Now that we have reached the 23 week marker we are at what many consider to be the viability milestone.
What is viability? I had a friend ask me that today so I thought I might spell it out here.
Essentially at 23 weeks you go from your baby having pretty much no chance of survival if it was to be born to some chance. In this case, 10-35% chance of survival. Some people feel heartened by this but I don’t really. You see when I see that I number my brain automatically turns it around and tells me that it also says that 65-90% of babies born at this point will die. Those there are big numbers and I’m not really a fan of the survival odds.
I think for your baby to fall into this 10-35% category you probably need some notice that it is going to be born so they can pump mama full of steroids to encourage any lung or other organ growth. And you probably need to be at the right hospital to cater for such a delivery.
Things like rupture of the membranes (waters breaking) prior to 24 weeks greatly reduces the chance of survival apparently so I am guessing my speculation about the birth needing to have some notice for best chance of success to be correct. Also the bigger the baby in general, the more likely it is to survive an early birth. So if bub is measuring slightly ahead then in this case, not such a bad thing.
Still, it’s not all doom and gloom. I met someone today who knew a 1 year old who was born at 23 week gestation and he is absolutely fine. A little small and behind milestones sure, but he survived and without any obvious disabilities. Woooo!
And if we have 10-35% change of survival right now, today, then those odds only get better with each and every passing day that baby stays tucked inside, kicking away. In only 4 short weeks I will be 27 weeks at which point viability reaches a whopping 90%. Damn, now they are some odds I can get my head around.
I had a mini little freak out today at how fast time seems to be passing. Our renovation on the garage began this week and we’ve done a big clean out of stuff – the first clean out of many in the coming months. I am hoping to be done with that project by end Feb so I can get working on the baby corner in my room. I want to be done with that part by end March (at which point I will be 30 weeks pregnant) so that I can spend the last 10 weeks not worried about the fact that I’m not nimble enough to get stuff organised. And that way I will know that we are ready for her whenever she may arrive and I can just concentrate on being ready for the birth.
OB appointment on Thursday and I’m keen to ask a few of my questions from all my VBAC / natural birth research so excited about that. I’ve fallen right off the healthy eating/exercise wagon of late so am nervous about what I will weigh at my appointment. I seriously need to right this ship or I’m going to end up a freaking whale and it’s stressing me out.
Monkey has started making up songs to sing to the baby. It is sooooooo cute. He just loves her so much already. It makes my heart so full. I cannot wait to be a mum of two. I talk about them as “the kids” already and I just loooooove being able to use that term. It rocks my freaking world.
Oh and I have logged off Facebook for the month. Man I waste so much time on that shit. I am interested to see how I fill my time when I don’t have it. So far tonight I’ve played sudoku and written this post so not really like I am being any more productive than usual. Ha! I took the app 100% off my phone so I can’t even sneak in if I want to. I could log in via the browser I suppose but I’m pretty good to sticking to stuff when there is a time frame so I think I can do this. I’m really just trying to break the habit for now so that when I log back on I hopefully use it less. Until the baby is born and I’m sitting around breastfeeding constantly and then I’m sure I’ll wind up a junkie again…
FYI – I just took all the viability stuff from Wikipedia so if it’s not up-to-date and I am busily misinforming then I am sorry.