First Time with Complications

Updated on May 23, 2011
K.R. asks from Washington, DC
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i am 28 weeks pregnant with my second child and my water broke while i was at work. I'm at the hospital on bed rest the dr really cant tell me much just that they want to keep the baby inside as long as can. i can deliver anywhere between now and 6 weeks from now. I'm concerned cause the Dr said there is very little water but he said my body always makes more but they are doing ultrasounds twice a week. If i get signs of infection or fever or the baby heart rate goes down then i deliver. He also said there is a possibility the sac could reseal and water would recollect, to check this they would inject a dye to verify if he leak really stopped. Has anyone had this experience ? But I am not sure it will happen since i grossly ruptured and i am still leaking. they gave me Betamethasone shots for the baby's lungs. I have not had any contractions just slight pain when the baby turns. If this happened to u, how long until delivery and if the baby was early what was the health of the baby how much did the baby weigh? my level 2 sono says he weighs about 2.5 lbs

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answers from Richmond on

our baby was born at 28 weeks, in our apartment bathroom , her father caught her. and then called the emts. she is healthy, healthy, healthy.
dont panic, babies are alot more resilient than you might think, you are here, arent you !?
K. h.

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answers from San Francisco on

I had my twins at 27 weeks under similar circumstances. After my water broke, they did everything that they could to keep my daughters inside of me. I was only able to keep them 2 days before I began to develop an amniotic infection and they induced labor. I spent another 24 hours in labor before delivering my daughters. I, too, was given injections for their lungs. My daughters(now 14) were born at 27 weeks and 3 days and weighed 1lb 13oz and 2lbs 3oz. They did not need to stay in the neo natal unit, but they were in the hospital for about 6 weeks because they needed to be monitored closely. They were right around 3lbs when we brought them home. That was over a decade ago and so many strides have been made since then. It sounds like your doctor is on top of things and watching you closely. I will pray for you and your baby and wish you the best of luck. Congratulations:)

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answers from Eugene on

That is about average. If you can make it four weeks this would be wonderful another six and you will have a much easier baby to take home. My 94 year old aunt was born 2 1/2 months prematurely. She has only one kidney. She had a job, bore children had a husband and lots of fun in her life.
Do not drive yourself crazy with worry. Most babies who have good care come out just fine.

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answers from Charlotte on


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answers from Honolulu on

Take what your doctor is saying at face value, He is telling you EVERYTHING he knows, which sadly isn't all that much.

I had my sac rupture but it was a small one and not even picked up on sonogram and it resealed. I suggest staying in bed as much as you can and if you have the desire get someone yo bring you scrapbooking stuff and learn to scrapbook, or learn to knit or something to keep your mind off it.

You are getting the best care possible in the hospital. Baby will be fine. It isn't like this is the 1950's and they would have just had you deliver or get you drunk (high alcohol content in blood stops contractions...)

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answers from Houston on

I am so sorry, how stressful! My friend's daughter was born at 29 wks and she is 7 and doing so great, never would you know she was a preemie. I remember she was all caught up at like 16 months or so. She is smart as a whip ;) She did have to spend basically the rest of the time until she would have been born in the NICU, but she came home after that and just started growing like a little weed. Hang in there I will pray that bag reseals!!

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answers from Lafayette on

I was 30 weeks when my water ruptured. it continued to leak when i was in the hospital. I went in monday morning. They gave me shots to help mature my daughter's lungs. thursday my doctor came in and told me he'd be out of town until sunday (it was over thanksgiving). If i didn't deliver by sunday he would induce (do a C-section because my daughter was breech). Friday at 8 in the morning i started to have contractions. I had an emergency C-section at that time. my daughter was perfectly healthy, although very small. She was born at 2lbs 9ozs and 15 1/4 inches long. had a feeding tube because she was born before the sucking reflex happens, but other than that was completely healthy. we stayed in the hospital for 39 days. she was home almost a full month before her due date. she left the hospital at 4lbs 7 ozs. she has never looked back since. you would never be able to tell she was a premie. very bright, tall for her age, and a normal 2 1/2 year old.

good luck with your wait and delivery!

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answers from Oklahoma City on

This hasn't happened to me thank goodness! But, my cousins water broke when she was 18 weeks pregnant and basically they just waited for her to miscarry but she never did so they put her on bedrest and had her drink a LOT of water so her body would still replinish it for the baby. it still leaked out but she was able to keep enough in there for the baby. They checked her 2 times a week for infection and she did have to end up having the baby at 26 weeks. He was under 1 1/2 pounds and stayed in the hospital for a while but he's SO healthy now and you'd never know he was premature! (He's almost 4!)
Good Luck and I'll be praying for you! I hope everything goes smoothly for you and that you can keep that baby in there for a while longer! :o)

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answers from Washington DC on

I haven't had this experience either. I will give you the best advice I can as a childbirth educator and doula. This is also from midwives that I have worked with over the last 10 yrs. I have known and had several clients whose bags have resealed after an early tear. There is no need to inject dye. They are doing the best they know how and still cover their butt. The sad part of OB practice is that they are so scared due to high malpractice they will do things that were not done years ago. Your baby will do just fine if born early as others have said. Please do your research on kangaroo care and INSIST on it.
Not sure what hospital you are in. Please feel free to email me back as I am happy to give you my phone # and help any way I can. I am in MD in the DC area.
Keep thinking positive thoughts about your baby and your body.

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answers from Los Angeles on

I am currently 28 weeks pregnant with my 2nd child and have had a lot of complications this time around and have been on some form of bedrest this whole pregnancy. I spend a lot of time on, there is a bedrest support group on there and the women are wonderfully supportive. It helps to pass the time and to connect with women going through the same thing. There are also a lot on encouraging stories out there! I wish you all of the best, I know how stressful this is, but every day the baby is in there helps. Take it one day at a time and hang in there!



answers from Chicago on

This hasn't happened to me, but as a mother of twins I have met MANY moms who've been through what you're going through. I know moms who've had babies born, survive, and are healthy at 25 weeks, 26, 27, 28, and beyond. While your baby will likely need NICU time, he will be okay! Technology today is incredible, so try to relax and keep him in there as long as you can. Prayers are being sent your way.



answers from Washington DC on


Good luck to you and your baby. Sending you positive thoughts that your bag of waters will reseal. But just in case, read about kangaroo care and know that your little one benefits from hearing your voice and your touch especially if he or she is born early and needs special care.



answers from Biloxi on

This happened to my mom when she was pregnant with my brother back in 1969. He water broke at 32 weeks. She was put on bedrest and made it to 36 weeks. My brother was somewhere around 7 pounds when he was born adn perfectly healthy. It's great that you've been given the betamethasone. I had it with both my boys as I had pre-term issues with both. It was a huge reassurance knowing that their lung development had been sped up.

Also, if it's reassuring at all, my friend had her twins at 28 weeks due to plancenta previa. She didn't have betamethasone. Each baby was around 2 lbs. They are now 5 years old and doing great. There are some issues, like they dont' have enamel on their teeth, but other than that, are fine. Other than being small for their ages, you'd never know they were so early.




answers from Washington DC on

I was not in this situation but with my second child started with contractions at 29 weeks, so I can imagine how you feel. Please stay positive that things will turn out well. Every extra day your little one is inside helps.



answers from Washington DC on

Hi K.,
I do not have medical advice on the situation, but I just wanted to let you know that I am praying for you and your child!!
Be strong,

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