Do babies born at 37 weeks need the NICU?

Yesterday I went to my high-risk dr, and as of today, I am 33w2d. I have gestational diabetes and need to take insulin for it five times a day. I asked if they planned on inducing me at 39 weeks as they did with my last child, and she told me to me would be 37 or 38 weeks. That does not give me a lot of time, and I’ve never had a baby that early. Are 37/38 weeks still ok to not need NICU? Will he still be developed enough to latch for breastfeeding? This is my 4th baby, but they’ve all been overdue except for my 1yr old who came at 39w. The only reason I’m scared of is that my little brother was 36w and four days and had to be in NICU for a few weeks. And he was only 4lbs. Thank you for any advice and sorry if it sounds stupid


I had my daughter at 37 weeks. No NICU

Reality is you wont know until baby is born. Take care of yourself specially because you have GD.

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Every baby and every pregnancy is different. My sister has 3 kids that were all born between 36-37 weeks that didn’t need the NICU. I would call your doctor with these questions or ask at your next visit what they think based on your pregnancy.

Guidelines are that babies are considered “early term” at 37 weeks. So often they are fine and not considered premature. Of course those are just guidelines, and if you due date is not accurate it would make a difference. Usually it is best to allow babies to stay in utero as close to your due date as possible, while balancing risks and benifits to the mother. These personal health issues could really only be evaluated with your obgyn. Good luck!

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When it comes to our children there are no stupid questions. Babies born at 37 weeks generally don’t need the NICU. Keep in mind that GD babies tend to be bigger than others as well. Having said that, the issues would be the baby’s lungs and it’s ability to regulate body temperature. Unfortunately there’s know way to know for sure until the baby is born. Good luck momma.


I had my son at 36 weeks and daughter at 37 weeks they both were fine no NICU needed

Because of your gestational diabetes you wont know… Anything b4 37 weeks is considered early… You should probably talk to… oh damn… who is that person…your OBSTETRICIAN about your medical questions :woman_facepalming:t3::woman_facepalming:t3::woman_facepalming:t3::woman_facepalming:t3::woman_facepalming:t3::woman_facepalming:t3::woman_facepalming:t3:


I was 37weeks there were minor complications, every baby is different though

Both of mine were born at 38.5 and were fine.

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Both my boys were born at 37 weeks, zero issues with either of them. Both healthy and went home with me 24 hours after birth. (Yes, 24 hours by my request).

Obviously everyone has given you wonderful advice to talk your situation through with your OB.

My first was born at 36 weeks full term

OK here’s the thing if you have gestational diabetes usually the baby is larger to begin with (im full blown diabetic now but had gestational diabetes with all of mine but my first) my fourth baby weighed 11’1 and was delivered at 38 weeks… with me what I noticed was all my children went up in weight with my diabetes my first one weighed 7’14 he was overdue by almost 2 weeks I was 19 at the time… my others were 8’1 early 9’1 early and then my final one 11’1 (I was induced with her)…

My daughter is type 1. Delivered todY at 34 weeks. 6 lb 3 oz baby girl.lungs are a bit small but shes doing great!

I had my baby at 36 weeks and 4 days. She seemed very healthy at birth! She weighed 7lbs 2 oz. it wasn’t until 24 hours after birth her lung did collapse. But she was in the NICU for 7 days exactly and healed so quickly! She is a wonderfully spunky 1 year old now :slight_smile:

You won’t really know until the baby comes. My first baby was born at 32 weeks and my second was born at 38 weeks. Neither needed NICU.

I was 36 weeks and was rushed in to have baby via emergency c section. He was in NICU for 10 days.

I had my daughter at 27 weeks… the doctors said when I was first hospitalized that the goal was 34 weeks and after that the baby is just gaining Weight. Your fine! FYI my daughter was in the nicu 73 days and she was perfect then and perfect now.

I had both my boys at 37 weeks one was fine one needed NICU for 2 weeks for breathing issues both was over 7lbs

I had my second one at 37 weeks and he was healthy, he weighed 6’4 and breastfed right away…no NICU, went home in 2 days😊