Post # 1
I just read this article about 4 babies born at 24 weeks…
I must admit I am often bemused by women celebrating 24 weeks or “V day” as some call it. I suppose it has become another land mark in pregnancy, personally I think I am too aware of the outcomes of babies born at that stage to view it as a stage to be relieved at.
Happily the babies in this article, while having various health outcomes, have all survived.
Thought I would share.
Wishing everyone happy and full term pregnancies!
Post # 3
its a milestone that i know i was cautiously relieved to reach only because in every pregancy planner i have been reading it makes a point of the 24th week marking one where if you were to go into labour and deliver your baby, doctors would be obliged to attempt to save its life. If you were to go into labour here in the uk at 23+5 or 23+6 and your baby was born breathing, doctors would not try and assist even if born alive.
Post # 4
@ChocolateLime: Yes, I know. I am in the UK and it says so in the article. I am not judging anyone for feeling that way! I am glad you are feeling relieved. Just thought I would share the article for those interested in reading about it.
Post # 5
oh i know your not judging anyone, just wanted to share my opinion too on why i personally was relieved to reach that milesone. I do however think the legal abortion limit should be reduced to 20-22 weeks.
The reason i say 20-22 is for anomolies which may be found during the 20 week scan. 24 weeks its too late for abortion IMO.
Post # 6
I’d imagine I’d still feel terrified at 24 weeks, but I’m a natural worrier. Still, I imagine every day the baby grows a bit more is a miracle in itself.
My New Year’s resolution is to take up yoga and / or meditation so that when I do start ttc, and hopefully become pregnant I’ll be able to chill out a bit more.
Post # 7
An interesting thing that happened to me at 24 weeks, or V Day, was that I stopped having most of my anxiety about whether the baby was “alive” or not and started having anxiety about whether he was healthy or not. It was like I allowed myself to believe that I WOULD deliver a live baby, and my mind switched gears to wondering if he would be healthy. I think that knowing that there is a possibility for a live birth is a relief, especially when you’be experienced a loss, but in my case the celebration was simply for that- the possibility that the baby COULD survive. Now I just worry a lot about the other “what if’s” 🙂