eleni wrote:I'm sure some of our able moderators will have more expert sounding responses, but from one affected woman to another, I would say the answer is "it depends." Usually babies die because of a wide variety of issues related to their prematurity. A baby born before term is usually going to face health challenges, even as sophisticated as neonatal medicine has become. Sometimes those babies have the added insult of intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) - a fancy term for the placenta-wasn't-delivering-enough-nutrition-to-the-baby and his/her size was compromised. And sometimes preeclampsia causes the placenta to tear away from the uterine wall (placental abruption) which instantly starves the baby of oxygen and nutrients.
There are no guarantees in birth and those of us who have lost babies - whether first or subsequent babies - got dealt a lousy hand. Talking about it and sharing our experiences helps the healing process. Reading only about the loss of babies is not a balanced perspective - many, many babies do live and are born healthy. The most important thing for you is to be seen by a specialist in preeclampsia and to have a doctor you are comfortable with - in their skills in this area as well as their compassion for the extra anxiety you may be feeling. Doing all you can do to be healthy before you get pregnant and throughout pregnancy, staying vigilant for the usual signs and symptoms, and being in close communication with your care provider are the best things you can do.
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princess purr wrote:My daughter was born at 26.5 weeks, which is viable, but only 80% of babies born that early make it. Sadly, we were in the 20% even babies born full term can develop problems and not make it. It is why I hate statics. Because a 99.9 chance of everything being okay sounds great....unless you are the unlucky .1%
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