what are a preemie's chances of survival??

Jenny - posted on 07/31/2010 ( 67 moms have responded )

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Just wondring well I made a mistake and well my pregnancy is at high risk and nw I'mjust wondering like if I carry for 10 more weeks does my son have a good chance of survival? I'm 16 weeks pregnant btw

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Charlotte - posted on 08/11/2010

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Hey. My name is Charlotte. Much to my surprise, my little girl wanted to be born into the world far too early. She was born on the 10th January, 2009 at 23+2 weeks gestation weighing 1lb 4.5oz (She was due on the 7th May). They didn't expect her to survive but 19 months down the track, she's the happiest little girl ever. She stayed in NICU/SCBU for a total of 4 months.

Keep your head up, your baby will come when it's ready :) And good luck!!! x

Schmoopy - posted on 08/02/2010

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My preemie was born at 29 weeks. She's 7 years old today and you'd never know she was a preemie. She's very bright, has overcome her sensory issues, and is the tallest child in her class.

True "viability" begins at 25 weeks. I've known of preemies as early as 23 weeks who have survived, but in the few cases that I know of, they're dealing with life-long challenges. (That goes for 25-weekers, too.) I know a 26 weeker who had a very rough road but is doing well today. She, too, is facing life-long challenges - learning disabilities, eating issues, but she's a happy, wonderful child!

Below is a viability chart I found online. (One thing to keep in mind - "viability" only refers to chances of survival. Many preemies face physical, mental, and/or sensory challenges, regardless of their gestation at birth.):

Infant Survivability Rates
by gestational week

Up until 21 weeks: 0% survival rate
at 22 weeks: 0-10% survival rate
at 23 weeks: 10-35% survival rate
at 24 weeks: 40-70% survival rate
at 25 weeks: 50-80% survival rate
at 26 weeks: 80-90% survival rate
at 27 weeks: greater than 90% survival rate

Simone - posted on 08/11/2010

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Hi Jenny, My name is Simone. I had my baby July 25,2010 and he was 1lb 10oz. He wasn't due until Nov.9. I have read the responses and they are very encouraging, especially to know that others have been through the same fragile situation and things turned around for them. They are and I am living proof that God has his hands on our babies. It is one of the scariest things in life you will enconter and it may seem very gray at times. But you must pray about everything and not worry. Like the other mothers say please make sure you are healthy and feeling well in your spirits so that your baby can be healthy to. I feel like evn though our babies may be early, it's still as if our health affects them. We have to remain strong and have faith and encourage our little ones to pull on through. I look at it as if I give up or lose faith so will my son. Coninue to be there for your child and let God carry your burden. Love you!

Donna - posted on 08/06/2010

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Jenny i can tell u as the parent of a 27 weeker you want that baby to stay in no matter what or no matter how hard it is on you, i had trouble from the start of my pregnancy and we new tthe chances of me making it full term were slim. as for the chances of servival at 26 weeks, they are better than they were eight yrs ago when my son was born, but you are still looking at a long road in the NICU, and plus the risk of complications later on. so please do what the drs say and try to keep the baby in as long as you can for every week that little one is in the chances of having a healthy baby get better. i dont mean to scare you but there are major risks involved with having a preemie. you can googlle preterm babies and thier complications to see what complications can happen but no one can say for sure what the outcome will be. i have seen 23 weekers come out of the nicu with no problems at all, and 35 weekers have major problems so there really isnt a right answer to this questtion all you can do is learn as much as possible about what ur body is doing right now to make you highrisk and what you can do to decrease the chances of delivery early. and look into the complications of having a preterm baby so if you do have one you will be sort of prepared for what is to come. oh and jenny what ever is going on, you cant blame yourself for it i no, because after chase was born i did blame myself, it took me a long time to realize that whatever happens is ment to be. whether it be bad or good. my son weight 2lbs 7.9 oz and was 14 and a half inches long, for a 27 weeker this big. plus he was very well developed for a 27 weeker so much that the nicu thought he was a 32 weeker. really it doesnt matter what gestational age, or how big the baby is whatever is ment to be will be u just have to hang in there. a nurse once told me this not long after chase was born " expect worst but hope for the best."when chase was 2 days old the drs gave him 2 hrs to live at best, well he is eight, and he does have his fair share of problems but he is over all a happy healthy eight year old.

Nikki - posted on 08/01/2010

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HI Jenny !! My name is Nikki and I had a procedure called hydrothermal endometrial ablation when I was 33 years old to remove my uterus lining. I did not "want" any more children as I have two grown daughters and I was dating a guy for two years I planned to marry when I was 36 . I became pregnant at 38 years of age with my son and carried him to 29 weeks gestation. The technology today is wonderful I agree and GOD is GREAT!! My son is 4 on October 22nd and he wears a 5-t !! He is so tall and stocky and he has a few preemie issues still today but we are getting through each day just fine. He stayed in NICU for three months and came home on a heart monitor but again God is Good and you could deliver as early as 24 weeks and your child has a good percent chance of survival however it is scary . God's will is what you can rely on :) God bless you and I pray for you & your child :), Nikki

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Anna - posted on 09/24/2010

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one simple adwise:don't look at numbers cause their not going to help you!!! all you can do now is rest a lot,do as less is possible,keep thinking possitive and everything should be fine ;) take care youself and good luck!!!!

Lucy - posted on 09/23/2010

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my son was born at 27 weeks wiv lungs of a 21 weeker docs said he wouldnt make it pst 48hrs he is now 4weeks old and still fighting stong! there are babies in the unit born at 23 weeks and up and they are fightingstrong 2.... i have looked up many things on the net and even tho there are not many there are 22 weekers that have made it 2. babies do unbelievable things even comin back 2 life after being pronounced dead. try not 2 worry about what will happen and concentrate on the fact that u have made it this far. docs are not always right... i was told from 6 weeks i would lose my son and he has made it this far. good luck wiv it all any ways im sure ur baby will keep up the fight 4 his mummy!! xx

Chanda - posted on 09/22/2010

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my daughter weight 2 pounds 2 ounces that was 10 years ago so she was born right at 29 weeks

Ashley - posted on 09/19/2010

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my daughter was a 24 wker, 1lb 7oz 12 inches long, they do not know why she came this early, she had a 10 % chance, she is now almost 18 mths happy baby girl

Cindy - posted on 09/17/2010

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honestly yes with the new tech and the nicu yea there are lots of preeemies where im from who are born at 24 weeks and some younger so yea

Cassie - posted on 09/15/2010

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hey im a preemie baby my mum had me at 25 weeks pregnant im heaps likey to be here i dyed heaps of time i was heaps tiny and the doctors said that i would be in a wheel chair and never beable to walk but i can walk and im not in a wheel chair but i do have mild cp but yeah im heaps lucky but yeah half the time the docs dont know what they are talking about

Amanda - posted on 09/12/2010

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My daughter was 14 weeks early, almost 15 weeks but we were able to hold her in 1 more week, the NICU doctor told me that I had a 15% chance she'll live before they gave me the steriod shots to make her lungs and other organs progress a little faster (and gain weight), after I had the shots she had a 25% chance of living, and she's almost 6 months now. She was 1lb 14.3oz when she was born and is almost 8 1/2lbs now. She had many problems though, but we got lucky, everything that went wrong (brain bleeding, lung bleeding, blood clot, heart murmur etc.) all of it went away! If she were to have come out on the day I started having contrations she would have weighed 12oz, so we were very lucky that we were able to give her the medicine to help her progress! My fiances cousin had a little boy at 25 weeks who weighed 13oz, he's almost 7 months old. I don't know if this helps, I know it's scary and stuff but I didn't want to sugar coat it and lie....

Ashley - posted on 09/08/2010

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my daughter was born 6 weeks early..i had a normal healthy pregnancy everything went well until i was 7 months pregnant..started having lower back pains went to doctor said everything was ok..ended up going to the hospital that night from back pain..checked me hooked me up to monitors..was not dilating or contracting was told to go home and take tylenol pm which i didnt...the next day back pain got worse took a hot shower..helped a lil..went into my cousins house..all of a sudden i felt a sharp pain and i said she is coming no one believed me..sure enough from the time i walked in the hospital doors and til the time i had her it was 19 minutes....she was transported to childrens hospital was there a month exact..brought her home...and as of today she is nine months old and counting..she is as healthy as can be..and growing like a weed.she is my pride and joy

Kira - posted on 09/01/2010

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my water broke at 26 weeks. i was rushed to hosp and they kept me in bed for 8 weeks then induced me . i was in with a lot of people who delivered at 25 and 26 weeks. they are in nicu for a while, but doing beautifly. my son was in for 3 weeks and is now 6 months old

Liz - posted on 08/31/2010

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I had my b/g twins at 33 weeks 6 days, six weeks early. My son weighed four pounds 10 ounces and was 18 inches long. My daughter was three pounds twelve ounces and 17 inches long.

First of all they were born via an emergency c-section because my son was a breach and my daughter was ready to come out. My son was born with underdevelped lungs and had the steriod shot to help his lungs. He was also on a resperator for four hours. He was then on oxygen for six days and came home at 8 days old weighing four pounds 8 ounces. He also had minor issues of Jaundice while in the hospital.

My daughter had jaundice and was only on oxygen for an hour after they were born. She had weight gain issues and came home 12 days later at a discharge weight of four pounds 1 ounce.

Today they are two years old ,and you could never tell they were preemies. Both are around 30 pounds and my son is 35 inches tall and my daughter is 34 inches tall. My son doesn't have any problems with his lungs anymore, but he does get sick a lot easier than his sister does. The only minor issues my daughter has is the fact she has to wear glasses for far sightedness, and to correct her cross eyes because the muscles in her eyes are not strong enough to focus on things on their own. All in all we have been very lucky with our twins.

I was terrified of having another child, but unexpectedly fell pregnant while on the pill, and just had their little brother on July 12th, 2010. I went into the hospital a lot more than I probably should have because I was worried over little things, but he was born at 38 weeks 6 days weighing six pounds 1 ounce and was nineteen and a half inches long. At his one month visit he was up to 8 pounds 12 ounces and 21 inches long.

It all depends on the baby, and the complications that arise. Keep in mind one thing though no matter what happens, preemies are fighters and each day I can't help but look at my kids and think of how thankful I am, because in the hospital there was a time we didn't even know if my oldest son was going to survive.

Jenny - posted on 08/31/2010

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well my son jayden's just a week old and is doing fine so I gues I don't have to worry

Sarah - posted on 08/15/2010

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carry as long as you can and if you know you're high risk, do everything right that you can! I had a high risk pregnancy, but I made sure to eat healthy, take my prenatals, drink lots of water and rest! I had my lo at 30weeks weighing 3lbs3oz and 16". The docs said she was so healthy b/c I took good care of myself while I was preggo. And breastfeed if you can! It will do wonderful things for your child to have breast milk- no matter how early they are born!!

Leighna - posted on 08/13/2010

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Each baby is different,my son (3rd pregnancy)was born at 26+4 days weighing 820 grams ( 1 lbs 13 oz)due to PROM(water breaking early) He spent 120 days in the NICU due to breathing problems (mild BPD)he turned one in april and weighed in at 23.5 lbs(bigger than my 7 lbs term baby at 1).My cousin had a 29 week preemie 7 months after I had my son,who weighed 2 lbs 5 oz at birth who past away in the NICU after 8 weeks due to health issues(PDA,etc..)The stats of survival can give you a % but the bottom line is the closer you can carry your baby to 40 weeks the better for baby....best of luck

Rebekah - posted on 08/12/2010

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Hi Jenny, my twin boys were born at 25 weeks, 4 days and weighed 2lb5oz and 2lb2oz, and they are now 22 months and very, very healthy! Good luck with your pregnancy

Carie - posted on 08/11/2010

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My little girl was a 26 weeker and she was 1lb. 6oz. and 12in long. She only had a 4% chance of living because she had intestinal issues. She is now 29 months old and doing well. There are a lot of women who have little ones who make it. Keep looking up and stay calm and things will work out.

Raven - posted on 08/10/2010

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I delivered my daughter at 29 weeks. I had a steroid injection for the development of her lungs. She was 2lbs and 2oz. She is now a super healthy 4 year old who will be starting Kindergarten in two weeks.

Donna - posted on 08/10/2010

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My son was born at 29 weeks, at 2 pounds, 7 ounces, and he is now a happy, healthy, slightly underweight, 6 year old boy. :) Hang in there, there is so much they can do these days, and every day you go longer, the better things get. You can make it - take it as easy as you can, and best of luck to you both.

Melissa - posted on 08/10/2010

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Babies can survive as early as 24w, but the chances of complications and lasting medical issues are high. The risks decrease the longer they stay in. Babies at 28w stand a very good chance, and by 32w there are usually few complications. Really the longer the better, but until 24w most doctors won't try to save your baby if something happens.

Good luck. Keep that baby cooking.

Beth - posted on 08/09/2010

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With the tech in the NICUs now preemies have a better chance of surviving than they did even 10 years ago. The longer you can stay pregnant the better. Also talk to your doctor, if you havent started to see one yet see a doctor that specializes in maternal and fetal health. Talk to your doctor about setting up a visit to the closest hospital with a NICU. Most of all just do what you need to do to carry that baby. It may seem hard but it will be SO worth it in the end

Bridget - posted on 08/09/2010

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Also.. I don't know the details of your pregnancy, but when I was on bed rest in the hospital, I had high risk doctors and Neo-natal doctors coming in all the time to talk to me, and in my situation with the contractions, they started me on the 17-P shot, usually used for women who have already had a preemie. Some doctors say if it is your first child it will not help, but I believe it did, and if not, it wasn't hurting any to try. I was having contractions at 22 weeks, dialting at 23 and at 29 was completely effaced and he was not born til 30 weeks and 2 days. Every single day or even hour longer they stay inside helps them soo much!! You can ask your doctor about it, but it may only be used if you are having contractions. Also while in the hospital I was on magnesium which helps stop contractions and lowers their risk of CP!

Bridget - posted on 08/09/2010

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I was on bed rest at 22 weeks because I starting having contractions and was a "high risk pregnancy". That went on for 8 weeks & I delivered my son at 30 weeks & the doctor's didn't even think I would make it to 28. My son was in the NICU for 3 weeks & while there had no serious problems, the first day he had a C-PAP so he wasn't using all of his energy to breathe, but after 24 hours with it, they realized he didn't even need it. There were other babies there who were earlier & smaller than he was, with all the stuff they can do for preemies now, their chances of survival are awesome!!

Jean - posted on 08/08/2010

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Yes he does!!!!!!! I had twin boys at 25 weeks and they are fine. They weighed about 1.75 pounds at birth and you would never know to look at them today they are 3 now and completely on target. I belong to a twin moms group and it is very common to have twins at 24, 25, 26 weeks that do just fine. A freind of mine had hers at 24 weeks. they had the brain bleeds, the heart surgery, the eye surgery and literally today (they are 5) you would never know -they are on target and look perfect. Relax -if it can happen with twins it can happen with a singleton!!!!! Have faith! And EAT!!! first and second trimester weight gain is a big help. If you thinkt he baby may come early you want them to weigh as much as possible. You going to do great.
Jean

Hayley - posted on 08/07/2010

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I had my baby at 25 weeks with what I was told were some fatal complications. Now she is just over one and there is nothing wrong with her, but this could have gone either way, she was a very strong baby. You should do what you think best but know this (and I think everyone will agree here) it was worth it!

Chris - posted on 08/07/2010

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Hey Jenny I agree with the others try to keep going as close to full term as you can get - My waters broke at 21 weeks and we had a survival rate of 5% . Through God's grace we held on for a further 8.5 weeks and he was born at 29.5 weeks with very undeveloped lungs. The 8.5 weeks in hospital nearly sent me insane but I managed and I made some great friends in there. Our beautiful boy had to spend 4 months in NICU. Now looking back the 8.5 weeks in hospital was much easier then seeing your precious baby hooked up with so many tubes and machinery keeping him alive. He had to go through a lot of procedures and he even came home on oxygen for nearly 11 months! Thankfully he is just doing so well now. From what I remember we celebrated 28 weeks as that meant our Baby had 85% chance of survival and those odds were great to what we originally started. From what I have seen you want to go at least to 36 weeks to ensure your baby has the best possible chance. Have faith and it will get you through. All the best to you and your Baby.

Danyel - posted on 08/07/2010

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My daughter was born at 32 wks and she weighed 3.86 lbs. and she was born healthy as can be... She had to stay in the NICU for 27 days but I got to take her home at 4lbs. She has never had any health issues or anything She is now 3 1/2 yrs old and you would never guess that she use to be so tiny....I wish you all the best keep yourself healthy and relaxed and you do great!!!!

Jeannette - posted on 08/07/2010

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My son was delivered at 28 weeks, and although it was a really tough time and he was in SCBU for the first ten weeks of his life, most of it on oxygen, he is now a very happy and healthy 7 year boy, good luck and take care of yourself xx

Maricela - posted on 08/06/2010

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my baby was born at 30 weeks and she is fine. she is little but she doesnt have any serious problem.

Charmaine - posted on 08/05/2010

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Both my children where born at 33 weeks. We had a few minor issues to deal with for the first 18 months, by which time both had caught up with other children their age. My son is turing 3 this month and my daughter is turning 6 in September.

Christina - posted on 08/05/2010

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let me tell you I just had mt daughter in dec she was 1lb 3oz and they did think was going to make it at all she had open heart surgery before she was one month old! All you have to do is take care of yourself and be there for you baby and make sure you do whatever the doctor ask you to do and don't be scared to ask question if you have any for the doctor my daughter is now 7 months old and she has nothing wrong with her and she is like a normal baby if you look at her you could never tell she was a preemie at all!!!! But it takes time! Hang in there!!!

Christina - posted on 08/05/2010

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well i had two preemie babies and my daughter is 7 months old now so as long as you are at the right hospital your baby will be fine

Janice - posted on 08/05/2010

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my twins were born at 29 wks. and were in the NICU for 2 & 1/2 months.they will be 7 this year and are doing great.I had a high risk pregnancy after IVF and was put on complete bed rest at 14 weeks after having a surclage done.

Sheila Sudlow - posted on 08/05/2010

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babys are viable from 24 weeks onwards.Each baby is different babies weighing 2lb can be feeding from a bottle yet a 3lb baby can be really sicks. There is lots of useful information on our premature baby resource site at
http://www.premature-baby-clothes-store.... babies can be little fighters and sometimes its infections that give them set backs making survival harder on the tinest of babies.

Shelby - posted on 08/05/2010

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My son was born 6 weeks early weighing 5 pds 12 oz he was in the hospital for about a week with some lung problems but now he will be 3 on the 23rd and he is a happy healthy little boy...anything can happen you just have to be positive and have faith...

Jessica - posted on 08/05/2010

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Hang in there Jenny and just take REALLY good care of yourself. Listen to your OB, and make sure to talk to her whenever you are having anything unusual happening. They dont care how silly YOU think the question is, obviously it is bugging you so they will answer any inquiry you may have. This is also a great forum, as you can see, where you will get the best sort of advice from Mom's who know.
I have 2 boys, both were preemies, and both are doing just fine. It's really quiet a miracle how early we can save these tiny babies. (My boys were 10 and 9 weeks premature and weighed 3 lbs 9 oz and 4 lbs, respectively. You would never know to look at them now.)
God Bless you and I will send you loving and comforting prayers.

Amber - posted on 08/04/2010

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My water broke at 25 weeks and I remained on bedrest without any fluid until 32 weeks she weighd 3lbs 14 oz and the day she was born she had a severe infection and was not breathing on her own at all. A Dr. who after I grew to love told me she may not make it through the night. My daughter is now 7 months old 20lbs and is more happy, healthy and alert than I could have ever imagined. Everyone is different, while I was on bedrest I had a lot of time to read and reasearch and you would be amazed how many preemies survive and flourish at just 20 weeks when most hospitals wont even treat a baby until after 25 weeks. So my advice is to stay positive keep your stress level down and remember every single day that you stay pregnant is a gift to your baby.

Angela - posted on 08/04/2010

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my friend had a baby at 25 weeks which stopped growing at 20, her baby weighed 12 ounces. It all comes down to the strength in your baby.

Sarah - posted on 08/04/2010

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My daughter was born at 27 weeks, but was way under weight for her age. (She only weighed 1 pound and 6 ounces) She was in the NICU for 2 and a half months and came home on oxygen, but today at 19 months she is almost completely caught up to her birth age. She is still a little peanut but if you didn't know her age you would never guess that she was a micro preemie.
It really all depends on the situation and the baby. But don't give up hope because modern medicine can do amazing things. My water broke at 23 weeks and I thought that was the end, but then we were told that I could sit on bed rest for at least 2 months and that once we reached past 25 weeks the baby had a very good chance of survival, and each week after that increased the chances significantly. Don't give up hope and make sure that you have a great OB and if there is one in your area get in touch with a Fetal/Maternal Medicine Doctor. If you have any other questions please feel free to send me a message.

Amanda - posted on 08/04/2010

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jenny to tell you the truth it varies,it depends on soooo much...my son was almost 3 months early but still weighd 6 pds 10 ounces....doctroes were shocked beyond belif...and while he was in the nicu we met a family who had a 20 week old baby there...the docs tole her to basically start the funeral arrangements....i got to know her very well and still talk to her till this day,,her baby is a beautful average happy baby...and doing better then ever!!!!26 weeks may not be ideal,but its a god age...alot better then 20.and remember we all make mystakes..i had and also have another high risk pregenancy now....it counts what you do after your mistake not before!!!! GOOD LUCK

Pauline - posted on 08/04/2010

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hi my named is pauline i had 3 premmies, 1st one my water broke at 29 weeks but i didnt have him until 35 weeks, he birthd weight was 4lb 13oz , size 00000 very tiny clothing, he was in there over christmas and new years he suffer a heart mumour he was in there for 19 days, he now eight and the heart murour has disappeard but he has a autism but very happ child and very smart,my second child was born at 37 weeks he weight 4lb 11oz he was also very tiny he had a medical condution called oesgial atersia( the food pipe doesnt connected to the stomach so both ends are like pouch,he had and operation form a the day he was born to stick a feeding tube to his stomach so he can eat their did his big operation at 3 months and 4 and bit months he was allowed to come home for the first time, we still have medical promble with him but he such a happy child,
my 3rd premmie was born at 31.6 days nearly 32 weeks the unibillcord torn so i had to have a emergancy c section, she weight 1.8 kilo, which is 2lb very tiny she fitted in sized 000 000 just like dolls clothes, she was on oxgen for a week and had jointes also and she had to put on the weight befored she allowed to come home, she came home when she was 7 weeks old, in the mean time i had suffer drepression and cause it was hard, now she is 14 months old but corrected she 1 year old, her development is a little bit delay she is crawling but not walking has yet,
good thing about having a small baby is that their dont grow out of their clothes quick but there few issues later in life that could hold back their development, but otherwise she a happy child and very cheeky at that,

Kendra - posted on 08/03/2010

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My daughter was 24 weeks when I went and they told me that I was going too give birth they done everything possible for me too hold off even too 25 or 26 weeks because her chances of living would be more better.....but what I gathered is the best thing you can do now is stay strong!!!! I never new that Premature babies exsisted when I was preganat until i went through it!!! This time concentrate on keeping baby inside for a bit longer!!!!!!!!!

Erica - posted on 08/03/2010

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Ava's NICU partner weighed only 14oz at 26 wks (IUGR) and now she is the most healthy amazing miracle! Ava was 29 wks not expected to survive, and she has serious health care needs at 23 mos ( 2lbs 15oz) so I would say it depends on your baby.

Karen - posted on 08/03/2010

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My son was born at 25 weeks gestation and weighed 1lb 15 ounces, he is now 4 1/2 years old and doing great! You wouldn't know he was a preemie

Jenny - posted on 08/03/2010

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I never knew there were such good chances but I'm jst happy it's not like long ago. that puts me at ease. I didn't know preemies around 24 weeks could even survive tbh.



umm yea I was at fault for it I had an abortion and it made my pregnancy high risk but that's the past I know so yea...

Cheryl - posted on 08/03/2010

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a child is viable and has a 50/50 chance if they are born at 24 weeks, at 28 weeks they have between a 80 and 90 percent of survival. The bigger the baby the better the chance. The only reaso I know this is becuse I too am high risk and they thought my water was leaking at 17 weeks, so I had a goal to make it to 24 weeks, and now I am almost 28 weeks. NICUs are amazing and can do a lot of amazing work with babies. The main concern of premies are their lungs. My son was induced at 36 weeks, and he was a seven pound premie! He was in the NICU at cincinnati childrens hospital for two weeks and he spent four days on a vent and the rest on Oxygen, to this day he has Reactive Airway Disease (a type of asthma he will out grow) and other than that hes a great healthy kid. He also had issues sucking, breathing and swalliowing at the same time and had a feeding tube in ihis nose a few days. He also had Jaundice, but with a great NICU teal it makes a great difference in your childs chances of survival..

Tonya - posted on 08/03/2010

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I have 4 daughters all were premature except 1. I had 2 of them 27 weeks, my oldest is 20 she was 1 of them and my 2yr old is the other, they stayed in the nicu for a while, but with all they know now is so much different then 20 yrs ago. Having good doctors and great nurses was a great help to me and my babies.

Tracy - posted on 08/03/2010

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I gave birth to my daughter in February and she was 1lb 10 oz. She is now 8lbs. It just depends on the baby.

Caroline - posted on 08/02/2010

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Good luck whatever happens but if you can hold on for as long as possible that is the key. If the Docs tell you to put your feet up do. Even days make a difference...and if you know your are in labour make sure you get the steriods for your babys lungs. The more you stay with your feet up now - the more likely baby will stay inside - the less time you have to have in hospital at the other end. Whatever it is you feel you did to make a mistake get over it now having children is a life time of "if I had..." guilt feelings so dont even let it enter you head that you did anything wrong just start from now and do the best you can. Thats what makes a great mum.

Ruth - posted on 08/02/2010

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I had twins at 28 weeks. They have had their set of problems but are healthy for the most part. It is hard to say what your individual case may bring but with todays technology and amazingmedical professionals the outlook is very good!!

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I had two preemie boys. My four year old was born at 28 weeks, 1lb 8oz, 12.5 in. He was in the NICU for 3 months; he came home 2 days after his due date. He was given 80% chance the day before he was born. It all depended upon how he responded when he was born. He was on a ventilator for 4 days, a CPAP for 1 day and oxygen for 77 more days. He is doing great now. He had a friend who was 24 weeks who had a few more road bumps, but overall doing well.
Survival rates are based upon how big the baby is when they are born. My second son was only 14oz at 26 weeks. He had an extremely hard battle. I would find out from your doctor how big they think your baby is.

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