So I know 38 - 40 is term. 37 is usually considered the date for the lungs to be develped. I know there are teeny, tiny, oh god, micro-preemies and then there are full term babies, but what's in between? I'm 34 weeks now. What is 34 week or 35, 36 or 37 like?
Like I said, odds are really good I'll go full term; I always have, even though I start dilating early. But I just have this worry in the back of my head . . . what if?
with DD I had preterm labor.. my doc hospitilzed me at 32 weeks for a week then sent me home on a pump..I stayed on it till 36 weeks. was 3 cms when I came off & told if I went in labor it was fine
she was born at 36.3 weeks & was perfect.. 7 lbs 4 oz.. went home the next morning & has been extremly healthy since
Good luck, mama
My youngest brother was born at home at 36 weeks and had no problems whatsoever. From what I understand, 36 weeks can be iffy - some babies need the NICU but most come out ready for the world. It seems like generally, 36 weeks is the cut-off for whether everyone gets worried or just takes things as 'normal'.
Of course, when I went in at 39 weeks to actually deliver DS everyone started panicking and rushing - turns out someone forgot to purge my record and 33 weeks was still on 'the board' (the computer). Turns out it was a good thing they rushed, he was born 7 minutes after we arrived at the hospital, but it was almost funny how much attention we got.
Mama, homeschooler, midwife. DD (13yo), DS (11yo), DD (8yo), DD (3yo), somebody new coming in November 2013.
--28 weeks because she had a good chance of surviving
--32 weeks because she had a good chance of suriving without long-term effects
--35.5 weeks because she would probably be able to go home with me barring unforseen circumstances
She was born at 36 weeks exactly and was perfect and healthy. 6 pounds 13 oz. and we went home about 1.5 days later.
ds1 born at 35 weeks 6 lb 6 oz-same issues as dd, but took him 4 months to nurse (mostly b/c I took to long to realize he had latch issues, by then I was working us out of a hole). Was hospitalized at 10 days old b/c of jaundice.
ds2 born at 34 1/2 weeks 6 lb 2 oz- same issues as the first 2. Had a biliblanket for 4 days b/c of jaundice.
All left the hospital when I did.
It seemed so strange when the dr jumped from OK at 37 to OK with 36 wks. Don't know whether it looks more likely that I'll go into labor or if he's just getting more comfortable now that's it's closer. 34 wks 4 days now, even if I don't make it all the way, it looks like I'm over the really scary part.
The hardest thing with an early (but not premature) baby is that they are too sleepy to wake and nurse as frequently as they ought to. We were instructed to wake him every three hours to nurse him (every 2 hours the first week, until his jaundice cleared up) day and night which is tough. I really hope my next baby will stay in until 39+ weeks because the first few weeks with a 37-weeker were hard, and I've heard the beginning phase is so much easier when they stay in longer. But from a health perspective, 37 week babies do fine.
ds #3 was born at 35 5days and had apgars of 10 and 10 and went home from hospital 5 hours later.
I am glad someone mentioned that early babies are generally really sleepy and in order to keep the nursing relationship going the mommy has to be a little pushy like waking baby up every two hours around the clock for about 2 weeks.
So I guess I would answer your question: 31 to 32 weeks provided you get the hormone shot in sufficient time before birth (at least 48 hrs)... 34-35+ weeks if you don't.
My second baby was born at home at 36 weeks. He was totally fine- 6 1/2 lbs, although he would sleep all night if you let him, without waking to nurse. And both of my boys had really bad jaundice, mostly because they are asian boys (there is a much higher incidence of this in them apparently) and dh and I have ABO incompatibility.
As you know, I've been having a little preterm drama with this pregnancy. The NICU told me the baby will live outside the uterus past 24 weeks (which I just made it to -yippeee!!!) Although, they aim to keep them in there past 28 weeks. I would think the baby would be fine past 34 weeks, even if they needed a nicu stay- I don't think there would be many long term problems.
Lindsey- SAHM to Skylar (7-12-01), Leah (10-29-04), id twin boys Addison and Riley (6-17-08, born at 25w4d), and Terran (5-29-11, born at 28 weeks)
Madi was born at 35 weeks and weighed 4 lbs. 13 ozs. She had to stay in the NICU for one month, but only b/c of surgery. She was fine in every other aspect.
My other boys were 37 and 38 weeks and weighed 6 lbs. 2 ozs. and 7 lbs. 11ozs.
Every baby is different. When Seth was born there was a 39 weeker on a vent b/c his lungs weren't developed. Seth didn't even need supplemental oxygen at 34 weeks.
goal 1 is 24 weeks, this is the age of viability. SOME babes smaller might survive but chances are not good
goal 2 is 28 weeks, your odds of survival are much greater, like 80% or so
goal 3 is 30 weeks then 32 weeks 34 weeks and so forth
every week helps
if you are asking at what age do the babes usually get to come home right away instead of being in the NICU? then i'd say it depends on the hospital. some will say 35 weeks some 36 weeks. some will say 5 lbs. so it depends. at 28 weeks you are more safe than 24 weeks but if you could get to 34 it would be ideal. they might have a little NICU time, but usually it's because they are little and need some lights for jaundice, or help learning how to eat. the suck, swallow, breath coordination isn't really perfected till around 35 weeks.
Originally Posted by mrzmeg
It's possible for babies to survive as early as (I think) 24 weeks, though they often have major long-term health problems.
Originally Posted by alaskanteach
I hate to say this, but actually, it depends on where you live. Some areas' medical facilities are much more advanced and can better deal with preemies than others. Even within my state, it depends on what town you live in. Hate to be blunt about this, but it is true.
I'm 35 weeks now so I've made it over the really tough parts. The good, but strange, news is that my contractions have stopped. After having them from 28 weeks until 34, they stopped a few days ago. I'm still having braxton-hicks like mad, but the cervix cramping, back aching ones having just diappeared. Wierd. I keep waiting for them to start again.
Thanks again for all the info. I definitly makes me feel better knowing that if, not likely, but if anything happens odds are good it'll be OK.