Just had a premature baby due to pre-eclampsia

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  1. morgan2412

    morgan2412 Member

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    Hi Ladies, I was just wanted some advice. Saturday 12th December I had a emergency C-Section due to pre eclampsia. Little Freya was born at 32wks. As I was in hospital from them wednesday due to high blood pressure and pre eclampsia symptons they managed to give me the 2 steriod shots for her lung development incase they had to deliver baby. They say she was born a good weight 3lb10 and currently in the neonatal unit at the Luton & Dunstable hospital. Does anyone know how long she may have to stay in for? She is doing well and is on full feeds and is back up to her birth weight after losing weight.

    Desperate to get her home but I know she is in the best place.

    xx
     
  2. mum2beagain

    mum2beagain mum to 3 under 5

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    i have not had a premi my self but my auntie did and my cousin was not allwoed to leave untill she weighed 5lbs hope this helps hun congrats on ur lil girl x
     
  3. AP

    AP Well-Known Member
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    When my Alex was born i was told at first its about 5lb, but it really depends on how their breathing is, any complications, and if they can feed. Once these things are established then you should be fine and your little one can go home.

    My Alex was tube fed and on oxygen for a long time and it was only a few days before her due date that we got her out.
     
  4. AP

    AP Well-Known Member
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    and omg - how rude am I?......

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  5. grumpymoo

    grumpymoo Happy Mummy!

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    Congratulations!!!! you must be thrilled with little Freya:happydance:

    Rose weighed 4lb when she came home and was allowed home once her bf was established so her feeding tube could be removed.

    I was desperate to get her home too and the minute she was ready we whisked her home.

    Good luck:hugs:
     
  6. Marleysgirl

    Marleysgirl Mum to a SCBU Warrior!

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    The NICU criteria here seemed to be weight (2kg), breathing sorted (stable on or off oxygen), and feeding sorted - I had to switch to bottle-feeding EBM to achieve this one, as Andrew wouldn't feed competently from the breast.

    General rule of thumb is expect your baby to be in until the original due date - anything sooner is a bonus! Andrew came home two days after his original date.
     
  7. Bec L

    Bec L Proud mum to 2 girls/1boy

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    We were told to expect Poppy to be in till her due date too - ie for 6 weeks but she came out after 2 weeks once we had established breastfeeding and her tubes were out.

    Congratulations - hope she is home very soon. You'll get great support from here if you need it xx
     
  8. Jemma_x

    Jemma_x Mummy and Engaged

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    Congrats x
     
  9. bumpsmum

    bumpsmum Mummy to Matthew & Daniel

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    congratulations, Freya is a lovely name and sounds like she is doing well, 3lb 10 is a good weight, my lo was 33+4 and weighed 3lb 11 he was in nicu for 17 days, like the girls have said once she as established feeding, can control her temp and starts to gain weight and breathing ok she will be home. xx
     
  10. embojet

    embojet Molly and Ethan's Mummy

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    Congratulations! I had Molly at 29 weeks due to pre eclampsia, and she weighed 2lb 4oz. She weighed 4lb 10oz when she came home - a month before her due date! it doesnt sound like Freya will have to stay there too long - sounds like she is doing brilliantly.
     
  11. seekingbaby#1

    seekingbaby#1 Well-Known Member

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    Congrats!!!!!!
     
  12. DonnaBallona

    DonnaBallona newlyweds!

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    Many congratulations!!

    My daughter Brooke was also born at 32 weeks due to pre eclampsia. Brooke weighed only 2lb 4oz when she was born as she also had growth restriction in the womb.

    Brooke was in scbu for 5 weeks, and FINALLY came home on March 5th weighing just 3lb 7oz. She was due on March 22nd so she did really well to escape before then!!

    The main criteria was for her to be breathing well (with or without the support of low-flo oxygen, to be maintaining her own body temperature, feeding well and on demand. The nurses also wanted to see us caring for Brooke to make sure we could cope with such a tiny baby, so I made sure I was there for nearly 17 hours a day in SCBU towards the end, just doing every single thing I could. Exhausting YES-as Pre eclampsia is a bugger to get over :winkwink: but sooooo rewarding.

    Many, many congratulations on the birth of your gorgeous little girl and I look forward to seeing a few updates on her progress.

    Take care and try to rest as much as you can. xx
     
  13. CazH

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    Congratulations hun you must be one proud mummy. Having a early baby is so emotionally draining and they do not lie when they say it is a rollercoaster ride one day you and baby are up the next you come crashing down. Just take each day as it comes and keep positive.

    I had Freddy at 27 weeks and he came home weighing 3lb 12ozs, he was at the hospital for 9weeks altogether, the things they were concerened about was his temperature bein maintained, him feeding ok from me. Luckily we had no probs with breathing so we didnt have to worry about oxygen thank god.

    Keep well and enjoy your time with your little miracle! Just aim for her due date and they normally come home before but dont be alarmed as some do come home later if they are being big pickles!!!!!! :hugs:
     
  14. morgan2412

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    Thanks for all your replies and your congratulations.

    Everything sounds postitive and Freya seems to be doing everything right to get herself home. She has never needed any oxygen and and she is doing well on her feeds through a drip. She is now back up to the weight that she was when she was born as she lost some at first.

    It is difficult especially to think that she will not be home for Christmas so it is a rollercoaster ride of emotions as I know she is in the best place. Trying to not do to much as still very sore from C Section and I don't want to end up back in hospital as I am still on tablets for blood pressure.
     
  15. Foogirl

    Foogirl Baby Abby 11 weeks early

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    Congratulations!

    I don't think there is ever a hard and fast rule. Many units to seem to have a "magic" weight, but this varies so much from unit to unit and I'm not sure why.

    Abby was born at 29 weeks weighing 3lbs 7oz and came home after 6 weeks. She had needed minimal support with oxygen or breathing, we just had to wait until she had her feeding sorted. It took 5 weeks for her feeding tube to come out and she was home a week later.

    When it comes to weight, the unit Abby was in seemed more concerned that she constantly gained weight rather than hitting any target. Other babies went home lighter than she did, some went home heavier. Abby was just over 6 lbs when we took her home.

    As the others have said, it will happen when it happens, assume she's there until her due date, but get everything ready for her at home so you can welcome her when she's ready.

    I think we asked this question about two dozen times in the first couple of weeks, it certainly went much faster when we stopped worrying about it.
     
  16. Foogirl

    Foogirl Baby Abby 11 weeks early

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    I always thought one of the advantages (although understandably many find it hard to look at it as a positive) is that you have the opportunity to recover properly. Get plenty of rest and look after you. Try to enjoy christmas as much as you can. Look forward to the New Year when Freya will be home, hopefully before you expected her:thumbup:
     
  17. DonnaBallona

    DonnaBallona newlyweds!

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    I completley agree. I tried to (and certainly did!) WAAAAAAAY too much after Brooke's birth (bearing in mind Id been in Intensive Care for just under a wk before moving to the ward!) and I actually ended up passing out at her incubator twice because I just wasnt resting. They threatened to keep me in again and that was enough to make me stop and rest.

    It IS heartbreaking, not having her where you should have. But, as FooGirl said, just put some energy into making sure everything is just perfect for your princess and do everything you can to be there for her. she needs you well, too!

    Hang in there chick. Freya sounds just like Brooke RE the no oxygen thing!
    Clever Girl Freya! :cloud9:
    xx
     
  18. morgan2412

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    Thanks Foogirl. I have already told myself never to ask when she will be coming home, just take one day at a time...tbh its everyone else that keeps asking me constantly everday.

    xx
     
  19. morgan2412

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    I know DonnaBallona she is being very good and making me her dad and big brother very proud:)

    x
     
  20. Foogirl

    Foogirl Baby Abby 11 weeks early

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    Oh this wound me up. I just used to tell people, "she's already shown she will do things her way, she'll be home when she is good and ready"
     

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