To Mothers Who Have Had A Preterm Baby

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Melody - February 6

I am just wondering if some other women can share their experiences with me about having a preterm baby. I am currently 32 weeks and I have had a problem with preterm labor for about a month. My doctor has stopped it on 3 occasions and now, I am taking medication and on bedrest. My last appt, my doctor noticed that I am dilating and effacing rather rapidly so, I am on complete bedrest where I can only get up to shower, eat, or pee. In fact, my doc told me that if I come back one more appt and I have more dilation or effacement, then she is keeping me in the hospital until my son is born. I am due in April but I will be lucky to make it through February. My doc said that more than likely, he will be born early. I am hoping someone can let me know what they went through or have any suggestions for me cuz frankly, I am getting scared.


Rachael - February 6

I'm 32 weeks too. I've not had any problems, but just wanted to say that at 32 weeks try not to worry too much. Remember that babies can survive from 24 weeks, and your doctor is keeping a close eye on things. Everything will be just fine :o)


bump - February 6



Heather F - February 6

I am also due in April and although I don't know what it is like to be on bedrest or fear having my baby early I wanted you to know that my prayers are with you and your baby as my biggest fear is something you are unfortunanly experienceing....thank god you live in an era where babies are able to thrive born so early! Think about the things you have to look forward to, only 8 more weeks until you are full term (if you are due in early april) - every day is an accomplishment, dont loose sight of that!


Girl Gilly - February 7

I can only relate what happened to my friend. She was pregnant with twins and due in mid August but started to go into early labour in early May. She was on complete bedrest from that point on. She delivered (c-section) healthy twins about a month before they were due. With today's technology you can be a__sured that the Dr's will be doing everything they can to help you and the baby through the process. This may not sound at all helpful but every day that the baby is still inside the womb is a day worth celebrating. So, if you can, try and focus on the positive side of things and take it a day at a time. Good luck to you and keep us posted!


Previous 26 weeker - February 7

Melody - my son was born at 26 weeks weighed 2 lbs 4 ozs. Yes he was very sick for a while but he is now a healthy 3 1/2 year old and on Dec 1 I had my 2nd little boy-born full term. I know that 32 weeks is still very early, but they say that every day in the womb can make a big difference. I would imagine that if you went into the hospital, they would give you steroid shots to help mature the babies lungs which is what would be one of the main concerns if your little one was born early. Please know that there are great medical miracles happening everyday for premies and hospitals prepare for this type of event. Just take your dr's advice and stay in bed and take care of yourself and this little one. I'll keep you in my prayers that you and the baby are healthy. I don't want to scare you with any details of my experience but I can tell you this much with honesty, it was a roller coaster ride - a lot of ups and downs and we were told that we were very fortunate in that my son is healthy today. But keep in mind that I was 26 weeks as opposed to 32 weeks. I wish you the best. Good luck


Kel - February 7

I think at 32 weeks, your baby has a great chance to be just fine. I' am also 32 weeks and have read that our babies are around 4 pounds. My cousin was born early at 5 pounds and now she is a chunk! She didn't even have to stay in the hospital any extra time she did so well. I think she was about 6 weeks early.


Kara - February 7

My first baby was born at 34 1/2 weeks, and was 5 lbs 7 oz. He had to have oxygen for one week, and he was in the hospital for ten days. It was scary, but it was never a life or death situation. He is now a perfectly healthy 2 year old. He has barely even had a cold. There is nothing about him that would indicate that he was a preemie--he is very healthy both physically and developmentally. So, even if you had the baby right now, he or she would probably be perfectly healthy in the long run. Hope all goes well :)


Melody - February 9

So, I went to the doc again today and found out that effacement/dilation are the same as last week. I have another week at home thankfully. Just a little more encouragement for me. I was also told that my son is now 5.5 lbs. It sounds like he will be big (I have GD too). I hope all is well with you ladies. Thanks for your responses, it does help! :-)


Heather F - February 9

congratulations Melody, that is very good news! Kepp doing what your doing! I was born at 3 lbs 5 ozs, very early and am a healthy adult and was a healthy baby - your babys is a full 2lbs more than that! Stay well and keep us updated...when is your original due date?


Noodle - February 9

thats definately some good news. I read a story about a woman who was diagnosed with premature labour at 26 weeks, and told she would more than likely deliver a very premie baby. They told her strict bedrest, to the point when her husband was washing her hair and body while she was in bed, and she managed to get to 38 weeks! it really did work!!! good luck!



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