Also posted in chat but meant to put it in here - I read so many articles stating how if your child is even born a week early health, intelligence, emotional issues are much more likely to occur. My midwife keeps telling me she thinks this baby will come early, (I am 32/33 weeks) and we need to be prepared for that. Reading all these articles is worries me but then again I don't know what the statistics vs reality is on this is. Can anyone fill me in?
Unless there's a medical issue that's making it likely you will give birth early I wouldn't worry - every one of my friends has been told by midwife that they look like they will go early! I think it's a bit of saying what you want to hear
Don't know the stats but: Dd1 born at 36wks: 6lbs8 had a bit of jaundice (didnt need light therapy just plenty of feeds). She had an infection but that was because waters had gone and i didnt know. Now 5yrs, bright and healthy.
My niece was born at 27 weeks and in hospital for a long time!! We really thought we were going to lose her! She has just had her second bday and is as active and cheeky as any other baby. They have even been told she is quite intelligent for her age!! So it all depends on the baby and at your stage I really wouldn't worry too much. I'm sure ur DC will be just fine x
Hi HP, yes she has some reasons, though DS1 was born a couple of days past due date. I think midwife thinks this one will be early as baby showing quite big (but that is not uncommon in our family) and I keep having more full on bouts of contractions, sort of consistent ones for 2-3 hours at a time, every 10-15mins, that seem to be moving beyond Braxton hicks, this however is not uncommon for our family. So I am not convinced that she is right. My SIL recently had a baby and had a whole night of contractions early on then baby was 11 days late.
Hi dd was born at 28 weeks and in hospital for a long time so I saw lots of babies come and go. At 33 weeks + they usually only stayed on SCBU for a bit of light therapy and/or until they established feeding. Usually just a few days.
My ds was born 33 weeks and is now 4. He is a bright boy and very healthy. However, prems can be difficult with feeding and he was very fussy and the first two years were hard. He is rather slim, but tall and eats well now so I wish I had not stressed so much as I did but easier said than done! The bliss charity were fantastic and very helpful with advise.
I had an early baby last year it was an induced labour so I had to see a consultant neo natologist to advise me of all the facts so I could decide if the baby was safer out than in. She said that yes up to 38 weeks the babys brain is developing and if all is well then much better for baby to be in than out. Turns out my baby wasn't safe in me and I had him at 36 weeks and he is fine. However all the research does point to significant benefits to a baby reaching 38 weeks gestation but that does NOT mean that if your baby comes early he/she will be at all 'damaged' its just better if they don't that's all. Hope that makes sense.