Keep on Truckin'

Are you worried about your partners pregnancy? Has your partner already had preeclampsia? Do you have advice for other dads who could be going through similar experiences as yourself? Post here!
eddie_k
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Re : Keep on Truckin'

Postby eddie_k » Mon Nov 28, 2005 10:03 am

So it has been a busy two weeks for me. We went in to the MD's office for an Amnio at 36 weeks on the 14th. After monitoring my wife for ~1 hour afterwards the doctor noticed a few decels in the baby's heart rate and decided to deliver then as opposed to waiting for the results of the lung test from the Amnio. Molly Ann was born at 1127 via c-section (I was allowed to be in the room this time) weighing 6lbs 15oz at 36 weeks gestation. Her scores were great coming out the OR. After the baby was sent to the nursery for cleaning and such, the Peds noticed that her heart rate was ~170-180 and here resp. was ~80-120. So the decided to put here on O2 and start antibiotics assuming there was an infection. A long story short, Molly was in the NICU for 8 days but is doing great and has bee home with Mom and Dad for one week now and seems to be doing great. She is eating like a champ and boy can she have a good BM.

Anyway, I just wanted to share our good news with everyone our good news. Here is a picture of our little miracle if you are interested:

https://home.comcast.net/~ekimble3/crib1.jpg

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Re : Keep on Truckin'

Postby lizzybeth » Mon Nov 07, 2005 06:41 am

Hi Eddie,
None of my 3 children made it past 35 weeks gestation, all were basically fine. My middle one needed some oxygen as he was having trouble figuring out how to work his lungs (about an hour) and all 3 stayed with me and went home with me at 3 days old.They are now 12, 9 and 5 and run circles around me.

After an abruption, all future babes need to be delivered before labor begins, it is safest for Mom and Molly.

Let us know when Molly is here...
Lizzybeth

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Re : Keep on Truckin'

Postby gordon k » Mon Nov 07, 2005 01:11 am

It seems consistent with what our doctor told us: as long as it was safer for the babies to be inside their mom, then he would leave the babies there, otherwise once the babies were healthy and things changed that they would be healthier outside of their mom, he would deliver them.

We're keeping you, your wife, and Molly in our prayers for continued health, peace of mind, and a healthy happy delivery.

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Re : Keep on Truckin'

Postby eddie_k » Fri Nov 04, 2005 10:31 am

One of the specific reasons they (my wife included) wanted an early delivery is due to the fact that she had an abruption when they broke her membranes with her last birth. The doctors thought it would be good to do this early (assuming all is well with the baby and such) before she has the chance of going into labor and having another abruption. The more I have read and seen online, the more I understand that this isn’t too early and is very acceptable as a time to deliver the baby. My wife is starting to calm down about the date and realize that is probably better for Molly. Thanks again for all the support.

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Re : Keep on Truckin'

Postby heather h » Fri Nov 04, 2005 10:24 am

Hi Eddie,

Just wanted to let you know that you, your wife and baby are in my thoughts and prayers. I hope everything goes smoothly... please keep us updated.

Best wishes,

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Re : Keep on Truckin'

Postby gordon k » Fri Nov 04, 2005 01:01 am

Hi Eddie,

Unfortunately I can't give you specifics about the c-section, but believe that 36 weeks is fine. To the extent that they can leave the baby in until 37 weeks, probably better, but I am assuming that your doctor has a reason for the timing. I would encourage you to discuss directly with your physician to understand why they are choosing 36 weeks to deliver.

I'm sure that the next week and a half are going to be ridiculously hectic getting ready for the baby. Regardless, good luck!

Please know that my wife and I are keeping all of you in our prayers for blessings, health, happiness, and peace of mind.

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Re : Keep on Truckin'

Postby lorelei » Thu Nov 03, 2005 09:59 am

That sounds like a great update! I went for an amnio to check lung development at 36 weeks but bc of the baby's position the dr didn't do the amnio..he was born exactly a week later at 37 on the nose and lungs were fine. I know in utero one day is like so many on the outside, but there is a good chance the lungs will be fine at 36 weeks.

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Re : Keep on Truckin'

Postby melissam » Thu Nov 03, 2005 09:54 am

Eddie, I am so glad to hear that things are going as smoothly as they are. Thanks for keeping us updated.

I don't have any experiences yet with the lungs and delivery at 36 weeks. However, I know that my doctors will be delivering me at 36 weeks from here on out due to the type of C-section I had with my last pregnancy.

Good luck. I hope it all goes well. It won't be much longer now.

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Re : Keep on Truckin'

Postby eddie_k » Thu Nov 03, 2005 08:29 am

So we are still moving along, 34.5 weeks and counting. The doctors decided to do the amnio on 11/14 (36 weeks) and if everything checks out (mainly the lungs) we will have the C-section on the 16th. My wife was shocked. We had talked about having the c-section at about 37 weeks due to my wife's abruption with the last pregnancy but she wasn't expecting 36 weeks. She now has one less week to do all the stuff she "needed" to get done before the baby arrives.

Does this seem too early to anyone? I have read that most babies after 37 weeks are considered "full term". I guess assuming the lungs are mature, that this is fairly okay. If anyone has any experience with this type of scenario, can you tell me what to expect? Thanks again.

Just as a note, everything is looking great no symptoms of PE or HELLP at this point. My wife is just tired (physically) and ready to have the baby. I don't think she expected it to be so soon though. Thanks again for any info you can give us.

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Re : Keep on Truckin'

Postby gordon k » Wed Oct 19, 2005 12:37 am

Congratulations on being at 32 1/2 weeks! And I'm glad to hear that Molly is moving around a lot. That is very comforting to know that your child is moving around, enjoying being in-utero. If I were you (because I enjoyed this so much), I'd try to enjoy every movement of your baby inside your wife by looking at and feeling her tummy. It gave me peace of mind when I could see and feel my babies move inside Norlisa. Sounds like your vigilance is paying off; it's great to keep hearing good news from you.

We'll continue to hope and pray that your wife's appointment goes well tomorrow, and for continued health, happiness, and peace of mind for you and your wife (and continued health, in-utero time, and continual movement for Molly). Looking forward to more good news; we'll continue to pray and send you our best.

Gordon


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