My name is Jen, and I was just popping in to say hello! I have lurked on this board for quite some time, and am always in awe at the wealth of knowledge on this subject here! So I figured I would finally join in and say hello.
My DS was born at 36 weeks (35w6d by my OB's office) after having been put on bed rest at 31 weeks for PTL. I know that's not a wildly preemie baby, but he still has the preemie label (I think my paperwork for BFing actually said "late preterm infant" or something). He was born via c/s due to "fetal distress" (no heart accels on the monitor) after I labored on my own for God knows how long. He was posterior, which meant back labor! My back killed me all day Saturday, but I had no idea what it was. We were admitted Saturday night and had him Sunday morning. Here the little bugger had the cord around his neck several times!
Anyhow, DH and I are planning to TTC come this September. We're waiting until DS is 18 months so that I have the BEST possible chance for a VBAC! I figured I would join in now and learn as much as I could on everything for the next go around.
Looking forward to getting to know you all!
Hi, I'm Tracy....mommy to DS Tyler who was born at 28w,6d. My DD Lana was born in November at 36w,6d and we were SO excited to have a take-home baby.
I had an emergency c/s with Tyler and a fabulous VBAC experience with Lana. I wish you the best of luck getting the birth that you want the next time around!!
~ Tracy ~
My miracle: Born at 28w6d...and perfect in every way!
Bonita - Thank you!
Tracy - Nice to meet you! Your kids are so cute! I'm so glad to hear your second pregnancy went to (1 day shy!) of term! And you got your VBAC! I may be picking your brain on that when the time comes.
I know a lot of ladies on here had very, very early preemies that stayed in the NICU for a while, and your strength amazes me! I was so very fortunate that DS was take-home (he was 6.8 lbs. - big for a month early!). A friend of mine had her baby 2 days before me (she was due 2 days AFTER me!) due to PROMM, and her little girl spent 2 weeks in the NICU. I couldn't imagine. You ladies are amazing!
I'm super curious about learning how to prevent PTL and an early baby next time! I've done a bit of research on the 17P shots, but it seems to help women who've delivered before 31 weeks get to 35-36 weeks the second time around. Have you all found that fairly true? If that's the case, I won't bother with them, I don't think.
Anyhow, just a lot I'd like to learn to make sure the next one is term!
Hi! I'm Lynne, Mommy to Matthew born at 31w4d; just turned 4 and Madison born at 39w3d 6.5 months. I don't know if those 17p shots would be worth it for you since you were close to term when you delivered. It also depends on why you went into PTL as well. If I were to get pregnant again my MW would give me the shots again; even though I went 3 weeks after my last shot.
GL TTC and getting your VBAC. Both my deliveries were vaginal but they were quite different nonetheless.
DS 3/23/07 born at 31w4d
DD 9/13/10 born at 39w3d
Hi Lynne! Cute siggy pic!
Well, I'm not sure they know exactly WHY I had PTL with my son! I was rolling merrily along in my pregnancy when I suddenly couldn't get rid of BH's. My contractions were never EVER painful, just a lot of tightening. I mean, sometimes more than 1 every 10 minutes. So I was put on 6 mg of Terb and bed rest since my cervix (at 31 weeks) had thinned and become a fingertip dilated. But I stayed that way until 36 weeks (Terb never really did a WHOLE lot for the BH's, just made me feel crazy) and my cervix never changed until I was actually in labor (I think I was 3 cm when admitted and 5 by the time they made the decision to do a c-section a few hours later).
At my annual in December, my doctor thought that it was due to a first trimester bleed I had at 8 weeks. I had some spotting, which they could never find the reason for. Apparently if you have a first tri bleed you're some 30% more likely to end up with PTL problems or something? Anyhow, he seems to think that my bleed caused a placenta problem (not completely attached due to the blood clotting between it and my uterine wall), which snowballed into PTL. I had a clot on my cervix that was most likely the dried blood from the bleed, and they seem to think the added pressure as my son got bigger forced the clot against my cervix, therefore forcing it to thin. I'm not sure, but I have my fingers all crossed that it was a fluke and how things attached and that my next pregnancy will be problem-free! But you never know. I want to keep ALL of my options open. But I'm not sure if the Terb and bed rest kept me pregnant until 36 weeks, or was it just how my body was? I guess you never know!
Okay, sorry, long-winded! But that is the heart of my story. I guess it will really just depend on my next pregnancy and how it is going before we decide on something, I guess? My doc didn't give me a whole lot of answers for when I get pregnant again, and of course, I want to prevent anything from happening again from the get-go, you know? I just don't know if there is anything I CAN do.
That's why I am here to learn!
Hi Jen! My name is Leah and I have 17 month old twin boys who were born at 30w 3d due to advanced cervical effacement and preterm labor. I was on bedrest from 24 weeks on. I had what I lovingly term a "vag section", meaning baby a was born vaginally but then due to breech position and cord prolapse, my baby b was an emergency c section. I do plan on having another baby (hopefully just one!) later in life and will do everything I can to have a term baby and a vbac too!