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March 7th, 2012, 12:01 PM
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I have a general question regarding the differences in boy/girl preemies. My girls were both born early. Not micro preemie but still early. DD1 at 36 weeks from IUGR leaving the hossy at 4lbs 10oz and my DD2 at 35 weeks for suspected IUGR and other complications leaving at 5lbs 2oz. Now 3yrs and 18 months and doing well. I am expecting a boy in August and I know I will not make my due date. Although we are praying for a 37 weeker I am not naive enough to think I wont have another early bird. I had PTL at 32 weeks with my DD2 and I remember when they gave me the steroids for her lung development that I was lucky because girls lungs mature faster in utero than boys do. So now that we are having a boy I am even more worried about another early delivery. Is there a general gestation that is early but safer for boys?? Are there any other differences in boy v girl preemies?? TIA
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March 7th, 2012, 10:26 PM
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There isn't any difference that I know of. I will tell you that DS1 was born at 26 weeks and I had the steroid shots. He was on the vent less and needed less help when on the vent than the 28/29 week little boy that was across the hall who's momma didn't get steroids.

Work with your doc about the steroids and hope for the best.
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March 8th, 2012, 07:05 AM
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I have heard that too but all the preemie boys I know, including my son, did as well as the preemie girls we know who were their same gestational age. My son was a 27 seeker and although the NICU sucked of course, he was a feeder and grower. Same with his best friend who was a 30 weeker. So, don't worry too much about the baby being a boy, I am sure he'll be fine! I am wishing for you to have the longest pregnancy in history--keep us posted about how you are doing!
~Beth in Seattle

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March 21st, 2012, 06:51 PM
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When my twins were born and my daughter did not survive all the nurses told us how surprised they were because they said girls do much better then boys. They told us that "wimpy white boys" actually did the worst out of them all

NOW, given that little fact, our son survived and our daughter didn't and now he is a happy, completely healthy 11 month old! Don't stress about it because you can't change what will happen....
Always missing Raegan Lila 4/28/2011

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