My son was born June 26 at 34 weeks. He had no health complications and was only in the NICU for 6 days. It has now been one month since he was born, but we have not yet reached my due date of Aug 6. I have no clue as to what to go by as far as milestones. There are plenty of sites that list them for 1 month olds but nothing for preemies. I know every baby is different but is it certain that he will have some delays? Any of your preemies that didnt?
Re: Baby born at 34 weeks. What should I expect as far as development?
They spent 13 days in the NICU as feeders and growers. For my boys, they hit milestones at adjusted age in the beginning. Somewhere between 6 and 9mo, they started hitting milestones at actual age.
It seemed like forever until they first smiled!
My husband was born at 34 weeks. Zero complicatons early on, he went through school in the gifted program and he is an engineer now.
Our daughter was born 35w0days. No complications at birth, spent a half day in the NICU for check up. She has been developing at or ahead of due date age.
My recommendation is to use the adjusted age for all milestones so you are not stressing yourself out. If baby is happy and healthy then try not to get caught up in timing of milestones and don't borrow trouble. There is no guarantee that your baby will have delays just give baby time to develop. Keep an eye on things if you note some delays to be proactive but don't be expecting them.
I run a home daycare with 5 toddlers. All born perfectly healthy (though my daughter a late-term preemie). Of all the kids some were walking just before a year others didn't start until after 16months. Some have 2-3 words now at 20months and others have well over 50 words (including 2 word sentences) at 16months.
The range of normal is soooooo vast you just have to roll with it :-) Support there development as best you can but don't push it.
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2/12-5/12: 4 IUI cycles = all BFN;
7/12: DE IVF # 1 (with ICSI)- 20R, 16M, 14F, 5DT of 2 blasts; 6 frosties = BFN;
Lupus anticoagulant initially high, then found to be normal on hematology consult;
Follow up testing in September all clear;
Started synthroid for "high normal" TSH;
FET # 1- late October 2012- BFP on FRER; beta # 1- 21(low), beta # 2- 48 (still low), beta # 3- 132, beta # 4- 1,293; beta # 5- 5,606; last beta- over 100,000. First u/s 11/21- heard heartbeat
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Beautiful baby girl born at 34 weeks
Finally home after 15 day NICU stay!
Trying for sibling: FET # 2- May 2014; beta 5/31, BFN
FET #3, early July 2014; beta 7/14, BFN
DE IVF # 2- August 2014; 14R, 13M, 11F, 5dt of 2 blasts (3 AA), 5 frosties = BFN
FET #4- December 2014, yet another BFN
Dr. KK work up shows borderline uterine blood flow, elevated NK cells, and MTHFR mutation (homozygous for c677t)
Added baby aspirin, prednisone, supplements, Metanx, and intralipids
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