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#1 of 9 Old 02-01-2009, 02:08 PM - Thread Starter
 
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but my daughter was induced at 36 weeks exactly because I had pre-e. She stopped breathing for a minute after she made her grand entrance to the world, but other then that had no breathing problems. No nicu stay! We had a little trouble bfing, but she gained weight really fast and is now 3mths and 12 lbs., and she's gotten the hang of that, too. I know that we are very lucky that she didn't have any immediate problems with stuff, but I was wondering if skipping that last month of "baking" will affect her later, like for other development milestones like rolling over, etc. She seems ok but I worry.
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My son was born at 35 weeks and I don't consider him a preemie. He came home with us, no NICU stay. If someone asks, I say he was 5 weeks early, but I never use the term preemie for him.
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I know 36 weekers who've gone both ways, though mostly they've grown up to be fine. I think too, it can be hard to say if certain things are due to prematurity or if a child would have had problems regardless of the gestation they were born at.

The only thing we can all do is wait and see. Keep your eyes open but try not to worry too much. I know that's easier said than done. When Erin was younger I was sooo scared and worried that things wouldn't be right, but as she's grown, even though there are certain things that I see in her that are concerning, no amount of worry is going to stop them from happening, ya know?
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Are you worried about her hitting the milestones late? I don't even know when my son is "supposed" to do those things, and I don't want to know - if he seems happy and is growing, then I'm happy too, kwim ?
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My oldest was born at 36w2d and I don't refer to her as a preemie. She had a little bit of trouble keeping her temperature up for the first couple of days but no breathing problems until she got RSV. She was 6lbs 7oz and 19in long. She hasn't had any problems that could be attributed to her "prematurity". She walked around 9mos, talked in phrases by 12mos and was extremely average to above average in all areas.
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I was thinking about this while I was out...it's mum to be nervous and concerned about their new baby. For me at least, the worry seemed to fade over time.
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TY. I feel much better, especially seeing how young some of the babies here were when they were born! She seems to be just fine, and I try to not read too many "your baby should be doing X" type things unless I am wondering when she will do something, like roll over or sit up. I guess I'm just worrying unnecessarily. TY.
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my 36 weeker also not noticeably like a preemie - we did have jaundice issues for 3 months, he was a slow feeder and it took 3 months before he smiled too, but other than that no probs that arose after those 3 months. he got bronchiolitis, so i would advise you watch company a bit and keep her a little bit wrapped in cotton wool but i now think that's sensible for even full termers

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My last was born at 35 weeks due to HELLP Syndrome and did stay in Level II but I still don't think of her as a preemie just as preterm, KWIM? There is such a range of "normal" anyway that if she doesn't roll over exactly at 4 months (or whatever average is) I'm not worried and from what I've read if the child has any "delay" they usually catch up by 18 months especially if they don't have any lingering issues from being preterm.
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