Preparing for Possible Premature Birth?

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Paige posted this 29 April 2019

Currently pregnant with baby #2 (only 9 weeks + 5 days) but a little worried about going into labor earlier than 37 weeks. Last time, I hung out on bedrest for awhile. I have an issue with my uterus that puts me at risk, and unfortunately last time I didn't handle the stress of it that well. How did you prepare for potential premature delivery? Our goal is to make it to 37 weeks, but I want to make sure I have a plan in case things don't go that way.

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Misty posted this 12 May 2019

I knew I was going to deliver early, but I just didn't know how early. I was hoping my MFM would put me on bed rest at 20 weeks but she didn't. For me, keeping my mind occupied was key. I understand that there's a good chance you might have a preemie so I think you'd be wise to have a plan in place for your other child, have a bag packed (I didn't so I threw some stuff in last minute and had to send other people to get what I needed).  However, once you have your plan in place, you've toured the NICU near you, as much as you can, put it out of your mind. If you're working, adjust your work as much as you can. I worked from home in the recliner for a couple months since most of my work was on the computer and the phone. If you aren't working, try to take up some hobbies to keep your mind busy! Lots of women I know learned how to crochet or when pregnant and made some really amazing gifts for their childs! One woman called hers a "prayer blanket" because with each stitch, she prayed for her unborn child!

Wishing you all the best on this journey! I have 29 weekers who are doing amazing now so don't think having a preemie is a terrible thing. It sucks, but it's not all in vein! 

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Mary posted this 11 May 2019

As others have suggested, have a childcare plan in place. I went into pre-term labor unexpectedly, and there were so many things on my "To Do" list that we hadn't gotten to...like packing a Go Bag. So, have your Go Bag ready to go so you aren't like me and having to do it while in active labor. Good luck!

Sarah posted this 06 May 2019

I would say a packed bag and reliable and close family or friends for the older child. Also letting you boss know! 

Mary posted this 06 May 2019

I was this way. I had my bag packed as soon as we started having complications. I wanted to be ready if I went into labor. I had a few different ways to get a hold of my husband if I needed and had family close by toward the end to make sure I wasn’t alone. 

Maya posted this 29 April 2019

Of course, come up with a birth plan. You also need to have arrangements in advance for your older children. You should also have a plan of action with your job. Open communication can take a lot of pressure off of you.

Amanda posted this 29 April 2019

Definitely bring your family onboard with the process. It can alleviate a lot of stress if you know you have people in your corner which in itself can prevent going into early labor. Have a plan of what to do with your eldest, what to do with your house in your absence (pets, maintenance, etc), what to do with work, and the like. Keep some frozen meals in the freezer as well so you're always ready. 

Ginger posted this 29 April 2019

You need to form a solid plan. Know where your child will go if you have to go to the hospital right away, make arrangements for someone you trust to care  for pets, have a bag packed, have emergency contacts sorted out, notify your job, etc. 

Outside of a plan of action, practice a lot of self care. Keep your stress levels down and make time for yourself. Take it easy, don't overwork, etc. Of course you want to keep your hydration and nutrient levels up as well to keep your body in tip-top shape.

Kelly posted this 29 April 2019

Dealing with this right now - your best bet is to keep a bag packed at all times and make arrangements for baby #1 that you can use on the fly for babysitting. If you have pets, have a trusted friend equipped with a key so they can care for them in a pinch. The best thing is to keep calm. Don't stress about it. Keep it calm, cool, and collected.

Our plan is - we will drop our son off at the MIL's on the way to the hospital (she's on the way!), our neighbor will let the dogs out, and we have all our contacts loaded in one another's phones. We also have extra phone chargers in each car. 

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