I'm in a position where I was starting to have contractions at 34 weeks. They had me stop my labor, and wanted me to wait until 37, even though I was initally told by a nurse at the hospital they would not stop after 35 weeks. I was shot up with lots of meds in L&D, and given steroid shots as well (which HURT!!!). They put me on some meds (pill form of the shots at the hospital) to stop the contractions, and I was told at the 37 week mark I could stop taking them.

Short answer: They stopped me up until 37 weeks.
post #5 of 17
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Originally Posted by NewTennMom View Post
They put me on some meds (pill form of the shots at the hospital) to stop the contractions, and I was told at the 37 week mark I could stop taking them.
Was it albuterol, by chance?
post #6 of 17
I have had 3 pre-term births including my Sept 08 born July 08 baby. I was told with all 3 of them at 2 different hospitals that they would not stop the labor after 34 weeks. They would do IV fluids and brethanine (sp?) but if I was truely in labor neither one of those would work. It was against their policy to do mag. sulf. after 34 weeks.

I hope you make it much longer so this won't even be an issue. Best wishes for a few more weeks.
post #7 of 17
Thread Starter 
I'm not actually having preterm issues but have had lots of BH near the end of previous pregnancies and have had them 2-3 minutes apart a couple times this pregnancy. I don't think they will ever put me into real labor but when I asked about them I was told the 34 week thing and that surprised me.
post #8 of 17
at my 34 week appt. they told me that if labor was to start now, they would not stop it. I was having some pTL issues but so far so good.....
post #9 of 17
Depends on why you are going into pre-term labor. If it's not something life threatening to the mother or child they will stop the labor where I am from anytime before 36 weeks.
post #10 of 17
At 34w, I'd still want them to do everything they could to stop labor. I DO NOT want to have to deal with a NICU stay and a baby who has a hard time nursing. I'd much rather have meds and try to get to 36 or 37w.
post #11 of 17
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Was it albuterol, by chance?
No, it was terbutaline. The shots were pretty horrible, but the pills just made me kind of jittery. Not fun!
post #12 of 17
That's what my OB said. At 34 weeks they don't do anything to stop labor. I hit 36 weeks this Saturday and have only barely just started BH ctx when I overdo myself so I'm not worried about going into labor early at this point.
post #13 of 17
Terbutaline is nasty stuff, I had preterm labor with DD1 and had to have that, it made me all jittery too.

The hospital near me won't stop labor after 35 weeks. I personally feel comfortable UCing after 36 weeks, and my m/w will attend births after 37 weeks. I imagine if I went into labor at 36 weeks and called her she would come (if I wanted her to, which I don't).
post #14 of 17
depends on why and baby and you

But 34 is one of the final cut off's, it is early, and baby most likely will need a bit of help, but as far as premature goes, 34 is good!
post #15 of 17
Yeah terb is a trip! I took it for weeks to stop premature labor when pregnant with our son who was born premature (and later died ) and it makes you feel like you are taking a bunch of diet pills - but you can't get up because you are on bed rest so you just go through cleaning the house in your head... or wait, that's what I did.
post #16 of 17
Terbutaline is nasty stuff. Yuck. I took it from 27-36 weeks with DD.

I think it just depends on the OB. With DD, I went to one appointment at 35 weeks contracting like crazy and the OB sent me to the hospital to "have the baby". The on-call OB from the SAME practice said "hell no you're not having that baby!" and stopped my labor
post #17 of 17
Sheesh...I put myself on bedrest at 36 weeks, after having a slight fluid leak and tons of BH. Having had a 37-week baby already, I sure didn't want to see what a week LESS maturity looked like. DD did finally arrive at 38 weeks and has been a VERY different newborn than my 37-weeker was. More alert, better feeder, no jaundice, etc.
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