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Were you given any explanation of why your babies were born premature? Was a reason known?

In doing research, I have learned that in 40% of all premature births the cause is unknown and that premature births are on the rise. I fell into that 40% and I didn't fit the risk factors. I think it's because my husband and I had sex the Sunday before B was born (a Friday), after not trying penetrative sex for 6 months. Later that Sunday my mucus plug fell out and other symptoms started later in the week.

Also, have any of you had children since your preemie? Statistics say that one premature baby raises the likelihood of subsequent premature babies. Have you found this to be the case?


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Aug. 14th, 2008 01:23 am (UTC)
I wasn't given a reason. It was listed as "Premature Rupture of the Membranes." I honestly think my Ellie kicked hard enough to burst the bubble herself...she was kicking hard enough to shake the bed and wake up my husband, and he's a really sound sleeper.

I also had gestational diabetes, and had just been put on glyburide two days earlier. We also had sex that same day (that I was put on glyburide, not the same day I went into labor) but we'd been doing that all through the second trimester. Go hormones.

I haven't had any other children yet (Ellie's only 13 months) but my friend had two preemies, coming in at 5 weeks and 7 weeks early. She had her tubes tied after that, because she was afraid that any more babies would just keep coming earlier or that she wouldn't be so lucky and have no complications from prematurity if it would happen a third time.

The doctor told me that they can give progesterone shots and do some other things to lessen those chances.
Aug. 14th, 2008 02:58 am (UTC)
With my first, I had an infection of unknown origin, but they were unsure if that was the reason, or not, for my son to be born so prematurely. I am pretty much convinced, however, that the cause of his prematurity was a result of the Gulf War Syndrome that no one wants to admit exists, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. Sadly, he was born too premature to survive. With my fourth child, my second preemie, she was born 10 weeks early, and I was told that the reason that time was likely due to the fact that my C-Section incision from my third child had begun to rupture from the inside out, and that there was a 'window' in my uterus, where the muscle wall was weakened and could likely have ruptured, had I gone full term and into labor then. With my fifth child, my third preemie, I wasn't given a reason when she was born 7 weeks early, that I can remember, but it likely was a result of the 'window' described earlier.
Aug. 14th, 2008 03:09 pm (UTC)
I am appalled at the lack of medical support our soldiers and veterans are given. The denial of Gulf War Syndrome goes hand in hand with that. I am so sorry for the loss of your first.

Thank you for sharing your experience with me.
Aug. 15th, 2008 02:19 am (UTC)
With my DDS, Alexander, I had an infection of the placenta. I know the name of it but can't spell it. Anyways, I think that the infection was a result of the amniocentesis since it happened days after we had the amnio done, which I had never wanted to do since I HATE HATE HATE needles. I know that they sterilize the area but who is to say that the wound healed quickly enough to prevent and infection from entering?!?!?!? The doctors certainly had no answers as to how I got the infection or how to prevent it from happening again.

With my DS, John Nathaniel, I developed pre-e and HELLP syndrome. Probably because I was so overweight but the doctors can't be sure that is the reason why since small women have the same problems. With JN I REFUSED to get an amnio done and I will with all my future pregnancies as well. I would rather they do what they can via ultrasound than risk another possible infection.

Because of the two premature births and my weight, the doctors say I will always be at risk for complications. That is why I am trying to lose weight by my next b-day. I will be 33 in January and I hope to have lost at least 50lbs by then. Maybe then we will start trying again before my age becomes another risk factor.
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