water broke and still waiting!!

AnneMarie - posted on 06/06/2009 ( 17 moms have responded )

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so i was in the hospital 4 weeks ago at 29 weeks pregnant for already being dialated to 4..they had me on nifedipine for the last 3 weeks then on saturday i woke up and my water broke...a week later im still here sitting in the hospital having minor contractions (since they had me stop taking the nifedipine)..nothing close to be considered in labor..the doctor said that once i get into my 34-35 week of pregnancy they will induce me..so my question(s) is...has anyone else waited this long with their water broke?...if so how did it go..and also when was your little one born and how long did they stay in the NICU..?

thanks guys!

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Nicole - posted on 06/10/2009

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I woke up one morning and was leaking fluid during my 29th week of pregnancy. We rushed to the Dr. and they admitted me to the hospital immediately. I was given steroid shots to help mature his lungs in case he decided to come early and antibiotics to prevent any infection. No one could figure out why I was leaking the amniotic fluid but I was and he almost had no fluid around him and he was breech. The goal was to wait until 35-36 weeks and then do a c-section. Well, 8 days later I started having contractions and my blood count had dropped (meaning I was getting an infection) so they decided a c-section would be the safest and only option for him. He was 2 lbs. 13oz. and was 12 inches long. He stayed in the NICU for 6 weeks. It was hard leaving him there but we new that was his only key to survival. Tips for the NICU: Don't be afraid to call and get updates whenever you want. It is still your baby and your main concern. You have every right to know what is happening and the nurses understand that. Go visit as much as you want and talk to your baby, he does hear you and knows your voice. Touch him as much as you can, even if it's just a small brush across his hand. Don't be afraid to feed him and hold him once he is out of the incubator, he won't break! All of the wires on him and monitors will look scary but they just monitor him and he's not in pain. You'll learn as you go and the number one thing to remember is that it is YOUR baby! My son is now 14 months and he is right on track with his weight, height, and general abilities of babies his same age. Just hang in there!

Lucy - posted on 06/12/2009

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Hi my waters went when i was 26 weeks, and my daughter only waited three days before deciding it was time to see the world. she was in nicu for eight weeks (three different hospitals) in total, all of the staff were fantastic and couldn't have explained things more.
You will have nothing to worry about.

Good luck!!!!

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My water broke at 20 weeks and my son was born at 30 weeks. The biggest threat to your baby is infection so watch for signs of that like a rise in temp or pain. If you aren't already you should be on strict bed rest to keep as much of those essential amniotic fluids inside you. Amniotic fluid is baby pee so it is being replenished. But, it is very important for a baby's lung developement that they swallow it. Hang in there. I will be praying for you and your baby. Please, keep me posted.

Chrissy - posted on 06/10/2009

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My water broke at 34 weeks, and they didn't try to stop my labor so I delivered that day. It's hard having your little one in the NICU while you go home. The amount of time they stay in the NICU varies a lot. A woman from my birthing classes delivered at 34 weeks 1 day, just as I did - and her daughter was in the NICU 2 weeks. Mine was in for 4 weeks. You will get through it, and it makes bringing your baby home that much more special. Keri posted good advice above. Make sure that you still rest and let yourself heal, but spend time with your baby. If you miss a care session, you can call and the nurse will give you all the info, that way you can still be involved. Know that you are not alone! The March of Dimes has some good NICU information on their website, and I'm sure people here would be happy to listen. Having been through the NICU rollercoaster, we can relate to your journey.

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Roxi - posted on 02/19/2013

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Hi all

My waters broke on Sunday morning 10:30 been on NIFEDIPINE since taking last dose tonight at 11:30, am I likely to go into labour once the pills wear off??

AnneMarie - posted on 06/10/2009

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ya my waters been brok for 11 days now..it'll be around 16-20 before they induce me!...

Dani - posted on 06/10/2009

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my twins were born at 29weeks.. by the time i got to hospital an hr after first twinge i was already 8cm dialated.. so there was no stopping mine.. the twins spent 9weeks and 5days in hospital.. i couldnt imagine staying in hospital if i had to.. if they were my first pregnancy i could have.. but i had a 3yr old and a 16mth old and didnt have anyone to look after them if i had to stay in.. it was bad enough trying to find someone to watch them for a few hrs while i went in to see the twins everyday...its hard..while we were their a women had her waters broken for 16days till they induced her at 34weeks.. but her baby was already over 2.8kg...

Liz - posted on 06/10/2009

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My twins were suppose to be five and six pounds on the ultrasound the day before they were born. My daughter ended up being born at three pounds twelve ounces and my son was born at four pounds ten ounces. It's a very approximate weight that they give you.

AnneMarie - posted on 06/10/2009

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thanks you guys! it really does help to read what you guys post up and the tips on how to deal with the nicu. i had my ultasound today and shes weighing in at 5pds. 8oz. but of course theirs a margin of error *which leads to my next question posted!*..so im just shooting for 5..i'll probably be enduced sometime next week...

Liz - posted on 06/10/2009

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I didn't go through that, but I had my twins at 33 weeks 6 days, and I do know how you feel about not being able to take your baby home right away. I had my twins on June 8th of last year and I was released on the 10th. My son had to stay in for eight days after he was born and my daughter for twelve days after she was born. The biggest advice I can give you is don't listen to the nurses or doctors when they say your baby can come home on a given day. They told me at least one of my twins would be able to come home before fathers day last year, and they didn't end up able to until later. I was really depressed, but they'll come home when they are ready.

The only reason my daughter had to stay in for so long was because she was having problems with weight gain, and my son stayed in for eight days because it took him a while to get off the oxygen because he was born with underdeveloped lungs. If you need to talk though feel free to message me.

Emma - posted on 06/09/2009

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My water broke at 35wks and 1 day.. I was admitted to hospital my obstrician didnt want to induce me he wanted to let it happen naturally and I was only having slight contractions. My contractions started 4 days later very relieved about as I didnt wanna be stuck in hospital until full term. Dakota was born at 35wk and 5days she weighed 5lb8 I was discharged 4 days later she stayed in the special care nursery for 12days only because she couldnt suck properly or attach to the breast which now at 7wks old she is still not doing and we need to use a shield but otherwise all is well. Good luck with everything I am sure things will be fine

AnneMarie - posted on 06/08/2009

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thanks..its helpful to here others went through it and the little ones came out ok...

Natasha - posted on 06/08/2009

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my water broke around 28 weeks pregnant and i was in the hospital untill i went in to labor at 32 weeks! my daughter was 3 lbs 14 oz. and very healthy! she did'nt need any help breathing at all, she was in the nicu for 3 weeks! i now its hard sitting there but its best for your baby! dont worry about your baby being born early because they do amazing things in the nicu with those little babys! good luck!

Keri - posted on 06/07/2009

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Quoting AnneMarie:

well they said that at 35 weeks they dont really stop anyone from giving birth, plus with my situation the longer i go with my water broke..the higher the risk for infection, which could lead to more problems for me and the baby..ugh i dunno its nothing that i invisioned happening i always thought pregnancy would be easy..i guess i was wrong..haha..but thanks for your story..im really just concerned about the nicu and how im going to feel about not being able to take my baby home..



The]er are several pieces of advice I can give you about NICU:  1)  Go when ever possible to visit your child (even after you go home), but also make sure to take time away from it too.  The nurses are there to make sure that your child is doing good and also yourself;  2)  Ask lots of questions of the nurse, even if you think they are silly questions.  The answers might surprise you;  3)  Do kangaroo care when ever possible.  Such a bonding moment; and 4)  Try and stay on the feeding schedule when you get back home with the baby. 




I was in the hospital only for 2.5 weeks before my daughter was born at 35 3/7 weeks.  My water didn't break until that day while they were wheeling me into the OR for a c-section, but thought I would give you the information about the NICU.  My daughter will be 10 months old ( 8 3/4 corrected) this Wednesday and is doing pretty good now.  Hope this information helps.

AnneMarie - posted on 06/06/2009

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well they said that at 35 weeks they dont really stop anyone from giving birth, plus with my situation the longer i go with my water broke..the higher the risk for infection, which could lead to more problems for me and the baby..ugh i dunno its nothing that i invisioned happening i always thought pregnancy would be easy..i guess i was wrong..haha..but thanks for your story..im really just concerned about the nicu and how im going to feel about not being able to take my baby home..

Liz - posted on 06/06/2009

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my water broke at 25wks, in hospital for 8wks, so delivered at 33wks. We scheduled a c-section( I didn't have a choice on that because of the baby's positioning) once we got a mature lung profle on the baby. I was on terbutaline and magnesium the whole time. I had mild contrations the whole time that most of them I couldn't even feel. My son was in the nicu for 25 days. my goal for the next time would be to get to 36 wks and avoid the nicu if possible. I don't understand why they would induce you early if you and baby are both stable and resting comfortably?

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