SCARED 2nd pregnancy after preemie 26 weeker

Kristen - posted on 09/19/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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I am currently 22 weeks pregnant with our 2nd baby (a little girl - due January 20th). Our son was born at 26 weeks after my water broke at 25 weeks. I had an emergency c-section with him. Being that the doctors don't have any idea why I ruptured so early we are taking every precaution necessary (weekly progesterone injections, etc) to try to prevent another premature birth. They are planning on c-sectioning me at least a week prior to my due date - being that they do not want me to go into labor. This pregnancy is scaring me to death - my nerves are shot. Every "leak", uterus twinge, etc. just hightens my nerves and scares me even more.

Does anyone have any advice, info or feedback to help me try to stay somewhat clam???? I just keep telling myself only 4 more weeks until I can feel the baby is "safe" at 26 weeks - I know it's not the greatest theroy but I feel it's the only thing I have to go on. I'm so scared!!!!! Has anyone been through anything like this.

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Cat - posted on 12/08/2010

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*hugs* Take it one day at a time. Every day is one day closer to term, and one day longer for your baby in utero. What you're feeling is 120% normal for anyone that's labored or delivered early.

Cindy - posted on 12/07/2010

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i understand how u feel in some ways my twins were bornearly at 33 weeks and 6 days but they were born with complex heart defects so im afraid to get pregnant what if this happens again

Alie - posted on 09/23/2010

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I completely understand...Our first daughter was born at a whopping 17 weeks EARLY...she is definitely a miracle to be alive...almost 8 years later, my hubby and I finally worked up the courage to try again. It was a rough pregnancy from the beginning, however, I can completely relate to the "counting down" thing that you do...I kept saying once I hit 23 weeks I'm home free...There really is no easy answer. It's easy for people to say to have faith, although really, its easier said than done. My advice is to take precautions, but don't stress too much...look at your firstborn and enjoy the miracle that was given to you...and embrace every milestone with this pregnancy. Before you know it, baby #2 will be here!
My baby #2 was so content to stay with me, we had to end up inducing labor...and she was a healthy fat 9.1lbs! lol...God Bless...take care...

Natalie - posted on 09/21/2010

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I just went through exactly what u are fearing. In 1999 my daughter was born at 21 weeks, I was afraid to ever try again, but after 11yrs I did get pregnant again. I took every precaution just like u and unfortunately my son did come early he was born at 28weeks on 6/6/10. The best advice I can give u is to say make sure u don't miss a single shot (I did) and just try to stay calm cause worrying to much will put unnecessary stress on u and the baby, and anyone will tell u that stress is not good for either one of u just take it one day at a time. I'm sure everything will workout!!!

Oh and if u think something is wrong or if think ur in labor don't wait go to the hospital. I say this because I thought I was in labor but instead of going to the hospital I called my doctor who told me it was just braxton hick and not to worry, my son was born the next day.

Rachel - posted on 09/21/2010

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i know how you feel my little one was a 26 weeker and im so scared to fall pregnant again..
hope it all goes well

Sandra - posted on 09/21/2010

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I have I have 4 kids and 3 were preemies, all are doing great now, my smallest weighed only 1 lbs. and yes I know what you are going thru and it is scary....everytime I was preg. and just asked God to keep me safe for my kids, he'll never give you more than you can handle....be patient and don't over do anything, let house work ply up until you have your baby safely...I got a housekeeper to clean my house once a week my last trimester and that's what I think made the difference in not having 4 preemies......

Liz - posted on 09/21/2010

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I understand completely what you're going through. I had my set of b/g twins at 33 weeks 6 days, six weeks early in June 2008. I just had their little brother July 12th of this year at 38 weeks 6 days. I was scheduled for a repeat c-section on the 13th of July since I had an emergency c-section with my twins.

Don't be afraid to go in to the hospital if you are worried. I went in several times while I was pregnant with my little guy because I was afraid of the same thing, I know it's much easier said than done, but just try to relax. Stressing about it is only going to make things worse for you and your little one. Once you get over the " hump" of where you had your last preemie it does get better. I was greatly relieved when I got past 36 weeks and was still pregnant with my son.

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I've been through it. During my second pregnancy, I got into a very small fender bender at 25 weeks and began having BH contractions that lasted from then until the end of my pregnancy. I was a mental wreck!



I had MANY problems throughout my 2nd pregnancy - I was pregnant with twins to begin with and lost one (which threatened the viability of the other), had SEVERE morning sickness for many weeks, had to take blood thinner injections in my belly twice a day (and, yes, it was as bad as it sounds), and I had Gestational Diabetes.



It was a total nightmare.



But I made it to 38 weeks! My 2nd baby is very healthy and a total joy.



I don't have any great advice. What you're going through is one of the most difficult thing in the world! You've been mentally traumatized by your preemie experience. Your feelings are totally understandable. Just hang in there. And know that you're not alone.

Katrina - posted on 09/19/2010

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I know how you feel! My wee girl was born at 30 weeks after trying for a week to halt the labour to no avail. I am now 19 weeks pregnant with my second a wee boy and have resigned myself to the fact he will be early too though I am hoping to get him to at least 32 weeks or more! Unlike you I do know why i went early as I have a double uterus and this means my chances of a prem birth are ver high. I too am rather worried about how long I can keep this wee dot safe in me but with knowing I willbe early I have come to terms with teh fact that what will be will be. I am terrified he will come before itis safe but know that I cannot do anything about this. All they are doing is keeping a closer eye on me and that is it so there isnt anything I can do. I have already started to try and slow down doing things but that isnt easy with having a 7 month old though she does help take my mind off things. I too was supposed to have a planned csection as they didnt know if I caould give birth naturally but that didnt happen. I wish you all the best and know that you are not alone out here! I hope you have at least one really good understanding friend who can help to take your mind off of it. Justremember stress makes things wrse so do everything you can to relax...massage, time out, anything to relax you will help. Thinking of you and good luck!!!!!

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