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25 Weeks and waters have gone completely!!!

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Mummyloves09 Fri 23-Feb-18 04:27:44

Please I need some support from anyone in a similar situation. I am 25 weeks exactly. Yesterday my water started going at 6:20pm, I was admitted to hospital at 7pm. Had steroids and antibiotics at 9pm. by 1:15am this morning they scanned me and seen no waters around the baby.

Has anyone had success stories in this situation or similar?

What should I expect?

Any questions I need to ask neonatal team?

P.s. This was a low risk pregnancy before this.

I am very teary and need to get a grip to be the best I can for my baby at this time (So any advice welcome).

I have my real life support however my support has not experienced this situation.

Thank you in advance.

Somersetter Fri 23-Feb-18 04:54:08

No advice sorry but thinking of you and hope you get some answers soon flowers

ClareB83 Fri 23-Feb-18 05:10:46

One of my friends had this happen to her when baby was 24-25 weeks. They couldn't leave him in for long with no waters so they gave him steroids and she gave birth to him.

He was tiny. He fit in the palm of her hand.

He was in that hospital (she was on a business trip) for a month or so while they struggled with maturing his lungs without compromising his liver. His Mum always said he was doing fine, but her mum was more forthcoming and it was touch and go those early days. Eventually he was well enough to be moved by ambulance to a more specialist hospital in her hometown.

She lived in an attached flat while he stayed in hospital for several more months. His main problems were breathing and his father who smoked wasn't able to hold him for an hour after smoking. (He was a twat anyway and is no long gone.)

After c.six months he was allowed home on oxygen. He was the size of a much younger baby but with a more mature face.

He was top percentiles for height for his gestation and after a few years looked about right for his age.

Breathing continued to be the main issue. He was on oxygen for at least a couple of years, but not all the time. He was rushed to hospital a couple of times with breathing difficulties.

At about five he had an operation to improve his breathing which massively improved his quality of life as he is able to be active like his peers now.

At six you would not know his was so premature.

My friend dealt with all of this as a single mum. I think having her mum and stepdad around helped - extra people to ask questions/listen to answers. She was also resolutely upbeat about every good bit of news. She treated him like a normal baby as much as she could eg oxygen tank in the pushchair to enable trips out. The live in accommodation at Alderhey also made the extended time in hospital more bearable.

All the best

Mummyloves09 Fri 23-Feb-18 05:29:59

Thanks for the support shown on this thread.

Thanks so much @
ClareB83 for such positive story. It Gives me hope.

serenmoon Fri 23-Feb-18 05:35:37

Have they said how long they'd let you go with no waters? I was told 2 weeks, there was a drug they can give to hold off contractions but it gave me bad side effects so they had to take me off it. I think infection is the main risk so they'll check you very closely for that.

Haudyerwheesht Fri 23-Feb-18 05:37:36

My friend had a baby at 26 weeks. She went into labour and gave birth in the car at the side of the road. Her daughter was very small and the first months were tough going but she’s 11 now and apart from dyslexia which may or may not be related to her prematurity she’s absolutely fine and the tallest in her class.

Good luck

Pidgythe2nd Fri 23-Feb-18 06:12:10

What a scary time for you.

Every pregnancy is different but I have a success story. My sil’s waters broke a few days before 20 weeks. She was told she’d go on to have a late miscarriage but she didn’t. She would have been offered a termination Ibelieve, but wasn’t in England. She was on bed rest but told they wouldn’t attempt to save the baby until 24 weeks due to such low odds. She made it to 24 weeks and got transferred to a hospital with better neonatal care. The waters regenerate so she kept drinking/keeping hydrated. They did keep leaking out though. At about 30 weeks she got an infection and was given a section to get him out. Touch and go for a few days (collapsed lung, infections). He was eventually let home with oxygen as his lungs were very underdeveloped (younger than a 30 week gestation). There were a few stays in hospital in the first year as every cold/cough had complications but fast forward and he’s now a happy, boisterous 3 year old! To look at him you’d never guess what he went through. I assume his lungs will never be ‘normal’ but I don’t really want to ask. He’s our miricle boy!

Do you know what you are having?
I hope that you have a happy outcome too and the journey to get there isn’t too tough.

rainbowfudgee Fri 23-Feb-18 06:15:31

Sorry you are going through this. Are you in hospital now? flowers

Afreshcuppateaplease Fri 23-Feb-18 06:18:10

Bless you op how scary

You are in the best place

Is someone with you?

I have no personal experience of anything like this but have read some amazing stories on mn from ladies who have been through similar

Mummyloves09 Fri 23-Feb-18 06:27:08

Thank you everyone for your success stories and lovely support.

I'm have a girl,

They said they will not intervene until infection etc (So no deadline).
On the other hand if I go into natural labour (With in the next 3 days) I'm unsure how it goes from there. I intend to ask.

Currently I am in hospital they said my bloods test results are borderline.

I have my mum and partner shift visiting and have been amazing.

flumpybear Fri 23-Feb-18 06:38:17

Hand hold, loads of babies pull through from early arrivals if it comes to that. Also baby regenerates amniotic fluid so keep sipping your fluids (or whatever your doctor tells you to do - I'm not an expert wink) and good luck!

IfYouDontImagineNothingHappens Fri 23-Feb-18 07:17:52

Do you have a notepad and pen? Notes on your phone? Write as much down so you can keep track and look back later.

Mummyloves09 Fri 23-Feb-18 08:30:35

Thanks, I have been downing jugs of water. And praying it works.

Pp I will get some paper from midwives and start doing that asap, Drs are yet to do their rounds, great idea.

Pidgythe2nd Fri 23-Feb-18 08:37:08

That’s good news it’s a girl in terms of development as my sil was told that up to about 27 weeks a girls lung development is a bit ahead of boys lung development. Not sure how true that is but that is what she was told.

TeddyIsaHe Fri 23-Feb-18 08:37:24

Another success story here - my friend’s water broke with her twins at 26 weeks, she managed to keep them inside until 30 weeks when she had an emergency c-section. The girls had a really rough start, infections and lots of struggles, but they’re now 8 years old and you honestly can’t tell that they had such a tough start in life. Wonderful happy, healthy girls!

Wish you all the luck in the world, and I hope everything goes ok for you flowers

Mummyloves09 Fri 23-Feb-18 09:08:55

An update on today's progress, the Dr just done the rounds and said if bloods come back clear today, I have my second dose steroids at 11pm and keep taking antibiotics, I maybe able to leave tomorrow but on complete bed rest and be seen as an out-patient every 1-2 weeks to do checks. So I got everything cross. Next set of Drs will explain in more depth on the antenatal ward, I'm being transferred to.

Thank you all again for the support and positive stories, hopefully there will be more good news tomorrow.

ClareB83 Fri 23-Feb-18 09:13:30

I just remembered my Uni friend had her waters go early with DC2 and DC3. DC2 was close to full term so they kept her in another week or so with my friend popping into hospital every couple of days for checks.

DC3 was more like 30-32 weeks and he stayed in about 3 more weeks I think. Again with friend mainly at home on bed rest (that she did not stick to). He is still small for his age at 14 months but no health problems at all.

Also my other friend was premie herself, on the verge of viability 35 years ago. She has poor eyesight as a result but that is it and had her own baby at full term two years ago.

Xulishesthepilot Fri 23-Feb-18 09:25:51

Hi OP, glad to hear everything's going as well as it can. Don't know if it's bad form to link another forum but your story reminded me of this lady's story so I thought I'd share in case it was any use to you. Good luck x

Mummyloves09 Fri 23-Feb-18 15:19:35

Thanks for the positive story, it really helps hearing personal and close to home scenarios.
@Xulishes that chat link you posted was beautifulthanks for sharing.

Mummyloves09 Sat 24-Feb-18 11:57:16

Hi everyone,
Just a brief update: unfortunately the consultant has come in today and said I can't go home. As baby has no waters (confirmed by growth scan yesterday) and can go into labour at any point and she said she can get baby up to NICU in 8 mins, however if I go home I will not get that immediate care baby will need being 25w + 2 days. So she will review me mid week.

I know I shouldn't but I think I wanted to hear "Go home, baby most probably won't come now and stay in until at least 30weeks." so I guess the reality just hit me (Again) so I cried for 5 mins then got myself together as consultant said "This is the best place for the baby right now. Being so young gestational wise."

So as soon as I get another update I will let you all know. And hopefully it will be a positive one.

Afreshcuppateaplease Sat 24-Feb-18 12:05:20

Bless you op it must be very scary but at least they are keeping a close eye on you

gruber Sat 24-Feb-18 12:07:02

On instagram there is a blog “arlosrainbow” about a mum and her 3rd baby born at 25 weeks. He has done so well and is now 14 months. Have a look.

gruber Sat 24-Feb-18 12:07:22

Hope you have better news soon xx

WopYa Sat 24-Feb-18 12:09:29

Oh op bless you flowers

I know it's easy to say and hard to do but try and stay calm and positive. A girl I know had her baby girl at 23 and 6. She was very very tiny but otherwise we'll and she was in special care for a good few months but she's almost 2 now and doing very well. She has no problems and she's still quite petite but developmentally she's great.

Good luck with your baby girl op x

mummyhaschangedhername Sat 24-Feb-18 12:43:56

Wishing you the best of luck OP. Hoping she stays out for now. Are you getting more steroids later still?

Pooshweens Sat 24-Feb-18 12:57:31

My friend had an emergency C section at 24 weeks and three years later everything is fine

He was in intensive care for a while and allowed Home after a few months with oxygen

Stressful times but prem baby care has come on so much

Good luck x

Mummyloves09 Sat 24-Feb-18 13:00:20

Thank you everyone, I'm sure it's just a mixture hormones and nerves at this point.

Kevinbaconsrealwife Sat 24-Feb-18 13:07:39

Good luck sweetheart to you and your daughter...I know you’re probably sick to the back teeth of hearing this but you both are really in the best place....thinking of you and sending you a virtual hug x

flumpybear Sat 24-Feb-18 13:14:35

Best place for you - catch up with mums net, down load Fishdom and chill out .... stress isn't good so try to let the hospital take
The stress from your life wink

MaverickSnoopy Sat 24-Feb-18 13:15:03

I have been downing jugs of water

You're a mum already OP. Doing everything you can for your baby. Try to think of staying in hospital as just that, doing the best that you can for your baby.

This sounds like a terrifying time and you are being so very brave.

In your shoes I would start making a list of everything that you need to make your time there more bearable - food/drinks/books/tablet etc and then sending your family for them.

Greenglassteacup Sat 24-Feb-18 13:21:02

Wishing you all the best OP

toomuchlikehardwork Sat 24-Feb-18 13:26:08

I can't offer any advice but keeping everything crossed for you and do keep us updated 🤞🏻

Lukeandlorelai4Ever Sat 24-Feb-18 13:28:02

No advice but here for a handhold.
Get lots of books, magazines and an iPad and rest yourself.

feellikeanalien Sat 24-Feb-18 13:31:37

OP I started losing fluid at 25 weeks. I was kept in hospital on total bed rest and my little one held on for another 3 weeks.

She spent 3 months in NICU but is now a healthy 10 year old. She has some developmental problems but that is related to a genetic condition and the doctors don't think it was anything to do with her being born prematurely.

I know it's really scary but it's amazing how resilient they are. Try not to stress (easier said than done I know) and think positive.

I wanted to go home as well but when DD decided it was time to come out I was so glad I was in hospital.

Wishing all the best for you.

ClareB83 Sat 24-Feb-18 14:06:42

I hate when hospital give you hope that you can go home and then change their minds. It's very upsetting.

But nothing has really changed - baby is doing well, hanging in there and you have medical support on hand.


Somersetter Sat 24-Feb-18 15:00:38

I had to stay in hospital overnight when I had problems in pregnancy. Quite a few of the women on the same ward had been in for much longer to due to waters breaking, pre-eclampsia, etc and there was an amazing sense of camaraderie and support - hopefully you'll get to meet some of the other women and feel a bit less alone 💐

Mummyloves09 Sun 25-Feb-18 10:03:19

Quick update: Contractions started at 1:54am (4 within an hour) this morning, got given medication and sent to sleep. Woke up at 5:10am with bleeding. My observations are fine and so is the baby (Baby is moving regular). So they reckon contractions and baby movement is causing bleeding, the bleeding is slowing down which is a good sign. So we are just waiting to see what will happen today if we progress into full blown labour.

stinksworth Sun 25-Feb-18 10:08:17

Just wanted to offer support and say I have everything crossed for you and your little one. thanks

paddypants13 Sun 25-Feb-18 10:14:56

Keeping everything crossed for you and your little one Mummy.

My friend's sister had this happen to her and her boy is now a strapping, healthy nine year old. xxxx thanks

snapple21 Sun 25-Feb-18 10:19:35

Hope the contractions have settled OP. Have you been to look round the NICU?

ClareB83 Sun 25-Feb-18 10:20:20

Oh gosh @Mummyloves09 so scary but at least they kept you in!

Namethecat Sun 25-Feb-18 10:27:36

I'm glad you have your partner and mum for support. You are absolutely in the right place and obviously your emotions are up and down. Sending you my very best wishes. Keep drinking 🌸🌷🌹🌷🌸🌹

Somersetter Sun 25-Feb-18 11:10:45

Good luck and positive thoughts flowers

fannyfelcher Sun 25-Feb-18 11:22:30

Like everybody else I just wanted to offer support. My niece was born at 24weeks back in 1990 and she was teeny tiny. It took a lot of medical intervention but she is is a fully blown adult now, has done a BA and MA, runs an IT department and is the most sensible women I ever met. She does have mild cerebral palsy and some asthma/breathing issues at times but nothing has stopped her. I believe that she was the third smallest baby to have survived at that point in time and she weighed less than a bag of sugar.

Good luck with it all <3

cornishmumtobe Sun 25-Feb-18 12:47:08

Just wanted to wish you all the luck OP. You are in the right place thanks

mrsreynolds Sun 25-Feb-18 12:52:55

My nephew was born at 26 +5
He's 14 now and taller than me
No health issues
Good luck x

Ilovewillow Sun 25-Feb-18 12:56:11

Just wanted to wish you all the luck in the world. I'm thinking of you! thanks

DontbeaDickaboutit Sun 25-Feb-18 14:16:21

Thinking of you OP, stay strong!

lizkt Sun 25-Feb-18 14:24:00

Same happened to me at 31 weeks. We held on for 3 more weeks until DD arrived.

They will want the baby to stay inside until 36 weeks if poss and will monitor for infection. Every day your baby remains in counts.

It's a horribly scary and unpleasant time and not at all what you hope for in your pregnancy.

DD is nearly 12 and just fine! There were plenty of earlier babies from 24-28 weeks on the NICU ward. They will take you up there and show you around.

lightoflaluna Sun 25-Feb-18 14:27:59

Good luck OP. A baby at our local baby group was born at 24 weeks and is doing really well. She came out of hospital a few weeks after her original due date

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tiredmama1 Mon 26-Feb-18 06:37:21

Thinking of you OP. I'm sitting at home under my 28weeker as I write. It's a scary time and there will be days when it all seems hopeless and endless, but you just have to hang on tight and ride the rollercoaster of NICU. Everybody will tell you about a preemie they know, but unless you've ever been in the situation yourself, you will never understand just how intense having a very premature baby is. BUT these little ones are incredibly resilient and the NHS are just wonderful at taking care of them. We spent 10 weeks in the NICU, and after countless ups and downs, we're now home and doing perfectly. There's no escaping the fact that the earlier the baby comes the harder its journey is, but if you've had the steroids you're off to a great start. I didn't have time for them as my baby came so quickly, and it took my baby much longer to come off breathing support than much earlier babies whose mothers had had the steroid injections. I saw plenty of 25 and 26 weekers pulling through. They are little fighters and will amaze you every day xx

jkl0311 Mon 26-Feb-18 07:11:38

Good luck op and keep us posted, I'm sure everything will be ok and you are in the best place, keep drinking that water if it doesn't go round the baby is does help keep toxins flushed out if your body smile best of luck. I don't have an experience but I don't want to read and run

yougetwhatyougive Mon 26-Feb-18 08:01:04

Thinking of you op 💐

Afreshcuppateaplease Mon 26-Feb-18 11:42:32

Hope all is ok op flowers

sirlee66 Mon 26-Feb-18 12:00:48

Oh, OP! Thinking and praying for you and the safe arrival of your baby girl. You are in the best place and they will be looking after you.

My SIL works is a neonatal nurse and has seen and cared for many many babies born much younger than your little one and they have gone on to live happy and healthy lives. It is possible and I just know that your baby girl will be perfect.

All the very best of luck in the world to you xxxx

octoberfarm Mon 26-Feb-18 12:03:48

Wishing you and your daughter all the luck in the world, OP. Hope you're doing okay thanks

Mummyloves09 Mon 26-Feb-18 19:42:23

Quick update: I gave birth today to a beautiful baby girl, weighing 1lb 7oz. She is doing very well.

Afreshcuppateaplease Mon 26-Feb-18 19:43:43

Oh wow op!

Congratulations on your daughter! flowers

sirlee66 Mon 26-Feb-18 19:45:25

Oh amazing!! Massive congrats OP! Over the moon for you!!! Xx

Namethecat Mon 26-Feb-18 19:47:40

Sending you and your daughter my best wishes. Congratulations .

Drogonssmile Mon 26-Feb-18 19:50:42

I've only just seen this thread. Congratulations! 💐💐💐💐💐💐💐

booellesmum Mon 26-Feb-18 19:54:07

Congratulations and I hope she continues to do well.
Thinking of you both.

QuitMoaning Mon 26-Feb-18 19:55:54

Oh, that is so lovely. Congratulations!

Mummyontherun86 Mon 26-Feb-18 20:00:51

Congratulations. Sending some prayers up for her and you.

drinkyourmilk Mon 26-Feb-18 20:01:33

Congratulations mummyloves!

anonneymouse Mon 26-Feb-18 20:02:01

Wow, so tiny. I have tears. Hoping all will be ok. These little ones are fighters.

Northernbeachbum Mon 26-Feb-18 20:06:12

@mummyloves09 just jumped over from the june thread. So glad to hear she's doing well!!!

Youllneverlivelikecommonpeople Mon 26-Feb-18 20:07:27

Congratulations!!!!!! Wishing you and your little girl the very best. ((((hugs))))

toomuchlikehardwork Mon 26-Feb-18 20:08:06

Congratulations. Been thinking of you and your little one and wishing all the best for the future.

octoberfarm Mon 26-Feb-18 20:10:28

Huge congratulations OP, I bet she's absolutely perfect!!

BreakfastAtSquiffanys Mon 26-Feb-18 20:11:22

Does she have a name yet?

TiffanyDoggett Mon 26-Feb-18 20:12:41

Congratulations on you're little girl.

I delivered (caught!) a 26 week little boy almost 10 years ago. He was my first premie birth and his parents and I kept in touch. He went from strength to strength and I used to catch up with the family when they were in for various procedures. He's doing brilliantly from their last email. His sight has been affected but cognitive and physical development is great. It's going to be an uphill road but keep the positivity.

Please look after yourself too. It's so easy to neglect you're own basic needs at this point but your daughter needs a strong, well rested and hydrated mother brewcakethanks

TiffanyDoggett Mon 26-Feb-18 20:13:17

Whoops! Your little girl!

CatsCatsCats11 Mon 26-Feb-18 20:15:47

Congratulations on the birth of your little girl OP!

jkl0311 Mon 26-Feb-18 20:16:00

Congratulations thanks this just brought a tear to my eye. Hope your both home safe soon keep us updated

NorksAreMessy Mon 26-Feb-18 20:16:02

Congratulations. I have everything crossed for you both xxx

Prettylovely Mon 26-Feb-18 20:20:10

Congratulations, Best of luck! flowers

Bratsandtwats Mon 26-Feb-18 20:27:37

Congratulations OP flowers

Thelampshadelady Mon 26-Feb-18 20:30:34

Congratulations op. I hope all is well flowers

ineedwine99 Mon 26-Feb-18 20:32:19

Congratulations OP!! Fingers and toes crossed she goes from strength to strength

stinksworth Mon 26-Feb-18 20:32:22

Huge congratulations! All the best for you and your new arrival.

Timpani Mon 26-Feb-18 20:44:05

Congratulations OP . Hoping all is well with your daughter x

oohloolala Mon 26-Feb-18 20:45:02

Congratulations! Glad to hear she's doing well

Ohb0llocks Mon 26-Feb-18 20:56:47

Congratulations op thanks

Sparklesdontshine Mon 26-Feb-18 21:07:44

Ahhh congratulations! I hope she continues to do well flowers

McDougalMcPhee Mon 26-Feb-18 21:13:18

oh wishing you and your little girl all the luck in the world xxxx

SouthernComforts Mon 26-Feb-18 21:20:02

Congratulations on your baby girl flowers

My dd was 1lb 11oz and is now 8 and doing well.

Remember to look after yourself.. there's a million people looking after dd and don't be scared to ask questions. Also, make notes.. the first 4 weeks were a blur. Oh, and take photos! I have hardly any of dd as a baby. flowers

Namethecat Tue 27-Feb-18 11:04:29

Admitting to checking several times a day to see how you and your daughter are getting on. Hoping you are able to have a wee cuddle now and again. Best wishes

Afreshcuppateaplease Tue 27-Feb-18 12:12:46

Hope all is ok op

Crocky Tue 27-Feb-18 15:03:44

Congratulations flowers

paddypants13 Tue 27-Feb-18 16:44:44

Congratulations! thanks

yawning801 Tue 27-Feb-18 16:59:36

Congratulations OP!

Mummyloves09 Wed 28-Feb-18 08:53:53

Good morning,
Just a quick update baby is doing well. Now feeding on colostrum and having wet nappies and poo nappies. She is very active and the jaundice uv light is going off later on. The oxygen they are supplying her is minimal. So far so good.

frogsoup Wed 28-Feb-18 08:59:46

Congratulations! So pleased she is doing well. My prem baby was a relative whopper at 2lb at 26 weeks. He is now 7 and completely healthy. NICU was a long, rough old ride though. Look after yourself flowers

sugarycerealfan Wed 28-Feb-18 09:00:11

Great news OP!
I do keep checking in for updates, sounds like your little girl is doing brilliantly smile congratulations thanks

Racheyg Wed 28-Feb-18 09:04:05

Great news op. Sounds like a strong willed baby xx

INeedNewShoes Wed 28-Feb-18 09:06:34

Congratulations! And well done to both of you. It sounds like you're both doing brilliantly.

SnowCats Wed 28-Feb-18 09:07:37

Congratulations op flowers and all the best to you and your little girl.

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