Reasons for premature birth

(66 Posts)
atrcts Sat 27-Jul-13 03:48:54

I gave birth 5 weeks early, and signed a consent form to have the placenta sent away for diagnostics in case it may have some defect, but have no idea what the results are, or why I gave birth so early.

It got me wondering if people have any idea why their baby was born early or is it one of those mysteries in life that no one will ever know?

MiaowTheCat Sat 27-Jul-13 09:01:48

I never got any answers, my second pregnancy I was threatening prem labour at a very similar point (they held it off a while)... I think my body's just got a wonkily set oven timer where pregnancy gestation is concerned.

Gurke Sat 27-Jul-13 12:42:11

My waters broke at 26 weeks. The doctors said this could happen due to a variety of reasons and they will never know for sure what the cause was in my case. I think it was due to an undiagnosed/ half diagnosed & untreated UTI of some kind.

atrcts Sat 27-Jul-13 18:37:55

I suspected as much - will remain a mystery then! I don't need to know but am curious and would like to tell him his full story if I know all of the details (which I don't!).

Verybusymummyof2 Sun 28-Jul-13 17:57:34

I had complete placenta previa. Heavy bleeding from 19 weeks resulting in prem birth at 26 weeks sad. At least I know the reason for mine, although still want to know why I had the placenta previa. I still go over and over that 'why'. Not knowing is hard,
Hope you find the answers.

minipie Sun 28-Jul-13 20:03:54

DD was 6 weeks early after sudden PROM and I have no idea why, nor did the hospital. Placenta was fine, no signs of infection, she was normal size for gestation etc.

Leaves me a little nervous about attempting number 2...

sleepwhatssleep Mon 29-Jul-13 18:47:46

DD1 (now 6) was 6 weeks prem. DD 2 (now 16 months) was 6 weeks prem. and DS1 (now 11 weeks) was 8 weeks prem. Despite scans to check cervical structure, testing for infections etc no one has ever been able to give me a reason why. In fact the last OBGYN I saw told me it was likely "luck of the draw" :/ not knowing why is hard. I've taken part in preterm labour studies too. There's not actually been very much research into it but I think it's becoming a more popular area of research now.

MiaowTheCat Tue 30-Jul-13 09:01:25

I was watching some documentary a few weeks ago and it was discussing the reasons humans have the gestational length they do - and the fact that the idea that it's the largest head we can birth might not be correct, and that it's actually due to the baby's energy requirements hitting some kind of "cap" whereby the mother's body can no longer meet any increased requirements (it was more scientific than that but that's the general sort of gist) - it made me wonder whether, in my own case where my body seems primed to try to go into labour at a similar point, my "tipping point" is just set slightly lower (I tend to make it to the late 33 week point - DD2 made it to 36 weeks because they'd halted the labour to get steroids in owing to my previous prem delivery).

It wasn't the focus of the programme, it was just something thrown in almost as a sidenote, when the focus was on things like how humans walk and how the shape of the pelvis affects childbirth... but it really did make me think and wonder if it could be an explanation for women who do consistently go into pre-term labour at a similar gestation repeatedly.

atrcts Tue 30-Jul-13 09:17:33

All very interesting stuff! Would have liked to see the programme, and the prem baby study sounds interesting too. I guess in my case there were a lot of potential reasons but hard to know which one it was, and the most surprising thing was that no one seemed to blink an eye about it, as though it is perfectly normal and expected!

10storeylovesong Wed 31-Jul-13 07:53:06

I gave birth 13 weeks early. I'd had a blood clot on my placenta causing heavy bleeding, and the doctors said that my womb was trying to expel the foreign body (the clot) which caused my prem baby. They sent my placenta off and did more blood tests than I can remember, but given no reason for blood clot forming. It just appears to "be one of those things". We will be trying for number 2, but I'm terrified.

Fizzyfuzzy123 Wed 31-Jul-13 08:07:15

I gave birth at 33 weeks after waters broke. I had a white blood cell infection which no one took seriously at 28 week blood test so maybe that was something to do with it

mymatemax Sun 04-Aug-13 23:30:58

I gave birth by emergency c section at 28 wks, ds2 was in distress & had stopped moving.
Nothing to indicate why on scan but he was struggling & had to come out, placenta & cord all looked normal.
His heartrate was barely traceable .

We still don't know why?

Thereonthestair Mon 05-Aug-13 11:02:45

in my case they think a very slow placetnal abruption at 29 weeks, kicked off the labour and casued DS disability while we were at it

ShadowMeltingInTheSun Wed 07-Aug-13 20:14:33

With DS, my waters broke at 33 weeks, and then I went into labour at 34 weeks.

The consultant said afterwards that they didn't know why DS was early, and it might just be one of those things.

Currently I'm 31.5 weeks pregnant with DC2 and feeling increasingly twitchy as I'm getting closer to the point where things started happening with DS.

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

elliejjtiny Fri 09-Aug-13 05:19:12

I had polyhydramnios (excess amniotic fluid) and my waters broke at 35 weeks. I was measuring 44+ weeks so I think the pressure just got too much. DS4 has a cleft lip and palate so wasn't swallowing much fluid. His head wasn't engaged at all and no signs of labour when I had my C-section 2 days later.

lotsofcheese Fri 09-Aug-13 05:47:08

DS: severe PE at 29 weeks. No reason why I developed this as I had no risk factors. Just "bad luck".

I asked for a consultant referral to discuss it & risk for future pregnancies. After a lot of soul-searching, decided to TTC.

DD: made it to 36 weeks - oligohydraminos (not enough fluid).

I think I have a "crappy placenta" gene, if there's such a thing. I'll not be doing it again as I cannot face a 3rd premature birth or emcs.

cazzyg Mon 12-Aug-13 06:39:54

I developed severe pre eclampsia and started to fit which left no option.

It all started at 33 weeks but I managed to hold onto 36 weeks so my daughter was barely prem. she was unfortunately quite ill with breathing issues.

racmun Mon 12-Aug-13 07:44:11

Ds was born at 34 weeks. I've got a bicorneate uterus and they said at the time that maybe he'd run out of room? 2 weeks in special care but all ok in the long run.

Currently 26 weeks pregnant with number 2, I've seen the consultant who couldn't give me a reason as to why ds1 arrived early but doesn't think it is anything to do with my uterus.

I think it is one if those mysteries and I'm just praying that this one doesn't make an early appearance.

Liquidambar Mon 12-Aug-13 20:34:23

Ds was 35 weeks. Despite being very jaundice he was was healthy.

I had an infection at 27weeks but the doctors couldn't point where it was coming from. After that I was always sore around my tummy and lots of BH. I wasn't given a reason. .. like many people have said it was a mystery.

I'm currently ttc but anxious about it.

FieryChipotle Mon 12-Aug-13 20:50:28

My DTs were born by EMC at 31 weeks due a suspected placental abruption. The placenta was actually intact but had become very pale. I had polyhyramnious so I doubt I'd have made it much further.

I also went into premature labour with DS1 at 32ish weeks but the labour was stopped. Tests showed an infection so it was assumed to be some kind of UTI, but it was actually my appendix. It ruptured during labour at full term!

FieryChipotle Mon 12-Aug-13 20:52:29

*polyhydramnios (typo!)

Mandy21 Thu 15-Aug-13 00:07:06

DTs born st 27 weeks. Never given an explanation apoarently 'just a twin thing' (helpful) but I also think mine was due to UTI or similsr (nothing detected though).

Got to 39 + 6 with DD though.

Mandy21 Thu 15-Aug-13 00:07:39

Sorry for rubbish typing - on tablet

CelticPromise Thu 15-Aug-13 00:21:53

DS was delivered by section at 27 weeks (no labour) because he was growth restricted and showing signs of struggling due to placental insufficiency.

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