premmie next time as well?

Rachael - posted on 02/04/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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hi there! i went into spontaneous labor at 28 weeks with my son and he arrived after a natural birth at 30 weeks. he is now a happy healthy 18 month old, and hubby and i are looking at having baby number 2! just wondering if there's anyone else who has had a premmie baby and the drs didn't know why and if they had more children were they prem too?

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Heather - posted on 02/07/2009

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I have a 27 month old daughter who was 5 weeks early. They didn't know why. There is a shot that I got once a week after 16 weeks with my second child. He came early but only two weeks early. Ask your doctor about the shot. He is now 7 months old. Having Kids close together from what I heard also incresses the risk of early births. Talk to you doctors they will know best.

Amanda - posted on 02/06/2009

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Hi Rachel, I've had three girls and the first two were premmie ( first 4 weeks early and second wanted to come at 27 weeks but ended up coming 6 weeks early) and the doctors didn't know why either, but my third daughter came 2 days overdue, so go figure. But I'd like to have a boy some time (haha it's ok I guess if I don't I don't want to get my hopes up) so we'll see what happens there. But I was prepared from 25 weeks onwards with the last one though, and was surprised she came full term and it has been very weird having a full term baby, cause she's doing everything on time and it spins me out sometimes.

Aisha - posted on 02/05/2009

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Hi rachael, my name is Aisha. I had a healthy baby boy at 28 weeks. I went into the hospital at 23 weeks. They thought I had incompitant cervix or preterm labor. Docs never really said. On December 30th of this year just 5 weeks ago I had my second healthy little boy. Travis Max weighing 7.3 pounds and delivered Full Term!!! I did see my doctor every week after the second month and I saw a high risk doctor as well once a month. After a couple months I also went on a progesterone shot once a week and was on a few other meds to stop contractions from even starting. I did go on bed rest for about two months and than got off it when I passed 32 weeks. I was enduced 2 weeks early.



You may have to see a doctor a lot more this time around and endure a little more than most but it is so worth having the little play mate for my first son. I would do it again if my husband and I wanted a third child. We are content and plan on counting our blessings every day.



So the answer to your question..... YES, there is hope for a full term baby after having a preemie. I am living proof. I went into this last pregnancy expecting another preemie. I just prayed that I would make it to 30 weeks and even better 32 weeks. We did it and more. Don't let the fear get a hold of you and embrase the many doctor visits. I believe I had over 60. the last 4 months I went in 2 times a week. But with every single doctors visit I had peace of mind that everything was ok. I really truly believe that it made all the difference. I LOVE my doctor and he gave me the choice. Every week I looked forward to the visit and loved hearing the words "everything looks good!". Its what kept me going.



I hope you guys go for it and everything goes as well as it did for me. God Bless you and your family!!!

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Hi Rachel...



I delivered my oldest at 31 weeks after PROM at 30 weeks.  They did not why so with my 2nd baby I had an extremely cautious DR who was proactive.  I did spend 12 weeks on modified bed rest with my daughter but delivered at 40 weeks.  My third was another story...new dr who was not cautious at all even with my history...i ended up in the hospital for 7 weeks not allowed to get out of bed...i delivered at 35 weeks when I was told I would deliver at 24 wks.  My suggestion to you is to be extremely proactive in your pregnancy and push your DR if they are not as cautious as you'd like.  You know your body the most and trust your instincts.  Always remember what you are working for and it makes it all worthwhile.

Rachael - posted on 02/04/2009

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thank you! it puts my mind at ease a little! obviously theres no gurantee what kind of birth i will have but there is hope for a normal pregnancy and birth! so look at hubby, get ready for baby number 2!!!

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My oldest daughter was born at 29 weeks and we don't know why.  I recently had a second daughter and she was born at 33 weeks.  The second time, though, I had HELLP syndrome.  This doctor thinks that it could have also been the issue with the first pregnancy.



 



I know many people that had a premature baby and then went on to have a full term baby.  I also know others that had multiple preemies.  Just make sure that you have a high risk doctor that will  monitor you closely.  Good luck!

Gael - posted on 02/04/2009

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Hi Rachael,



I have 3 daughters. My first was born at 25 weeks weighing 1 lb 4 ozs & the doctors didn't know why it happen. After giving birth to a preemie, all your followinng pregnancies will be high risk because of the chance of preterm birth again but it doesn't mean you will give birth premature. For my 2nd & 3rd pregnancy, they were different. My 2nd pregnancy I started having contractions at 25 weeks & was put on a turbutaline pump to stop the contractions, was on bed rest (limited since I already had another daughter to take care of) & a monitor. I ended up giving birth full term at 39 weeks which amazed the doctors because of my previous situation & having spontaneous contractions on & off starting at 25 weeks. My daughter was 6 lb. 6 ozs. My 3rd pregnancy the doctors started me on HP-17 shots at 16 weeks until 34 weeks. This time I wasn't on bed rest at all although it was nerve racking because every time I went in for a check up, it could all change & I could have been put on bedrest. I gave birth full term again 4 days before her due date. She was 6 lb. 10 ozs. So depending on your history, situation & doctors, you can have a full term baby after giving birth preterm. There are just so many variables but having another baby is a joy.



Good Luck!

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