Babies at 36 and 37 weeks?

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Re : Babies at 36 and 37 weeks?

Postby kqkitty » Tue Nov 18, 638932 10:02 pm

Just wanted to add I was just induced at 37 weeks 2 days. Baby Ella weighed 6 lbs 13 oz no NICU. Apgars of 8/9.

We spent three nights in the hospital, but just to get my BP stable with meds (wasn't on them before).

She is jaundiced but what they call "normal jaundice" and I am breastfeeding which makes that a tad worse. Just treating with indirect sunlight and lots of feeding at home.

I did have steroid shots at 29 weeks to develop her lungs.

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Re : Babies at 36 and 37 weeks?

Postby jmom08 » Thu Nov 06, 638932 4:04 pm

My son was born at 36 weeks 1 day, no NICU. I remember being told that PE helps to develop the baby's lungs a bit, but I don't remember the details. I don't remember for sure if we were offered the steroid shot or not -- it seems like I remember my OB giving a reason why we weren't, I just don't remember.

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Re : Babies at 36 and 37 weeks?

Postby jenniferf » Thu Nov 06, 638932 3:45 pm

My second son was born at 36w 5d. He was 8lbs 4oz. He was in the NICU for 1 day for observation only. He came home at the same time as me.

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Re : Babies at 36 and 37 weeks?

Postby mellybute » Thu Oct 16, 638932 3:37 am

My last son born 37 weeks exactly....he was perfect, no breathing issues, no steroid shots, no NICU, weighed 8.2 lbs. They did warn me before my c-section that babies born at his age often go to the NICU for a short time. But mine didn't :-)

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Re : Babies at 36 and 37 weeks?

Postby x55centsxshortx » Tue Oct 14, 638932 2:46 pm

My 36 weeker came home with me. She had to be seen every other day for 3 weeks by her doctor to check her weight but she got to come home!

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Re : Babies at 36 and 37 weeks?

Postby alexa5 » Tue Oct 14, 638932 2:36 pm

I know you are asking about 36/37, but I think my situation is somewhat reassuring. He was born just shy of 34 weeks, and he did need the NICU, but just primarily for feeding and growing, as he was born at just short of 4 lbs. He was there 3 weeks, one of which was primarily the 7 day a/b watch. So, it is very possible that had he been born 2 weeks later he would not have needed the NICU, but of course I can't say for sure.

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Re : Babies at 36 and 37 weeks?

Postby milesymommy » Tue Oct 14, 638932 2:23 pm

My 36 weeker was 7lb 6 oz with no immediate issues or NICU time. I can't remember when I held him, because I was on mag and completely out of it. But I know it wasn't too long after being born. However, he did develop jaundice. We never should have been released, because we ended up readmitted less than 24 hours later for severe jaundice. IV, blue lights, the works. But we ended up in the ped ward since he had been discharged. Much later I learned that almost full term/barely full term usually don't feed well. I was BFing on demand, and he didn't demand much; he'd rather sleep. I didn't know to wake him and force him to eat every 2 hours.
Also, the size will be greatly affected by IUGR. I didn't have that, but many PE women do.

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Re : Babies at 36 and 37 weeks?

Postby jend01 » Tue Oct 14, 638932 11:50 am

My son was born at 36+4 weeks and weighed 6lbs 1 oz and needed 0 NICU time. He actually got to leave the hospital before me!

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Re : Babies at 36 and 37 weeks?

Postby threesparkles » Tue Oct 14, 638932 9:05 am

My second son was born at 35 weeks on the dot, and required no oxygen nor a NICU stay. We were very fortunate, and he got to come home with us! I think it really varies from child to child. They can give statistics all day long, but you really won't know how the child does until they get here. The NICU docs with my 1st son did say that Pre-E babies tend to compensate while in the womb, and sometimes do better after birth due to just that.

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Re : Babies at 36 and 37 weeks?

Postby mom2boys » Tue Oct 14, 638932 8:47 am

Hello Beet:

Why can't you request a steriod shot (betamethasone)? The shot can stimulate the lungs and you might avoid the NICU altogether. I've read moms who take 35 weekers home, providing they are big enough and sucking. Certainly hope for your next.

I know the feeling of having a preemie. Had 2, only 1 in the NICU. I got the shot for my second son around +34 weeks and we induced at exactly 36 weeks. I got to hold him immediately. but they did take him away for about an hour to examine him. After that he was with me the entire time and came straight home with me.

So it's possible. Stay on top of the questions....and continue to ask for the shots. They do peak after 7-10 days if you don't deliver, so you might have to have a discussion with your doc for 2nd/3rd rounds.

Good luck, keep us posted!

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