Water broke at 26 weeks

Amber - posted on 01/16/2010 ( 63 moms have responded )

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My water broke Jan. 2nd at 26 weeks but I have not gone into labor yet. I am now 28 weeks and have been in the hospital for 2 weeks and they are keeping me until I deliver. Or if I get an infection I have to have an emergency c-section and if I do not go into labor by 34 weeks they are going to induce. I have had the 2 steroid shots and magnesium. And so far am not showing any signs of infection. This is my first baby and not only do I have no idea what to expect but now I am worried wondering if my son is going to okay. Has anyone else had there water break at 26 weeks? How long before you went into labor? Was your baby okay?

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Amber - posted on 01/21/2010

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Thanks everyone for all your stories it really does help. Tomorrow I will be 29 weeks!! Still leaking fluid and it is clear so that is good. I did have 2 small contractions on the monitor today but nothing since then. I had an ultrasound and his weight and growth is on target. Just taking it day by day and waiting to see when he will come. I will keep everyone posted!

Cara - posted on 01/21/2010

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i was exactly the same!!!! my water broke at 26 weeks and i had to stay in the hospital for a bit then i went home because i got a nurse to come see me everyday and do stress tests and everything and i had to be on bed rest. then i was 34 weeks and they broke the pockets of water that was left and indused me. my baby was fine even though my water broke at 26 weeks :) she had to stay in the hospital for almost a month because she couldnt eat on her own and that was it :)

Jennifer - posted on 01/21/2010

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Been there done that!! Due to an amniocentesis my water broke at 16, yes...16 weeks!!! I lost ALL fluid and the ER docs told us to go home and say goodbye as infection would surely set in and I would have to deliver....no chance for a baby to survive that early. After strict bed rest for 10 weeks at home and then 7 weeks in the hospital, my Callan Hope was born at 33 weeks via C-section. She had hypo-plastic lungs and was on a respirator for a few days but only spent 3 weeks in the NICU. She is quite the little miracle, now a healthy 13 months old. Doing great!! Her name Callan is Gaelic for "strong in battle". The middle name Hope, we gave her when we were sure we would lose her.
I should tell you that my amniotic fluid would replensish in small quantities. 10 cm was the highest I ever had. 5 or 6 was the norm especially where you are now. My puncture was high and I lost fluid throughout my 4 month ordeal. Constant moisture 'down there' as well as losing blood on a daily basis. Nuts huh??
My advice??? Do exactly what the doctors and nurses tell you, keep your thoughts as postivie as you can, I know it is very tough. Of course, pray as often as you can and ask others to as well. It works, trust me!!
I had starting bleeding at 26 weeks due to placental abruption. This along with the PROM was why I had to stay hospitalized. Had the streroids and the Mag (makes you feel like poop, huh??). Also diagnosed with gestational diabetes while in hospital!! It was one thing after another!! Also had a 3 year old at home!
I went through hell and back several times but it was worth every second that I had to lie in that bed!! I appreciate my children probably more than most as I feel so lucky that they are with me.
The scary truth is that there are lots of things that can happen to your baby. I won't sugar coat it and neither will the docs I'm sure. The good thing for you is that you had up to 26 weeks with fluids and that you are still pregnant. Each week, each day, each hour you can stay pregnant can only help your baby. I would have a little party for myself each week in the hospital when I gained another week! The nurses were awsome as they helped me keep my spirits up.
I could go on and on.....just know that one woman and one baby went through this with single digit odds of survival!! We are happy and healthy and so appreciative of our life!! I hope you have to stay in that bed for many weeks to come!! I will say a prayer for you adn your baby Amber. If you need someone to talk to I will be happy to listen. Take care and keep us posted!

Cat - posted on 01/20/2010

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My water broke during labor at 27 weeks and she was delivered via csection (due to position) about an hour later. She's now 8 months/5 months adjusted and torally fine.

Kimberly - posted on 01/20/2010

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mine broke at 24weeks! everyone thought i went on myself...went to doc next day..she sent me to hosptial 2days later i had my son. He was in the hospital for 3months...long hours there but he is now 2 and doing well....it was really hard for me....got really depressed and still dealn with issues from it

Kristin - posted on 01/20/2010

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No not that early but at 33wks at 3am my water broke. They told me I had to deliver within 24hrs for fear of infection. I also had the steroid shots. Before I could have the c-section I went into labor midnight that night. My guys were fine-they did have to stay at the NICU for 2wks. They were under 4lbs each and jaundice but no major problems. They are 2 1/2yrs old now and are healthy and happy! Good luck.

Darla - posted on 01/20/2010

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i had a friend hos mom as pregnant with twins and she had them at 5 months they weighed at like a pound or two but thats probably cause they were twins they were fine but had to stay in the hospital till they were like 3 months one of the twins does have disabilities but it could be genetic but hope you have your son soon and just keep the faith and dont give up cause hes made it this far hes a soldier stillo holding on hes just not ready yet

Shelbra - posted on 01/20/2010

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I began dilating at 26 weeks (Nov 16, 2009). I was admitted to the hospital,given the steroid shots and procardia to stop any contractions (although I did not have any). I was told that I would remain in the hospital until I deliver. Because my baby was breeched, they informed me that I would need an emergency c-section if my water broke. Four days later (Nov. 20), my water broke, my daughter was delivered at 26 weeks and 4 days. She weighed 2lbs 4oz, she stayed in the NICU for 55 days. She came home this past friday (Jan 15, 2010) and is doing really well. She is on a little bit of oxygen, I guess the steroids didnt have time to kick in and help her lungs. Each day that your baby remains in the womb, gives him or her an even better chance at survival. So remember each day counts, be very happy that you have come this far. Now days there is so much that can be done for a baby that is born early. I have learned so much from this experience. The doctors informed me of everything and explained it in detail every step of the way, so I've learned alot. I must say I was nervous about it all, because I have three other children and they all went full term. I had never had a c-section, so all of this was new to me. With the help of these posts regarding preemie babies and looking at different information online, it gave me hope that my baby would make it through while in the NICU.

Cristina - posted on 01/19/2010

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Hi Amber,
My water didnt break as early as yours but mine broke at 32 weeks and 6 days. I never went into labor, they gave me the steroid shot to but about 15 hours later they gave me c-section because my son was breech. He was in the NICU for 3 weeks and is doing great. The NICU will take good care of your little one. I wish you lots of luck--hang in there and be strong for your baby!!

Melissa - posted on 01/19/2010

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My water broke at 31 weeks. Dr. sent us to the hospital (we were going to home birth), where I started to go into labor. Thankfully, I got the shots & then the medication to stop the contractions. We were able to hold baby in for 19 days before he decided it was time. We were just at 34 weeks. Even with 2+weeks in the hospital, I was not prepared for a preemie. The night before he was born a nurse took me for a wheelchair ride to the NICU. I wish I would have asked more questions then or had asked for info to read about little ones. I felt clueless after he was born & they whisked him away and it was my 6 child. My advice is to ask even if it seems silly, ask questions. That is awesome that you've made it to week 28. Keep up the good work growing your baby. My dr. said for each day in, it's worth 2 in the NICU. If you are wanting to nurse, talk to your nurses about how they will let/help you when babe is born.

Heather - posted on 01/17/2010

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Oh honey I have been where you are right now. My water broke when I was 21 weeks and I stayed in the hospital over 5 weeks. I did eventually get an infection, and I did have a c-section. He was born at 26 weeks and is perfectly fine! Keep praying and know that because you're already at 28 weeks, the chances of survival and being "normal" are a lot higher. I would also suggest using the internet to look up popular techniques for caring for a preemie. I have been through this twice and my best friend was Kangaroo care. Because you won't be able to hold your baby when he's born this will give you an immense feeling of closeness again. The doctors will try and not let you get your hopes up but don't let them. This is your baby and your pregnancy, yeah it's had a speed bump but it can turn out just fine. Many moms have carried to 34 weeks. And I'm here telling you that the doctors told me my baby was going to die, and there was no hope for a normal child. But sometimes they just don't know. They were wrong and I was completely right. Just remember, no doctor knows how much fluid you're supposed to have. They like to have a "minimum" but no one knows how much is enough. But God does. Good luck and I'm always here if you need to talk more, I know how boring complete bed rest can be lol.

Nolwazi - posted on 01/16/2010

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Amber, I know how you feel. My water broke at 23 weeks, I got the steroid shots right away. I was determined to go all the way to 34 week but at 27 weeks an infection set in and I went into labor spontaneously. Some women HAVE been able to get to 34 weeks. Amazingly, when I went into labor, the baby had turned and was in a head-first position, so I was able to deliver naturally (unusual). He weighed 1lb.14oz and was in the NICU for a challenging 8 weeks and spent 2 weeks in the nursery. He came home after 10 weeks weighing 4lbs. Thankfully, my son is now a "normal", healthy and active 3 year old with a very healthy apetite and has no health issues (will be 4 in March and weighs 50lbs). People don't even believe he was a preemie. Hang in there, you've done very well - 28 weeks is preety good in the preemie world! Ask to talk to the NICU clinical staff at your hospital and ask them a lot of questions!! Ask them what to expect after delivery; ask about intubation, feedings, pumping breast milk, kangaroo care, different tests that they will do, etc. Good luck to you! Feel free to ask me any other questions about my experiences.

Lindsay - posted on 01/16/2010

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I didn't have my water break that early (mine actually broke in the OR just before my emergency section), but I had a friend whose water broke and she went another 10 weeks in her pregnancy. If your baby has to be born soon, there is so much they can do for preemies now! My daughter was a 27 weeker and will 2 on Tuesday! She is a normal active 2 yr old. Good luck!

Cara - posted on 01/21/2010

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i was exactly the same!!!! my water broke at 26 weeks and i had to stay in the hospital for a bit then i went home because i got a nurse to come see me everyday and do stress tests and everything and i had to be on bed rest. then i was 34 weeks and they broke the pockets of water that was left and indused me. my baby was fine even though my water broke at 26 weeks :) she had to stay in the hospital for almost a month because she couldnt eat on her own and that was it :)

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