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05/01/2014 at 10:01
There is a chance this baby is going to be delivered early due to maternal bleeding caused by major placenta praevia. So I'm trying to get organized. I just wondered, those of you who delivered early (I'm hoping no earlier than around the 33 week mark, this is the goal I have in my head anyway), what did you need in hospital for baby in the subsequent days? I assume things for me will be the normal post natal stuff, breast pads, maternity pads etc
Tips welcomed, hopefully I won't need them but want to be prepared
05/01/2014 at 12:49
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05/01/2014 at 13:02
Wow WH I didnt realise that's why S was a preemie! This one was estimated at 2.5lbs at 28+3 so hoping it stays put longer, obv want it to stay where it is as long as possible regardless of weight. Did you have steroids? I've only had one minor bleed so they were reluctant to give steroids unless there's a further bleed - meantime I'm at home trying to take it easy with a lively 3.5yr old in tow! I have a consultant appointment on Tuesday, any tips on what to ask? I'm wondering if I should demand steroids rather than waiting for another bleed?
Google has frightened the bejaysus out of me!
I didnt think baby would need anything but thought I'd check.
05/01/2014 at 13:13
How rude of me, I didn't say thanks! X
05/01/2014 at 15:30
I had A at 31 weeks. I knew the night before that I would be having a section the following morning. I sent my H out for all different things. I hadn't even packed a hospital bag. Part of this included 2 premature outfits for the baby (one girl and one boy). In hindsight if you were to deliver the baby before 33 weeks then I don't think you would need things for the baby straight away it is more about you being prepared for after the birth. A actually didn't wear clothes until she was about 2 weeks old.
I am not 100% sure but think steroids have a limited life span, or something like that. For example if you had them now but wasn't in any immediate danger of delivering straight away they would not be as effective at 33 weeks.
05/01/2014 at 15:36
Thanks S4. Did you know you had PE much in advance of delivery? I'm struggling with keeping a lid on things, the uncertainty is constantly playing on my mind, for my sanity I don't know how to cope with the next few weeks but obv don't want to deliver early either. And H had me read a RCOG paper on it which actually just frightened me more!
05/01/2014 at 15:42
No, I went to my GP on the Monday morning. Had read an article on PE at the weekend and it was a bit like a checklist, I was ticking every box! I actually left my GPs in an ambulance- they wouldn't let me travel to hospital any other way because my BP was through the roof (I actually felt fine) I honestly thought I would be getting pills and going home....how wrong was I . I later found out they were going to give me a section that evening but decided to let the steroids work. So Tuesday afternoon I agreed to have the section the following morning.
Not knowing is a lot easier. I do feel for you. This time I just feel in total limbo. Not knowing when I will deliver. Hopefully your consultant will give you more of an idea on Tuesday like mine will do after my scan tomorrow.
05/01/2014 at 16:00
Yeah hope so. When's your scan tomorrow? It's horrible isn't it, waiting and seeing. Are your other pe signs still under control?
05/01/2014 at 17:07
I would also say things like make sure you have your camera for lots of photos. some units didn't allow phones (with cameras) but that might have changed as everyone seems to have them now. go to bank and withdraw lots of change for parking for an enhanced stay (you might get a weekly pass but it helps to have lots of change).
I hope you get to your target date x
05/01/2014 at 17:55
Thanks Carole, those are some things I hadn't thought about. I'm more likely to write things down than blog them or whatever. And you are right about the camera too, good thinking. Thanks for replying. Will be thinking of you on Friday xx
05/01/2014 at 18:15
An important thing for me was plenty of water, and snacks.
Our hospital provided everything, so C never needed anything from home.
05/01/2014 at 18:32
Thanks AK. Suppose its easy to forget to look after yourself when in the situation
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05/01/2014 at 20:20
Ethan was born at 34 weeks, but we don't know why - just spontaneous labour. But just from a different perspective he didn't need any scbu care and was with me from the outset. So personally I'd be safe - a couple of early baby outfits, and definitely micro baby nappies. Having said that Florence was born at 37 weeks and needed the same.
For yourself I'd say plenty of snacks and drinks. Days and nights in hospital are long and it will help keep you going. Good luck x
05/01/2014 at 20:26
WH, some good questions there to ask on Tuesday, some I hadn't thought of so thank you
Snidget, was Ethan fine then, just small? What did he weigh at birth, out of interest?
05/01/2014 at 21:34
He was even quite a good size - 5 1/2lb. He came out screaming! Our main issue was feeding, suck reflex arrives at 35 weeks, so despite having a perfect latch he couldn't suck. It was only spotted after 2 days when he was yellow, lost 1lb and unrousable. If you do want to go down the bf route I'd see if you can speak to a counsellor as early as you can. I saw one at 34 weeks this time and it was invaluable
05/01/2014 at 21:47
I would like to bf. Did you see one at hospital or at a local breast feeding group? worrying that the hospital didn't notice for two days that he wasn't feeding especially when gestation should have flagged up to them that there may be a suck reflex problem.
He'd have been a big boy at full term!
06/01/2014 at 11:10
This time I saw one at the hospital during the pregnancy and through my admission after, then I saw nct people after for support. The one after ethan was great, but I think his and my problems were too big to get it sorted properly. Since you know prem is likely I'd ask to see someone now who can support you as soon as baby arrives
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