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Hi ladies! I was wondering what was the earliest gestation that you all are comfortable UC'ing at. DS was born at 36 weeks, I went into labor at 35 weeks 6 days and I'm sure I don't mind UC'ing at 36 weeks but I'm not sure if I would before that. I was just looking for your answers. Thanks.<br><br>
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I wouldn't know til I was there. 35 is my intellectual comfort level but it would depend upon my instinct at the time.
 

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Thanks ladies!<br><br>
@ SublimeBirthGirl, I was just looking at your website and checking out your profile. I live in GA as well and have never seen anyone on MDC so close to me. I may have to check out your classes. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I was a UC myself at 34 weeks. I was four pounds twelve ounces and very alert.
 

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At this point, with this pregnancy, I would say 34 weeks. Before this pregnancy, I would have said 35 or 36 weeks, but I've had a lot of 'messages' about her being small or early, but being "perfect and fine!" so I've come to feel more comfortable with her coming early. I don't think she will, though.<br><br>
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DS was a 35w 5d baby and he did just fine. Before that, my plan was full term, maybe pushing it to 36 weeks if I felt ok (DS was an induction due to pre-e, so I didn't get to make the choice). After my expirence with DS and my best friend who just had a 34 week baby, I think I would be fairly safe at 35, and maybe as early as 34 if my intutition told me it was okay. Of course, there's always the possibility that even a baby who is "on time" can have issues, so it comes down to intuition either way for me. A good friend of mine had a 35w 5d baby who spent months in NICU because her placenta had basically died quiet awhile before the baby was born and nobody knew about it. So dates don't mean a whole lot in the grand scheme of things - it's all about you and how you feel about the baby.
 

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Thanks for the responses!
 

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I would do a UC at 34 wks, but prefer a 36wker. We are now 36.5 so I am happy.
 

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My midwife delivers after 35 weeks. She said before that you cant garentee the lungs are developed. I think 35 weeks is a good time, although if I were ucing I would probably say 36. Around there!
 

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Thanks ladies! I approaching 34 weeks tomorrow so now I'm just waiting for this little one. I don't think he/she will be too early.
 

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I had a dream that I had a healthy, although tiny, 32 weeker...so I don't know. She had no breathing problems, although feeding her was difficult. I wore her skin to skin until she was big enough to maintain her temp. I guess I'd have to pray about it. My brain says 34 weeks. My heart says 32 weeks.
 

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35 weeks would be the absolute minimum for me, but I tend to go earlier.
 

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It would depend for me. With this pregnancy I'm not sure when I ovulated so I've got a wider range of acceptable dates. With my third I was charting and knew when I got pregnant, so I would have been more nervous if I went into labor early.<br><br>
I'm 34 weeks tomorrow. If I were to go into labor right now my midwife probably wouldn't assist. I'd be more comfortable having a UC than going to the hospital.
 

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Probably at 35 weeks. I'm pretty far out from a hospital to try with any earlier. Although I HAVE heard of people who got a hotel right across the street and uced a preemie and then called 911/ transported. I can't remember where I heard that one though... It ended up being care for just the baby, not for mom.<br><br>
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Interesting.
 

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Lung surfactant is just becoming complete around 36 weeks. 35 weekers can be just fine with some good labor hormones, but sometimes those babies need some help breathing. (Especially little white boys) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Below 35 weeks there is a very good chance that they will need some kind of oxygen support. I don't know the statistics off hand...but I would definitely say greater than 60% of our 34 weekers need a little o2 support at least through transition. I work in one of the biggest NICU's on the east coast...and I would say not a good idea with a 32 weeker. But definitely trust your gut!<br>
Good luck..and hoping for a big, full-term baby for you!
 

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Thanks for your input. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I'd say somewhere between 34-36 weeks, totally depending on the situation, general health of mother otherwise, and gut feelings. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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