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Old 06-08-2007, 08:52 AM   #1
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Earliest premature is possible?


Just wondering what the earliest possible premature birth can be. Just curious.

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Old 06-08-2007, 08:58 AM   #2
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Re: Earliest premature is possible?

They say around 24 weeks is viable.

Old 06-08-2007, 10:10 AM   #3
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Re: Earliest premature is possible?

i dont know how early it is still possible for the baby to live but i do have a friend, my age 22, that was born at 26 weeks and she has always had a huge load of health problems. right now she just got of a year long treatment for her kidneys, and in about a month she will have to go on treatment for i think her liver. im not trying to damper anything, just letting you know my 2 cents hope you guys have a nice day

Old 06-08-2007, 01:10 PM   #4
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Re: Earliest premature is possible?

A girl in Florida delivered at 22 weeks. So far the baby is fine. The news said that is the earliest one has been delivered and lived.

Old 06-08-2007, 04:19 PM   #5
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Re: Earliest premature is possible?

From my experience of pre-term labor & constantly worrying that my baby would arrive too early, I learned that they consider 24 weeks viability, every week after that is a milestone... 28 weeks being a the first big one.
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Old 06-08-2007, 05:08 PM   #6
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Re: Earliest premature is possible?

24 weeks is typically considered viable, however there was a case about 6 months ago to a year ago where a 21 week old baby survived - I think it was the youngest documented case ever.

Old 06-09-2007, 04:12 AM   #7
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Re: Earliest premature is possible?

I also think there was one recently around 21 or 22 weeks that survived...I seem to remember because my dad sent me an e-mail about it (and it just so happened that I was right around the same number of weeks, give or take a few). But maybe this was an old one and he just refound the article to send me! Either way, I agree with everyone else that the earliest was around 21 or 22 weeks...but every week that little baby stays in there gives her a better chance.

I've also thought about this many times (I've had a few times to worry throughout my p/g) that I'm 35.3 I'm still worried...and getting excited, so I have to keep reminding myself to hang out and wait until 38 weeks is best! (Then I'll start hoping for the birth!)

Old 06-09-2007, 04:37 PM   #8
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Re: Earliest premature is possible?

I am the mother of a 24 weeker. Yes, they say that 24 weeks is when the baby is considered viable, but in the preemie community I belong to, there are many, many 23 weekers. It is rare, but 22 weekers can survive also.

Old 06-09-2007, 06:27 PM   #9
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Re: Earliest premature is possible?

My son was born at 31 weeks and he is totally healthy with no problems at all. He had to stay in the hospital for 1 month though after birth because he had to learn how to suck from a bottle. He has never been behind on anything else.


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