I cried this afternoon when Donna said "today starts our 3rd trimester." Tears of joy of course and maybe a little worry. We made it to the oh so important milestone of 28 weeks. If the boys were born today, they have a very good chance of survival. Although the longer they cook the better they will be, every day they stay in is significant. It has taken me most of the week, but I finally have my head wrapped around the possibility of the boys coming this early. I still want them to bake a bit longer, but I know they are healthy and if they have to come, they will be okay.
"Here are some multiple-pregnancy milestones:
- The first major milestone is 24 weeks: the threshold of viability. Babies born this early will likely spend at least three months in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), and a third of them will survive with no long-term problems.
- The second milestone is 28 weeks, when viability skyrockets. Ninety percent of babies who make it to this stage of gestation survive. Long-term complications — including cerebral palsy, vision and breathing problems — are still a possibility, however.
- The next milestone is 32 to 34 weeks. Babies born now generally have an excellent chance of survival, without any major long-term complications, though they might not have full lung maturity (which generally occurs between 33 and 37 weeks) and will need to spend time in the NICU. Some babies born at this stage may require oxygen to help them breathe, while others may need to be fed through a nasogastric tube (which runs through the nose into the stomach). “Super-twins” (triplets or more) almost always spend time in a NICU, but if you can get past that 32-week mark, chances are excellent that the babies will be healthy."