The risks involved with having quints are plentiful--we've talked about that.
Still, the biggest challenge is pre-term labor. Nationally, American quints are born on average around 27-28 weeks gestation. At 26 weeks gestation, a preemie has about an 80% chance of survival, but an almost 50% chance of some sort of significant long-term physical or mental disability. At 28 weeks, these numbers improve to 90-95% survival with a 25% chance of long-term disability. (The stats vary somewhat depending on the study, but they're all in the same ballpark.) These numbers continue to improve the further you go in pregnancy.
As a result, it is our goal to make it to 30 weeks - when the chances approach 90% that a preemie will be reasonably healthy long-term. Dr. Elliott would love for us to make it to 34 weeks, but in my mind, I've told myself 30 weeks is a must. Anything else is bonus points. Classic overachiever mindset--bonus points. Maybe I'll even get a "good job" sticker and a sucker at the end of this? Here's hoping.
So, here were are, present day of 29 weeks and 5 days. So close to 30 weeks I can feel it; however, my blood pressure is not cooperating as much as we'd like for it to. Just today at my appointment, my BP fluctuated between 150/90 and 140/85. I was sent to the hospital for observation. My BP is terrific as long as I'm lying down, but as soon as I sit or stand, it shoots back up. The doctors released me to go back to the apartment, but I doubt I be here much longer. I'll go back to Labor and Delivery on Saturday for a check up, so we'll see if they admit me at that point.