Did you think/know you where going to have an early birth? How did you feel about it?

Sara - posted on 01/14/2010 ( 16 moms have responded )

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Well, from the begining of my pregnancy, I already felt like I was going to give birth before my set due date. For some reason, deep down, I just had a feeling that I wasn't going to go full-term. My doctor (whom was the most amazing OB ever!) was so excited about my pregnancy and was always telling me how wonderful my progress was. He assured me that my pregnancy and birth was going to go beautifully and I was in great shape as a pregnant woman. Before I got pregnant, I weighed 135lbs and I only gained about 30lbs throughout my pregnancy. I had no complications besides preterm labor contractions, which some women deal with during pregnancy, which can also be controlled by medication (which I had to take to control the contractions). By the 26 week of my pregnancy, the preterm labor contractions started and I made multiple trips to the hospital because of my concern about going into labor too soon. What confused me was why I was not put on any type of restrictions, such as bed rest, lifting heavy objects (other than the norm), and excersize. But, I look back and really wonder if the preterm contractions I experienced could have some how caused me to have a premature birth. My OB is amazing and I totally and completely trust him, so I guess it's just what God had planned for me. The whole time I knew I was going to go early, so did my family members. I guess it was just motherly instinct to start nesting as ealry as I did. Thank goodness my husband and I were prepared (naturally lol) way ahead of time. Well, I, as well as my family, was right, I did go into labor early. But gave birth to the healthiest preemie (in my eyes :) ) and I was so blessed and thankful to have the support of my family and my amazing doctor.



p.s. - and yes, I was terrified when my water broke that morning (at 35.5 weeks) and I prayed and prayed that God would be with me and my unborn son. I even drove myself to the hospital (because my husband was at work) and I was calm, I had to be, it was the big day! The day of the birth of our first baby! Our son, Nathan, was born 4 weeks early, weighing 4lbs 13oz and 18 3/4in long. He also didn't have to spend anytime in the NICU, he was extremely healthy and mature for being premature. We are blessed and so very thankful for what God has given us.

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Sarah - posted on 04/03/2010

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That is awsome to hear. My cousin's wife had the same problem with low fluid and thigs turned out differently for her....Sad to say she was planning a wedding so taking it easy was not in her cards baby was born at home at 20 weeks so you know how that turned out. So happy to hear your little one is doing well. I had 31 week twins and that first car ride home at 4lbs and 5lbs was hard I am not sure how you did it with a 3lber

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Sarah - posted on 05/25/2010

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Jackline you are right all children can do THEIR best as long as they have love and understanding. My son has a few issues he is too young to be diagnosed as of yet but he has trouble with emotions and will sometimes just start to have a fit for an unknown cause. He is smart but he likes things his way or not at all. I did find that once I left crayons and paper out for him to have all the time he calmed down. I guess he just need to have a creative outlet. When you find what works for your kids you stick with it

Jackeline - posted on 05/24/2010

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Both my sons were premies. I had two miscarriages befor so I was scared the 3rd time I got pregnant. The Drs told me I couldn;t have babies that I couldn't carry them so I just kind of gave up. But then I got pregnant in into my 7th month I went into labor. The dr put me in complete bed rest because I was already dialated 3cm I was in labor for 16 days with pains but they wouldn't let me have the baby. I was taking pills to separate the contractions for longer periods at a time. finally when I reached my 8th mth I gave birth to my son Emmanuel he came out at 5lbs ?oz n 17in long. I thanked god I was able to bring him home with me he only had yellow yundus but it didn't last long. I wasn't so lucky the next time. I lost another baby and by my 5th time I had so much problems with the pregnancy I did deliver my son Matthew at the very begining of my 7th mth he came in at 3lbs 6oz n 16in. He has ADHD, learning disabilities, suffers from separation anxiety, n has other emotional issues. Life with Matt is never easy or normal I never know what kind of day he is going to have. I thank god Emmanuel is a healthy all rounded boy that only suffers from allergies during the spring. It does take a big toll on parents with premies that have long lasting issues. But Ive learned that with patience love and lots of hugs n kisses and lots of faith in god everyday with them is just as a beautiful blessing as with a child that had no health issues. I wouldn't trade my Matthew for any other child he is who he is and I love him for that.

Suzanne - posted on 04/02/2010

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I thought my pregnancy was progressing normally no signs of problems other than the morning sickness which I had terribly with all my pregnancy. I lost weight every pregnancy because of it. At my 19 week check up I went in for an ultrasound and was told by my doctor hat they were sending me to a specialist. The specialist gave us no hope. He told us there was not enough amniotic fluid around my baby. There wasonly 3 centimeters and normal pregnancies have at least 12 centimeters. They told me all i could do was take it easy. I searched the internet when I got home and all I could find was to drink lots of water so that is what I did. I went back to my ob the following week and she said the specialist had not expected our baby to live through the week and that we were going to be getting weekly ultrasounds t make sure the baby is still alive. As time went by my fluid levels went back to normal but the baby's growth had slowed. The specialist gave me a list of things that could be wrong with the baby so we just put it all in God's hands. We started having other problems ( protein in my urine and high blood pressure) and when I was 33 weeks 2 days pregnant my water broke. When i got to the hospital my doctor gave us faith but everyone was so scared. I went to the hospital at 3 AM and had my baby girl at 8 AM She weighed 2 lbs. 12 ozs. and was 14 inches long. She was perfectlyhealthy no problems other than her weight. The doctor decided we needed to spend soe time in the nursery until she gained weight. Her doctor told us that he would not send her to a NICU as long as she gained weight. She lost down to 2 lbs. 8 ozs. but then started gaining. After 29 days in the hospital we got to take her home when she only weighed 3 lbs. 13 ozs. I must say this was the scariest experience I have ever had. She will be 4 months old tomorrow and weighs 7 lbs. 14 ozs. now. God really blessed us wth our little miracle and I am very thankful for my whole family.

Sandra - posted on 02/07/2010

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i had dreams that i was having a boy and that i was having him b4 28 weeks and i had my baby at 27weeks on the 19thjan 2010

Jeannie - posted on 02/01/2010

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I had several unrelated issues with Keegan. I have a blood clotting disorder and had to be on blood thinners the entire pregnancy, and I still give myself a shot a day since I am breastfeeding. The night before Keegan came, I felt like I was having braxton-hicks contractions, so I didn't take my shot. The next morning I woke up to pee, and when I stood up, blood began rushing out. It was coming so fast that it was splashing back up to my thighs. I woke my husband up, he totally freaked, and then drove me to the hospital. We live out in the country, so we could get to the hospital before an ambulance could get me. We made the 20 min drive in 5 mins. Keegan was immediately delivered via c-section. I had had a placental abruption. He was perfectly healthy, just 2 months early! He even cried when they pulled him out. He was a big boy for 8 weeks early at 17inches and 4 lbs. He needed to stay in the NICU because he didn't know how to suck yet. I am so grateful for my OB. The OB nurses thought I was complaining of spotting when I told them I was coming in. My dr told them no, if I thought I was bleeding, then I was hemorraging.

Sarah - posted on 01/30/2010

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wow what growth.. I was sad with the 28/30 days my twins were in the NICU I can not imagine 9 months but I am glad to hear he is doing well. When we were in the NICU they airlifted a little girl in that was born at 15.5oz last I heard she is doing well. She is three now.

Brittany - posted on 01/29/2010

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I had no idea that I was going to have my son early. But I did have a dream through out the pregnancy that I had a baby that could fit in the palm of my hand, I called it my thunbalina baby and well I did. He was 1 lb 7 oz and 11.5 ins. He was born at 24 weeks. He is now 9 months old and still in the NICU, but doing good. The doctor put him on a low calorie formula because he is to chubby now. He is 20 lbs and only 25 ins.

Sarah - posted on 01/26/2010

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Everyone was saying to me why are you having your shower so earlybut itgoes to show being a little early on some things is ok I had to be in the hospital for my baby shower but everyone video taped themselves opening their gift to the babies so I will always have that to show them......It was hard to leave tehm but I had more trouble leaving my daughter when I got to take my son homeafter he was there for 28 days his sister had to stay two more days and I just about had a nervous breakdown over it

Sarah - posted on 01/26/2010

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I too missed my baby shower. I had no complications until one morning a little tinge of blood and I mean little. I called the Dr. and they said just come let us check you. I was a nanny for my OB and she was in bermuda. I went in to the hospital and they said I was having contractions which I did not feel they were what I called my creey crawlie and I had had them since 20 weeks. I alway wondered if the others in my OB's practice were just not putting me on bedrest since I was their partners nanny. But I was checka dn no dialation in one hour I went for a sono and I was 2 cent. I was put on mag sulfate(hated that) and they gave me the surfatant for their lungs. I stayed in the hospital for five days of mag sulfate then they said they could not keep me on it any longer theywould just see how long they would stay in taht afternoon I sneezed and my daughter's water broke and I was in labor. By the time I was checked again I was 7 and got my epidural since they told me if one will come and the other won't we will cut you with no pain meds an hour after that I was 10 and delivered naturally. What a day the day before thanksgiving in 2006 they made it home just in time for Christmas

Iysha - posted on 01/26/2010

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I was always worried about it. My mom had me early and she was born early so i had a bad feeling mine was going to follow in our footsteps. I went into premature labor at 33 weeks ( I drove myself to the hospital too...I didn't know I was in labor. Got yelled at by my family) and was kept in the hospital for 9 days. i missed 2 planned baby showers from being in there. Nobody could figure out what was wrong with me. I was mad, frustrated and very scared. It turned out that I had an aging placenta. I was discharged from the hospital on the 9th day and 4 days later i was back again and dialated to 3. I knew It was going to happen so i was prepared emotionally. Well at least for the birth. I just wan't prepared for the speech about what can go wrong since I was having a baby that was not full term. I hated hearing all the things that could possibly go wrong. I was scared....I cried. When my daughter was born and for the next day, it didn't even occur to me that my daughter wasn't going to come home with me. it didn't really hit me until i was on my way home. My Fiance and I left the hospital and I started to cry. I cried the whole 30 minutes back home. She only spent 17 days in the NICu but it felt like a really long time. i was miserable.

Jeni - posted on 01/23/2010

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I gave birth to my baby boy at 29 weeks... I didnt even have a chance to go to chid birthing classes when i started having contrations i thought they could be braxton hicks but we went to the hospital just in case and i was 8 cenimeters dialated it was to late to really stop him from coming we just had to delay him as long as possible. As soon as they decided this i was given two shots one becausei have a negative blood type and the other to mature his heart the doctor told me to try and hold off for 48 hours to give him a chance... i thought he was going to die and that it was all my fault so i decided i had to hold on for his sake. They gave me magnisium to stop the contrations but it made me so weak i could hardly lift my arms. I was put in the bed basically upside down or at least as far as i could and a cathitor was put in because i wasnt aloud out of the bed. i had to give blood every 2 hours to make sure i didnt have to much magnisium.. sorry not the best speller. I was excited when i saw the sun rise the next morning... and then overjoyed to see the sun set it was my only milstone I had to look forward too. i was there for 36 hours in active labor until my son was born.



The doctor was amazed he took his first breath on his own and opened his eyes and looked at me. I couldnt hold him because there was no NICU in that hospital so the ambulance to take him to the clostest one arrived just moments before i delivered. So my son had to be taken into the other room to be examined. After about 20 mins of the team working on getting him situated they brought him in to the room in a box one of them opened it and i reached in and my son imeaditaly grabbed my finger. I cried and then after only briefly meeting him he was wisked about 2 hours away to another hospital in another state.



I didnt get realeased for another 24 hours.

As soon as i got discharged i went to see him but didnt get to hold him for a week. It was one of the worse experiances of my life but the best because he is a blessing!

Stephanie - posted on 01/22/2010

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After I lost my daughter for some reason I just knew that I was going to have a preemie baby boy I don't know why I even started buying clothes and I wasn't even pregnant. Then I got pregnant and I had a boy at 33 weeks.

Christina - posted on 01/18/2010

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omgosh i had the same feeling sara i just knew she was going to come early and it was new years eve i was 29 weeks and started having really bad cramps; so i delt with it i didnt think it would be labor; so the next morning i called the dr. and went to the hospital i was dilated to a 1 and 70 % ephased. so they put me on stuff called the the mag. i was on it for four days & in that process i got a double ammonia. my water finally broke i had aubri the day i turned 30 weeks. she was 2.6 and beautifullll!!!!! with a ton of hair. she stayed in the nicu for 8 weeks and 2 days then got to come home!!!!

Liz - posted on 01/18/2010

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For my first pregnancy with my twins, for the most part most of it was a skate free pregnancy, up until the three weeks before the kids were born. I was in the hospital every weekend with contractions but they kept sending me home. Then on June 8th, ( the morning of my baby shower) I woke up at 5:45 in the morning and my water broke. We got to the hospital ( which was only 5 minutes away) and by the time I was brought up to the room I was already 100% effaced and 9 cm dialated, my daughter was ready to come out, the problem was, my son was breeched. So in order to have my son come out saftly they opted for an emergency c-section at 33 weeks 6 days. My son was born at 4 pounds 10 ounces and 18 inches long. My daughter was born at 3 pounds 12 ounces and 17 inches long. besides jaundice my son was born with underdeveloped lungs, but he was able to come home eight days after they were born, and my daughter had weight gain issues in addition to the jaundice so she came home twelve days after they were born. Now at almost 20 months old you can't tell they were preemies.

But now that I'm pregnant with our third child, since I had a c-section with the twins I'll have to have another one at 39 weeks on July 13th, unless this baby is early as well.

Angela - posted on 01/15/2010

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i had no idea i had perecampicea and she sepratend from the placenta and if it wasnt for the great ob i had who put my in hospital 2 day before i would have bleed out before i got to a hospital me and my baby girl would have died.i had a 911 c-section God was with us that day,she was 10 weeks early and was 2lb14oz and 14 in i was blissed that day she stayed 2 months to the day in the nicu, Carol is know 6 and is like most 6year old .and her and her sister make me proud everyday my 2nd girl i had pereclampsa but it didnt get as bad and she was only 5 week early her stay in the nicu was only 8 days.I was truly blissed twice in my life and i see it in there eyes everyday.the best thing i can tell any mom to be is try to be as stress free as you can get salt out of you diet,put your feet up as much as you can,and enjoy feeling your baby inside you,and didnt let yourself get worked up over the small things,and sleep and relax there is nothing more important in the world than your baby,

have a blessed day

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