I'm with you Laura, I think that over all it is safer to assume, until told otherwise, that preterm babies will have breathing issues. I've roadtested 3 in the 35 week 4 days to 36 week zone. Only my Preeclampsia baby had breathing issues and they were severe requiring a ventilator for the first four days and surfactant. The other two were fine. Sizewise they were all the same. I don't know to what extent HELLP contributed to Lucy's inital breathing problems. She also had a polycythemia which is a too high concentration of red blood cells. The neonatologist said that could have been an adaptation to prolonged anoxia in utero but can also occur with crisis deliveries (of which her's was certainly an example). Maybe because she was piling up red blood cells her lungs didn't get the message to mature as fast. When we were expecting Chloe we tried to get the peri to agree to early delivery and he wouldn't (assuming good maternal health) until 38.5 weeks because that is the "pretty much out of the woods even for weak little caucasian boys" timeframe, especially if going the C-section route. We had real difficulty accepting that as our son was delivered at 35 and 4 days with no problems (as an example of wlcb[}:)]).
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Lucy (2)Preeclampsia & HELLP