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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Jutta - posted on 01/29/2009

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My baby boy born on June 16 2008 due on July 25 2008 was born at 33 weeks but was only the size of a 27 weeker. He was born a preemie due to IUGR Inter uteran growth restriction he was 2lbs 5oz.

Cassandra - posted on 01/29/2009

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iwas was pregant we twins then at 12 weeks i lost one of them... then when i was like 4 months the put me in the hospital for my  posstim was really low it almost killed us both i was in there for 3 days.. Then my boyfriend got locked up on feb 15 i was so stressed... He got out on the 17th and the next day i had a foodstamp app. I was haveing contractions like every 5 min but i did'nt think any thang of it so i got dress and when ... I was in the office for like 10 min i was sitting down then It feel like some then pop... It was'nt my water it ws Blood every where.... I was so emabarrsed.. And the contractions kept comeing..... Once i got to the hopital they told me that my water did not break and they did not know why i was bleeding,,,So they hooked me up to the machine and gave me fluids my contractions was still comeing every 5 mins they Gave me a shot of steriods to her her lungs. Then they gave me 4 shot 2 and both arms to try to stop my labor but it did'nt work .The nurce came in and checked me i was 6 cemi. So they gave me my eppadural..... Then like 5 mins later i was telling the nurse that the baby was coming... She said honey i just checked i said well check again .. I was right she was comeing her head was comeing out the nurse told me to close my legs How was i supposed to close my legs? THe doctor barly mde it in there but she made it I had her a 1045 am she weight 3 pound 0 ozs I got to see her for a sec and did'nt get to see her till the next moring at 6 am

Tracy - posted on 01/29/2009

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I have been pregnant 9 times, but I only have 2 living children. They are wonderful little boys! Sean was born @ 28 weeks and Lucas @ 35 weeks. After my first miscarriage I was told that I would never have kids, but if I did get pregnant I would always lose the baby. They didn't know I was already pregnant with Sean at the time even though they took tests. At that time the only thing we knew about my body was that my uterus is tilted and folded over, plus I get ovarian cysts, many that rupture. I barely have any menses. My last one was in Nov. but before that I hadn't had one for 7 months, and I definitely wasn't pregnant... and from the test I took a few days ago I'm still not. I haven't gone to the hospital for all of my miscarriages, but I had to on my 8th pregnancy. I was 16 weeks along when I had to have a D&C. We later found out that my baby was a girl We have named her Shannon. My doctor found out during the D&C that I have a birth defect in my uterus which is a called a Uterine Septum. Basically there is an area in my uterus that doesn't have any nutrients, so if the baby become implanted there, it would only grow for so long before not being able to survive. Usually they can do surgery to remove it, but mine is so small that it could actually harm me, especially since we want to be able to have more children. We know that God will provide us with the strength we need and He is the only one who knows when we will have another child. If it is His will, then so be it.

Eliabeth - posted on 01/28/2009

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My youngest son Adam was born at 25wks gestation, i had been on bed rest until i was 20wks as i kept nearly miscarrying



 i have had 6 miscarriages and 2 ectopic pregnancies due to an undiagonised blood disorder, the strain of these plus having 3 older children who where also all problem pregnancies caused my womb to contact at the slighest thing,



With Adam i began getting braxton hicks contractions at just 14wks,



I want into prem labour with my 1st child at 26wks, and was put on drips and the doctors managed to stop the labour, i was then kept in on rest.



My next pregnacy was a miscarriage of a little girl at 18wks.



My daugher was born by c section at 39wks, despite my back waters going at 29wks and having to have antibiotics.I then lost seval babies.



My 3rd child, Dylan was born at 38wks, by c section after i lost his twin at 10wks, during my pregnacy with Dylan i was put on Aspirin to thin my blood, after undergoing extensive tests and being 'guinea pigs' for research, it was found that my blood clots around the placenta starving the babies, i still had to rest during the pregnacy and had a few miscarriage scares but Dylan was fine.  i then lost 2 more babies, despite being on the aspirin, and my hubby and i gave up on having any more children, then along came Adam, my little miracle boy!

Valerie - posted on 01/28/2009

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At age 35, I got pregnant with twins through IVF. At 16 weeks, I had a small placental abruption that stopped bleeding and settled back down. I was put on 'restricted activities' and sent home. A few weeks later a routine u/s determined that my cervix had started to shorten (an incompetent cervix). More bedrest at home; it continued to shorten in spurts and by 28 weeks I was admitted to the hospital for bedrest. I was given the steroid shots. By 32 weeks, I had shortened to 0.5 cm and went into labour at 33 weeks. I continued to further dilate( up to 6 cm) and go in and out of labour until week 35 when an u/s determined that Twin B had stopped growing at 33 weeks due to IUGR - intrauterine growth restriction. Lily was 5 lbs 1 oz and Patrick was 3 lbs 15 oz, they spent 12 days in a level II NICU 'feeding and growing'.

My Perinatoligist was amazed, they never expected me to last past the first week, let alone 7 weeks on hospital bedrest. If Patrick's placenta hadn't been damaged, I might have made it to 37 weeks.

Eryn - posted on 01/28/2009

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My son was born at 33 weeks after 8 weeks of bedrest due to me having polyhydramnios, an excessive amount of amniotic fluid. They were worried that my water would break, there was so much fluid that his cord would have come out first and cut off his oxygen. When I had my c-section, I had over 6 litres of amniotic fluid. He turned out to have a gastro-intestinal obstruction, a part of his intestine had grown solid in the womb, he couldn't break down the fluid, and when he was born, he couldn't eat. He was born Nov 22, had corrective surgery Nov 26, and came home Dec 19 :) 

Renée - posted on 01/28/2009

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Our daughter was born at 31 weeks by emergency c-section after a placental abruption.  I had been bleeding since 16 weeks and was in hospital on and off and on bed rest, but the last bleed I had at 31 weeks was too big and they thought they would lose both of us, so they had to get her out (lucky as when they did they saw the placenta had totally come away).  She weighed 1580grams and was 38.8cms long.  We spent 6 weeks to the day in SCBU (which I NEVER want to go through again).  She is now 10 months old and has caught up in size and is crawling around everywhere saying BUBUBUBUB - she is our absolute joy.

Nerissa - posted on 01/28/2009

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Quoting Nerissa:

I had low amniotic fluid (www.americanpregnancy.org/pregnancycompl...) and stage 3 placenta meaning that I had a 40 week old placenta at only 32 weeks pregnant. I was put on bed rest until 35 weeks and 5 days when my baby's weight started to decrease. She was born a month early and was 5lbs 10.5 oz.


Oh, I meant to add that I also had 12 hours of induced labor before I had to have an emergency c-section.

Nerissa - posted on 01/28/2009

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I had low amniotic fluid (http://www.americanpregnancy.org/pregnan...) and stage 3 placenta meaning that I had a 40 week old placenta at only 32 weeks pregnant. I was put on bed rest until 35 weeks and 5 days when my baby's weight started to decrease. She was born a month early and was 5lbs 10.5 oz.

M - posted on 01/28/2009

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I had preeclampsia. I was in the hospital for almost 6 weeks and on bed rest about a 1/2 week before that. My daughter was born at 36 1/2 weeks. She was in the NICU for 4 days.

Nicole - posted on 01/28/2009

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My precious baby girl was ready to be here. I went to work Friday morning, took a half day to go in for a routine doc visit. Blood pressure was high and some other things. It didn't go down so I was sent to the hospital to run tests. Got there and they kept me. We had our princess Saturday morning at 8:27. Talk about fast and not prepared!!!

Natalie - posted on 01/28/2009

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my son was born at 36 weeks 5lbs 9oz, my water just broke, doctors seem to think it's because i was so tiny bubba had no more room to move.

User - posted on 01/28/2009

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Docs aren't sure why my water broke early, but said my white blood cell count was high, so maybe some sort of infection.  They also said it would probably happen again.  I took a hard fall about a week before, so I'm blaming it on that.

Robyn - posted on 01/28/2009

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They induced me at 35 weeks because i had preelampsia, at one point it peaked at 183.they told me that if they didnt induce me that night then i would have had seizures, gone into renal failure and then died, baby included. Thank god alanna was healthy

Rebecca - posted on 01/27/2009

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Quoting Kelly:

My daughter was born at 32 +6 weeks due to my severe preeclampsia. It all came on extremely suddenly. Blood pressure check on Thursday morning, bedrest Friday, 1/2 in the hospital on Saturday (had to plead with the doctor to let me out so I could go to my own baby shower) back in Sunday night with liver failure. Nothing could stop my liver from shutting down so in about 2 hours time they got me in for an emergency c-section. I never had any labor whatsoever. The doctor tried to lighten my mood by saying "You'll get to experience birth for the first time twice!" :)



Oh my gosh my story was almost the same. My blood pressure kept increasing then I was put on partial bed rest (only because I was stubborn and told him I had to work) should of just listened and went on full bed rest. My baby shower was on a Saturday, Monday I went for my first stress test and was told everything looked good, then Monday night felt very bad with a feeling of heavy chest knew something wasn't right went to ER. Had develped preclampsia, was transported by amubulance to a special hospital an hour from where i live and upon futher tests i had develped HELPP syndrome and my liver was shutting down, Emergency C-section and my daughter was born. I don't remember anything till day two due to the magnesim sulfate they have to give you. Daughter Kaeleigh was born at 34 weeks old. Today she is 22 months old and perfectly healthy we are so blessed

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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.



 

Kerrie - posted on 01/27/2009

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hi, my baby girl was born at 29wks. a month before she was born i had a terrible pain down my right side, i mentioned this every time i visited the hospital for my prenatal checks. they examined me and said that the baby was just laying funny on my nerves. the pain was so bad one evening my sister took me to A.E. they thought that i had a water infection. i had this constant pain for one month until the 26th of sept 2006. earlier that day i phoned my partner to get me some pain killers on the way home from work as the pain was getting unbearable. i was a first time mum so i didnt no what to expect or what labour pains felt like and my gp and the hospital both said it wasnt anything to worry about. my partner came home from work and rushed me straight to hospital. i fell unconsious in the car park they took me straight through for an emergancy section. when they cut into me they discovered that my appendics had burst. me and my baby almost lost our lives that night. my baby girl weighed 2lb 15oz and was in scbu for three months. i was in hospital for 3wks and at first i was too poorly to go and see her. but we are both fit and well now my little premmie is a beautiful normal little two year old.im not really all that religeous but every day i thank god for looking after us both that night. x

Vandy - posted on 01/27/2009

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I had a very easy pregancy. Then, just before 29 weeks, I thought I had lost bladder control (only at night). Over 2 days it got worse and then I started having pains, so we went to the ER. They transferred me to a hospital with a level 3 NICU immediately and gave me a steroid shot. They told me water had broken, but that I could stay on bedrest but most people delivered within 1 week. I delivered 6 days later because I started to bleed. Evan was born at 29 weeks, 6 days. He weighed 3 pounds 5 ounces. Because I had steroids, he never needed oxygen. They said it was PPROM.



For my next pregnacy, I will be closely monitored. My doctor said bed rest hasn't been proven to decrease the risk of pre-mature delivery (though that may be true for multiple births). I would LOVE to have an answer as to why this happens, but they don't seem to have one and said it happens in less than 3% of pregnancies.

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My son was born at 27 weeks - the OB was not completely sure why but suspects and incompetent cervix as the placental pathology came back normal. He was in the NICU for 10 weeks, and is now 15 months chronological/12 months corrected and is doing really well, hitting all his milestones so far with no major delays or medical problems we've noticed yet. We're very, very grateful to have been so lucky.

Kristi - posted on 01/27/2009

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I had a completely healthy pregnancy until 34+6 weeks. I was always measuring big (5-6 weeks ahead) but we were sure of my dates. I went into the hospital at 34+6 weeks with upper right pain (I thought it was gas pain). Turns out I had developed HELLP syndrome. After a few days in the hospital, with the doctors trying to induce me (It was a small hospital and they didn't really know what they were doing). I eventually got to a big city hospital and was almost dead. A platelet count of 14 .... ridiculous blood pressure (200/150) and a liver that was so inflamed that you could feel it around the side of the baby ... My son was delivered by c-section (I was knocked out) just after midnight at 35+3 weeks. My son was 7 pounds, 19 inches long and was in the NICU for 4 days (2 of those days because I was in the ICU and the postpartum unit and unable to care for him). All turned out ok in the end, but the process of having him was the hardest thing on all of us.

Kelly - posted on 01/26/2009

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I had Cholestasis, severely itchy all over. My doctors did not believe me until I was at 34 weeks and had to be induced at 36 weeks. She was there until her due date and had sleep apnea for a while but now she is just fine.

Tracy - posted on 01/26/2009

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I had my son at 26 weeks. He was 2lbs. 1 oz., he sent just over 3 months in the NICU before coming home.

Meaghan - posted on 01/26/2009

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I made it almost all the way. I had my 36 week appointment on Dec 30 at 9 am, but my water broke at 3:30 am and my baby was born at 11:50 am. Nobody was able to tell me anything about why he came early. Aidan spent his first evening in the NICU and they made me give him formula because his blood sugar was low. While I was still in the hospital I asked about why he came early but nobody could answer me, and I was plagued with guilt because I thought maybe I had done something wrong. My fear was that I made my water break because I had an orgasm the night before, but my husband pointed out that lots of couples try to start labor with sex and it doesn't work!

Amy - posted on 01/26/2009

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Hi everyone I had a horror pregnancy i miscarried a baby and then fell pregnant the month after i miscarried I bled about 10 times during the pregnancy which worried me soooo much because of the miscarriage i had had every time i went to the hospital i was scared they would tell me that i had lost the baby.  Well 25 weeks came along and i started to bleed again and have contractions i went up to the hospital staright away where they examined me i wasnt dilated or effaced which wasa a good thing.  They gave me medication to stop the contractions and 2 steroid shots (ouch they HURT)  which managed to stop the labour.  I went home on bed rest only allowed to get up to go to the toilet and eat.  At 28 weeks i got gestational diabeties that i could not control with diet i had to have insulin as well and even then it was going to high so i was having to up the dosage every day.   At 29 weeks my waters were leaking i knew it was my waters because this is what happened with my second child.  So off to the hospital again they did an ultrasound of the baby and there was not a lot of fluid left around the baby.  They gave me another steroid shot called a "rescue dose" and told me i would be staying in hospital till i had the baby and that some people can go for weeks with their waters breaking but they would have to watch for infection.  Lo and behold the next day i got an infection they had to induce me 12 hours later i had little Bailey he even let out a little cry he was then intubated for one day then cpap for a day then nothing i think this was to do with the steroid shots.  I also had him naturally so im very lucky he had the cord wrapped round his neck twice which would explain his heart dropping while in labour today he is 8 and a half months old he has a few delays but we r getting them seen to.

Rosalie - posted on 01/26/2009

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With my first daughter, who now is 9, was born at 30 weeks weighing 2lbs 11oz and 14 1/2 inches. I had severe preeclampsia (toxemia). I had a lot of water retention, which made me weigh about 200lbs(before I got pregnant I was 120lbs), my blood pressure was extremely high, then my vision started to change. They gave me steroid shots to help her lungs, which worked so great. She started to breathe on her own after 3 days and spent 4 weeks in the NICU. She's doing great, and of course she's still a tiny thing, her 5 year old sister is catching up to her!

I went full term with my second daughter, that's because my doctor had me try a few things to help prevent it. I just had twins two weeks ago and I also had them at 30 weeks. They weighed 3lbs 3oz and 2lbs 11oz. I had went into the hospital because I noticed my vision was changing. I was getting HUGE blind spots in my eyes. They checked my urine and I was getting a lot of protein in it. They kept me overnight there then they ended up sending me to the University of Minnesota Hospital because I was high risk. The doctors came in and said that they would probably take the twins on Friday, this was Thursday when they told me this. So then Friday morning comes around and they all came in and they were just a little concerned because my vision was changed so much and with the blind spots, but my blood pressure was fine. They decided to send me to the eye doctor at the university to have them check it out. Turns out that my optic nerves were swollen, but they were concerned because my blood pressure was fine so they had me get an MRI done (those things are NOT fun!). That freaked me out...but it came out normal. So they took the babies Saturday, 1/10/09. My optic nerves are still a little swollen, but they said it could take 6 weeks to go down.

Betsey - posted on 01/26/2009

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My pregnancy was going great up until having an unltrasound around 33 weeks and again at 34 weeks.  My son's abdomen had shrunk in size in the week between ultrasounds.  During the next week, they had me come in every other day for the non-stress tests and were planning on inducing me at 36 weeks.  At the end of 34 weeks I was in the hospital, thinking I was in labor and very ill, and they sent me home wanting me to take some cold medicine and try to get better before the baby was born.  Two days later, 35 weeks, I was in pain, felt like someone was stabbing me in the stomach.  My doctor said that it was probably nothing to worry about since I was not bleeding, but that if I wanted to come in it was fine.  I went ahead and went in and was put on all the monitors.  My son's heartbeat was irradic and they said I was having one constant contraction only letting up for a couple seconds here and there.  They rushed me in for an emergency c-section only to find out that I was having a placenta abruption and I was bleeding internally.  My son weighed 3 lbs. 14 oz. and was in the NICU for 23 days.  At the six week appointment, my doctor told me that if I would have waited another hour before going in to the hospital my son and I would not be here today.  He told me that my placenta was completely abrupted by the time they had gone in to remove my son and that the umbilical cord was abnormally small (which was the cause of my son not growing).  They are unsure of why it happened to me, but that is not anything that I worry about, I'm just the lucky 1 in a million.  My son is 6 years old now and is perfectly healthy, he caught up with his age group at 1 1/2 years old and has been doing great since.

Melanie - posted on 01/26/2009

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My son was born at 28 weeks. When I was 24 weeks pregnant I was in a car accident. A lady clipped the front tire of the car I was riding in and it sent us spinning out of control off the Interstate at over 70 mph. The car rolled more than 3 times. All I could do was pray. The hospital they took me to wasn't very big so they couldn't really help, just told me to go to my OB on Monday(the accident was Friday).



So I did. Only to find out that I was already dilated and having contractions. They put me on bed rest until Wednesday. But when I went back Wednesday, the news was only worse. I was now dilated to a 3 and 100% effaced and my water was close to breaking. They rushed me to Little Rock hospital hoping to stop the labor. I was in Little Rock for over 3 weeks on bed rest. So far away  from my husband and family. It was scary.



Then after the 3 weeks they finally transfered me back to Fayetteville. Where 5 days later I gave birth to my son, Kaleb. He weighed 3 lbs. He was in the NICU for more than 2 months. He got to come home the 2 days before Thanksgiving! It was something to truly be Thanful for! I am truly Blessed!

Kasey - posted on 01/25/2009

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After 5 years of trying to get pregnant we finally did! At about 6 weeks I started to spot and after an ultrasound found out it was twins. Everything was going great until 18 weeks. I was asleep at my parents as all the men were out of town on a missions trip and about 6 am I felt a sudden gush. I knew deep down that my water had broken. I was rushed to the hospital and they said, nope its not your water must have tinkled on yourself! But the next day I went to my dr's office and had an ultrasound that showed almost no fluid in baby A's sac. I was put into the hospital for a week and sent home on semi bed rest after the fluid kind of came back a bit. Well exactly a week later i started to bleed and have some contractions so it was back to the hospital for 3 days when they were able to stop the cervix from opening and contractions. I was then only sent home because my parents rented a hospital bed and i was put on VERY strict bed rest. Only getting up one day a week for a 5 minute shower and then everything else in bed! At exaclty 25 weeks I started with labor pains that wouldn't stop so back to the hospital I went. I found out at that point that I had contracted an infection, which is very common after your water breaking early, and they couldn't stop my contractions. so to save baby b from getting the infection they did an emergency c-section. Unfortunately my son (Baby A) did not survive after being born because his lungs were not able to develop without the fluid. But my baby girl, although weighing only 1lb 4oz took a breath and kept trying. After 4 1/2 months in the hospital she came home a happy and healthy 7lb 9oz baby, And today she is a very happy, very healthy 2 year old!!!

Kate - posted on 01/25/2009

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my first pregnancy came right on time and with our new addition he came 8 weeks early

due to my uterus rupturing which was quite a serious situation to be in our little nayte who is 14 weeks old wasnt good but thanx to great hospital care he came good and we spent the first 4 weeks in hospital which was tough he now is weighing in at 5.2kg at 14 weeks

Debbie - posted on 01/25/2009

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My girl was born at 25 + 5 weighing 865gms (1lb 14) and she spent 101 days (2 days after her due date) in NICU going home at a healthy weight of 7lb 1.

I found out after I had had her that I have 1 kidney & 2 uterus and I can only get pregnant on the left side & will never be able to carry full term.

Jess is now 19 1/2 months old & is doing very well you would never know.

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I was admitted to the hospital for monitoring at 34 weeks due to having polyhydramnios. I was the size of a full term and my bump was rock solid with the pressure of the extra fluid so I was majorly uncomfortable.
After a few days monitoring the docs decided the baby's heartrate was tachycardic so I was taken for an emergency section. She spent 18 days in the baby ICU (called Neonatal or special care in the UK) as she couldn't suck and was fed via tube and had trouble with breathing. She's now nearly 4 months old and is doing fine, if a little small for her age!

Liz - posted on 01/25/2009

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My water broke at 25wks. We got to the hospital at about 10pm. the next morning after they referred me to the perinatologist I found out I had a bi-cornate( heart shaped/divided) uterus (my sister has a septum in her uterus)and incompetent cervix probably from previous surgeries to treat abnormal paps. so then I spents 8 wks on bedrest at the hospital. My son was born at 33wks and was in the nicu for 25 days. He is now 2 1/2 years. We are trying for another and my peri said I would have a cerclage at 11wks.

Jennifer - posted on 01/25/2009

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My oldest was born at 25 weeks due to incompetent cervix.  It was a complete surprise, as my pregnancy was going perfectly up to that point. He stayed in the hospital 10 weeks with a lot of ups and downs, as I'm sure you all know. We feel so blessed to have him. He has had a lot of delays in basically every area, but I am so thankful for him and he is now a happy healthy 4 year old. I did have another son and due to the incompetent cervix I received a cerclage at 13 weeks. I was then able to carry him to full term with no problem.

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Hey! I had my son at 31.5 weeks due to preeclampsia and HELLP. I just started a community dedicated to those two topics and if you have any insight to share, that would be awesome! The name of the board is Preeclampsia and HELLP Mommies! You can do a search or try the following link!



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Jinni - posted on 01/25/2009

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We were exactly 1 day shy of 36 weeks, when my son was born. We were getting up out of bed to prepare for my baby shower/birthday and my water broke. After the party guests and family met up with us at the hospital he was born. 5 lbs 10 ounces. Admitted to NICU for 10 days due to respiratory distress. A week prior to his birth, my doctor informed me that I was 3 cm dilated and about 70% effaced. They knew I was still working part time and on my feet but didn't suggest that I stay off my feet or go on leave.
Second time around, I'll go on leave sooner and avoid being on my feet as long as I was this time.

However it was a special blessing to have our son come on my birthday, with our family in town for the baby shower. A little bitter sweet.

Clare - posted on 01/25/2009

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my son was born at 33+3 weeks my waters had broken on the saturday and contractions started on the tuesday after. i had him by emergency c-section, he weighed 4lb 6oz. i dont no why my waters had broken so early

Kelly - posted on 01/25/2009

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i was ahving identicsl twins and mine was born early because they had twin to twin transfusion at 16 weeks and had laser treatment and then  the blood flow in the cord started to decrease at 26-28 weeks, then i got pre eclampsia so to had to deliver.

Joy - posted on 01/25/2009

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I had my daughter at 28 weeks. I had HELLP syndrome. My liver was ready to burst. I had an emergency C-section. My baby was 2lbs even. She spend 58 days in the nicu and was a rock star the entire time. We never had any serious medical issues. She is now 7months and doing great.

Nicole - posted on 01/25/2009

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After I had my first daughter I was diagnosed with Graves disease aka hyper-throidism. I was told it was common in post-partum women, but when my blood work came back my OB told me that my hormone levels were so high that I had to have had it for a couple of years already and it went un-diagnosed. I was then told that the Graves was the likely cause of my daughter being a preemie (28 weeker). I was put on meds and told that I would likely never have anymore children. Only 5% of women with Graves can have children. 2 years later I found out I was pregnant. I was put on different meds for my Graves so it wouldn't harm my daughter and I carried her full term. I worked full-time till the day before I went into labor. 3 years later I found out I was pregnant AGAIN. What happen to the 5% chance? Even with the meds she was early (32 weeker).  I have since tied my tubes....lol...My OB had started to call me fertile myrtle & was so curious with me that I felt like a guinea pig everytime I went to see her. Today all 3 of my girls (Faith-5 yrs old, Hope-2 yrs old & Destiny-4 months old) are thriving.

Dina - posted on 01/25/2009

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My boy was 6 weeks premature, so at 34 weeks he was out. it came as a real shock to me. i should have known that i started to get into labour when i got a huge headache and the pain and heaviness of my stomach didn't go away. That happened at night. When i woke up the pain was almost unbearable but lucky for me, i got to the hospital safe(already 8 cm dilated!) when i called my mom in law. I'm sure that at least some women must agree that pushing a kid out is one of the most excruciating pains there is! IT WAS UNBEARABLE. My baby boy weighted 3211g. he stayed in the NICU for almost 3 weeks and at that time i was practically living in the hospital, pumping breastmilk every 2 hours for my little guy!! But anyway, here's the question for the answer of why I think my baby came prematurely. i know i had a lot of stress going on in my pregnancy and that was the cause, trust me i know. So in my next pregnancy i will do anything to keep me and my baby in a stress free environment. Good luck to you guys and try not to think too much to figure out why you're babies were premature. By the time they're 6 months you won't even notice the differance between a premature baby and a fullterm one!!:)

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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!

Larissa - posted on 01/24/2009

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They induced me with my daughter at 36 weeks 5 days. I had her at 36 weeks 6 days just enough to classify her as a preemie. They induced me because I wasn't gaining weight and my uterus was restricting her growth they said (what I don't get is they said that with her but yet I gained plenty and had a large baby boy (especially for my size) who I carried to full term. They had to reputure my membranes both times. At my dr apt at 35 wks 5 days they had done an ultrasound and my daughter was at the development of about 32 wks. I was 1 cm dialated and inducing me didn't work ; I hadn't had any contractions or anything at that point. They ended up taking her c-section because her heart rate was slowing dropping it had times it dipped down below 100 bpm. After she was born it was discovered she had Down Syndrome and we had troubles eating enough in a feeding.

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Hi, I made it pretty far - 36 weeks, considering I had Olygohydramnios, diagnosed a week before through sheer dumb luck, highish blood pressure to antagonize things. The OB decided to see if things got better over the week and they did not, they very much got worse.. (The big pocket of liquid was 1mm at the end) So alas - off for a c-section as he was breech. I was very lucky as NICU looked at him and cleared him within 10 minutes of his birth. Basically we were very very lucky.
It was all very weird as my pregnancy was quite normal right up until that ultrasound which diagnosed the olygohydramnios. I wasn't ready at all, luckily the little goober was fine, and aside with some breastfeeding/not wanting to wake up and eat issues, and being a little guy.. we sailed right through.

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I had a perfectly healthy and wonderful pregnancy up until about a week before i delivered. I had HELLP syndrome and within a matter of days my body was shutting down and I was going into organ failure because of the baby inside of me. He was totally healthy and born at 32 weeks. He was 4lbs. 1oz. and was in the NICU for 4 weeks. He just needed time to grow and learn to breastfeed. He's now 14 months old and hitting all his milestones and doing so well....we are very fortunate!!

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My son was born at 32+2 weighing 4 1/2lbs, I had the most severe PUPPs rash my doctor had ever seen covering about 85% of my body, absolutely nothing topical helped so they had to give me prednisone, 3 days later my rash had stopped itching, and 2 days after that my water broke. My doctor said it wasnt the prednisone, but I think if one of the side effects is thinning of the skin, why would it not thin your bag of waters?



Its all under the bridge now, he is the happiest 6 month old baby ever!! but I too was very curious why we are mothers of preemies

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both my children where induced due to inuteren constriction. My body 'attacks' the placenta like it is a foreign body causing it to 'age' premeaturlly and the fetus is not able to grow anymore.

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My daughter was born at 24+3. She spent 3-1/2 months in the NICU and came home three days before her due date. I cannot say I have one particular reason. I think I had developed an infection, I think I had a weak cervix. They said any future pregnancy would require a cerclage at 13 weeks. No thanks. We'll adopt. Not going through that again.

Our daughter is thriving and will turn 3 in February. If it weren't for her developing liver cancer she would be healthy as a horse. After chemo and surgery to remove the tumor we are hoping she might finally be able to be a normal kid.

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I was 3 days away from being 6 months pregnant.I had been gettting really bad cramps in my back and stomache but didnt' know what they were. I called the hospital and the nurse had asked if I was bleeding, I wasn't, she asked if I was having contractions, my first pregnancy-how am I suppose to know what one feels like? She had told me that as long as ther was no blood, I will be fine, it happens to some people. That was that. I went shopping and had a day out with my fiance- in pain! We had our first prenatal class learning about labour. I had asked the "teacher" about my situation and she suggested to wait 2-3 days before going into the hospital. That night I started to lose my mucus plug. Rushed to the hospital to find out I was in labour, opened to 5 cm. My little guy held on for 3 days before he wanted out. An emergency Classical C-section was preformed on me and he was born at 24+2 days gestation. Weighing in at 1 lb 10 oz. They had told me that my placenta had ruptured. No further testing was done though. He stayed in the NICU for 6 months & had 3 surgeries. He is our only one and we are currently trying to make him a big brother.

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Our twins had a few different issues. The first was TTTS, which was discovered at 14 weeks. They underwent laser ablation surgery at 18 weeks. At 19 weeks we discovered that their membrane had been severed during the surgery, making them pseudo-monoamniotic/monochorionic. Their umbilical cords were already braided and knotted at that point. I was admitted to the hospital at 24 weeks for constant monitoring.

I had a scheduled c-section at 31 weeks 6 days, to avoid a cord accident - the risk of a fatal cord accident with mo-mo's after 32 weeks inreases quite a bit.

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