Getting induced at 34 weeks

Amber - posted on 02/08/2010 ( 18 moms have responded )

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My water broke at 26 weeks and I am now 31 weeks 3 days and have been in the hospital ever since. They will not let me leave until after I deliver. I'm getting induced by 34 weeks. This is my first baby and have no idea what to expect, especially with a preemie. I was wondering about other babies born between 32 and 34 weeks. Were they okay? What kind of machines did they need to be hooked up to? How long was their NICU stay? If you had a vaginal birth what was it like with a preemie? How soon after did you get to hold your baby? Will they let my husband cut the cord even though our son will be early? Thanks in advance!

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Melody - posted on 11/08/2010

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HI,

My membranes ruptured prematurely as well--around 19 or 20 weeks. I was in hospital from 23 weeks up to getting induced at 34 weeks. I received the 2 steroid shots in advance.

The night before induction they placed a foley catheter to help start dilation....that was uncomfortable. In the a.m. they took me downstairs to the delivery room, placed an IV catheter and started the pitocin at 6am (I think I was maybe dilated to 1cm). I was not fully dilated and pushing until 4am the next day and he didn't come out until 820am. He was 5lbs 9ozs and 18.5inches.

He looked good coming out, so I was allowed to reach down and help pull him up on me. Dr. cut cord, baby was screaming-lungs working great, whisked him over to the NICU team that was in the room waiting to do their evaluation. Neonatologist looked at him for a couple minutes, said he looked great, didn't need oxygen. They handed him back to us to see him, hold him, then my boyfriend carried him up to the NICU with the nurse team. I stayed behind in room waited for epidural to wear off, then was taken up to NICU to see him.

He had no issues with breathing, but he didn't hold his body temperature the best right away, so he was in the incubator for a little while. He did get an IVC to receive fluids. That was hard to see. He also had a nasogastric feeding tube. I started pumping right away to get my milk supply in.

He had to have the Bili lights on him for jaundice for a few days. They poked his feet frequently for blood collection. He had no real complications except that he was premature. He stayed in the NICU for 28days learning to feed. It took forever for him to get the suckle reflex. Boys are the slowest to develop.

Send me a message anytime if you feel like chatting. I just had my baby in June. Ask your nurses and your Dr.'s what to expect as well. They should be happy to go over everything with you so you feel comfortable and know what is going to happen. Do you have a Neonatologist there?

Jaimee - posted on 02/09/2010

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The same exact thing happened to me except my water broke at 28 weeks and they induced me at 35 weeks.. It is a process.. I didnt dialate with the pill.. Thats what they tried first.. They stick this pill up in your va jay jay if that dosent work they do a ballloon thing.. its uncomfortable and you bleed.. Then they give you something in your iv to make the contractions come like there supposd to.. Once I got that It hit me.. About a hour of walking around the halls and what not I Was ready for the epi.. I couldnt even pee without crying... Once I got that epi I was having my son in a half hour... They rused me to the or and It took me 3 pushes and about 15 minutes.. They didnt let my boyfriend cut the cord but my son had his intestines on the outside of his body and it was all in a hurry because it was like omg she is crowning!! LOL. It also took me about 45 minutes to be able to see him and I wasnt able to hold him right away.. So be prepared for that.. IF he has to go in a incubator they may not let you hold right away.. My son didnt need to be on a breathing machine or anything like that.. Every baby is differnt though.. You never know what he is going to need coming out early.. They give you something to make the babys lungs develop and brain.. If they havent given that to you already... My son also had jondis they said it is normal with premie babies he just had to go under a ultra ray light for 48 hours and it was better...Just relax and let this experience be yours.. Dont go by what other people say to much because when I was in the hospital I searched for as many answers as I could about what I was going to go threw and Nothing compared to doing it on my own.. My experience was my own and yours is going to be too..It didnt really hurt to me as bad as everyone says it does.. And I was walking around the next day.

Chelle - posted on 02/08/2010

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My son was born just a day shy of being 34 weeks so he was at 33 weeks 6 days. He wasn't too bad. He did have some issues breathing but I know if he had stayed at least 2 more days he wouldn't have had any issues. I just didn't get the steroids in time to help his lungs fully develop before they had to take him. He had to have surfactin administered at birth and was on CPAP for 18 hours. After that he did real well and was only in the NICU for 7 days. He came home the day after I did from the hospital. I think if the baby comes out and is breathing ok then they probably would let your husband cut the cord. I had an emergency c-section so my hubby couldn't. Because my son had some issues at birth I wasn't able to hold him for about 24 hours or so after he was born. They barely let me see him for a few minutes before taking me to my post-partum room.

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Vicky - posted on 02/07/2014

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my daughter has been told the baby has stopped growing she has been having movement and heartbeat monitored for the last few weeks a medicine scan has revealed the placenta has stopped working and they are going to induce at no later than 36 weeks i,m sure everything is going to be o.k but i know she is very worried any words of wisdom i can pass on to her.......many thanks

Victoria - posted on 01/20/2014

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Great to hear. iv looked for people who are in similar situations to me and i couldn't find anything. My waters ruptured at 25 weeks I was kept in and injected x2 with steroids then given a course of antibiotic. I did not go into labor, i was told i could go home after 3 days but under strict rules not to over do it. I am 32 +6 days back at work and doing everything i did before i was pregnant. I am being induced at 34 weeks but I'm a little nervous at how my son will be when he comes into the outside world.

Jade - posted on 09/19/2013

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Hello wondering if any one could help me on some advice I went in to hospital at the end of aug because I haven't felt my baby move was examined and was told my waters had gone was given too steroid injections and some tablets was kept in over night and sent home the next day but have to monitored every week was told by the doctor yesterday that I'm going to induced at 34 weeks I've never been induced before can any one tell me what it's like and what might happen to my baby will she be put in special care for a couple of days

Tori - posted on 07/17/2012

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Im right there with you on this one. Im currently in the hospital myself. I went in on July 5 (28 weeks gestation) with terrible regular contractions. They kept me at my hospital till the morning of the 11th when they did a cervical exam and i was dialated to 1cm. They tried the mag and many pain relievers to try to stop the contractions and nothing worked. I was transfered to a hospital with an NICU.

My water broke on Sunday (29 weeks) and the weirdest thing happened, my contractions stopped! Im now dialated to 3cm and will be 30 weeks tomorrow. Doc come in and told me the I will be induced at 34 weeks, August 15, if nothing happens before then. I took a tour of the NICU yesterday and was relieved but scared at the same time. Not a place I ever thought i would be seeing as how my daughter, now two, was full term at 38 weeks and got to come home with me right away.

I got an ultrasound done last wednesday and my lil man looked great. They estimating him to be about 3.5 right now and 15in long! So now to see if I can hold him in till August 15....

Alicia - posted on 11/07/2010

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I am currently in the hospital. My water broke when i was 31 weeks 3 days pregnant. I am now 32 weeks 5 days pregnant. I have recieved both steroid shots, also I had been taking antibiotic to keep the risk of infection down.They just stopped the antibiotics yesterday & now I am just waiting to get induced at 34 weeks. I will be 34 weeks on the 17th of this month, sooo I have about 10 days to go. I got an ultra sound about 5 days ago & they told me he weighed 3lbs 8oz then. I haven't had one since & am sure I will be getting another one soon. So my story is kinda the same as yours Amber S. It really helped me being able to read your question & all the replies. But, if anyone has any other information they are willing to share with me about all of this it would be greatly appreciated! :) Also i'll be keeping this posted on my progress. thanks sooo much for the help everyone! & goodluck Amber!

Lora - posted on 02/18/2010

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I was there, too. My son is 2 1/2 now and is doing great! I delivered by C-section at 34 weeks. My son weighed 3 lb 7 oz. He was fine. He was breathing on his own right away and had a feeding tube for only 48 hours. He did have to stay in the hospital for 13 days. I went home after 4 (they will only let you stay for 10, here anyway). Be prepared for a lot of beeps and dings. They will track your child's heart rate, breathing, there will be an IV and a feeding tube in their nose and it will look scary! You get used to it pretty quickly, though. I was not able to hold my baby afterward because I was numb from the C-section, but his dad was able to bring him over to me so that I could kiss him before they whisked him off to NICU. After the surgery, they actually took my bed through the NICU so I could see him before they put me in my room. They did not let his dad cut the cord, of course, because of the C-section, but all in all, the experience, though scary, went very well and my son came through everything wonderfully. I am very blessed!

Tammy - posted on 02/17/2010

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Zane was born at 32 weeks and i didn't get the steroid shot in time so he had to be put on oxygen at birth and i had an emergency c-section but they did let my bf cut the cord and go back with me. Zane stayed in NICU 3 weeks and came home with no problems. He did take the RSV shots which i would recommend monthly for 6 months and i never took him out much and he is 1 year 3 months now and just got sick for his first time last week but got over it quickly. all and all i was very lucky. Your baby will have 2 weeks on mine and i assume u will have the steroid shot for the lungs so u should be fine.

Kira - posted on 02/17/2010

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my water also broke at 26 weeks. i am also still in hosp in pitt pa . scary. i had to have my second rund of steriod shots this week.. real fun. the constant tests and poking is annoying. i hemridged at 13 weeks. did u? two other moms in here did around same time.

Kevin - posted on 02/12/2010

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Congrats on making this long Amber.....my wife's water broke @ 29 weeks Tue morning!! I'm praying we can make to 34 weeks!! Thanks for this post, it's been a comfort for my wife and me!!!

Erin - posted on 02/12/2010

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Congratulations on hitting 32 weeks every day you keep him in there is one more day he has to grow. I have five children and all of them were preemies my earliest being 30weeks and 4 days and the longest preg being 35weeks and 3 days four of my five kids spent time in the hospital the shortest stay being 11 days and the longest being 105 days the best advice I can give you and that was every given to me i remember how well your baby dose and when he comes home is all up to him and how he dose they have people at the hospital that can come in and talk with you about what is going to happen when you have him what dif equipment and meds he may need the NICU is a very scary place and can be very over well-meaning just remember take it one day at a time. Talk to your Dr. as far as your husband cutting the cord let him or her lol know of your wanting your husband to cut the cord. Most of all God bless you for everything you are doing for your child you as well as every other mother on her babies too of course are in my prays

Amber - posted on 02/11/2010

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Just updating everyone! I will be 32 weeks tomorrow! And have been stuck in the hospital for 6 weeks, They did give me the 2 steroid shots at 26 weeks when I first came in and magnesium. But everything seems to be going fine, I have not shown any signs of an infection, which is a miracle because I have Addison's Disease (I do not have an immune system basically) and the fluid I am still leaking is clear. Although my son's movement did slow down a lot a few days ago and then yesterday he was very active. I have been keeping the doctors informed about that. I was 1/2 cm dilated at 26 weeks but have not been checked since because they do not want me to get an infection from them checking me. So the plan is to get induced at 34 weeks (in 2 weeks!). Unless something else happens in the mean time. I will keep everyone posted and thank you all for all of your stories!

Sarah - posted on 02/10/2010

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My daughter was born at 34 weeks 3 days. She did great. She was only in the NICU for 10 days. She had problems regulating her body temperature & keeping weight on. She weighed 4 pounds 11 ounces. I had steroid shots about a week before she was born & that really helped a lot. Because of the steroid shots, she didn't need oxygen or any breathing assistance. I got to hold her about 5 or 6 hours after she was born, but only for a little bit.

Kristina - posted on 02/10/2010

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i was leaking fluids my entire pregnancy and they finally admitted me in the hospital they wanted to keep me at least till i was 37 weeks but they didnt think he would survive...i go steroid shots to help his lugs develope faster...i went into labor at 33w5d and was in labor for 3 days then my sons heart rate dropped with every contraction so they had to do an emergency c-section....my son came out weighing 3lbs 10oz and was 16.5 inches long...but he was breathing on his own and doing fine....he was in the hospital for 17 days to get him to learn to eat and all that good stuff...he was that tiny when he came home he wore extra small preemie diapers they looked like a maxi pad..lol...but they told me that he wouldnt develpoe on time or that he would be late at everything....he is now 6 months old weighin 16lbs 2oz and is 26 inches long...the dr told me that he is right were a baby his age should be..he eats baby food and is sittig up on his own...he doesnt want to crawl yet but i think he wants to jump straight to walkin hes everywhere in his walker...but all babys do things at their own pace so dont treat ur baby like their gona be late just because the dr said they would be you never know they could catch up quicker then you know like y baby did...i wish you the best of luck and i hope everything turns out good for you and ur husband...good luck!!!!

Megan - posted on 02/10/2010

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I was induced at 34 weeks and it was my first pregnancy also. The doctors and nurses explain everything to me before they did it. The nurse gave me two shots to develop her lungs and they worked great, You get one shot and then the second after 24 hours. I have no side effects. I wasn't dilated at all when I was induced so they had to put Foley balloons in me, they only can be in you for 12 hours. I had them in for 10 hours and then they took it out and just upped the pitocin to dilate me. The doctor then broke my water. I was able to have a vaginal birth, everyone is different but once I fully dilated it was an hour of pushing and she was born. My husband didn't cut the cord. They cut it and took her over to the area to get her warm and make sure she was okay. Once they had her wrapped up they let me hold her for like 2 minutes it was very short time and put her in the incubator and took her to the NICU. My daughter was in the NICU for 2 weeks. They only had an IV for the first two days and then she was just hooked up to the machine for monitoring her heart beat and breathing which everyone was on. Also she has a feeding tube in her nose for when she wouldn't take all her bottle. After the first week they moved her into a different room that was a normal nursery. We visited everyday and feed her each time we were there. We had a little problem with one nurse and that's why I think she was there longer. We asked to take her off the feeding tube because she was taking all her bottle with everyone but that one nurse. The doctor listened to us after we complained and she was off it for the 48 hours like they want and was home after that. She hasn't had any problems at home. She has progressed a lot since she was born and at 10 weeks she is holding her head up a lot, with tummy time she is moving her feet up and down like she is trying to crawl and she is almost able to roll over. She gets so close and then falls back. I hope this helps.

Alicia - posted on 11/07/2010

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I am currently in the hospital. My water broke when i was 31 weeks 3 days pregnant. I am now 32 weeks 5 days pregnant. I have recieved both steroid shots, also I had been taking antibiotic to keep the risk of infection down.They just stopped the antibiotics yesterday & now I am just waiting to get induced at 34 weeks. I will be 34 weeks on the 17th of this month, sooo I have about 10 days to go. I got an ultra sound about 5 days ago & they told me he weighed 3lbs 8oz then. I haven't had one since & am sure I will be getting another one soon. So my story is kinda the same as yours Amber S. It really helped me being able to read your question & all the replies. But, if anyone has any other information they are willing to share with me about all of this it would be greatly appreciated! :) Also i'll be keeping this posted on my progress. thanks sooo much for the help everyone! & goodluck Amber!

Amber - posted on 02/11/2010

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Just updating everyone! I will be 32 weeks tomorrow! And have been stuck in the hospital for 6 weeks, They did give me the 2 steroid shots at 26 weeks when I first came in and magnesium. But everything seems to be going fine, I have not shown any signs of an infection, which is a miracle because I have Addison's Disease (I do not have an immune system basically) and the fluid I am still leaking is clear. Although my son's movement did slow down a lot a few days ago and then yesterday he was very active. I have been keeping the doctors informed about that. I was 1/2 cm dilated at 26 weeks but have not been checked since because they do not want me to get an infection from them checking me. So the plan is to get induced at 34 weeks (in 2 weeks!). Unless something else happens in the mean time. I will keep everyone posted and thank you all for all of your stories!

Sarah - posted on 02/10/2010

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My daughter was born at 34 weeks 3 days. She did great. She was only in the NICU for 10 days. She had problems regulating her body temperature & keeping weight on. She weighed 4 pounds 11 ounces. I had steroid shots about a week before she was born & that really helped a lot. Because of the steroid shots, she didn't need oxygen or any breathing assistance. I got to hold her about 5 or 6 hours after she was born, but only for a little bit.

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