Does anyone know the % of having another preemie??

Lorie - posted on 07/20/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )




Does anyone know the % of having another preemie??? if my first child was 2 weeks early then my second was 1 month and a few days early. Iam 11 weeks pregnant now, Is it something I should be worried about b/e I am worried. ?


Jessica - posted on 09/03/2010




Im a sonographer that specializes in perinatology (high risk). I also had a 30 weeker for unknown reasons so Ive looked plenty into this from the doctors I work with and the patients I see. What Im told is that I have a 25% chance of it happening again. Ive seen patients to which this happens to again and other which have full term babies. Progesterone shots are an option offered by some doctors which most insurance dont seem to cover. They avoid labor to 1 in every 5 women that take this treatment.


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Jacqueline - posted on 09/05/2012




I was told the risk is 30%, even where they do not know the cause of the first preterm labour.

Kristin - posted on 09/09/2010




My son was 6.5 weeks early and I was also told that I had a higher chance of having an other preemie. My doctor recommended the weekly progesterone shots that start at about 16 weeks, which I did. I was then put on strict bed rest at 28 weeks and put on some daily medication to stop labor. My daughter was born 3.5 weeks early (as soon as they let me off bedrest). I think it just has to depend on the particular person and the reasons for the premature labor. I also have friends who have had one preemie and then delivered a fullterm baby. Good luck!

Bo Lynn - posted on 09/06/2010




Both my son and daughter were delivered at 32 weeks. Both by emergency c-section and both spent at least a month & a half in the NICU. I dont want to try for #3 if that's what I'll have to go thru yet again....

Theresa - posted on 09/03/2010




i don't have a percentage for you.. but i did consult a specialist when i found out i was pregnant for the second time. since my first pregnancy only made it to 31 weeks i was very worried... they asked a bunch of questions about my health and my last pregnancy.. and decided i was only slightly high risk for another premature labor... i was give the option to take a weekly injection of progesterone to help ensure the pregnancy made it to term, and also offered steroid shots around 28 weeks to ensure that if i did have a preemie that the lungs would be further developed. i decided against the weekly injections, i did take the steroid shot at 28 weeks just incase...and then i had to be induced at 41 weeks because my son just would not come out on his own!!! hope this helps a little!!

Summer - posted on 09/03/2010




My son was born at 32 weeks and 11 months later my daughter was born at 38 weeks. My doctor told me that that is a chance, but it depends on the pregnancy and the baby. So with having a preemie and being within the same year, I stilled had a full term. Its what is meant to be I believe...

Jennifer - posted on 09/02/2010




my daughter was 5 weeks early and my son was 3 weeks early, so im sure your precentage would probably be high, i wish you the best of luck

Erin - posted on 09/02/2010




My first baby was 10 weeks early, and when I was pregnant with my second my OB said I had a 30% chance of having another preemie (compared to a 5% chance for women who had never had a preemie). I'm sure much depends on why you had the first preemie, as far as your level of risk. If you are concerned about it you might want to see a high risk OB, who will keep closer tabs on you than a regular OB might. That's what I ended up doing for my second pregnancy and it made all the difference in the world when it came to lessening my anxiety about having another preemie.

Linee - posted on 09/01/2010




Apparently you have a 33% chance of having a second preemie. My first was 6 weeks early

Liz - posted on 08/31/2010




I think every pregnancy is different. I had my b/g twins at 33 weeks six days and when I found out I was pregnant again I was scared of having another preemie. My twins are now two and you can never tell they were preemie. I had my son at 38 weeks 6 days on July 12th 2010

Amanda - posted on 08/31/2010




My son was premmie, my daughter was 4 days early. I was told because my son was premmie I was higher risk to deliver early again but there was no guarentee. The fact that your first was full term and the second was early I would say it could go either way. Unless there is a medical reason that you know of I wouldn't worry

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I was told that, once you have a preemie you have a 40% chance of having another and that the % goes up the more children you have. I think this may depend on the circumstances surrounding a preemies birth. In my case I have an incompetant cervix. While there are preventative measures that can be taken, it's pretty much guaranteed that any more children I have will be preemies.

Emily - posted on 07/20/2009




No one ever gave me concrete %s. I was trying to find them too.

Everyone keeps telling me "statistically" but no one can give me actually statistics!

My Midwife told me even though my 1st pregnancy was completely normal (until I went into labor 6 weeks early) that Id be considered high risk and have a higher probability of any subsequent children coming even earlier.

Ema - posted on 07/20/2009




hey im not sure of the %, but i was told that if i was to have another baby then the percentage would be high on having another premiture baby........ but i think this was due to slight problems during my pregnancy

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