Since I have not updated since October, it is obviously time for me to do so.
My water broke at 18 weeks. The odds were stacked against us mainly because I had no measurable fluid for 12 weeks. After spending those 12 weeks in the hospital and not getting up for anything except to use a bedside toilet (literally one step away), our son was delivered on November 18, 2008. Max made it to 29 weeks 6 days (gestational)...he was delivered 2 1/2 months early.
Max did have a rough start due to his underdeveloped lungs. He was on a ventilator and nitric oxide and a laundry list of sedatives and narcotics. But he progressed nicely.
Max came off of oxygen on February 22, 2009.
He is now 4 months old (actual) and 8 weeks old (corrected).
He does have potential for some chronic lung problems while his lungs continue to grow and develop but we hope that it will be manageable throughout his young life. The good thing about his chronic lung condition is that he will continue to develop lungs in the coming years and as he grows the problems will diminish and eventually, hopefully, will be a non-issue.
The only other issue he has currently is an oral aversion (due to tubes being down his throat at such a young age). So he is fed through a feeding tube. But through therapy he will eventually grow out of that.
My advice to anyone going through this (PROM) is to get the facts, don't be afraid to ask questions and follow your instincts. I also would encourage anyone on bed rest to take it SERIOUSLY. If a doctor tells you to stay flat...do it. Try your hardest to stay calm at peaceful at all times. Bed rest is not a vacation, don't be fooled, and it is not optional. You are responsible for the life inside you, and though some things may be out of your control, if you do your part and follow orders (to the extreme) you will never regret that you did all that you could.
I just wanted to stop by and say that I can TOTALLY understand all the feelings and emotions of having a premature baby. My daughter was 3 months early. I had her at 26 weeks due to having an incompotent cervix. I didn't know about this until her. But she is now 14 and doing great. Taller than I am now. It's truly amazing what they can do to help these little ones now. I want another one with my new hubby of 3 years and may have to do an IUI, but am scared about my diagnosis. I really don't wanna go through that again. And hope it would be a safe pregnancy, I'm sure with alot of bed rest. Thanks for your story and bravery!! :)
DIANNE78745 9/27/2009 2:46:54 PM
I saw your comment on the bedrest article, which brought me to tears. I just felt I had to come by and say what a brave woman you are. Just reading your story put alot of things in perspective for me. You and your family are in my prayers. God bless you.
BABYKIN 3/31/2009 2:40:33 AM
I was expecting twins and had the exact same thing happen to me and the hospital told me there was nothing they can do to save my babies. I lost them on March 14, 2009.
I gave birth to my little girl Caroline Olivia at 141am and my little boy William Isaiah at 201am they were perfect and right on schedule for 18wks 7days.
They both were the same size and weighed 190grams absolutely perfect! I miss them so much I cry everday! I tried to get pregnant for 17yrs!
I went through IVF and ICSI and got pregnant with them my first time.
Please tell me how everything worked out for you and your little boy.
I hope to hear from you soon
HLHARTS 11/20/2008 11:20:53 AM
I saw your comment on the bedrest article and I just wanted to come by and say that I will be thinking of you and your family. I had a membrane rupture during my last pregnancy at 17 weeks, but unfortunately, our son only made it another week before an infection set in and we lost him. For you to have gotten all the way to 26 weeks is SO wonderful and I am so happy for you. I will be hoping for good news!
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