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Thread: Any Preemie mommas out there?

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    My daughter was born this past Thursday, April 26th, and was 32weeks 6 days gestation. She is doing really great. I was just wondering if there were other moms here that could share their experiences in the NICU and/or support/advice.
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    Congrats! Glad things are going well for both of you! What's her name?

    No experience here with preemie, but just sharing some SC love for you!

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    thanks Natalka
    Her name is Kayla Marie


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    My first daughter was born at 34 weeks, 6 days, that was in May of 2009, she was born vaginally and only had low blood sugar at birth, she spent 7 hours in the NICU.
    My second daughter was born at 35 weeks, that was in October of 2010, she was born by emergency c section as she was breech, she was in the NICU for 5 days, had to be guavaged, cpac, etc.

    I am scheduled on Thursday to have our 3rd daughter by csection. We took all precauctions this time, I took sick time through work, took progestrone from week 26, had cervical ultrasounds every 2 weeks from 28 weeks on, took steriods for baby's lungs and rested as much as possible...tomorrow will be week 38!
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    congrats Craiger. what a blessing! good luck. let us know what happens. im so excited for ya!

    my great niece was born quite early. was in the hospital for many weeks.. but now very happy and healthy just turned a year!
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    I also meant to write yesterday but one of the girls distracted me...both the girls saw an Infant Development Specialist until they were at least 1 year of age. The IDS came to our house or we went to her office and she did activities with the girls to make sure that they were developing at a pace that was "appropriate" for their corrected age, if she had concerns she could refer the girls to specialists and such. Both the girls were also put on a waitlist for speech therapy immediately as the waitlist was so long (1 year).
    As someone who holds an Early Childhood Education and works at a day care I understood the importance of early intervention. I didn't want to be a parent who was in denial but also accepted from the beginning that the girls may need some extra help. All the services were free and I embraced them all, and very thankful that I did.
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    Wow! Some amazingly hardy little ones you all have. Congratulations to you all
    One of my acquaintances had a baby a bit premature (34 weeks if I remember), and did what Craiger advised - made sure that she got assessments and early intervention for her LO to ensure that any problems (so far, so good) were nipped in the bud.

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    My son as well was born at 32 wks. He weighed 5 lbs 10 oz though so pretty good size for being early. He's now 9 and happy and healthy

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    WOW -- what a day to read this thread. Firstly, Congratulations
    Second - I was just released from the hospital Friday as I had some cramping earlier in the week and tested positive for pre-term labour. I'm really happy to hear all the successful preemies out there. I am only at 25 weeks and scared outta my wazoo that I'm going to screw this up. Thanks for letting me read your stories -- I feel a little better now.
    Zia_Stephie really wants you as my swagbucks referral...PM me and I'll send you the link. Thanks!

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    Congratulations! Your daughter at 32wks+6 is likely what Drs will call "feeders & growers" - their development in-utero is complete. Unless there are complications they are likely keeping her just to make sure that she can regulate her body temp, develop her suck/ swallow reflex and gain weight. She is likely in Level2 NICU (no breathing tube/ intubation) and at most, on CPAP.

    My triplets were born at 26wks gestation (combined weight less than 5 lbs) - stayed in Level 3 NICU for 3, 4, and 6 months. What would you like to know?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lighthousejen View Post
    My son as well was born at 32 wks. He weighed 5 lbs 10 oz though so pretty good size for being early. He's now 9 and happy and healthy
    Wow, that's a big boy for 32 weeks. My first was born at 40 weeks, at 5lbs 9oz

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    CONGRATULATIONS shejayd!!

    My son was born at 36 (just made it!) weeks, at 5 lbs, 5 oz. He was in NICU for 2 weeks.

    He just turned 3 about a month ago, and he's taller than all the kids his age around here! You'd never know now that he was so tiny when he was born!
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    Congrats!!

    My younger sister was born one day shy of 28 weeks, she was in NICU for 3 1/2 months.
    Was a very sick kid for most of her childhood, she just turned 20 and is perfectly normal & fine. Well mostly anyways...


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    I want to say congratulations!!

    I cannot share my NICU exp with you as my son was not a premi but I was. I was born at 24 weeks -2lbs 2oz. I was in the NICU for 3 months.
    I just turned 25 and I am perfectly fine. I did have to have a heart surgery and am legally blind in one eye but other then that was a perfectly healthy child.

    hope all is well for your family!
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    Quote Originally Posted by stacymarie View Post
    I want to say congratulations!!

    I cannot share my NICU exp with you as my son was not a premi but I was. I was born at 24 weeks -2lbs 2oz. I was in the NICU for 3 months.
    I just turned 25 and I am perfectly fine. I did have to have a heart surgery and am legally blind in one eye but other then that was a perfectly healthy child.

    hope all is well for your family!
    Stacy, would you mind sending me a pm please? My son has a similar diagnoses as yours and I have some questions, if you don't mind. Thanks!
    You are indeed a miracle!

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