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35 Weeks Pregnant Can I Strip My Own Membane
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amerida888 posted:
am 35 weeks pregnant and i was just wondering if i could strip my membranes my self in order to self induce labor. i am tired of being pregnant and just want this baby to be hear already!
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phoenix31674 responded:
at 35 weeks, your baby is not at term and you could be setting up your baby for lifelong disabilities and near term danger from undeveloped lungs. While you are uncomfortable, remember the goal of any pregnancy is a healthy full term baby. Every day closer to 40 weeks improves the chances of your baby being completely healthy. Yes, preemie babies are born perfectly healthy, but there are also many who have breathing problems, eating problems, severe jaundice and vision and hearing problems which can be permanent. Not to mention the breathing problems can lead to asthma - which has a higher probability in preemie babies.

Please, think to how much healthier your baby will be if you wait for your body to tell you when your baby is ready to be born. How would you feel if your baby was born with disabilities because you didn't want to be pregnant anymore? Would you be able to live with the guilt if your baby required lifelong care of heaven forbid did not survive? You need to ask yourself these questions.

I'm not trying to be cruel, I'm being honest about the risks to a preemie baby. If you really, really feel the need to give birth now, go to a NICU and see those little babies hooked up to machines and the anguished parents who aren't able to hold their newborn who was born too early as they wonder if and when they can take their baby home.
 
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An_218279 replied to phoenix31674's response:
My daughter was born at 35 weeks. I didn't get to hold her right away because she was taken off to the NICU where she stayed for a week. Leaving the hospital without her was the worst feeling. Like the PP said, you have to think of your baby, not yourself.
 
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truewyatt replied to An_218279's response:
My daughter was born at 35 weeks and she had to stay in the hospital for almost 2 weeks on oxygen; they did all kind of tests on her to figure out why her oxygen levels would drop as soon as they took her off oxygen and they could not find anything wrong with her. I only had to have her early because I developed preeclmpsia really bad and it was either lay in the hospital for 2 weeks or have her. I am glad that she is here now but I hated to see her in the hospital with the oxygen thing taped on her face.
The longer the baby stays in you the better off they will be.
Brandy 38, dh 40, ds 1, lost 6/08 and 9/09. Estelle joined us on 10/30/10. She weighed in at 10lbs 3oz and was 21 in length. She was born 5 weeks early due to my developing preeclampsia.
 
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Byroney_WebMD_Staff responded:
Dear Amerida888,

I hope you will consider the responses of the other three ladies who have already posted and not try to force an early delivery. If you need additional information on why it's unsafe to try to deliver before 39 weeks and Puts Baby at Risk, check out this article. They found that:

· · Babies delivered in their 37th or 38th week had a higher incidence of birth-related adverse outcomes, including respiratory problems and sepsis (serious infection), than babies delivered in their 39th week.

· · Compared to babies delivered during their 39th week, babies born between 38 and 39 weeks gestation had up to double the risk of adverse birth-related complications; babies born between their 37th and 38th weeks had up to a fourfold increase in risk.

So if neither the mother nor baby are at risk, it is safer to wait to deliver until the baby's lungs are fully mature.

Byroney
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