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#61 of 65 Old 01-27-2009, 05:37 PM
 
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so glad for this thread.

i'm currently 35 weeks and am on bedrest because my cranky uterus is effectively pushing my baby down. guess what i thought were bh were the real deal.

last week i went to the hospital for monitoring and got a bag of fluids and a shot of terbutaline, neither of which "stopped" things but likely slowed them down. this was thursday. in that time, i've gone from 80 to 90% effaced and baby has dropped - fundal height was at 36cm, now at 34, and i've lost my mucous plug. i'm around a fingertip dilated and my mw seems to think that the only reason my baby is still baking is because i have scar tissue on my cervix from some procedures done long ago.

since i've had all of this change in the 4 days between checks, i've been put on prometrium to try and soothe the cramping and contractions. what i would like to know is how long it takes to see any improvement from the progesterone?

and, realistically, what might i be looking at if i have myself a little 35-36 weeker?

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My 36w2d DD had no complications and was 6.5 pounds. She had some trouble getting latched on, which could have been for other reasons such as the c-section. Certainly, try for as late as you can, but know your outcome can be good if it doesn't work out that way!

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and, realistically, what might i be looking at if i have myself a little 35-36 weeker?
Baby might need a little breathing help, but probably not for very long (maybe a few days or less). Some don't need any help at all, especially once you pass 36 weeks. You may or may not need some time in the NICU, and if you do, it could be a day or two or it could be a week or a little more.

Baby will probably sleep a LOT - moreso than a full term newborn. They tend to "wake up" around their due date and act like a normal newborn at that point (of course some might do it earlier).

Breastfeeding might be a little more challenging at first, but you should be able to overcome it. Some babies have to be woken to feed. And they can sometimes be a little weak in their latch. Just keep at it, and don't be afraid to get help from an LC or LLL leader if you need it. I had an LLL leader at my house when my 29 weeker came home (he was 33.5 weeks gestation at that point). We were using a nipple shield, but you may not need it. I needed help getting OFF the shield, and we were successful at that around 37.5 weeks gestation.

Jaundice is more common in preemies. So don't be surprised if you have to deal with that.

Check the preemie forum for more info.

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boscopup covered everything I was going to post.

I think the only words of advice I have - and I know it seems like this is stating the obvious - is that your first and only job right now is getting one more week (and when you do that, it's another week, and so on) for your baby. A lot of things get in the way of doing what you need for the pregnancy and the baby. Little, tiny, niggling, annoying things. Trust me. Even if you are on "strict bedrest" there will still be times someone put the phone out of reach or you're lying there on your side with NOTHING to do and nothing in reach, or dp isn't home yet and you're starving and want a snack, and you think, ooh I'll just get up for a sec... well... don't. Plan ahead, and annoint someone your beck-and-call person, and don't do anything other than follow your mw or OB's strict orders.



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Bumping and re-reading

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