Pregnancy Update: Mom Of A Premie

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.



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3 thoughts on “Pregnancy Update: Mom Of A Premie

  1. ourmaybebaby March 19, 2016 at 3:32 pm Reply

    I had such a hard time when my son was in the NICU, he did not eat enough for the amount of insulin his body was producing. The hardest thing was seeing my 7lb4oz baby that looked mammoth and healthy compared to all the other babies. He didn’t seem like he belonged and I just wanted to take him home. I’m so glad he’s home now but more than that I’m glad he’s healthy now. Good luck with your baby!

    • mythrifthaunt April 12, 2016 at 2:28 am Reply

      I experienced the same problem. Actually he failed his first 48 hour food test. The night before they told me to get ready to take him home the next day. I cried when they told me I couldn’t take him home. At that point I hated the NICU for a brief moment then reminded myself he will pass and he did finally.

      • ourmaybebaby April 12, 2016 at 2:55 am

        Our baby passed the 48 hour test and we were all set to take him home and they decided he should stay one more day. It felt like someone kicked me in the stomach. Luckily the last day we had a great nurse this knew we wanted to get him out asap and she did everything she could to let us leave quickly that day. I thought it was going to take forever but it only took 20ish minutes.

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