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Title: PPROM at 21.6
Post by: Lgreener88 on June 19, 2017 at 02:49 PM
Hi there - I am currently hospitalized on modified bedrest and have been for the past 3 weeks.  My water broke at 21.6 without any warning signs. Up until that point, my pregnancy was proceeding quite normally...

My husband and I rushed to the hospital where they confirmed that my water had indeed broke.  We were told that the pregnancy wasn't viable and we would likely lose the baby, as the doctors couldn't offer many interventions that early on.  I was told that I would most likely go into labor and/or develop an infection that would require delivery of baby.  I was transferred to a high risk maternity ward at a city hospital and have received treatment from an amazing team of  Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialists and Neonatologists as I continue to remain pregnant and plan for each next phase.  I received a round of antibiotics (to fight infection) early on.  At 23.5 I received a round of steroids to help develop baby's lungs.  I am currently 25.1 and as of yesterday, I  started routine fetal monitoring 2 x daily.  I've had some slight(pink) bleeding on and off that the Doctors have told me will likely continue.  My family and I have a long road ahead of us, but I am trying to focus on all the positives/successes and how far we've already come (something we didn't think was possible 3 weeks ago)

It's been difficult being hospitalized, especially being away from my 16 month old daughter. Praying this is just a temporary obstacle in our lives and ultimately hoping for a very long and boring stay on the high risk maternity ward. 

Prayers and positive thoughts for all ????
Title: Re: PPROM at 21.6
Post by: Candice1313 on June 19, 2017 at 09:08 PM
Hi! Welcome.

Yes, at 19 weeks I was told all the same things by a number of doctors.  They told me I would lose the baby within three days and at most we would last is a week.  It was so hard to hear all that. 

At 19 weeks, I went in for a routine ultrasound and they saw that my water bag had slipped through the cervix.  I was dialated.  They thought I was in preterm labor so they sent me to labor and delivery.  That's when they brought in the grieving team to break the news to us. 

Anyways, I am now on 26 weeks.  I was not in preterm labor. I have IC and was able to find a doctor who would attempt an emergency cerclage.  It was successful. I am on strict bed rest and will remain on it until we reach 36 weeks (unless something happens sooner). I read stories on this site when I feel down.  They give me some hope more importantly they make me feel like I am not alone.  I also ordered a cross stitch on amazon.  That helps keep my mind off the stress (along with reading, tv and iPad games).  I have 15 month old son and we play baby games on my iPad together and watch "Dave and Ava" for free on you tube.

I do have to remind myself too that this situation I am in is temporary and in the big picture it's a small amount of time. Boring is good :)

Title: Re: PPROM at 21.6
Post by: Lgreener88 on June 19, 2017 at 09:42 PM
Candice- thanks for sharing your story.  It's helpful being able to relate to others"  personal journies through this very scary and unpredictable time.  I agree - reading, tv, and Netflix have all helped to pass the time.  I've also managed to have family bring in some new toys for my daughter to play with when she visits, which she thinks is pretty neat!
Great to hear you've made it to 26 weeks.  Rooting for you and many more weeks to come!
Title: Re: PPROM at 21.6
Post by: Candice1313 on June 20, 2017 at 04:01 AM
Good idea on the new toys. I bet she loves that! I am a little afraid my son will be attached to my iPad and the tv after this experience. I'll deal with that when the time comes ;)  Congrats on making it to 25 weeks! You are past the viability point as well. Amazing!
Title: Re: PPROM at 21.6
Post by: Winteriscoming on June 20, 2017 at 12:17 PM
Hi there,

You are doing great and fantastic you have made it to 25 weeks! Keep focusing on a day at a time as they really are a huge achievement as each passes.

I was admitted at 23+1 for a cerclage but they couldn't do it as structurally my cervix was very thing at the back. Then at 25+4 my waters broke and I thought it was game over however I am still cooking st 30+5 and the hospital are talking about letting me go back home st 32 weeks for home bed rest if I make it that far.

What I've been doing is, drinking loads of water - like at least 3litres a day. Cutting out all caffeine and only a small amount of chocolate and being vigilant with bed rest. The doctors have actually tried to get me up and walking for 30 mins a day but I've declined as my own view is that I'm trying to maximise water kept in there and keep pressure off my cervix.

I also found knitting really helped, having something constructive to do and take your mind off things. So far I've made a blanket, cardio and jumper.

The live chat on tonight at 7pm UK time where you can catch up with other mammas in the same situation has also been a great support to me, so encouraging to hear of other women's progress.

You are doing great! Stay positive

Title: Re: PPROM at 21.6
Post by: Lgreener88 on June 20, 2017 at 09:13 PM
 Winteriscoming- what a journey you have been through!  It's amazing that you've made it to 30.5! Congrats! I hope I can get that far along too!

Clearly whatever you have been doing is working.  It's interesting because the doctors here (in US-New England) have told me that there's no real evidenced based research to say that complete bed rest increases length of pregnancy. Yet, I think there's a lot of be said about paying attention to one's gut instinct and doing only what feels right- which is exactly what you have done!

I just might have to take up knitting! Thanks for the tip! 

Good luck with the remainder of your journey!