Being Induced Tomorrow @ 33 Wk 0 Days
Posted 09 March 2010 - 02:47 PM
Posted 09 March 2010 - 04:01 PM
Depending on how they are doing, you might get to hold them. I got to say hi before they went off to the NICU. Two hours later, I was wheeled over.
At 33 weeks, especially if they have had steroid shots, they should be breathing on their own. But it is not out of the realm of possibility that one may need to be intubated for a brief period.
33 weekers cannot nurse. It's too much work for them, they can't latch on right, they probably can't do the two types of sucks, and they may not be able to coordinate sucking, swallowing & breathing. You pump and they get fed through a tube that goes either into their nose or mouth. It sucks for you but they don't mind eating that way. Within a few weeks, bf'ing will be an option. Please work with your NICU's lactation cooddinator for help on how to do this best.
They say that babies stay in until about their due date, but almost everyone I know had their baby come home around 37/38 weeks gestation.
The NICU is a good safe place for them to be for the next few weeks, until they grow up a bit and are ready to come home safely.
Twinkie 3 lbs, 5 oz--24 day NICU stay
Twinkette 4 lbs, 15 oz--19 day NICU stay
Proudly eating Similac since 1 week and 3 weeks old!
Posted 09 March 2010 - 04:20 PM
33 weekers should be breathing on their own but obviously there are no guarantees. They may be on CPAP or just a tiny nasal cannula with a little bit of oxygen. Some are briefly intubated. They will have a tube down their nose for feedings most likely at the beginnings. You can see if at around 34 weeks or so they can do some non nutritional sucking (you already pumped and then put them to breast to get them used to sucking and getting just a little bit of milk). Don't be afraid to touch them or ask what you can do for your babies. They should let you take their temps, change diapers or do whatever they might need done. Ask to hold them if they don't offer. Do some skin to skin contact (kangaroo care), it will help with your production of milk and help the babies too!
Congrats and get ready for the ride of your life. Its truly amazing. I hope your nicu stay is short and uneventful!!
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Posted 09 March 2010 - 04:47 PM
They said I can still try for a vaginal birth but I will need to be in the OR for the pushing also with a epi in place just in case C-section is necessary. They said they'll be taking them to the NICU following delivery. Will I get to hold them before that? What are the chances they'll be able to breathe on their own? Chances are they wont be able to nurse in the NICU? How long will they have to be in the NICU? God I still have so many questions. I can't believe they will be here tomorrow.
Mine were born at 31 weeks/6 days so my experience may be different.
I had an emergency c-section due to pre-e. I did not get to hold them. They and my DH went right to the NICU. We did get a few pictures with them in the delivery room. They were not intubated and breathing room air just fine. I did get the steroid shots.
At 33 weeks, they might be able to nurse and you can definitely try in the NICU. I did feed them and then pump while I was there. Their length of stay will be determined by a number of issues, so it will be different for every baby and hard to say how long they will be there.
GL and keep us updated when you get a chance.
Derek and Tyler 12/05/06
Posted 10 March 2010 - 03:20 PM
If your Baby A isn't growing then your body has done all it can for her and she will be better off in the NICU than in utero.
Hope everything goes well and your NICU experience is an easy one.
Posted 11 March 2010 - 09:29 AM
Mom to Hannah (1 lb. 8 oz. & 10 week NICU stay)and Kate (2 lbs. 11 oz. & 5 week NICU stay).
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Posted 18 March 2010 - 08:49 AM
The girls are a week old today. They took Allison off her oxygen completely at 2:30 this morning and she is doing great breathing all by herself! She's still having some apnea here and there but its only when she cries that she forgets to breathe. Allison was 4 lbs 1 oz today (5 oz less than her birth weight-but I expect she'll be catching up pretty soon as she wasn't tolerating her feedings very well until today) Alyssa is still my fiesty little girl, never needing any oxygen and doing good with her feedings. She was 3 lbs 3 oz today (1 more than her birth weight!) They are both still pretty jaundice so I have only been able to hold them once a day for a half hour because they need to be under their lights.. thats kind-of starting to get to me. I really hope their bilirubin levels start to drop I can't stand not being able to hold them. Other than that they have yet to start trying to feed them other than through their feeding tubes so I expect we will be stuck in the NICU quite a while longer. They also have to be 7 days free of having any apnea episodes so that means if a miracle happens right now and Allison stops having her little tissy fits then we would still have at the very least a week left. I'm starting to feel so crappy that they have been here a week and I have hardley got to do anything for them.
awwww, i'm so sorry you're feeling like this. it's definitely a helpless feeling, and i can't imagine only being able to hold them 30 min a day. my girls were only in the nicu for 14 and 16 days, and i started to feel like they were going to be in there forever when they were in there about 8-9 days. the nurses kept telling me that one day, everything would just click and they would quit having apnea episodes, then they could focus on learning to eat. they had to be apnea free for 5 days prior to discharge, and i kept getting so frustrated and sad everytime i'd call up there or come in and learn that one of them had another episode. but finally, everything clicked and they had no more apnea and got moved to the step-down nicu to learn to eat. one of them took right to it, and the other was a horrible eater. we had to get a speech pathologist to come see her and work with different positions and ways to get her to drink. but i swear, they learned so much and progressed so far in a 24 hour period. i was absolutely shocked both times when the nurses told me they'd get to go home the following day. i thought it was going to be sooooo much longer. my smaller one was fiesty too and was my good eater. little did we know that her fiestiness would be a long term trait... lol. sorry to ramble. i just meant to offer you a huggggg, and to tell you to hang in there, that they're in the best place for them right now. you know that. =) soon you will have them home and the nicu will be a distant memory!!
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