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23 weeks, in hospital, Just need a hand to hold

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UpNorth74 Fri 17-Jul-15 23:27:57

I'm in a little bit of shock ... Just need to get this out of my head ...

I'm 23 weeks today, and at work this morning found a little blood in my knickers. Having suffered a previous miscarriage before Christmas at 8 weeks, I didn't hesitate to call the midwife. She seemed calm and suggested to head to the hospital to get it checked out.
Initial verbal assessment suggested nothing serious but they wanted to examine me to be sure. 2 hours later a Dr came, examined me and told me she was shocked to discover that my waters had broken and said she could see the baby's head through my 1-2cm dilated cervix.
I was given a scan instantly, where a consultant slightly disagreed with the Dr, and said I'd had a show but my waters were still on tact, just.
He said blood tests pending they could stitch up my cervix (with a 1 in 7 chance of waters breaking during procedure).
Unfortunately, blood test showed slight infection so they're re- testing tomorrow.
In the mean time I had a fairly big bleed which ANOTHER Dr said was a ruptured placenta, and is be carefully monitored.
So I'm on hospital bed rest. I had a visit from the Special Care unit to explain to me what choices a have if I go into labour. They said 23 weeks is their borderline - if this happened yesterday they'd be having a very different conversation with me.
Basically - they asked if I'd like them to do everything they can if I go into labour, or if I'd like to cherish the time I have with my son or daughter after delivery. My gut instinct is to fight - but ultimately let baby choose. Special Care said if there is a strong heart and they can help baby breathe, then they'll do all they can with our consent. If baby is weak, we'll be given space to spend what precious time we may have.
Then they talked about disability. If I give birth this week, there us a 30% survival rate, and a 1 in 10 chance of a healthy baby. And a 9 in 10 chance of cerebral palsy and / or bowl trouble.
Ideal scenario, is that this little baby stays put, even for another few weeks, at least!
My head is swimming. Overall I'm feeling very positive that me and my partner will do everything within our power for this baby. But, baby knows best - and we'll be with them whatever they choose.

Sorry for rambling post - I'm in hospital and can't sleep.
If you have any Positive vibes going on - please hurl them my way smile

UpNorth74 Fri 17-Jul-15 23:30:53

I should also add, baby seems happy - lots of wriggles and kicks, and a good heartbeat.

Theselittlelightsaremine Fri 17-Jul-15 23:32:22

Sending all positive vibes your way, and offering a hand to hold.

JanineMelnitzGlasses Fri 17-Jul-15 23:34:17

I have no idea what to say OP other than I have everything crossed for you. <<A huge and very unmumsnetty hug>>

Binkleflip Fri 17-Jul-15 23:35:04

flowers I don't have the right words for this but I can hurl the positive vibes x

guineapig1 Fri 17-Jul-15 23:35:52

Positive vibes flying your way UpNorth. You are doing really well, just concentrate on resting and staying calm and positive and it is great that your little one is happy and wriggly.

chippednailvarnish Fri 17-Jul-15 23:36:02

My close friend delivered at 26 weeks after a ruptured placenta, she and her daughter were fine.
Are they giving steroids for lung development?
Hang in there Baby UpNorth!

MrsNuckyThompson Fri 17-Jul-15 23:38:23

Didn't want to read and run. Sending many positive vibes and wishing you and your precious baby all the very best.

CultureSucksDownWords Fri 17-Jul-15 23:38:32

Best wishes to you, I hope your little one can stay put for as long as possible.


Shirleycantbe Fri 17-Jul-15 23:39:04

Good luck, wishing the best for you xxx

Mummyagain15 Fri 17-Jul-15 23:41:18

Lots of positive thoughts and well wishes for you and baby op


RooibosTeaAgain Fri 17-Jul-15 23:41:18

So sorry to hear your news. Hope the bed rest and tomorrow brings better news for you all.

I was in HDU on labour ward earlier this year with the risk of imminent delivery at 25, and remember the scary time there very clearly.

Positivity and calm thought being sent your way.

GlitterTwinkleToes Fri 17-Jul-15 23:42:23

Lots and lots of positive vibes being sent your way flowers

Good luck to all of you

BunnyPotter Fri 17-Jul-15 23:43:39

Sending many, many positive vibes. I was on home bed rest from the about the same time (so less serious in my case). It sounds like you have a caring and respectful team around you. I hope you get some sleep, you're being well looked after.

SilverNightFairy Fri 17-Jul-15 23:48:10

Sending all my love, hugs and BABY STAY INSIDE YOUR MUM!!! vibes to you..I'm guessing you must be feeling so very anxious and frightened at this time flowers I hope you have someone with you at hospital. Xx

Mumstheword2b Fri 17-Jul-15 23:52:04

Sending lots of love. I hope baby gets settled right where it is x

zoemaguire Sat 18-Jul-15 00:00:10

I was in pretty much your position 5 years ago, only a bit later at just 25 weeks. My ds hung on inside for 8 days and was born after an infection at 26 weeks. We had very similar decisions to make about rescuss. He is now a healthy 5 year old, but I remember that time in hospital like it was yesterday.

Good luck and lots of staying put vibes. Remember the stats about disability etc are just that, they can't tell you how your particular child will fare. Sending all hope for a strong healthy baby. NICU doctors are miracle workers and will do all they possibly can.

AlpacaMyBags Sat 18-Jul-15 00:03:08

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Desperateannie1 Sat 18-Jul-15 00:08:09

Hurling lots of positive vibes, Up, and offering you a hand to hold.

I hope baby stays put and the nursing staff help you both.

Strokethefurrywall Sat 18-Jul-15 00:13:11

Keeping all appendages crossed for you OP, in the face of a truly terrifying time your posts are full of positivity.
Hang in there both of you, but if baby has the strength of his mam, he'll have a fighting spirit thanks
Ps. Don't know the sex of baby but defaulted to he because I have boys!

UpNorth74 Sat 18-Jul-15 01:22:44

Thanks so much for the lovely support - even at this crazy hour!
chippednailvarnish - that's awesome about your friend safely delivering at 26 weeks - and yep, I've been given the steroids... Ouch!
zoeamaguire - thank you, that is the kind of positive vibe I'm after! I understand they have to prepare you, but every situation is different. And bloody well done hanging on 8 days.

We can do it, baby!

SilverNightFairy Sat 18-Jul-15 01:45:01

Hold on honey, we are thinking about you and Baby Up! I was on bed rest after early rupture of membranes. This happened at 30 weeks for me, so circumstances different. I remember the consultants coming in to speak about risks and complications, having injections to speed up lung development. This was almost twenty years ago, so imagine things have evolved. My heart goes out to when you can, there are MumsNetters from around the world up night and day on here..xx

Frillsandspills Sat 18-Jul-15 02:19:39

I have everything crossed for you OP flowers

textfan Sat 18-Jul-15 02:25:48

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julesldn Sat 18-Jul-15 02:34:53

Thinking of you and your baby and hope the outcome is a positive one for you all. Stay strong ���� xxx

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