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Delivering baby at 37 weeks

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mamablondie2 Wed 08-Jul-20 13:32:57


Due to my own medical condition there is now a possibility of delivering baby at 37 weeks (by Csection - I was having this anyway). I just wanted to get peoples experiences of this? My last baby was overdue and born naturally so this is all a bit scary for me.

I think I just need some reassurance that it will be ok...

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LBB2020 Wed 08-Jul-20 16:43:03

37 weeks is considered term so I don’t think you need to worry. My first was born at 36+5 (spontaneous labour) and was absolutely fine just a bit sleepy due to jaundice. Good luck, hope all goes well x

20viona Thu 09-Jul-20 16:04:14

My daughter was born at 37+4 I was induced due to IUGR and she was born small at 5 lb 3 oz. She had jaundice but she didn't need any treatment for it and we left hospital after two nights and one night was only because she was born at 11:50 pm.

Cheesecakejar Thu 09-Jul-20 16:06:36

My boy was born at 36 weeks, my waters broke early randomly after a total textbook pregnancy. He was absolutely fine, 6lb 5oz so smallish I suppose but not tiny.

slipperywhensparticus Thu 09-Jul-20 16:06:48

My 37 weeks baby is in university nothing to worry about grin

She would have been released day one we had to stay in due to me hmm

melissasummerfield Thu 09-Jul-20 16:09:29

My ds was born naturally at 37 weeks and was jaundiced but otherwise fine smile

YourStarlessEyes Thu 09-Jul-20 16:11:55

My second was born naturally at 37+2, apart from being jaundice and having reflux there were no issues!

Tatum1234 Thu 09-Jul-20 17:16:14

I’ve had two at 37 weeks weighing 8lb 4oz and 6lb 11oz. I was given steroids before both c sections which helped with their lungs, I had no problems with either.

littlemissminor Thu 09-Jul-20 17:20:26

had DS in October at 37 weeks, had steroid injections before the C-section to help his lungs and he was a bit jaundice, but all good really!

Amichelle84 Thu 09-Jul-20 20:10:17

@littlemissminor how long prior did they keep you in for steroid injections?

LittleCabbage Thu 09-Jul-20 20:11:48

My eldest son was born at 37+0 via induction. No ill effects.

Dyra Thu 09-Jul-20 20:19:02

FTM. DD (7lb 5oz) was born at 37+1 after induction due to pre-eclampsia. Steroids weren't even mentioned. Only reason we had to stay in afterwards was to monitor me!

DD had a touch of jaundice, so was a bit lethargic initially, but it cleared quickly without needing light therapy. Apart from that, she was (and still is!) perfect.

orangejuicer Thu 09-Jul-20 20:21:06

It will all be ok!

littlemissminor Thu 09-Jul-20 21:37:00


*@littlemissminor* how long prior did they keep you in for steroid injections?

I was in for 2 days prior - I had gestational diabetes and reduced movements too. I was 37+1 when he was born and I they just wanted to get him out!

mamablondie2 Thu 09-Jul-20 21:50:46

@Tatum1234 were the steroids specifically because baby was delivered via C Section? Do they give them closer to term or is it only when they are delivered early?

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ellesbellesxxx Thu 09-Jul-20 21:52:19

My twins were induced and born at 36w... had had steroids at 34w due to concerns but made it to 36w. Both jaundiced, one had low blood sugars but that was due to feeding issues. We went home after a week and they are perfect

mrbob Thu 09-Jul-20 21:54:22

37 weeks is term so please don’t worry. They give steroid injections to pre term babies or to those born by c section to help mature their lungs but they can often be given as an outpatient.

THNG5 Thu 09-Jul-20 21:56:28

My dd was born at 36+6 by c section as I was diagnosed with vasa previa at a growth scan the day before. I had two steroid shots 12 hours apart the day before and I'm sure they said they were precautionary because I wasn't yet 37 weeks.
Baby was absolutely fine. Slight jaundice but was fine after a few hours under the blue light.

mollysmummy1970 Thu 09-Jul-20 21:57:28

I had baby by csection 11 weeks ago at 37 weeks and she was fine, quite jaundiced so needed phototherapy. And she only needed nicu time as I had meconium in my waters so she had antibiotics.

I had her then because I'm a type 1 diabetic. And had her by c section as she was off the growth chart lol.

SunbathingDragon Thu 09-Jul-20 22:00:17

DC2 was a c section after I went into spontaneous labour at 37 weeks and DC4 was an elective c section also at 37 weeks. I had steroids around 34 weeks with DC4.

Tatum1234 Thu 09-Jul-20 22:02:39


*@Tatum1234* were the steroids specifically because baby was delivered via C Section? Do they give them closer to term or is it only when they are delivered early?

My hospital gives steroids to all mums delivering by section before 39 weeks, I had them all four times.

DeRigueurMortis Thu 09-Jul-20 22:03:59

DS was born at 37 weeks - no medical intervention/natural delivery. I think he was just in a hurry to meet me grin.

He was obviously smaller than a lot of babies but not massively so (6 1/2 lbs).

No issues whatsoever. I left hospital with him just over 4 hours after giving birth.

He "caught up" on weight pretty quickly.

Cheeseycheeseycheesecheese Thu 09-Jul-20 22:04:50

I had ds at 37 weeks, perfect textbook pregnancy and then birth 20 minutes after arriving at the mat unit expecting to be checked and sent home, midwife checked me and said we're going to delivery.
It's his first birthday today and he's been a delight so far most days

IndieTara Thu 09-Jul-20 22:06:53

DD was induced at 36 weeks. She sighed 6lb and had jaundice. She's now aged 11 the height of a 14 yr old and size 7 feet

IggyAce Thu 09-Jul-20 22:07:53

My waters broke at 36+6 weeks dd was born perfectly healthy and we went home the next day.

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