How early did you deliver and your baby not have to have a long stay in the NICU?

I'm 31 weeks with preeclampsia and the doctors have warned me that they might have to deliver at any time going forward. I was induced with my daughter at 37 weeks due to preeclampsia and she was 7lbs3oz and perfect. I'm so nervous that this time will be different.

  • Jesika
    May 28, 2018

    My 4th baby was born at 37 weeks 7 lbs 4 oz and was in the nicu for a week. A friend of mine her baby was born at 36 weeks around 5lbs and never spent any time in the NICU. Every baby is different. Good luck to you!

  • Vicki
    May 28, 2018

    This like any other aspect of labor and delivery is so unpredictable. I know you are probably trying to plan ahead, especially for your other baby, and feel like you don’t have control. It must be scary and frustrating but you need to do your best to let go and relax. Stress is probably the worst thing for you. Trust that everything will work out and rely on family and friends as heavily as you can right now. ❤️

  • Ailyn
    May 28, 2018

    I agree with the above. Unpredictable and every baby is different. I was induced at 34 weeks due to premature ruptured membranes at 31 weeks. I was in the hospital on bed rest for 3 weeks. My doctor couldn’t give me how long our baby would spend in the NICU because it depends on how things go and how the baby does during/after delivery. I tried my best to think positive and relax as much as possible. Luckily, she spent only 5 days in the NICU, mainly due to jaundice. My best advice is to relax and take it day by day. Lots of positive thoughts! ❤️❤️❤️

  • Kristin
    May 28, 2018

    Both my youngest were delivered at 35 weeks. My middle son didn't stay in the nicu but a few hours. My youngest stayed in for a long long week. My sister had eclampsia as well and delivered at 30 weeks when her liver failed... my nephew was in for almost 2 months

  • Lindsey
    May 28, 2018

    34 weeks. Baby in NICU 2 1/2 weeks.

  • Jaymie
    May 28, 2018

    My daughter was born at 30 weeks 4 days because of pre-e. 39 days in the NICU mainly just to get some meat on her bones and for her to be able to regulate her temperature. She’s a healthy happy 9 year old now.

  • Victoria
    May 28, 2018

    31 weeks- winter baby. Mine stayed in the Nicu for 6 weeks. Kept him in during flu season and he is healthy. Prayers for you and your family

  • Vicki
    May 28, 2018

    My first was early-ish at 36 weeks and spent zero time in the nicu. Good luck!!

  • Holly
    May 29, 2018

    I was 32 weeks when I delivered my son and he was in for 13 days. He was 4.9 lbs. My daughter was 3 weeks early and was able to come home right away. She's was 6.5 lbs

  • Ro
    May 29, 2018

    I spent basically a whole month (in and out one week visits) in the hospital until they were certain that I had preeclampsia. Last year on Memorial Weekend I was admitted because of my blood pressure and within 24 hours I was told that if by next morning it wasn't any better that we would have to talk about delivering the baby. (through away all your delivery plans!) Next morning came and the news was... We need to take him out ASAP as it's the only thing that will "cure" preeclampsia. Within 2-3 hours we welcomed our son via C-section at 32 weeks. He stayed at the NICU for 7 weeks because they needed to know he would feed himself... So drink from the boob or bottle his entire meals.

  • Janelle
    May 29, 2018

    I had Pre-eclampsia for the 1st time with my 4th baby. I went in for my ob check up at 39 weeks with my older daughter planning on going to the mall afterwards. They took me from my ob to the hospital and prepped for a c section. I had to call my husband and tell him I was going in next and they had a nurse to sit with our daughter but he had to get here asap. My BP was 238, I had pitting edema stage 3 and respiratory issues. They were worried about a stroke. I hemmorhagged post delivery and needed a second emergency surgery and 5 units of blood. I didn't get to see her until two days later in the nicu but she got out before I did a little over a week later. Strong little bear! Each baby and birth is different. Just try not to worry, keep the stress down, and your feet up! You want to keep baby in as long as possible but don't write off feeling off given the pre-eclampsia.

  • Kate
    May 29, 2018

    Delivered at 35 weeks, 10 day NICU stay before coming how weighing 4lbs 14oz

  • Victoria
    May 30, 2018

    I had my son at 29 weeks. He was 2pds 3ozes. He had to be in the NICU and it does get scary. But family a whole lot of love. Will bring your little one right on through. I hope everything goes well. You and your baby will be in my prayers.

  • Victoria
    May 30, 2018

    My baby was in there 2 months. He beat both dates they gave me that he was supposed to be due coming home.

  • Tina
    May 31, 2018

    Almost 34 weeks. And my little guy was in the NICU for a week. It depends on where you give birth, but the best thing for us was being able to spend as much time with him as possible. We did skin to skin and worked with a Lactation consultant as well.

  • Kirstine
    May 31, 2018

    I had the same pregnancy issue with my daughter. I had high bp with preeclampsia risk and advanced maternal age risk as well. The doctors told me the same recommendation but as far as I know they’ll wait until at least you’re 37weeks (38 if possible) before doing induction or c-section. Mine even trying to wait it out until 40 weeks since I didn’t show any signs of preeclampsia yet. So just try to keep your pregnancy as healthy as possible and let the baby decide when he/she wants to see you 😊 congrats btw!

  • William
    Jun 01, 2018

    Our daughter was born 2 months early and ended up spending 100 days in the NICU, feeding issues kept her in an extra month (you will learn to never have too much self pity as, with us, we made friends with a family that was there for 9 months; their daughter is a healthy 5 year old today). The experience is difficult to explain in such a limited format here but after years of comparing our experience with others I can safely say outside the health of your child there is no bigger variable to how easy or hard the experience is than how the hospital is set up and what the nurses are like. I would also say, beyond competence, the doctor is a small factor compared to the nurses at the NICU. A basic example is; do they have beds set up for you to stay there? Some very good hospitals don’t or have reclining chairs that will break you physically after a few nights. Best advice is to talk to the hospital about talking with a family that has been there awhile. The hospitals that are proud of their NICU will gladly set this up for you. Its not the perfect way to meet your new baby but focus on the miracle and stay positive...as you can.

  • Alisha
    Jun 01, 2018

    My baby boy was born at 25 weeks and spent 10 weeks in the NICU. We had 3 other kids at home. Some days it was very hard, but try to just live one day at a time, finding things to be thankful for, leaning on friends and family for support. It is something that you can’t imagine having the strength to do, but if you have to, it will become your “new normal” and you will be ok. Now, he’s been home for 5 months, doing great and we are thankful for him every day! Love to all the fellow NICU moms and babies.

  • Rebecca
    Jun 03, 2018

    Twins: 36 weeks, 4.3lbs, he didn’t have to go at all. 5.1lbs, he stayed for 12 hours because of “wet lungs”. Everyone went home together after 4 days..