Post # 1
My cousin just had his first baby today, a little boy. He was delivered via emergency c-section and weighs 2 lbs 14 oz. I know zero about babies. Does anyone know anything about or gave birth to a preemie? My aunt has been the one giving me updates but I don’t want to ask her too many questions as I’m sure she is stressed out. Just how small is 2lbs 14oz? What are the risks for such a little baby? Does he have a good chance at a normal life? I’m worried about the little guy, but I have no idea how worried I should be! I also feel really bad for my cousin, it’s such a rough way to start a married life. He just got married about a month ago. He’s a very caring and sensitive guy so I know that he will do everything he can to comfort his wife.
Post # 3
@lybarra: my friend had her twin at 29 weeks and they were about 2lb 6 oz each when born. So tiny!! But tht was in November and they are home and doing great now. How well they do really depends on how developed their lungs are and if they need a respirator too. But even If they do need one they can be perfectly fine once their lungs get strong enough. Most babies that little need help feeding an require a feeding tube into their bellies through their nose as they can’t suck well and tire really easily. I would expect baby to be in the hospital until he is almost term (close to his original due date) but hopefully he will do great!! The medical advancements for preemies is amazing!
Post # 4
The baby may be somewhere between 27 and 29 weeks gestational age.
They are no longer considered micro preemies but are still very premature.
This site has information about premies at the various gestational ages.
The baby will be in the NICU for quite a number of weeks.
Post # 5
There are absolutely some very high risks associated with a baby being born so small, but yes, it’s possible for him to grow into a healthy child. The truth is, it will probably take some time until they know how things will turn out.
Obviously every baby and pregnancy is different but my BM’s son was born at 28 weeks and weighed 2lbs, 12 oz. My friend had been on bed rest for several months and they were giving her drugs to help develop her son’s lungs and prevent labor. Once he was born, he was in the NICU for more than 2 months, on oxygen and a feeding tube for the majority of the time he was there. They had to do several blood transfusions and were very concerned about infection. Today, though, he is a very healthy, active and intelligent 5 year old. He’s had no developmental setbacks due to his premature status.
More than anything, just let your cousin know that you’re thinking of him and his family. He and his wife are probably going to be “living” at the hospital for awhile, since their child will not be able to come home until they are certain he is strong enough/developed enough to be on his own. I think it’s ok to ask questions, just be sensitive to the situation…there are probably a lot of mixed emotions right now.
Post # 6
@lybarra: I knew a couple whose son was born at 25 weeks. I’m not friends with them anymore (the husband was BFF’s with my ex), but I know that the baby stayed in the hospital for a long time (like multiple months). However, I’ve seen pictures of him at like 2-3 years old and he looks completely normal now! Just be there to support them in any way they need. Don’t pry, they will let you know whatever details they want to share. Prayers to your cousin and his family!
Post # 7
Thanks for sharing your stories with me. I feel better now. My aunt sent me a picture of the little guy. He has a full head of hair just like his daddy did as a baby and even with all the tubes attatched to him he looks strong.
Post # 8
i wish them luck ! i wont share my experience with a preemie baby because it doesnt end well.
Post # 9
One of my coworkers was due with a baby in august and gave birth in may! her baby was super tiny and was in the hospital until after his due date. it took him a little while to catch up, and i think they have to watch them pretty closely. but a year later he is doing great and you wouldn’t know he was born so early. modern medicine can do some amazing things!
Post # 10
I am a neonatal nurse. I am guessing the baby is around 28-29 weeks? Things to expect is that the baby will be in the NICU for quite some time. Typically you can assume they will be discharged near their original due date but of coarse there are exceptions to that… a couple weeks earlier if they are doing well or much later if they have complications. Complications of being born that early is that basically every system in the babies body was not done developing yet. Brains, eyes, lungs, heart, stomach, immune system ect.. so their can be complications in any of those areas. However every baby is different and their outcomes can be very different. NICU is such a different world and unless you have had a baby in it or know someone that has it is really hard to really understand what the parents go through. They typically adjust really well and quickly to what is going on. But it can be a rollar coaster ride. As far as how worried you should be, I don’t know enough about whats going on with the baby but atleast in our unit, it is very rare to loose a baby that age and size. 28 weekers usually do well. When he isn’t attatched to so many tubes/IV’s ect they have really cute preemie clothes you can buy and blankets are great to use to cover their isolettes and use as bottom sheets to their crib so that can be a nice “welcome baby” gift you can get them. Preemies are such little fighters I am sure his story will be inspiring to all your family.
Post # 11
I was born at 25 weeks and was 1 lb 4 oz. I didn’t leave the hospital for 5 months, or until a little after my original due date. But this was 30 years ago, so I’m sure that medicine has changed for the better. My mom tells me that the worst part for her was the fact that she could not really interact with me for a decent length of time other than reaching into the incubator because I was hooked up to so many machines. because of this, we didn’t really have the mother-infant bonding time, and i wonder if that is why I didn’t really care for her much as a child (don’t get me wrong, she is super sweet and did everything she could for me)
I was tiny until I was in fourth grade where I grew 11 inches during the school year. I turned out to be over 5’9″. I do have some heart problems that are attributed to not fully forming while in utero.
Post # 12
@mrs.stormylove: Thanks for your post. It was very informative! And thanks to everyone for the support. This baby is the first born of the new generation in our family, he’s my grandpa’s first great grandkid! My aunt sent me a few more pictures today, you can tell this little baby is a tough one. She also sent one of my cousin looking over the baby. In my mind I have always still pictured my cousin as a little boy (he’s a few years younger than me) but seeing him looking over this new born child reminded me that now he is a man and is going to be a wonderful and loving father. This little guy has so many people rooting for him.
Post # 13
I just wanted to update that the baby, Will, is doing well . He’s still on oxygen, but my Aunt says he’s getting stronger every day. My mom went to visit him on Friday and said that he is very alert and that he looks good. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that he will be out of the hospital by the time I get down there next month. Either way I’m looking forward to meeting the little guy.
Post # 14
@lybarra: Glad to hear he is improving! NICU babies are amazing – can come back from some amazing things… Once they are on an upswing, even if it’s a slow one, they like to stay on that upswing! I’m praying for the little guy.
Post # 15
@lybarra: I’m so glad he’s doing well! :]
I’m late to the post, but I was born at 26 weeks, weighing 1lb13oz. I stayed in the hospital until I was just over 4 months old, and had no significant health problems. I was on oxygen, but I had no heart problems (a small hole in my heart closed on it’s own, whereas my younger sister had a catheter put in at 5-years-old), jaundice, or any other complications. My Dad likes to tell me I was a feisty little fighter..
Bathing in a salad bowl (that my Dad still has), lol.
Post # 16
@lybarra: That is such wonderful news. Here’s hoping for all the best!
@brighteyedgirl: AHHHHH you were so cute!!