What was the cause of the prematury of your baby?

Geneviève - posted on 11/23/2008 ( 160 moms have responded )

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Hi,

I was curious to see what were the main reasons why we are mothers of preemies.

My daughter was born at 35 weeks because my water broke. Doctors don't see any cause to that except being to tired, therefore, for next baby I'll probably be put to rest at 32 weeks.

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Aifric - posted on 02/24/2009

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I got pre-eclampsia at 27 weeks after a hugely stressful pregnancy.  I was hospitalised at 29wks and after toxaemia kicked in at 30+2, i was delivered by ECS.  She was in ICU for 7wks.  She's magic !!

Rebecca - posted on 02/23/2009

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i developed pre-eclampsia around 31 weeks, i was already on bedrest for Pregnancy Induced Hypertension(at 27 weeks). my son was delivered by c-section at 33weeks as the pre-eclampsia got worse that day...my blood pressure could not be lowered by medication anymore(and i had a headache so bad i needed morphine! the headache was also a sign of the pre-eclampsia getting worse...nevermind the scary high blood pressure numbers!!) he is 2months old now and has been home since he was 1 month old. he is doing very well!! he was 4lbs 12 oz at birth and last weight check he was 8lbs! :-)

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I have Cystic Fibrosis (hereditary lung and digestive disease) and was actually being evaluated for double lung and liver transplants when I found out that I was pregnant. My FEV1 at the time that I got pregnant was only 40% (which means I only had 40% of my lungs functioning). When I found out that I was pregnant, I was actually already 9 weeks along and had no idea that I was. I had no morning sickness or anything and it was common for me to miss periods. I was told to terminate the pregnancy because there was no way that the baby would make it and there was a chance that I wouldn't.



With the transplants looming in my future and knowing the possibilities of getting pregnant again, I decided to take my chances with having the baby. I had appointments with the high risk OB every month and then every 2 weeks to make sure that things were okay. I was admitted to the hospital when I was 28 weeks pregnant and was told that I was in until I had the baby (which the doctors said that I would have a c-section no later than 36 weeks gestation). I went into the hospital on December 5, 2005 and Brady was born by c-section at 33 weeks on January 10, 2006 because his heart rate was showing no accelerations and the doctors were concerned. He weighed 3lbs 5oz and was healthy! He was in the hospital for a month and four days to gain weight, be under lights for jaundice, and to learn to eat from a bottle. He came home on Valentine's day 2006!



He just turned 3 this month and next weekend I will be celebrating my 2 year double lung and liver transplant anniversary. We are both very blessed to be healthy and here today!

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My DD was born at 29 weeks due to a placental abruption. (I later found out I have Factor V - a blood clotting disorder that causes clots, typically during pregnancy b/c of the increased blood volume.) I had 5 different spotting episodes and ended up in the hospital at 27 weeks on bedrest. I also received a Magnesium drip at 28 weeks to stave off labor. (That was a particularly horrendous experience.)



I'm now pregnant with my 2nd, and I have to take daily blood thinner injections (in my belly). It's no fun, but so far, no clotting. I am, however, getting Braxton Hicks contractions SEVERAL times a day. It's very unsettling. So I'm "taking it easy" all the time. It's incredibly boring being trapped on the couch all day, every day, but better than the alternative!



By the way, my preemie just turned 6, and she's healthy, happy and very clever. She also happens to be the tallest person in her class! (Not sure how that happened.)

Emily - posted on 02/27/2009

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mine was Pulmonary Edema, toxemia, Anemia (blood count down to 20) and H.E.L.L.P (which means all my organs were on over drive and about to shut down and i almost went into cardiac arrest) ALL in less then 24 hours. it was one heck of an experience.

Kisha - posted on 02/26/2009

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With my twins I had incompatent cervix. My cervix was completely gone and I began dialiating at 17 weeks. I was put on hospital bed rest for the remainder of my pregnancy. I even had a foley as I could not even get up to go to the bathroom. The doctors had prepared me for the worst. But. they were great. I was in the bed upside down "traneilinbeg position' for the last 10 weeks. They thought I would be ok and let me go home on a Friday night the next day I went into labor at 28 weeks. I guess they should have kept me. But, all is well besides my daughter being underweight there are no problems from the early birth. When they came my son weighed 2lbs 3oz and my daughter weighed 1lb 6oz. A year later my son weighs 25lbs and my daughther weighs 14lbs.

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I was at 33 weeks when my water suddenly broke. I had severe upper GI pain the day before and put it down to indigestion (I should have gone to emergency). I ended up delivering naturally 12 hours later after only a few hours of actual labor. The next day my upper GI pain came back and I was diagnosed with HELLPS. I have since had another baby who was a couple of weeks early but with no health issues for me.

Alyse - posted on 02/24/2009

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Complete Placenta Previa...



I started bleeding at 27 weeks. I was in and out of the hospital until 31 weeks. Then I stayed 2 weeks in Antepartum on Terbutaline and Magnesuim Sulfate( the POISION drug) to stop contractions, Delivered at 33 weeks and 3 days.

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Like many moms here, I have no idea why my two were early either. I had no signs of any problems when my water broke at 33 weeks (+2 days) with my son, he was born less than 4 hours later. My daughter was also born at 33 weeks (+1 day). Two days earlier I was having contractions every 20-30 minutes and went to the hospital to check it out - the nurse flipped when I told her I could not feel the contractions she said I was having every 2-3 minutes! They got the contractions slowed (never stopped) and gave me steroid shots, but her heart rate kept dipping, so they took her by C-section. I just decided that my body is done around 33 weeks.

Krystal - posted on 02/23/2009

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well I must warn you this will be long. I found out i was pregnant in August. In october I found out that I had Anitbody Kell, which I didnt have with my first 2 pregnancies and to this day I dont know how i got it. I was closely monitored because we were warned that if the kell crossed the placenta and got into the babys blood stream it would attack her red blood cells causing her to be extremely anemic. Then on February 15, 2008 I was involved in an accident which sent me into labor. They were able to stop the contractions. Then 2 weeks later I went in to see the specialist and found that her heart rate was lower than normal. They sent me up to maternity floor to see if maybe it would go up. It didnt and at 3pm the doctor came in and said they were going to take her at 4pm via emergency c-section. At 4:20pm she was born. We werent able to see her until almost 10pm. The Nicu doctor told us that her red blood cells were so low that she needed 2 blood transfusion immediately after birth and that he didnt think she would make it.  She spent a total of 3 weeks in the NICU and has had 3 more transfusions. She however hasnt needed one since May. She is a very healthy little girl. She is still behind developmently other kids her age. She is going to be 1 in 5 days.

Julie - posted on 02/23/2009

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My twin girls were born at 26+5 weeks for a few different reasons. First, I was dx with TTTS at 20 weeks, and underwent amniocentesis to have their fluids disribute evenly. I was seeing my perinatologist every week and doing ultrasounds, in order to monitor their fluid. I felt as though I had been leaking fluid, so I informed my doctor, and he didn't do anything. He said I was probably leaking urine, due to the size of my belly. Well, this went on for about 4 weeks. When I went into labor, they discovered I had a 104 degree temp. They whisked us away for an emergency c-section, and had discovered that I had a life threatening toxic infection. They told my family that if I had gone 24 more hours, all 3 of us would have died due to sepsis. Luckily, my girls are now a few weeks shy of turning 7, and are completely healthy now. The first 2 years were rough, due to a heart defect from being born prematurely. But we have been blessed with excellent drs., who have done remarkable work on my angels!

Lisa - posted on 02/23/2009

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Well, I have been in premature labor 4 times, sadly 3 ending in miscarriage, I had sought several OBGY's in my quest to find out why I go into labor around 6-7 months. Finally I was told I have an incompetent cervix. I had to have a cerclage my last (successful) preganancy. However, even with the cerclage I went into labor at 35 weeks. My cervix just begins to dialate for some reason.

Della - posted on 02/23/2009

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my baby was born at 29 weeks doctors dont ave any reason for why i went into labour so early but at just 2 or 3 days old they found he was bleeding on the brain and think thats the reason why he come so early but they dont no 4 shore, i think it runs in my family as weve had aload of premmies born  doctors said it doesnt run in familys but its too much of a coincidance 4 it not to......

Lizzie - posted on 02/23/2009

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I would love to know why my little girl came early at 35 weeks.  We were at a friends wedding when I just didnt feel right, on getting home I discovered I was bleeding so it was a rush to the hospital. Where they refused to believe I was in labour (even though I have had two previous labours before emergancy csections)  they gave me a sleeping tablet to help me sleep as they insisted I was just TIRED!! Then the bleeding started again and they discovered I was in fact in labour and was 10 cm dilated.  Next thing its a another emergancy csection.  To this day the midwife never apologised and I was given no reason except its one of those things.  But I am so grateful my little girl was healthy and alive as thats all that matters .

Amy - posted on 02/23/2009

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I had my son at 34 weeks and 5 days due to a complete placenta previa with the baby's cord right above my cervix which meant if i was to start bleeding the baby would bleed out too. I was due for a c-section when i hit 38 weeks but never made because i started to hemmorhage. So they  planned an semi emergency c-section 2 days after the bleeding started and my baby was born.

Amy - posted on 02/23/2009

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I had my son at 34 weeks and 5 days due to a complete placenta previa with the baby's cord right above my cervix which meant if i was to start bleeding the baby would bleed out too. I was due for a c-section when i hit 38 weeks but never made because i started to hemmorhage. So they  planned an semi emergency c-section 2 days after the bleeding started and my baby was born.

Jennifer - posted on 02/22/2009

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My son was born at 29 weeks 2 days, I had been really sleepy and not feeling well but was a waitress so I didn't think much of it. On Sunday I closed the Bar and went home . I then worked a double shift on Monday but do not recall this at all. Monday night i vaguly remember having a severe headache and vomiting, when I called my Dr. he said I had the flu and to take Tylenol and go back to bed.When I woke up on Tuesday my water had broken, I called my husband who also worked a ta restaurant at around 11am, also i had called my work and the Dr. not really sure which was first I don't remember anything after Sunday night. A friend of mine was a t my work that was less than a mile away from my house so she came over to check on me and ended up taking me to the Dr. meeting my husband there. The Dr. checked me and said I was fine and to go home. i later found out that my BP was 175/100 and I had a +4 protine in my urine. On the way home I had a Cesure, the rescue took me to the hospital where they kept me there for 5 hours before deciding to send me to Boston to have the baby. Due to the severity of my Eeclampsia I had had a stroke Monday night. My son was delivered Nov. 8th 2005 at 945pm weighing 2lbs. 8oz. he stayed in the NICU until Dec 27th 2005.Coming home 4 weeks earlier than expected. He grew outside exactly like he was supposed to inside. I on the other hand was not so good, i was in a coma for 3 days and in the hospitial for a total of 10, i begged to go home! Today he is perfectly healthy, he is little (3rd% for height7th% for weight) but thats ok. I since then changed Dr's and now also have a 8 month old little girl that was an almost perfect pregnancy, a little Placenta Previa. She will be the last though, lets not tempt fate!

User - posted on 02/22/2009

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hi i have had 3 prem babies 31 weeks32 and 35 i have a bicorbenated uterus where it should be round myns like a heart and i cant go full term because of this i had jordan 4ilb born at 32 weeks,steffi 61lb 35 weeks andSophie 31lb born 31 weeks she has cerebal paulbsy and epilepsy but a very happy child.

User - posted on 02/22/2009

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hi i have had 3 prem babies 31 weeks32 and 35 i have a bicorbenated uterus where it should be round myns like a heart and i cant go full term because of this i had jordan 4ilb born at 32 weeks,steffi 61lb 35 weeks andSophie 31lb born 31 weeks she has cerebal paulbsy and epilepsy but a very happy child.

User - posted on 02/22/2009

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hi i have had 3 prem babies 31 weeks32 and 35 i have a bicorbenated uterus where it should be round myns like a heart and i cant go full term because of this i had jordan 4ilb born at 32 weeks,steffi 61lb 35 weeks andSophie 31lb born 31 weeks she has cerebal paulbsy and epilepsy but a very happy child.

Tricia - posted on 02/21/2009

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my little one was born at 34 weeks gestation by emergency Csection due to preeclampsia, my diagnosis of peripartum cardiomyopathy and gitelman's syndrome.  she was 5'11" and 17 inches long.  now she is 10 months and quite healthy!!!! :)

Aubrey - posted on 02/18/2009

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Quoting Stephanie:

My son was 4 weeks early because my water broke. About haft way thought my blood pressure was staying high even with medication. Ty (my son) was also breech, so because of that I had to have a c-section. Once we got back to the room and we know everything was fine my doctor came in and told me I have a condition that is somewhat rare and hard to tell if someone has until they have had a baby. When most people become pregnant there septum on the uterus dissolves but mine did not, so my son only had to right side or haft of my uterus to grow. Once he got so big he kick one good time and broke my water. I was told that we should just be glad that he is here and healthy because some people (with this) has a hard time getting pregnant and usually have miscarriage(s). So my husband and I have decided that one miracle is enough for us!



Do you have a bicorniuate uterus? I dont mean to pry but thats  what i have and thats why my daughter was so early! ive actually never spoken to someone with the same problem. I knew i had a septum before i got pregnant and was told i couldnt have kids. Then i got pregnant and was told i wouldnt carry past my third month.My daughter was born at 33 weeks and is very healthy now. It would be nice to hear another moms take on the matter.

Julie - posted on 02/18/2009

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I have just started a new community for women who have Incompetent Cervix. if you have IC, or are on bed rest, or just need some reassurance, or have questions, or have advice to give, or just want to share your experience, come check it out! I have IC. I have two preemies, one 25 weeker and one 31 weeker! hope to hear from you!

Sarah - posted on 02/18/2009

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Quoting Amanda:



My son who is now 5, was born at 34 weeks. He was born early because my water had started leaking and when they went to check me a few times I caught Strep B , that turned into an infection that is simaler to meningitis. Which gave him strptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus) which is also known as meningitis.The doctors said he should not be alive. But he made it. He was born with many complications but is doing great now.






 





My son billy was born at 31weeks and also developed pneumococcus due to strep b and infection, again the doctors said he should not be alive but is now nearly 2 and is very healthy boy, what makes me angry though is that my waters had broken 6 days previously and they left me in the hospital bed saying everything was ok, then all of a sudden i was rushed down for a c-section under a general as they didn't no what they'd find....thank god he's ok but i think it should never of got to that point.

Janette - posted on 02/18/2009

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my eldest son was born at 26wks due to amniosentisis breaking my waters

my other son was born at 29wks due to maternal HELLP syndrome

(very scarey dont think ill have anymore)

Stephanie - posted on 02/18/2009

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My son was 4 weeks early because my water broke. About haft way thought my blood pressure was staying high even with medication. Ty (my son) was also breech, so because of that I had to have a c-section. Once we got back to the room and we know everything was fine my doctor came in and told me I have a condition that is somewhat rare and hard to tell if someone has until they have had a baby. When most people become pregnant there septum on the uterus dissolves but mine did not, so my son only had to right side or haft of my uterus to grow. Once he got so big he kick one good time and broke my water. I was told that we should just be glad that he is here and healthy because some people (with this) has a hard time getting pregnant and usually have miscarriage(s). So my husband and I have decided that one miracle is enough for us!

Amy - posted on 02/18/2009

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There was never any cause found for my premature delivery. I went into labor with Garrett at 32 weeks, was put on bed rest, lots of fluids, and terbutaline.  Even this only held my very impatient child to 36 wks 2 days. My water broke and he arrived 14 1/2 hours later.  My pregnancy with him...other than morning sickness for 6 months and preterm labor ...was perfectly fine.  I even found something that prevented the morning sickness with him...GALA apples.  I don't know how or why but it worked.



My second child(Aleksys), who also attempted to come early (28 weeks), landed me on the same path of bed rest, lots of fluids, and again...terbutaline.  I had more problems with her pregnancy:  placenta previa, placental abruption, and then preterm labor.  Oh and I can't forget the morning sickness for 9 months...literally...on the morning she was delivered was the last time.  They did more testing, specialists, and the like but ended up increasing my dose of terbutaline to 5 mg every 4 hours.  They never did find a reason for the preterm labor.  My daughter was delivered as a healthy 38 wk baby.



Now, almost 5 years later, I am having more gynological problems that are being investigated through exploratory surgery next month.  Wouldn't it be interesting if it was all related, and there was a reason all along.



I will repost if they find anything!

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Genevierve -- Like you , my water broke at 35 weeks. Although I was diagnosed with the start of Pre-eclampsia about a week and a half before, I had just been put on modified bed rest the Friday before my water broke (it broke on Tuesday). I had my routine check earlier in the day, and the pre-eclampsia was stable...it was not getting worse. Their best guess is stress and being tired, with the added physical stress of pre-eclampsia.

Kristen - posted on 02/18/2009

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I was induced at 34 weeks because I got listeria, which is an infection in the blood from food. We think I got it at a restaurant, but there's no way to know for sure. I was 30 weeks pregnant when I got listeria and was treated in the hospital with antibiotics until week 34. To protect my baby he was delivered early and put on high doses of antibiotics. He did not end up getting sick from the listeria. He was breathing on his own and had no serious problems. We are very lucky that the listeria gave me a fever high enough to go to the hospital because otherwise it can be very devastating for a baby. I did not eat ANY of the foods they say not to eat but it can be in soooo many other things I later found out, like chicken, yogurt, fruits and veggies. Very scary!

Randie - posted on 02/17/2009

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Hello, I had my daughter at 29 weeks,due to high blood pressure..it was a rough pregnancy to start off with, we got pregnant in Feb/March (end/beginning) but didnt get a positive result until April 1st, on a home test and a week or so after that through our OBGYN.  I had severe morning sickness, was dehydrated 3 times in one weekend, had to take different meds to keep down water, had gestinational diabeties, when I was about 27/28 weeks my ankles were so swelled I could barely put on slippers/flip flops.  It was sad, and I started having a high protien put out in urine so I had to bed on bed rest all weekend and keep my urine for them to test, and then went in for a stress test, originally it started on weds, went home friday, went back saturday was there for almost a week, went to bangor to have a level 2 ultrasound, found out that the flow in the umbicail cord had stopped and was actually going in reverse, I hadn't gelt her move for 2 days, and she was breeched so we had to go to the hospitail and have an emergency c-section, she weighed 2lbs 7oz, full head of hair, and stayed there for 2 months, had some difficulties breathing even though they gave me steriod shot for her lungs, and a bowel infection, is anemic (low iron) and has severe acid reflux...she's doing better now, she's almost 5 months andweighs 11lb6oz...still small I think but is happy...

Aubrey - posted on 02/17/2009

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I was told i could never had kids. I have a bicorniate uterus, basically i have a full septum seperating my uterus into two parts. When i got pregnant they told me i probably wouldnt carry past my 3rd month. So when i showed up for my check up still pregnant the doctors were very suprised. I was put on strict bedrest at 15 weeks. Very boring. At 24 weeks i went into early labor, but they were able to stop it. I was sent home with specific instuctions NOT to get out of bed. I had checkups every week. Once i reached 28 weeks i had checkups twice a week, and weekly ultrasounds. At 31.5 weeks, i went into labor again. My doctor put me on magnesium drip and sent me to Maine medical center just on case i had to delver early. I was admitted and monitered carefully. I was given steroid shots to strengthen my daughters lungs, and stayed at the hospital for about 5 days. i was checked daily to see if i had dialated any further, and by the 6 day i was there i went from 2 cm to 6 cm within a couple hours. Because my placenta had attached to the septum in my uterus, i couldnt deliver naturally, so they sent me in for a c-section. My daughter was born at 33 weeks on Sept 17th 2008. She is now 5 mths old and doing great!

Beth - posted on 02/15/2009

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my daughter was born at 32 weeks .do not know why i was breasch but she tturned and punctured my water . and they stopped from coming for 3 days then she wanted out . my 19 year old was born normal and was forcept out

Lisa - posted on 02/13/2009

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Our last daughter was born at 33 weeks 5 days, planned early c-section. I found out I had stage 3 breast cancer at 8 weeks, did A/C chemo during my second trimester and had little Lauren early so that I could finish my chemo treatments after her birth. She was expected to be approx 4 pounds, but came into this world at 5 pound 10 oz. She was our miracle child and fairly healthy since she was planned to be early. She spent 8 days in NICU b/c she had suckling issues. Thankfully she only has moderate eczema and minor asthma both not attributed to anything done while I was pregnant...just genetics from me.

Shannon - posted on 02/13/2009

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My first daughter arrived at 26 weeks. My water broke and they don't know why. When I got pregnant again I immediately started progesterone to try to avoid another preterm birth. I ended up with preeclampsia and in the hospital on bed rest at 27 weeks. My second daughter at 31 weeks.

Stephanie - posted on 02/13/2009

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My water broke at 33 weeks.  Doctors couldn't find any cause at first, but then after Alex was delivered I developed post-partem HELLP syndrome, which makes effects the liver enzymes, lowers platelets, and causes elevated blood pressure.  Even though everything was fine throughout my pregnancy until my water broke, my doctor now thinks that my membranes may have ruptured because my body realized I was getting sick, and the only cure for HELLP is delivery.  I'm thankful it didn't happen sooner!

Holly - posted on 02/13/2009

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I went in because I thought that my blood pressure had incresed over the weekend, and when I got to the doctors office, my blood pressure was 140/95, and I was having contractions every 7 minutes, and didn't even know it! By the time I was admitted to the hospital, my contractions were every 5 minutes and they never let up. I had my little boy at 35 weeks. I guess you could say due to pre eclampsia, because I would have been diagnosed with it that day, but he had already decided that that day was delivery day!

Hayley - posted on 02/13/2009

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went for a scan at 34 weeks due to a low placenta, was taken in due to havin no water as it had been dripping out since i was 30 weeks, was put on the heart monitor after being in hospital for 2 weeks and her heartbeat went from 167 to 43 bpm, went for a scan and there was no blood or oxygen going to her, had an emergency ceaserian, she weighed 4lb 2oz, she breathed on her own but hadn't developed the sucking reflex so couldn't feed and had a tube in her nose, she came out when she was 3 weeks old - 1 week before due date ad she weighed 4lb 13oz

Sandra-Lee - posted on 02/13/2009

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My waters broke 4am mothers day morning i was 34/6 gestation.. my husband was away for 1 last w/end away with the boys.. Was coming home that day to spend with me and 2 other children.. He rushed back unsure of what was happening panicking all the way i was told..He arrived at the hosp. what no baby he said.. As i have very fast labours. We both thought once ya waters break thats it your in labour baby is coming.. As i had never had my waters break only in delivery so i didnt know what was going on lol... I didnt deliver till the tues afternoon only 40 mins labour weighing 4lb 6oz he was in nica unit till the fri and we were home. Everyone was surprised for him to be home so early as here in australia they have to be weighing 2.5kg to leave special care but as he was feeding so well on the breast and i had already 2 kids at home i knew what i was doing. I dont know the reason why i had him so early, but all my friends and family seem to think its because im so fussy and things need to be done around the house and they aint gonna do it then i will. I had strained the muscles in my abdomen a week prior from moving the house around so i think were right..

Emily - posted on 02/12/2009

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I had went to my 30 week dr's appointment and my doctor said my blood pressure had spiked a little but it wasnt enough to worry about. by this point i had been gaining 7 pounds a week which was not normal for my usual 8 pound a month weight gain. withing a couple days of my dr appointment i started seeing sparkles in my eyes and had so much water retention i had to keep my feet up all the time. i read up about it and it sounded like pre eclampsia so i figured my next dr's appointment, which was the next day i would bring it up. well, that night i came home from work and had a seizure. my fiance was luckily by my side, and i was rushed by amblulance to the hospital where i had another seizure. they said that eclampsia is usually caught before it gets to the point of seizures. i was airlifted to a bigger hospital where i had an emergency c-section at 31+6 weeks. my kidneys were almost comlpletely shutting down. i was in recovery for a week after my son was born, and he was in the hospital for a whole month.

Tonya - posted on 02/12/2009

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They induced me with my daughter at 36 weeks 6 days. just enough to classify her as a preemie. I am RH negtive and I got the shots with my first, but something didnt take and I ended up with my hubands antibodies. With the pragnancy I had to do to weekly dr app. from 15 wks. She had both of the antibodies. Due to all of these her billi numbers were a 12 had to get a double vomlue blood tranferat just a few hours old. She spent 9 days in the NICU.

Dina - posted on 02/11/2009

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My first daughter was born full term.
My second daughter on the other hand was born at 28 weeks.
I was working 4-12 on Friday night and during this shift experienced some bleeding. Was checked by the dr and was told I was fine, no dilating. I went home and at 4am woke up to contractions. Headed back into the hospital to be told that I was starting to dilate. I received the steroid shots for her lungs in case I delivered as well as other medication to try to stop labor. After enduring a very painful 20 hours our daughter was born at 2lbs 11oz. I was told after the delivery that it was placenta abruption that could have been very serious for both myself and my daughter.
She did really well, spent the next 10 weeks in the hospital. She came home 2 weeks before her due date.

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My first birth was 8 weeks preterm, I had a severe case of pre-eclampsia. I was induced because my health was failing fast. They ended up having to do an emergency c-section because my condition was deteriorating fast.



With my second pregancy I went into premature labor at 25 weeks. I had a rare condition called Placenta Percreta, the blood vessels from the placenta, had grown through my uterus and attached onto my bladder. She was 710 grams at birth and spent 3 months in the NICU, she came home 5 days before her original estimated due date.

Heather - posted on 02/11/2009

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My first baby was born at 32 weeks. I had placenta previa. He had no problems with his developement was in the hospital for ten days. He is five years old now I have two other children, both born full term.

Julia - posted on 02/11/2009

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My two year old was born at 32 weeks. He came early due to drug abuse. His bio-mom smoked crack and Marijuana. My son is a recovering crack addict. I wish I could say the same for his bio-mom.

Julia - posted on 02/11/2009

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My two year old was born at 32 weeks. He came early due to drug abuse. His bio-mom smoked crack and Marijuana. My son is a recovering crack addict. I wish I could say the same for his bio-mom.

Laura - posted on 02/10/2009

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My husband and I went in to find out if we were having a boy or girl at 21 weeks. They said "congrats it a boy, now lay down we have a concern". I was three cent. dilated and had had no symptoms. 20 minutes later I started having contractions. They got me to 23 weeks and had the steroid shots and our son Micah arrived at exactly 23 weeks on August 21, 2008. He was 1lb 7.5ounces and 11 3/4 inches long. He was not expected to survive, but he came home on Christmas Eve after four months in three hospitals and so far is beating all the odds and doing fabulous!

Kimberly - posted on 02/10/2009

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Hi everyone, I'm new to the board and just thought I'd share my story of both my girls.



With DD #1 I ended up having Preeclampsia/toximia that went into HELLP syndrome.  I had an emergency c-section at 34 weeks and DD weighed in at 3 lb. 7 oz.  She was otherwise healthy just didn't have her sucking reflexes yet.  she cam home within 14 days of being in the NICU. 



Our second DD I was hoping for a VBAC.  My OBGYN and I had a game plan going and we were trying our best to keep watch over me and if any of the signs of preeclampsia etc came back, I'd understand the risks etc.  Well I ended up being diagnosed with GD at 26 weeks and at 32 weeks I started having mild contractions while my BP raised up and down.  This was the first signs we started to notice.  At 33 weeks I went into labor but ended up with a C-section and she was born at 3 lb. 12 oz.  Being that she was 33 weeks, her lungs started to colapse and had to have a surfactant (spelling?) to help.  She was otherwise healthy and again did not have her sucking reflex.  She came home at 16 days,

Brittany - posted on 02/10/2009

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Well, I am the mother of 2 preemies.. My first daughter, I was 36 weeks and was supposed to be induced because she wasnt growing enough inside or me and there wasnt enough fluid around her.. She was born 4 lbs 15 oz.. My son was born 35 weeks... this is quite the story.. I was admitted into the hospital the night before for contractions.. and the next day they released me... I went home around 8 am and put on bed rest.. By 12 noon my water had broke.. he was 5 lbs 6 ozs..  And finally my 3rd child i made it to full term.. I would hope so after being bput on bed rest at 27 weeks.. the day of my birthday..

Brittany - posted on 02/10/2009

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Well, I am the mother of 2 preemies.. My first daughter, I was 36 weeks and was supposed to be induced because she wasnt growing enough inside or me and there wasnt enough fluid around her.. She was born 4 lbs 15 oz.. My son was born 35 weeks... this is quite the story.. I was admitted into the hospital the night before for contractions.. and the next day they released me... I went home around 8 am and put on bed rest.. By 12 noon my water had broke.. he was 5 lbs 6 ozs..  And finally my 3rd child i made it to full term.. I would hope so after being bput on bed rest at 27 weeks.. the day of my birthday..

Nena - posted on 02/10/2009

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Well i must admit my story is slightly shocking.



I actually didnt even know i was pregnant until my contractions started. I was at work, workin away. And all of a sudden i started feeling terrible cramps (which i now know were contractions lol). And thinking it was an infection or something the next day i ended up going to the hospital sitting in the emergency waiting room for approxamitly 6 hrs. Then finally a doctor came out, pushed on my tummy and exp[lained i was going into labour. Once in the delivery room...it was three pushes and my little miracle was born! Devinae was born at about 32 weeks and was in the NICU for about 8 weeks. She's is now 3 motnhs old and 10 pnds. My little pumpkin seed!

Angela - posted on 02/10/2009

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My water broke at 34 weeks due to high stress at work but my next baby i thought would be premature and i did the same job and was a diabetic and he was overdue so to me they don't know babies come when they want so dont stress over the next one you may be surprised i was

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