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My 1st son was born at 36 weeks and was kept in hospital for 17 days. People have told me that my current pregnancy will be prem aswell because of the 1st. Can anyone give me some first hand advice as this idea is making me very uneasy. I'd love to bring this little one home with me, not have to leave her at the hospital.

My 1st son was born at 36 weeks and was kept in hospital for 17 days. People have told me that my current pregnancy will be prem aswell because of the 1st. Can anyone give me some first hand advice as this idea is making me very uneasy. I'd love to bring this little one home with me, not have to leave her at the hospital.


Thats not always true at all - my brother was born at 36wks and was in hossy for ages - I was 3 days late much to my mums disgust!

Also, just to brighten your day - I had DS at 36wks and he was in special care for 10days (and on check ups with various specialists/nurses every day then til about 6 wks). My DD came at 35.5wks BUT - SHE WAS AMAZING - no special care - fed no worries, were home in 2 days and no problems whatsoever. I was in labour at 25wks this time and mentioned to the nurse re the difference between DS and DD even though she was earlier and she said girls are much stronger which is why they are better when they are prem.
Good luck but definitely don't stress its actually less common for them to come early 2nd time around UNLESS there was a reason for it (like a bacteria, or for me I have what they call an 'irritable uterus' so ANYTHING makes contractions start - touching my belly, walking/standing too long, baby moving etc) so if it was just a spontaneous thing - chances are bub will stay put this time a bit longer - and you only need to cook it for about an extra week for it to be a totally different experience and a baby considered term.

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My SIL was around the other way she had a full-term baby at first then had a premmie at 34 weeks it was very hard time.
If your first was early because of medical problems i would not worry to much your body was probably not ready to go full term perhaps it will be more prepared this time round.
If your not sure organise someone to look after your son perhaps your parents etc this is what my brother and Sil did and it helped alot for them.
I was meant to say if it was not medical problems that made you go early I would not worry to much - talk to your doctor if your really worried - goodluck
It really depends on why you went early with your first baby. If you're unsure you can always request a copy of your birthing file from your hospital which may shed some light on your particular case.

My dd1 was born at 35 weeks but I got pretty sick with an undiagnosed UTI which caused me to go into early labour. She was a footling breech as well so ended up with an emergency c/s. Luckily she was a tiny fighter (2.5kg)and after only a week in hosptial we were both allowed to go home together. I cant imagine the anguish of having to leave your new baby at the hospital.

When I fell pregnant with dd2 I feared I'd go around the same time or even earlier, but I didnt and she was born at 37+6 weighing 4.5kg!

All pregnancies are different. Have a lengthy chat with your dr/obs/midwife at your next appt about what your chances are of going early again.

Best of luck and I hope your bub stays put for as long as possible.

Rach
all of my kids have been about 38 weeks until baby number 6, she was a 35 weeker,not sure why, although there is only 10 months between her and baby number 5, and they say that can be a factor, but when i fell pregnant with baby no.7 the hospial told me that the chances of a nother prem was 30%, he was 38 weeks.Then my last baby was born 5 weeks early again and had to stay in special care again. I know the feeling of having to go home without the baby for a few weeks and its awful, but there is no reason to worry that this baby will be early. One of the ladies i was at ante-natal with had her first baby at 30 weeks, the next one she was at the hossy waiting to be induced as she was overdue..lol.....kids will choose their own birthdates and i think you have your bags packed by the 33 week mark you have covered all bases..good luck

8 babies..5boys 3 girls

My 1st was born at 35 weeks
#2 39w 3d
#3 38w 4d
#4 39w 4d
#5 39w 4d

I had pre-eclampsia with #1, 2, 3 and 5.
All labours were spontaneous...

Good Luck!!!
my baby was born at 35wks... shes 13 days old, and came home at 5 days. she hadnt started to gain weight, but had stopped loosing it, now shes thriving and doing extremely well. my first was born at 38+4

they will all decide to come, this time around i was heading into spontanious labor when the placenta came away, nobody could predict it would happen..


if she DOES come early, girls fight alot harder than boys and often stay alot less... beside felicity in the nicu was a 31wk prem, which our hossy isnt equipped to look after.... they expected her to go to brisbane the night she was born.... BUT she required less intervention then even felicity! all she needed was oxygen in the crib and tube feeding. they fight hard!

felicity came home with me. and even if she was required to stay a few more days, most hospitals will let you stay as long as possible, and even board at the hossy if you breast feed

Thank you to you all for your advice. there was no medical reason for my little boy coming early, he just did. it makes me feel so much better to hear everyone's experiences and know that my little girl will be okay, no matter what i worry about! Being a nurse is no reason for me not to say i'm scared and need advice! Thank you all.
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