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01-31-2014 04:16 PM

Look at that chubby baby boy!  My twins never chunked up like that and my third girl didn't much either (though she was born at 8 lbs!).  My baby boy however...lets just say this is the first kid I've legitimately needed baby powder for.  Fat boy needs it for his leg rolls! :)

01-31-2014 08:57 AM
ctjamommy He's my super chunky
01-31-2014 05:39 AM
eknuckles That is awesome news smile.gif) thank you so much for the update!!
01-30-2014 10:44 PM
ctjamommy I haven't been on in quite son is perfect....checked out 100% when first seeing the doctor at 5 says old....and very chunky
09-20-2013 01:39 PM

Just wondering if OP has an update on baby.  Hope he is getting chubby!

08-18-2013 12:19 PM

Lovely pics!  I love seeing tiny newborns because it reminds me of when my twins were born.  One of them was the size of a 32 weeker.  Congrats again! <3

08-18-2013 06:54 AM
Originally Posted by ShaktiDevi View Post

Your son is beautiful!

Thank you!! He is absolutly perfect!!
08-18-2013 01:32 AM

Your son is beautiful!

08-17-2013 02:33 PM
ctjamommy Thank you and we had it from our last son (has a chronic lung disease) from a medical supply store....he hasn't needed it in over a year now so we had all the extra brand new probes and everything...
08-17-2013 01:47 PM
abk51673 Wow! Congrats! Mine is trying to come early I think. I am 34 weeks 2 days, and have had to really try to not go into labor. My contractions get bad sometimes. My last one was born at 36 weeks exactly and I'm scared this one wont make it that long. I am completely UP/UC, so steroid shots are not an option for me unless I go to the hospital in labor. I worry, but I will head to the hospital if I am sure it's labor before 36 weeks. I am so glad you had a great outcome! Where did you get a pulse ox machine to use at home? Just curious. Congrats again!
08-17-2013 10:03 AM

Tyrrell Omarion
8-14-13 10:31am
4 pounds 14 ounces
Picture an hour after birth

And here he is today...3 days old

Nursing like a pro
08-16-2013 02:29 PM
abk51673 Congrats on your baby!!! I'm glad you got your UC without any bad outcomes!
08-16-2013 01:04 PM

Awesome, congrats!!  I can't wait for pics and story if you're willing to share. :)


As far as using alcohol to calm contractions - I've heard that a lot too.  A glass of wine or so.  Not getting drunk off your a$$.  Lol.

08-16-2013 08:48 AM

Glad for your safe delivery, hope your son continues to do well!

08-16-2013 04:21 AM

So thrilled for you! joy.gif

08-16-2013 03:50 AM
ctjamommy I gave birth to my son on 8-14-13 © 10:31am unassisted at home at 35 weeks....he is 4 pounds 14 ounces and is perfect....he is breathing perfect and the pulse ox shows his oxygen and heart rate are perfect....he is holding his temperature great!!! he was sleepy for the first 12 hours so nursing was difficult as he wouldn't latch so i syringe fed he's alert and active and nursing great!!!!
08-16-2013 03:17 AM

More than one professional midwife has suggested booze for early labor.

Using ultrasound to detect lung development, a new method since 1991:


Size of the baby has more to do with suckling issue and needing extra care from what I've seen.


Seems the above could be right about the bed rest (depending on the cause of prematurity), but do take it easy, Love. <3

08-15-2013 09:09 PM
Katie8681 Bedrest has never been shown to do anything to stop preterm labor. It definitely causes depression, muscle wasting, and DVTs.

Don't even know what to say about the alcohol suggestion. There are meds that can be prescribed that work better to put off birth for 48 hrs or so, while you do things like give steroids to help baby's lungs to mature or transport mom to a place with a level 2 or 3 NICU. Those meds don't depress the fetus like alcohol does.

Ultrasound can't tell you whether a preemies lungs are mature. It's not about size, it's whether the kid's making surfactant yet.

This thread has jumped the shark.
08-15-2013 07:57 PM

In Spiritual Midwifery, Ina May suggests using alcohol to stop early labor.  I would also think bedrest would be of great benefit to you.  An ultrasound can tell you if baby's lungs are developed and give you an idea of his size.  I personally wouldn't want to do UC at less than 36 weeks but, I might choose to if in that situation.  I attended a 35 week UC and all was well, he weighed 4 lbs 3 oz and breathed right away.  I know you will take the necessary precautions and make the right decision for you and your lo.  Love and peace, sister.

And stay hydrated! So many early labors are caused by dehydration, fatigue, and stress.

08-14-2013 10:54 AM
eknuckles I found this really interesting because I also knew when my baby's lungs were mature. It was also a week before I gave birth and her hiccups increased A LOT!! I would feel them every single day, as opposed to every once in a while.
08-13-2013 07:50 PM

Supposedly, it is possible for a baby's lungs to be mature as early as 34 weeks.  I have heard of babies being born even earlier than that, and they had no problems breathing (earliest I know of is a friend of mine that had twins at 31.5...the boy was able to breathe but the girl needed help).  There have also been people that have had UC's as early as 34 weeks.  I am also somewhat in agreement that since you've had pretty good outcomes with preterm babies before, in your particular case, you would probably be fine having a baby that early whereas someone else might not.  Things need to be looked at on a case-by-case basis.  And like I said, listen to your intuition.


Personally, I just wait until that moment that I feel my baby's lungs are mature.  It happened about a week before my twins were born (they were born at 36.5, possibly up to a week earlier since I ovulate later in my cycle) and then again around 35-36 weeks with my third baby.  There is no explaining it.  One day I might feel that, "if I were to go into labor now, I would go to the hospital," and the next think, "if my baby were born now, he/she would be fine."  So I am one to rely very much on my intuition for that one.  If I intuitively felt my baby's lungs were mature at 34 weeks, I'd probably go for it.  But no earlier than 34 no matter what.


Btw I did UC my twins, both were born with no breathing difficulties and one of them was 4 lbs, 2 oz.  Both babies gained 2.5 lbs in the first four weeks off of EBF, so I'm not sure why they'd keep a baby just for weight gain...kind of silly since the baby has a better chance of weight gain by being undisturbed, slept with, breastfed and kangaroo'd by mommy.

08-09-2013 11:00 AM
abk51673 Good luck! I really hope baby stays put a couple more weeks.
08-09-2013 10:49 AM
abk51673 Good luck! I really hope baby stays put a couple more weeks.
08-09-2013 07:00 AM
ctjamommy I know the UC thread isn't very active but i figured i would update anyways....yesterday we seen the doctor and i got the second steroid shot...we were told that even going to the hospital they wouldn't stop delivery now....our growth ultrasound showed that baby is +5 pounds and completely healthy....even got to see him practice breathing!!!! Last night i started losing some pink tinged mucous and then lost more this morning (not due to cervical checks or sex).....I'm praying baby stays in there a little of my boys have a birthday on Sunday and i don't want to have a baby on his birthday....i would much rather wait until 36 weeks!!!
08-07-2013 08:45 PM
ctjamommy Tomorrow i will be 34 weeks....YYYAAAHHH!!!! I got my first steroid injection today and getting the second tomorrow....although I'm showing multiple signs if the impending labor I'm feeling very positive....the doctor says that after 24-48 hours after the injection the lungs are much more mature and that if i were to have him after that there would be very little chance of any breathing difficulties....I'm trying to stay relaxed and calm to keep him in there a couple more weeks at least, but I've lost my appetite and food repulses me, I've been so nauseous (ginger is helping), babys head is fully engaged and i feel like there's a bowling ball in my vagina, I've had bloody show a couple days ago, and all i want to do is sleep but of course as soon as i lay down i can't get comfortable and just toss and turn and can't sleep....and although I'm miserable i want him to stay put a little while doctor has agreed to no cervical checks (due to a nurse breaking my water at 34 weeks in a previous pregnancy) doctor is awesome, i haven't directly told her we are planning a UC but i think she knows because she gives us little bits of advise at every appointment....I'm just hoping labor holds on a little longer!!!
08-06-2013 01:36 PM
fairyswizzle Is having a UC more important to you than potentially having a healthy baby? I think the risks are too great - possible preterm, VBAC, history of preterm babies...

I don't think this is a good idea. UC is one thing, but with the other risk factors involved, this seems very dangerous. Please consider the safety and well being of yourself and your child.

I wish you a safe and happy delivery.
08-06-2013 01:32 PM
RobynHeud That's great about the steroid infections. the friend who's babies came at 37 weeks all had breathing issues except the ones who had the injections. She asked for them with number 7 and was denied and when he was born at 37 weeks, had underdeveloped lungs and had to stay in hospital for another month. Good on your doctor for getting that done for you. Keep us posted!
08-05-2013 07:26 PM
Llyra Honestly? As the parent of a 36-weeker who did not breathe on his own for four hours after birth? I think you're out of your ever-loving mind, and I hope you come to your senses and rethink this plan. The risk is too high.
08-01-2013 08:37 PM
Katie8681 It doesn't really matter much for baby if there is an O2 tank present. What matters is a bag valve mask and a person skilled in neonatal resuscitation. It is a lot different to start a neonate breathing than to support a stable infant. You could really damage a baby with pure O2. At hospitals they use a mixer so they can control the concentration of oxygen.

I don't think you should rely on your other babies' good outcomes to feel that a 34 weeker will start breathing with no big problems. I'm not posting against UC! But yikes, preemies can be dodgy, and a 34 weeker born in a hospital with access to a level 2 NICU has such a good shot at coming through it healthy.

Here's hoping your baby stays put a few more weeks!
08-01-2013 06:28 PM
ctjamommy My doctor just got the approval for the steroid injections to mature babys and i will get my first injection next Wednesday (i will be 33.6 weeks) I'm excited because that improves babys chances if he does come early
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