babies born at 29 weeks are classed as a premature birth. lets take a look at what development stage babies born at 29 weeks are at. you may noticed your waters are leaking and panic that your baby is far to early to be born.
babies born at 29 weeks have approximate over 90% survival rate. this is because a baby of 29 weeks has had a much longer time in the womb than one born at 22-24 weeks pregnant. babies born as early as 22 weeks pregnant have a 21% survival rate. as technology increases so are the chances of babies doing better in the NICU. even 10 years ago babies of 22 weeks ‘would not have been given the chance to live and would have been classed as a miscarriage to naturally pass away without reviving or having medical treatment.
babies born at 29 weeks pregnant growing
babies born at 29 weeks pregnant would have been in the 3rd trimester of pregnancy. this is what they would have been doing in the womb at this stage of development. growing in length in the womb at this stage. No weight gain by fat laid down just yet. organs maturing in the body. baby becomes more active and mum to be can feel all movements easily. weight of babies born this early would be approx. 2.5lb or kg its 1.2kg.
babies bone formation gets stronger due to calcium deposits. from this time on fat deposits will start to be laid down. outside the womb baby born at this age will need some breathing assistance. babies born this early stay in a specialist neonatal unit. there are three units. NICU HDU SCBU.
babies born premature cared for in special care
The care that premature babies born early require is determined how well they do when they are born. the further along in pregnancy they reach is better . some babies may not need much support but other factors can make their stay in the special care unit much longer. Staying in the NICU babies get one to one nursing care. and as they grow get bigger and mature they progress on to the HDU and then the SCBU in preparation of going home.
In general a baby born at 29 weeks will stay in hospital 11 weeks. Up to their due date really.
a whole new world premature babies born at 29 weeks
when a mum gives birth to a premature baby born at 29 weeks its a whole new world you are walking into. The world of the Nicu. If you have have had a normal pregnancy then a rush to the hospital to confirm you are in premature labour. You can never be prepared for your baby’s stay in hospital for the days and weeks ahead.
its an emotional journey all round. what to expect. especially the smells sounds, lights, quiet rooms with beeps going off all the time. as nurses busily go from baby to baby settling them in their incubators. watching waiting for news of your baby’s condition which can change from day to day. we wont beat about the bush it is a very anxious time for parents.
what to expect when a baby is born at 29 weeks
with covid 19 around its a lot more stressful than normal in the NICU. Only because the rules are tighter. visiting is stricter and it can feel very lonely as only one parent will be allowed to visit. staying with your baby in the NICU one parent at a time. when a baby is born at 29 weeks you take each day as it comes . one day your baby can be moving off a ventilator the next day they may to seem to take one step back and have to go back onto it.
feeding milk can cause problems with the bowel too that may need further monitoring . One thing to consider in the end is each baby is different. try not to compare your child to others in the same room. In fact one baby may go home early and you will want yours home too. patience is the key and soon it will be your baby’s turn to go home with you at last.