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in hosp slow early labour. baby will be 32 weeks. help

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ilovemonstersInc Thu 10-Jul-14 18:26:24

Would like some info please. Im in slow latent labour and in hosp on a lot of bed rest. Ive had both steriods and the bloody labour pains are only just bearable with all the meds im.on.
Im 33weeks tomorrow
Im not dilating I know I dont dilate quick. Took 5 days with ds1. No premature babies in the past.
What arw your experiences? How long did they have t stay in hosp? I know each child is different just trying to prepare myself.

I have posted in premature section too but here for traffic.
Tia x

ILiveOnABuildsite Thu 10-Jul-14 18:34:50

Sorry no experience of my own so can't help at all but didn't want to not reply. Here is hand to hold pic you want one and hope all turns out well for you. Hopefully many more poster will have much more helpful things to say to you.

ilovemonstersInc Thu 10-Jul-14 18:36:37

Thank you.

One of the things thats making me worried is how erratic his movements are becoming will defo mention to the mw later as he heart rate has been dropping a lil.

ThinkIveBeenHacked Thu 10-Jul-14 18:38:27

Have they put you on a trace to keep an eye on him? At 32/33 weeks he will do well outside so if they are worried for him then they will get him out.

Good luck to you and your LO.

Mumof3xox Thu 10-Jul-14 18:39:26

No experience here but you are in the best place just remember that

Ds was born at 35 weeks and we were in for two weeks after, he was really poorly though and I saw 34 weekers come and go within a day or two whilst we were there envy

It's difficult having a baby in SCBU. Is there anything you want to ask? Do they have beds for parents on SCBU? Ours had a room with four beds in. I expressed three hourly day and night for a week and a half until ds was well enough to feed- that was the best feeling ever!

Good luck, are you able to get any pain killers so you can rest?

NUFC69 Thu 10-Jul-14 18:42:13

I hope you are ok?

My GS will (hopefully) be discharged from SCBU on Saturday. He was just under 34 weeks so similar to you. DDil was in and out of hospital for a few days before he came. He is 2 weeks' old today.

I hope all goes well for you, too.

TallyGrenshall Thu 10-Jul-14 18:46:05

DS was born at 32 weeks. He stayed in SCBU for just over 3 weeks. It was hard but everybody was lovely.

Good luck

ilovemonstersInc Thu 10-Jul-14 18:49:43

Thank you all. Im an a mix of pain killers as pain gets excruciating but im not dilating (my body isnt any good at beimg pregnant or delivering babies) as I fight contractions off hmm

All I know is that when I go into labour I will most likely have to be transferred as this hospital is a specialist hosp but have no nicu beds for him.if one becomes available it will be booked for us. Been like that since Tuesday

Nu hope he comes on Saturday. I have 2 others at home too. 1 with sn and a baby. Not going to be easy juggling all of it but will manage

My DT's were born at 32 weeks and spent 3 weeks in SCBU, just to get them up to size really. They were fed through a nasal tube for a bit, but weren't ever in any difficulty. 19 years ago now.....

ilovemonstersInc Thu 10-Jul-14 18:50:56

I suppose what help will he need? I know we will know once hes born.

My nephew was a 24weeker and is at home now but dont want to ask his parents as his case is soo much different as he was so much younger.

TallyGrenshall Thu 10-Jul-14 18:55:15

DS had CPAP for a few days and was tube fed for a week because he had no sucking reflex (it took him a while because he kept refusing a dummy)

He also had jaundice that refused to shift so ended up having a transfusion

My DS was born at 31+5 and was in neonatal for 16 days before he came home.
Babies born at 32 weeks + generally have an excellent prognosis - the key things are breathing on their own (this is what the steroids are there to help develop), ability to feed (sucking reflex may not have developed, but should soon) and maintain temperature.
DS was on C-PAP (aided ventilation) for the first night only, then breathing on his own. He weighed 4lb 11.5oz/2.13kg and amazingly had a good sucking reflex so we started trying to bf on day 2. He was tube fed as we built up bf (it tires them out when they are so small so can take a while for them to manage to do a full feed) - the tube came out on day 13/14 and I then roomed in and fully bf. My friend just had her 2nd baby at 34 weeks, he was over a lb heavier, but he was also in neonatal for 2 weeks, so that seems a reasonable expectation.

Ask to speak to a neonatal dr / nurse if you can, and they can talk to you about what to expect. They can give you advice re expressing - hand expressing into a syringe is best at first, as the amounts of colostrum are tiny, but every drop counts. They should have good electric pumps on the unit for when your milk comes in, but you might like to consider getting one to use at home overnight (assuming you are discharged before baby) - I used a hand pump for the first 2 weeks, and it was hard work!

You should be given some information about BLISS, a charity for babies born "too soon, too small, too sick" - they can offer support and counselling if needed. I ended up talking to the unit's psychologist when I was really struggling, and it was a big help.

Really thinking of you thanks it is a tough experience to go through xxx

TallyGrenshall Thu 10-Jul-14 18:55:55


Fed through a tube for a couple of weeks

He might need cpap. That can look a bit scary, google image cpap baby to get an idea. It's a little noisy. After that he will probably just go down to nasal oxygen, which is just a tube along the bottom of the nose with to small tubes up the nostrils slightly.

He will have a feeding tube through his nose, they're really small.

If he needs IV antibiotics they might put a central line in through the umbilical cord as it's difficult for them to find veins, I didn't see other babies with this though.

They will prick his heel to do sugar levels, it's sad to see. He might need light therapy if he's jaundiced and will have to wear superman goggles smile

He will probably just wear a nappy to start with and they will put him on his tummy in the incubator.

SquattingNeville Thu 10-Jul-14 19:02:45

Sorry you're going through this Ilove <hand hold>. My DS was only a bit prem (35 weeker) and we had a week in hospital and he was initially syringe fed due to poor suck reflex, he was watched very closely for jaundice. When he was born there was (apparently, I was unaware) a crash team behind a curtain next to the door of my room for incase he needed resuscitation.

DP's best mate's daughter was born at 32 weeks 5 weeks ago, she got home a week ago (so about 4 weeks in hospital give or take a few days). She was in an incubator in SCBU, tube fed and under a bili lamp for jaundice. She's still tiny, but doing well.

Itsfab Thu 10-Jul-14 19:17:36

I hope you are feeling better now all these lovey posters have given such great advice.

ilovemonstersInc Thu 10-Jul-14 19:53:13

Thank you all. I did google images to get a bit of an ideaand I did see my nnephew when he was around 26 weeks too and that was scary as he was so tiny (he weighed 1lb6oz)
will probably look at bliss website too.
Thank you all x x

RJnomore Thu 10-Jul-14 19:58:27

My 9 almost 10 year old was a 32 weeker and weighed almost five pounds, there is a huge difference beten 26 and 32 weeks.

They wouldn't expect a healthy 32 weeker to have long term issues (although no one can guarantee any baby won't be I'll, obviously)

She was a foot first breech so emcs and was taken straight to intensive care. She was there two days while they regulated her temp and breathing and checked her all out then spent another two and a half weeks in special care. The main issue at that stage is that they still don't have a suck reflex so can't feed for another week or two, so they need fed with a nasal tube.

I had previously gone into labour at 29 weeks which they had been able to stop but had given me the steroids so she was in pretty good shape.

My advice would be its scary, it's worrying, and it's not the start you would want for your baby ideally but if you can try not to worry too much, by now the odds are in your favour that everything will end up fine. And I have a big, bright, tall for her age, sporty little girl here to back that up.

Massive hugs though, it's such a horrible thing to have to go through.

roseypeach Fri 11-Jul-14 00:17:31

Ds1 was born at 34weeks. I hadn't had any steroid shots.
He was in neonatal for 10 days but 5 of those were just because he was jaundiced and needed the lamp.
He had oxygen and a feeding tube for about a day but then I feed him myself, initially expressed onto spoon and then be breast fed within a day or so.
All the best!

ilovemonstersInc Sun 13-Jul-14 08:04:19

Thank you all.

Thought id update

im not dilating just contracting regularly so they sent me home as they needed the bed hmm despite during contractions feels like body is pushing him down without me doing it iyswim.
I see my own consultant on Wednesday. If I make it to Wednesday brill. If I lose more blood, waters, pains get worse then will go back in

FoolishFay Sun 13-Jul-14 08:13:04

Hope all goes well. I had my DS at 29 weeks, he was under 3lb. He's now 14, nearly 6ft, takes size 11 shoes!

Op that sounds really tough. Hopefully you're more comfortable at home though.

ilovemonstersInc Sun 13-Jul-14 08:58:37

I am more comfortable at home but would be even better if they would have given me something stronger for painm they've given me codeine and paracetamol which doesnt touch thr pain.
Yesterday I had contractions every 2-3mins for over 4hours and they lasted just over a min they they died off hmm

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