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Due Date Come and Gone?

So, my 27-weeker preemie was in the NICU past her due date, which the nurses had told me was a bit unusual.  From the day we arrived at the NICU I received encouragement that my baby would be home before her due date, because most preemies were.  I never lost hope of that, which is why the fact that we were there so long was especially difficult!  My baby weighed 7 lbs 14.5 oz on discharge day and she was huge compared to any other baby I ever saw in the NICU except one that was born full-term and spent two days in my preemie’s room.

I’m just wondering, did any of your preemies stay in the NICU past their due date?  If so, how early were they born and how long was your NICU stay?

My preemie was born at 27w3d and she stayed in the NICU for 94 days.  She was there four days past her due date.

If your preemie went home before her due date, what was her gestational age when you brought her home and how much did she weigh?

Afton Mower About Afton Mower

After Mower (UT) lost her firstborn son at 21 weeks.  Her daughter was born a year and a half later at 27 weeks.  The NICU was overwhelming and isolating and it was through those two experiences she was led to found this social hub for parents to find the support they needed. Afton also gave birth to another daughter, born two days overdue after four months of strict bedrest. She believes it is a tender experience to hold a special baby in your arms when his spirit returns to his heavenly home, a miracle to watch tiny babies survive the risks of prematurity and a blessing to hold a healthy full-term baby after months of difficulty and sacrifices.

Comments

  1. Samantha says:

    My preemie came home 9 days before her due date at 38 weeks and 2 days. She weighed 4 pounds, 6 ounces at discharge.

    Our nurses weren’t as positive about her coming home on or before her due date. They would admit it was a possibility, but wouldn’t give us the for sure until the day that she came home.

  2. cocomist says:

    My daughter was born at 26weeks 4day weighed 1lb 10 oz. I was told she would come home around her due date but not to excpect her home before than. The nurse never gave me a date. I did not know my daughter was coming home till the morning she came home. She came home about 2 weeks after her due date we were in the hospital 115 days and she weighed 8lbs 6oz when she came home.
    Of course I wanted her home but I was patient I knew she come home when the time was right. I just felt blessed to have her in my life.

    • Thank you for sharing. I need to always remember what a blessing it was that my preemie was so healthy. All of the time spent in the NICU was necessary and I felt good knowing she was strong enough to come home when the day finally arrived. It was still hard being there so long, but my sweetie survived and is a joy and blessing in my life.

  3. Marsha bell says:

    My daughter was born at 23 wks 2days!! O
    1lb 5oz….it has been 162 days and she was discharged from the nicu on day 150 at 9lbs and transferred to an inpatient rehab center to help with her bottling….she is off of oxygen support which is amazing…she has a paralyzed vocal cord from her PDA surgery so she sometimes aspirated when she swallows so they are waiting for her other vocal cord to get strong enough to compensate so she can bottle….so she should b home in 8 wks or so….a whole 4months past her due date!! Hope this makes you feel better! We are so fortunate and have learned to be patient and it’s so difficult sometimes but it’s so worth it!

  4. My son was a 28 weeker who had an unremarkable NICU stay – one infection, off of oxygen in 29 days, no PDA, NEC, or IVH, just a normal little kid. However, he did have a rather bad case of reflux. He was an unhappy spitter. After a month of the nurses doing things like placing his plastic bassinett tub at an angle and other tactics, and us trying to get him up to full feeds but him resisting as we did so, finally, someone in charge noticed his projectile vomit and decided he had reflux. (Ya think?) They riced his formula and put him on Zantac and things were better but not perfect. The rice stopped up the nipple, he had a lot of gas, and he still upchucked on a frequent basis. After his due date came and went, I started to get a little too antsy … he was gaining but not gaining in the drinking department. Then someone refigured out his nutritional content of his feeds – the added rice had increased his calorie count, so the massive amount they wanted him to take was in fact wrong — he could get by with less. And life was a lot happier. Within a week, he was home, thank goodness. And he is now being seen by a pediatric gastroenterologist (who wsa never consulted while he was in the NICU), who is addressing his reflux needs by placing him on a medication that increases stomach motility, thank godness, thus reducing the spitups, the reflux, everything. So, in all, he went home 3 weeks past his due date.

  5. We are still in NICU and that is a big question for us, i would love to hear everyones ages.

  6. Casey was born at 31 weeks 3 days and spent one month in the NICU

  7. My twins were born 11 weeks early and spent 51 days in the NICU!

  8. my daughter was born at 23weeks 5 days and we are up to day 75. she has just gone off her cpap.

  9. My son was born 27 wks 5 days…stayed in the NICU for 77 days. He went home 2 weeks before his due date.

  10. My daughter was born at 29wks 5 days she went home 1 month before due date. My son was born at 27wks 2 days he went home 8 days before due date

  11. son was in the NICU born@26 weeks and stayed for 75 days. He’s now 5 🙂

  12. My son was born at 28 weeks and spent a total of 15 weeks in the NICU, 3 weeks past his due date, due to undiagnosed and partially untreated (for a while) reflux and the resultant inability to take all his feeds by mouth. 🙂 He is happily at home, healthy, but still does have reflux issues.

  13. my twins came home dec 4th and dec 7 the where born oct 2nd they where due dec 22nd
    and they are 11 now

  14. My son was born at 32 weeks 1 day, and we are supposed to get discharged tomorrow. Tomorrow will be his 80th day in NICU.

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