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shitey mc shite. Aitch is being admitted to hospital today, 33 weeks pg with pre-eclampsia, they're talking about sectioning me by the end of the week. and <sobs> the baby hasn't grown in two weeks. the poor litte thing is only about 3lb... it's too early. am freaking out, come join me, please...
oh Aitch,m poor you. fwiw, pre-eclampsia doesn't necessarily mean an early birth. my aunt went to term despite it and had a healthy baby. hopefully the same will be true for you.
also, don't trust growth scans!!! they can and do get it wrong (even the measurements they take can be wrong if baby is at the wrong angle) so make sure you have been thoroughly checked by the best there is ok?
hope all goes well. if you have time now google for kangaroo care of prem babies. also check kellymoom for breastfeeding them.
but if the placenta isn't feeding her properly then she HAS to come out to have a fighting chance. Try and chill out and relax and know that the hospital will do all they can to look out for you and your baby. BF can still happen too, you will pump in the hospital to get your supply going and it will be fed to your baby. It can all be sorted out. Good luck and let us know how you get on. x
you might not have a section this week .. and if you do , you will have steroids before delivery to ensure your wee ones lungs are good to go
3lb is small,but not too small... but the paeds etc will be prepared, and your baby will get excellent care
as regards BF, you know the drill, skin to skin as soon as you can, express whilst looking at your baby and touching if possible. might take a while to get sucking going, but letting her lick and get to know the breast to start with is good.
i can totally understand your feelings of upset and panic though.
Two of DD's friends were born at 32 weeks, one about 3lbs, one closer to 5lbs. Both in SCBU for a while but had caught up with their full-term peers by 2 yrs and now, at 5.6, you would NEVER, EVER know. HTH
Oh no, I'm sorry. I hope everything goes well. For what it's worth, from friends who have been on bedrest due to early contractions/waters breaking etc., everyone seems to breathe a big sigh of relief after they passed 30 weeks and each week after that was considered a blessing. Friend's babies were all OK, by the way, and didn't suffer any long term effects, despite being premature.