Hi all. I just want to let you know I gave birth early. My son was born at 34 weeks. He has been in the NICU for over a week. Currently he is not eating enough but at least his phototherapy is done.
I really did not expect to give birth early. The night before my water broke I went to my twice a week monitoring and he was fine and so was I. I also woke up in the early Am to feel his kicks. He was still moving a lot. I think the only difference was I was starting to feel very mild contractions ( well I was feeling that for a few weeks), and he started moving at different times.
I mentioned before I had gestational diabetes. He weighed 7 lbs and 11 ounces. Quite the big guy. He had jaundice and still wasn’t eating enough on his own. I was told this is normal considering his gestational age/premature. I also had to have an emergency c-section because his head was too big and I was exhausted from 12 hours earlier ( they tried to stop my contractions…another story). What a long hospital visit. I never stayed at the hospital before. This was my first time. Even though the doctor and nurses were great at their job, I wanted to go home. I only wanted to stay because I visited my son whenever I wasn’t in pain.
It has been 10 days in the NICU. I know some NICU moms feel guilt, stressed, anxiety, depressions, etc. Some may even doubt the doctors diagnoses on your baby. I watch videos and photos of my son multiple times a day. He may seem fine so even I started to doubt their opinion and wanted my son in his own home, own bed, etc. Yet I know in the back of my mind the NICU is what is best for him right now.