Cara - posted on 01/19/2012 ( 20 moms have responded )
I lost my beautiful baby girl on January 2nd,2012 at 21 weeks. I was visiting my family in Colorado for Christmas and I kept having to urinate more often then usual and I was leaking fluid which at the time I thought was urine because I thought I had UTI. So I went to the doctor on December 23rd to get everything checked out. While I was at the doctors they did 4 different swabs to check to see if I was leaking amniotic fluid all the swabs came back negative and there was no sign of infection in my urine or blood. The doctor told me that it was probably just mucus or regular pregnancy discharge. They sent me over to the hospital to get a sonogram done to check and see if the baby was ok. They said the baby looked fine and she had a strong heartbeat but they were concerned that my cervix was opened so they sent me back to the previous doctor. He checked everything out again and told me that the cervix was not open and that everything looked fine so he sent me home.
Through out that whole week I was still leaking a lot of fluid but I didn’t think anything about it because the doctor said it was fine. On January 2nd that morning we were packing up the car to leave and I started having horrible pains in my lower stomach that would come and go. They were not getting any better so I decided to go to the hospital. While I was there they did another ultrasound this time the baby was not moving at all but her heartbeat was still normal. They did more swabs and this time 2 showed that I was leaking amniotic fluid and 2 came back negative. They also said that my cervix was dilated to 3 and that there was a lot of infection detected on the swabs. They told me that there was nothing that could be done but to give birth to the baby so that they could treat the infection.
I gave birth to my beautiful baby girl later that afternoon. She was alive for 22 minutes my husband and I got to hold her and say goodbye before she passed away. She was 1lb and 10.5 inches long she was perfect and I miss her so much. The results of the placenta swabs came back with Gardnerella vaginalis and some other unidentified bacteria. The doctors said they don’t know if the infection caused me to go into preterm labor or if my water broke due to incompetent cervix causing the infection. I just wish I knew exactly what happened so that maybe they can watch for it more closely next time I get pregnant. Has anyone had a similar experience and had a healthy baby the next time??