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Scarlett81
12-14-2006, 12:51 PM
I'm trying to get an idea of what the average delivery time for us cf women is. I have only come across one woman who delivered at 39 weeks-basically full term. I've come across alot who went at 34, 35 weeks.
My doctors have told me that there is a good chance I may deliver early-based on cf statistics only, not neccesarily me personally.
I'm trying to compile info from as many women as possible to see what the stats are first hand.
Going early is a big concern and worry of mine. I know that the baby would be fine, but it would turn a very happy occasion into a more stressful one, having to go into NYC to visit the baby every day till its big enough to go home from the hosp-not being able to hold it when I want, breastfeed, ect. Anyway, if you wouldn't mind sharing your info I'd really appreciate it.

Please put the week you delivered, and how your lungs/cf felt in the weeks leading up to delivery. Looking back, do you think there was anything you could have done more to prevent preterm labor, or delay it? Thanks!

Scarlett81
12-14-2006, 12:51 PM
I'm trying to get an idea of what the average delivery time for us cf women is. I have only come across one woman who delivered at 39 weeks-basically full term. I've come across alot who went at 34, 35 weeks.
My doctors have told me that there is a good chance I may deliver early-based on cf statistics only, not neccesarily me personally.
I'm trying to compile info from as many women as possible to see what the stats are first hand.
Going early is a big concern and worry of mine. I know that the baby would be fine, but it would turn a very happy occasion into a more stressful one, having to go into NYC to visit the baby every day till its big enough to go home from the hosp-not being able to hold it when I want, breastfeed, ect. Anyway, if you wouldn't mind sharing your info I'd really appreciate it.

Please put the week you delivered, and how your lungs/cf felt in the weeks leading up to delivery. Looking back, do you think there was anything you could have done more to prevent preterm labor, or delay it? Thanks!

Scarlett81
12-14-2006, 12:51 PM
I'm trying to get an idea of what the average delivery time for us cf women is. I have only come across one woman who delivered at 39 weeks-basically full term. I've come across alot who went at 34, 35 weeks.
My doctors have told me that there is a good chance I may deliver early-based on cf statistics only, not neccesarily me personally.
I'm trying to compile info from as many women as possible to see what the stats are first hand.
Going early is a big concern and worry of mine. I know that the baby would be fine, but it would turn a very happy occasion into a more stressful one, having to go into NYC to visit the baby every day till its big enough to go home from the hosp-not being able to hold it when I want, breastfeed, ect. Anyway, if you wouldn't mind sharing your info I'd really appreciate it.

Please put the week you delivered, and how your lungs/cf felt in the weeks leading up to delivery. Looking back, do you think there was anything you could have done more to prevent preterm labor, or delay it? Thanks!

JazzysMom
12-14-2006, 01:09 PM
When I delivered I did not go in with the intentions of delivery. I was having hemoptysis so went in for a clean out to get thru the last month & while in it was decided I stay & deliver early by c section. I received steroid injections to assure her lungs were matured & I delivered at 32 weeks. Jazmines only problem was not being able to suck/swallow at first. I didnt breast feed because of my epilepsy meds. So I didnt have that concern, but she was 3 days old before I was able to hold her. Dr. S said I probably would have delivered a bit early anyway since during exams things were starting to progress.

JazzysMom
12-14-2006, 01:09 PM
When I delivered I did not go in with the intentions of delivery. I was having hemoptysis so went in for a clean out to get thru the last month & while in it was decided I stay & deliver early by c section. I received steroid injections to assure her lungs were matured & I delivered at 32 weeks. Jazmines only problem was not being able to suck/swallow at first. I didnt breast feed because of my epilepsy meds. So I didnt have that concern, but she was 3 days old before I was able to hold her. Dr. S said I probably would have delivered a bit early anyway since during exams things were starting to progress.

JazzysMom
12-14-2006, 01:09 PM
When I delivered I did not go in with the intentions of delivery. I was having hemoptysis so went in for a clean out to get thru the last month & while in it was decided I stay & deliver early by c section. I received steroid injections to assure her lungs were matured & I delivered at 32 weeks. Jazmines only problem was not being able to suck/swallow at first. I didnt breast feed because of my epilepsy meds. So I didnt have that concern, but she was 3 days old before I was able to hold her. Dr. S said I probably would have delivered a bit early anyway since during exams things were starting to progress.

marcijo
12-14-2006, 05:33 PM
My first pregnancy (he is now almost 5!) I was induced at 38.5 weeks. I had a PICC line in at the time (recieving TPN to gain weight the last 2 months of the pregnancy) and I had just finished a 2 week course of Keflex antibiotics. The doctor decided that would be the best-she was going to do an amnio to make sure his lungs were ready but I didn't have enough fluid to do one. He was born after about 12 hours of labor and he was perfect!

With my daughter (now 3), I went into labor on my own at 39 weeks, was in labor 12 hours, and she was perfect too! I didn't have to have the PICC line for TPN to gain weight with her pregnancy though-it was more of what I would call a "typical" pregnancy.

My CF doesn't affect my digestive side yet, its basically just mild lung involvement. So, my weight wasn't low to start out the pregnancies, but I did have a very difficult time gaining weight while pregnant (which is why I had to be put on a PICC line and TPN during my first pregnancy).

My lungs felt pretty good both times (my FEV1 was at about 75-80% throughout both pregnancies) and I didn't have any major complications with my lungs.

Good luck!!

marcijo
12-14-2006, 05:33 PM
My first pregnancy (he is now almost 5!) I was induced at 38.5 weeks. I had a PICC line in at the time (recieving TPN to gain weight the last 2 months of the pregnancy) and I had just finished a 2 week course of Keflex antibiotics. The doctor decided that would be the best-she was going to do an amnio to make sure his lungs were ready but I didn't have enough fluid to do one. He was born after about 12 hours of labor and he was perfect!

With my daughter (now 3), I went into labor on my own at 39 weeks, was in labor 12 hours, and she was perfect too! I didn't have to have the PICC line for TPN to gain weight with her pregnancy though-it was more of what I would call a "typical" pregnancy.

My CF doesn't affect my digestive side yet, its basically just mild lung involvement. So, my weight wasn't low to start out the pregnancies, but I did have a very difficult time gaining weight while pregnant (which is why I had to be put on a PICC line and TPN during my first pregnancy).

My lungs felt pretty good both times (my FEV1 was at about 75-80% throughout both pregnancies) and I didn't have any major complications with my lungs.

Good luck!!

marcijo
12-14-2006, 05:33 PM
My first pregnancy (he is now almost 5!) I was induced at 38.5 weeks. I had a PICC line in at the time (recieving TPN to gain weight the last 2 months of the pregnancy) and I had just finished a 2 week course of Keflex antibiotics. The doctor decided that would be the best-she was going to do an amnio to make sure his lungs were ready but I didn't have enough fluid to do one. He was born after about 12 hours of labor and he was perfect!

With my daughter (now 3), I went into labor on my own at 39 weeks, was in labor 12 hours, and she was perfect too! I didn't have to have the PICC line for TPN to gain weight with her pregnancy though-it was more of what I would call a "typical" pregnancy.

My CF doesn't affect my digestive side yet, its basically just mild lung involvement. So, my weight wasn't low to start out the pregnancies, but I did have a very difficult time gaining weight while pregnant (which is why I had to be put on a PICC line and TPN during my first pregnancy).

My lungs felt pretty good both times (my FEV1 was at about 75-80% throughout both pregnancies) and I didn't have any major complications with my lungs.

Good luck!!

anonymous
12-15-2006, 02:34 PM
I delivered Alexa at 34 weeks. My pregancy was normal up until the day my water broke. My lung function remaind steady around 80%. I gained about 30 pounds during the 34 weeks that I was pregnant. No antibiotics or IV's during the pregnancy.
Alexa was 5 pounds 3 ounces and 18 1/4 inches at birth. She spent 9 days in the NICU. It was hard but we got through it.
Breast feeding was really hard at first so she got pumped breastmilk for awhile. Once she gained some weight and grew stronger she was able to breastfeed without issue. We breastfeed until she self weaned at 1 year.

anonymous
12-15-2006, 02:34 PM
I delivered Alexa at 34 weeks. My pregancy was normal up until the day my water broke. My lung function remaind steady around 80%. I gained about 30 pounds during the 34 weeks that I was pregnant. No antibiotics or IV's during the pregnancy.
Alexa was 5 pounds 3 ounces and 18 1/4 inches at birth. She spent 9 days in the NICU. It was hard but we got through it.
Breast feeding was really hard at first so she got pumped breastmilk for awhile. Once she gained some weight and grew stronger she was able to breastfeed without issue. We breastfeed until she self weaned at 1 year.

anonymous
12-15-2006, 02:34 PM
I delivered Alexa at 34 weeks. My pregancy was normal up until the day my water broke. My lung function remaind steady around 80%. I gained about 30 pounds during the 34 weeks that I was pregnant. No antibiotics or IV's during the pregnancy.
Alexa was 5 pounds 3 ounces and 18 1/4 inches at birth. She spent 9 days in the NICU. It was hard but we got through it.
Breast feeding was really hard at first so she got pumped breastmilk for awhile. Once she gained some weight and grew stronger she was able to breastfeed without issue. We breastfeed until she self weaned at 1 year.

MamatoAlexa
12-15-2006, 02:36 PM
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MamatoAlexa
12-15-2006, 02:36 PM
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MamatoAlexa
12-15-2006, 02:36 PM
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JazzysMom
12-15-2006, 02:48 PM
OMG ANNE....is this picture from this year? The last pic I saw she was still a wee one. Jeoff is looking great as well as you. LOVE to you all!

JazzysMom
12-15-2006, 02:48 PM
OMG ANNE....is this picture from this year? The last pic I saw she was still a wee one. Jeoff is looking great as well as you. LOVE to you all!

JazzysMom
12-15-2006, 02:48 PM
OMG ANNE....is this picture from this year? The last pic I saw she was still a wee one. Jeoff is looking great as well as you. LOVE to you all!

Scarlett81
12-15-2006, 03:30 PM
anne- did your doc give you a hard time about breastfeeding?

Scarlett81
12-15-2006, 03:30 PM
anne- did your doc give you a hard time about breastfeeding?

Scarlett81
12-15-2006, 03:30 PM
anne- did your doc give you a hard time about breastfeeding?

anonymous
12-15-2006, 06:30 PM
Thank you Melissa! That is this years pic. Little ones grow up so fast! I love the pick of your DH and daughter, SO CUTE!

Christian - My Dr encouraged me to breastfeed! Breastfeeding passes Mom's antibodies on to baby. Those antibodies can keep baby from getting sick and if baby does get sick it tends to be less severe. A healthy baby = a healthy Mommy! My Dr. agreed with me when I decided that if my weight were to drop below 110 (I am 5'3") I would stop breastfeeding. Thankfully I was able to maintain my weight while breastfeeding. While breastfeeding I still took my enzymes and Pulomozyme. I took Tobi as need which was two months out of the 12 that I breastfed. Such a small amount of inhaled meds make it into our blood stream and even less could make it to baby through breast milk so I felt o.k. taking meds and breastfeeding.

anonymous
12-15-2006, 06:30 PM
Thank you Melissa! That is this years pic. Little ones grow up so fast! I love the pick of your DH and daughter, SO CUTE!

Christian - My Dr encouraged me to breastfeed! Breastfeeding passes Mom's antibodies on to baby. Those antibodies can keep baby from getting sick and if baby does get sick it tends to be less severe. A healthy baby = a healthy Mommy! My Dr. agreed with me when I decided that if my weight were to drop below 110 (I am 5'3") I would stop breastfeeding. Thankfully I was able to maintain my weight while breastfeeding. While breastfeeding I still took my enzymes and Pulomozyme. I took Tobi as need which was two months out of the 12 that I breastfed. Such a small amount of inhaled meds make it into our blood stream and even less could make it to baby through breast milk so I felt o.k. taking meds and breastfeeding.

anonymous
12-15-2006, 06:30 PM
Thank you Melissa! That is this years pic. Little ones grow up so fast! I love the pick of your DH and daughter, SO CUTE!

Christian - My Dr encouraged me to breastfeed! Breastfeeding passes Mom's antibodies on to baby. Those antibodies can keep baby from getting sick and if baby does get sick it tends to be less severe. A healthy baby = a healthy Mommy! My Dr. agreed with me when I decided that if my weight were to drop below 110 (I am 5'3") I would stop breastfeeding. Thankfully I was able to maintain my weight while breastfeeding. While breastfeeding I still took my enzymes and Pulomozyme. I took Tobi as need which was two months out of the 12 that I breastfed. Such a small amount of inhaled meds make it into our blood stream and even less could make it to baby through breast milk so I felt o.k. taking meds and breastfeeding.

wanderlost
12-15-2006, 08:47 PM
I was told when I was pregnant with my son that Cf moms typically go 4-5 weeks early. true to this doc's word, Caleb was born at 34.5 weeks and Marlee at 36 weeks. Both weighed about five and a half pounds and both came right home with me, so trouble needing NICU care (well Marlee went for an hour for observation for retracting, but they think that's because she was born so fast). I gained 25 punds with Caleb and about 20 with Marlee. I had a harder time gaining weight with Marlee, but what I gained, I gained steadily so no one was too concerned.
Both pregnancies required me to go on oral antibiotics once for sinus issues. There was no known reason why I went into labor early - my theory is that once the baby nutritionally demands more than our Cf bodies can give them, out they come just my theory.

as for breastfeeding - breastfeed! Whatever meds you take during pregnancy should be safe for breastfeeding and it is the greatest gift you can give your child. I have lost all my pregnancy weight from bfing, but I don't think I am going to have a problem maintaining a healthy weight from here on out. If I do, I will start supplementing with shakes or something before I stop bfing. While I realize you have to be healthy for your babe to be healthy, bfing is so important. if you can, do it. Even if it looks like you won't be able to breastfeed for a long time, just the colostrum alone is packed with important antibodies for your babe!! This would be one area I would fight my doc on if he was trying to deter you - try it out and see how you do, you can always stop, but once your milk dries up it is very hard to relactate should you decided you want to breastfeed after all.

I will step off my soap box now.

wanderlost
12-15-2006, 08:47 PM
I was told when I was pregnant with my son that Cf moms typically go 4-5 weeks early. true to this doc's word, Caleb was born at 34.5 weeks and Marlee at 36 weeks. Both weighed about five and a half pounds and both came right home with me, so trouble needing NICU care (well Marlee went for an hour for observation for retracting, but they think that's because she was born so fast). I gained 25 punds with Caleb and about 20 with Marlee. I had a harder time gaining weight with Marlee, but what I gained, I gained steadily so no one was too concerned.
Both pregnancies required me to go on oral antibiotics once for sinus issues. There was no known reason why I went into labor early - my theory is that once the baby nutritionally demands more than our Cf bodies can give them, out they come just my theory.

as for breastfeeding - breastfeed! Whatever meds you take during pregnancy should be safe for breastfeeding and it is the greatest gift you can give your child. I have lost all my pregnancy weight from bfing, but I don't think I am going to have a problem maintaining a healthy weight from here on out. If I do, I will start supplementing with shakes or something before I stop bfing. While I realize you have to be healthy for your babe to be healthy, bfing is so important. if you can, do it. Even if it looks like you won't be able to breastfeed for a long time, just the colostrum alone is packed with important antibodies for your babe!! This would be one area I would fight my doc on if he was trying to deter you - try it out and see how you do, you can always stop, but once your milk dries up it is very hard to relactate should you decided you want to breastfeed after all.

I will step off my soap box now.

wanderlost
12-15-2006, 08:47 PM
I was told when I was pregnant with my son that Cf moms typically go 4-5 weeks early. true to this doc's word, Caleb was born at 34.5 weeks and Marlee at 36 weeks. Both weighed about five and a half pounds and both came right home with me, so trouble needing NICU care (well Marlee went for an hour for observation for retracting, but they think that's because she was born so fast). I gained 25 punds with Caleb and about 20 with Marlee. I had a harder time gaining weight with Marlee, but what I gained, I gained steadily so no one was too concerned.
Both pregnancies required me to go on oral antibiotics once for sinus issues. There was no known reason why I went into labor early - my theory is that once the baby nutritionally demands more than our Cf bodies can give them, out they come just my theory.

as for breastfeeding - breastfeed! Whatever meds you take during pregnancy should be safe for breastfeeding and it is the greatest gift you can give your child. I have lost all my pregnancy weight from bfing, but I don't think I am going to have a problem maintaining a healthy weight from here on out. If I do, I will start supplementing with shakes or something before I stop bfing. While I realize you have to be healthy for your babe to be healthy, bfing is so important. if you can, do it. Even if it looks like you won't be able to breastfeed for a long time, just the colostrum alone is packed with important antibodies for your babe!! This would be one area I would fight my doc on if he was trying to deter you - try it out and see how you do, you can always stop, but once your milk dries up it is very hard to relactate should you decided you want to breastfeed after all.

I will step off my soap box now.

wanderlost
12-15-2006, 08:50 PM
oh, my lung function remained constant during both pregnancies, but I coughed a lot towads the ends - not really out of breath, just more frequent coughing - I guess from the pressure or irritation on my lungs - this was the same both times.

wanderlost
12-15-2006, 08:50 PM
oh, my lung function remained constant during both pregnancies, but I coughed a lot towads the ends - not really out of breath, just more frequent coughing - I guess from the pressure or irritation on my lungs - this was the same both times.

wanderlost
12-15-2006, 08:50 PM
oh, my lung function remained constant during both pregnancies, but I coughed a lot towads the ends - not really out of breath, just more frequent coughing - I guess from the pressure or irritation on my lungs - this was the same both times.

Wendy
12-16-2006, 04:55 AM
I delivered at 38 wks 1day (vaginally) and my lungs and breathing felt pretty good at delivery. I was only in labor for 7 hours and pushed for 15 minutes (and I think it all would have gone even faster if I had not had an epidural)!

I did have a hospitalization at 4 mos, but no problems after that.

My doctor also didn't want me to breastfeed as I have had problems keeping weight on. I told him that I wanted to try and see how it went. I was able to do it for a month and a half and then stopped because I didn't want to lose any more weight. I felt that whatever breast milk I could give would be better than none. I will try to pack on the weight this time so I can breastfeed longer. I gained 22lbs during my first pregnancy.

Wendy
12-16-2006, 04:55 AM
I delivered at 38 wks 1day (vaginally) and my lungs and breathing felt pretty good at delivery. I was only in labor for 7 hours and pushed for 15 minutes (and I think it all would have gone even faster if I had not had an epidural)!

I did have a hospitalization at 4 mos, but no problems after that.

My doctor also didn't want me to breastfeed as I have had problems keeping weight on. I told him that I wanted to try and see how it went. I was able to do it for a month and a half and then stopped because I didn't want to lose any more weight. I felt that whatever breast milk I could give would be better than none. I will try to pack on the weight this time so I can breastfeed longer. I gained 22lbs during my first pregnancy.

Wendy
12-16-2006, 04:55 AM
I delivered at 38 wks 1day (vaginally) and my lungs and breathing felt pretty good at delivery. I was only in labor for 7 hours and pushed for 15 minutes (and I think it all would have gone even faster if I had not had an epidural)!

I did have a hospitalization at 4 mos, but no problems after that.

My doctor also didn't want me to breastfeed as I have had problems keeping weight on. I told him that I wanted to try and see how it went. I was able to do it for a month and a half and then stopped because I didn't want to lose any more weight. I felt that whatever breast milk I could give would be better than none. I will try to pack on the weight this time so I can breastfeed longer. I gained 22lbs during my first pregnancy.

mom2lillian
01-13-2007, 01:00 AM
I am new to this site and would love to talk with other moms with CF, I am finding it hard to remember to even do my therapies. I just delivered 12-20-2006 and was 1 day overdue!

My peri never thought I would make it full term with the CF then just shy of 30 weeks I started having contractions and at 32 weeks was put on terbutaline and they told me I would never make it to december, I even went off work at 35 weeks they said 'perhaps a thanksgiving' baby but to their surprise when I went off the medicine at 36 weeks I still never went into labor. THey said some women have uterus's that just 'practice' contracting alot and they were never actually doing anything-- I ended up having to be induced!

mom2lillian
01-13-2007, 01:00 AM
I am new to this site and would love to talk with other moms with CF, I am finding it hard to remember to even do my therapies. I just delivered 12-20-2006 and was 1 day overdue!

My peri never thought I would make it full term with the CF then just shy of 30 weeks I started having contractions and at 32 weeks was put on terbutaline and they told me I would never make it to december, I even went off work at 35 weeks they said 'perhaps a thanksgiving' baby but to their surprise when I went off the medicine at 36 weeks I still never went into labor. THey said some women have uterus's that just 'practice' contracting alot and they were never actually doing anything-- I ended up having to be induced!

mom2lillian
01-13-2007, 01:00 AM
I am new to this site and would love to talk with other moms with CF, I am finding it hard to remember to even do my therapies. I just delivered 12-20-2006 and was 1 day overdue!

My peri never thought I would make it full term with the CF then just shy of 30 weeks I started having contractions and at 32 weeks was put on terbutaline and they told me I would never make it to december, I even went off work at 35 weeks they said 'perhaps a thanksgiving' baby but to their surprise when I went off the medicine at 36 weeks I still never went into labor. THey said some women have uterus's that just 'practice' contracting alot and they were never actually doing anything-- I ended up having to be induced!

momtoReaghan
02-01-2007, 01:33 AM
I had a wonderful pregnancy with zero complications and I was induced at 39 weeks by choice. I could have made it to 40, but I was ready. I had a c-section b/c the cord was around her neck. Everything was perfect!!

momtoReaghan
02-01-2007, 01:33 AM
I had a wonderful pregnancy with zero complications and I was induced at 39 weeks by choice. I could have made it to 40, but I was ready. I had a c-section b/c the cord was around her neck. Everything was perfect!!

momtoReaghan
02-01-2007, 01:33 AM
I had a wonderful pregnancy with zero complications and I was induced at 39 weeks by choice. I could have made it to 40, but I was ready. I had a c-section b/c the cord was around her neck. Everything was perfect!!

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Jeana
07-13-2009, 05:29 AM
Delivered at week 37. No NICU. Alex weighed 6 pounds 7 ounces and my FEV1 which had dropped from 80 at the beginning of my pregnancy to 46, went back up to 81 one month after delivering. Three hospitalizations during pregnancy. I don't think I could have done a thing to change my health during pregnancy. I was very compliant and gained 30 pounds. Well, maybe I could have exercised more, but I should have started before I ever got pregnant.

Jeana
07-13-2009, 05:29 AM
Delivered at week 37. No NICU. Alex weighed 6 pounds 7 ounces and my FEV1 which had dropped from 80 at the beginning of my pregnancy to 46, went back up to 81 one month after delivering. Three hospitalizations during pregnancy. I don't think I could have done a thing to change my health during pregnancy. I was very compliant and gained 30 pounds. Well, maybe I could have exercised more, but I should have started before I ever got pregnant.

Jeana
07-13-2009, 05:29 AM
Delivered at week 37. No NICU. Alex weighed 6 pounds 7 ounces and my FEV1 which had dropped from 80 at the beginning of my pregnancy to 46, went back up to 81 one month after delivering. Three hospitalizations during pregnancy. I don't think I could have done a thing to change my health during pregnancy. I was very compliant and gained 30 pounds. Well, maybe I could have exercised more, but I should have started before I ever got pregnant.

Jeana
07-13-2009, 05:29 AM
Delivered at week 37. No NICU. Alex weighed 6 pounds 7 ounces and my FEV1 which had dropped from 80 at the beginning of my pregnancy to 46, went back up to 81 one month after delivering. Three hospitalizations during pregnancy. I don't think I could have done a thing to change my health during pregnancy. I was very compliant and gained 30 pounds. Well, maybe I could have exercised more, but I should have started before I ever got pregnant.

Jeana
07-13-2009, 05:29 AM
Delivered at week 37. No NICU. Alex weighed 6 pounds 7 ounces and my FEV1 which had dropped from 80 at the beginning of my pregnancy to 46, went back up to 81 one month after delivering. Three hospitalizations during pregnancy. I don't think I could have done a thing to change my health during pregnancy. I was very compliant and gained 30 pounds. Well, maybe I could have exercised more, but I should have started before I ever got pregnant.