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AxyMum Wed 01-Jun-11 09:18:18

Yesterday at my scan (I'm 34 weeks but have epilepsy so extra scans) they found that there was very little fluid around the baby, then they did a test that suggested my waters have broken. I've also lost my mucus plug so they're fairly certain that's what's happened.

Baby is measuring a really good size (he's off the scale) so they're not too worried about him coming early and have said I can have an induction, but for now I'm at home taking antibiotics and feeling nervous while I monitor my temperature etc.

Has this happened to anyone else? Did the baby come early or did they still hang around? Did you cope okay? Does it make the birth different?

I had to finish work yesterday so I could rest from now on (but it was only a week earlier than I had planned) so today is my first day at home on my own and I'm pretty nervous!

orangehead Wed 01-Jun-11 09:20:49

No experience, but can understand you being a little nervous. Wishing you all the best and hopefully someone with more experience will be along soon

AxyMum Wed 01-Jun-11 09:22:46

Thanks smile

In a way it's exciting because I might be meeting my little man sooner than expected, but I'm just worried that he hasn't finished cooking yet! Plus I haven't really prepared myself, but I'm not sure if I'd feel that way even if I waited until 40 weeks before my waters broke? ;)

PrincessJenga Wed 01-Jun-11 10:20:56

Were you on Mumsnet when SouthSeaRocks started her thread? Loads of people posted with their experiences on there so you might find it useful.

AxyMum Wed 01-Jun-11 11:01:19

Oh, thank you. I only joined today so I hadn't seen it.
Off to lurk...

PrincessJenga Wed 01-Jun-11 11:31:04

The thread finished (actually I think it went on to about three more threads as so many people were rooting for her and asking for updates!) so you won't be able to lurk as such, but you might read some useful experiences. Oh, and it was a happy ending for SouthSea so don't worry as you're reading it!!!

snotdroolanddirtybums Wed 01-Jun-11 12:44:17

hiya, my waters went at around 8pm at 33wks, contractions started a couple of hours later and ds3 was born at 7am the following morning but from what ive read everyone is different and it can be a lot longer for some for labour to start. my circumstances were also different in that they werent happy with it going ahead and did try to delay labour but couldnt so the birth itself was a blur as it was a lot of monitoring and various people running around doing different things and i wasnt really sure what was going on! but by the sounds of thing everyone is quite happy that your lo is doing well and it will most likely be a different experience for you in which case labour and birth should go ahead like any term pregnancy.

snotdroolanddirtybums Wed 01-Jun-11 12:45:59

they also didnt let me home when it was confirtmed that my waters had gone so thats also reasuring that you are at home :-)

LoopyLoopsBettyBoops Wed 01-Jun-11 12:46:35

I didn't notice when it happened to me, and DTD1 died. You are getting very good care, it's brilliant that the baby is measuring big. Try not to stress, and enjoy what you can. Good luck! smile

AxyMum Wed 01-Jun-11 12:47:08

I just keep having a sudden panic that I won't know what I'm doing. I haven't had any birthing classes and I was already high-risk because I'm epileptic, so I'm a bit scared of the whole process (which I guess I would be even without the complications really).

But I'm sure once it starts I'll just go with it - after all, when he's ready to come out he'll come out!

snotdroolanddirtybums Wed 01-Jun-11 12:56:08

everyone feels like that with their first as they just dont know what to expect. i had to be induced with my first and i remember wanting to jump out of the car and run on my way down to the hospital. Having the added worries you have its hardly surprising you feel nervous! but you will be well cared for by people that know what to do if anything was to happen. they will be with you to reasure you at every step and once it all starts you will just go with it. once you hold your baby it will all be forgotten..(im 33wks with number 4 so cant be that bad wink

Checkmate Wed 01-Jun-11 13:54:52

My waters went at 33 weeks with DS1 (my 2nd child), and he was born at 34 weeks.

He was very well, need a bit of help for a few days, but that's it. No long term effects.

Read up a bit about breastfeeding a prem baby - it can be a little harder as they're sleepier, but at the same time they especially need it, so hospital should be very helpful.

SavannahRose Wed 01-Jun-11 15:55:47


My waters went at 34 + 5 weeks had my baby at 35+2
theybleft me 89 hours from when my waters broke to when they induced me. Ended up having a EMCS as she was distressed. She is now perfect!!! 17 days old today weighed 5lb 9oz when horn now weighs 6lb 2oz!!! I had steroids and anti biotics too.

All I can say is don't worry.

AxyMum Thu 02-Jun-11 08:41:08

Thanks everyone. I feel calm, then I panic, then I chill out again...

It's so difficult to think about anything else!

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