Just out of interest, at how many weeks can a pre-mature baby safely survive without too much damage later on? In the books they say 24/25 weeks but that seems awfully young, esp if you read babies at 34 weeks still having to go into an incubator. So, what's a safe age for a baby to be born?
I have had 3 babies early, 35, 33 and 31 weekers, Ds and Dd1 (the 35 and 31 weekers who have brain damage) and Dd1 went into an incubator for 4 weeks, Dd2 (the 33 weeker) was in an incubator for about 2 weeks, generaly babies born below 4 lb have to go into incubators because hey can't reglate their temparture
My cousin's wife gave birth at 24 weeks (19 years ago). There were complications after the birth where the baby was given too much oxygen and he's blind and has some damage to the brain. If they hadn't messed up the oxygen there wouldn't have been the damage.
i think the earliest is 22 weeks. having said that you can legally have an abortion till 23 weeks. i know some hospitals have a policy of not trying to keep a baby alive if they weigh less than 500 grams. which is just a pound.
full term pregnancy isnt considered till the 37th week
My dh has a lot to say on this subject - he thinks that people's expectations have been raised too high (ie to expect that a very prem. baby is going to survive with no problems). I think that a very large majority of the very early babies that survive have major problems.
I almost had a 28 weeker, but held on until 31 weeks. At 28 weeks there is a 70% chance of survival, but there may be damage. Lungs do not fully mature until 32 weeks, so you are likely to have oxygen issues before then.....
I'm 24 weeks pregnant now and crossing my legs....I'll feel happier post 30 weeks as I am then in 'know what to expect' country......
I had bleeding and spotting from 24 weeks so there was always the chance I would "go early". My obstretician told me if I could "hang on" (how? cross my legs?) to 28 weeks the baby had a much better chance of survival, he said at 32 weeks they all do fine.
when my twins were in NICU there was a young girl there with twins born at 24 weeks, they were 15 weeks old at this time and thriving well, apart from one of them had something wrong with his eyes and needed an op.