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    Default Help - emergency cerclage, waters breaking and early labour

    Hi everyone,

    I'm new here. In hospital and desperate. This is my 4th pregnancy, no children. This was my miracle baby. I made it to 22 weeks with no problems and felt great. At 22 +3 I had some minor watery fluid leaking for 3 days which I thought was normal (dr Google told me) but on the third day there was some blood so I went to hospital to get checked. Turns out I had dilated 2 cm and had bulging membranes. After 48 hours of antibiotics they managed to push the membranes in and put in an emergency cerclage (stitch). I had dilated to 4 cm by this stage. I was in hospital for a week on strict bed rest and then went home on the same for another week. On Saturday night the fluid started again soaking a pad on Sunday morning. I came back to hospital and it was confirmed my waters had broken and all the fluid around my baby boy was gone. They had to remove the stitch as they were worried about infection. It is now Monday. I am 24 weeks and 1 day. Right on the cusp of viability. I have started some cramping. I am so completely devastated. My question is, is there anyone out there who carried there babies for at least a few weeks following waters breaking and the removal of an emergency cerclage? I need some ray of hope.

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    Erika,
    I am so so sorry you are going through this. I wanted to reach out to you and give you a hug. My waters broke at 17 weeks with my baby boy but there was nothing they could do that early. It was a scary and heartbreaking time.
    If you are looking for support I am part of a private Facebook page called incompetent cervix australia. It is a big group with woman who have been in the same situation. You will find support and advice there. X

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    I have no experience to offer but I couldn't read and run, @GM01 has a wealth of knowledge about premmie babies. Wishing you the very best xx

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    I have an incompetent cervix which was sadly diagnosed when I delivered my first baby at only 19 weeks. I have gone on to have 3 healthy children due to having a cervical stitch each pregnancy.and close monitoring. Although while pregnant with my son my waters broke at only 28 weeks. Hospital stay, nefedipine, steroid injections I managed to hang on to him inside until I went into labour due to infection at 31 weeks. Keeping baby safely inside can be done. Your waters can regenerate. Praying you can hold on a little longer and bub is born safely. x

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    Default Help - emergency cerclage, waters breaking and early labour

    Hi @erikaB

    Firstly, I just want to say that I had my baby girl at 25 weeks but for different reasons, she was the size of a 23-24 weeker and is now 2.5 years old and perfect. 24 weeks to healthy child is possible, don't give up hope!!

    But it is understandably scary and terrifying!!

    Look up Tiny Sparks WA website and go to a blog about Blake's story (so sorry on my phone right now and can't find a direct link), his mum's waters broke at 16 weeks and he managed to hold on until 29 weeks with varying fluid level drops and rises (it can regenerate).

    I'll have everything crossed for you that you have as positive an outcome that you can give the very serious situation you find yourself in!!

    Please let me know if you have any questions xx

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    Thanks everyone for your replies. I'm not sure if this is a miracle or not, but I had another scan this afternoon and it showed my amniotic fluid to all be present. Now they think the machine was faulty but they removed my cerclage! Now at least I have bub and fluid but no stitch. Contractions starting again and I'm just so terrified to move. They told me girls do much better premie than boys. I so want to hang onto this little strong man till at least 26 weeks. It's the hardest decision in the world, to resuscitate or not.
    i will check out all that info. Any support is welcome right now.

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    Oh that is positive that there is fluid!!

    Have they given you nifedipine to try and stop contractions? Have they given you the celestone injection (steroid) to help baby's lungs?

    I know a healthy 22 year old man who was born at 24 weeks, and several 25 weeker boys that my daughter was in hospital with, don't rule him out because he's a boy- but it is of course important that you discuss all the statistics, options etc with a neonatologist, if they haven't come to see you already.

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    Oh thank you guys! They won't give me the nefidopine anymore. I can't remember why. My partner does not want to resuscitate before 26 weeks so I have not started steroids yet. I'll revisit this desicion at 25 weeks and will likely take it then. Yes the uncertainty of not knowing and waiting is a killer. I have also been taking endone to take the edge off contractions. It worked last night as today they really eased off to next to nothing but now they have started again. I just need to fight them off. I do not want to go into labour. It is so scary you don't even want to go to the toilet!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GM01 View Post
    Oh that is positive that there is fluid!!

    Have they given you nifedipine to try and stop contractions? Have they given you the celestone injection (steroid) to help baby's lungs?

    I know a healthy 22 year old man who was born at 24 weeks, and several 25 weeker boys that my daughter was in hospital with, don't rule him out because he's a boy- but it is of course important that you discuss all the statistics, options etc with a neonatologist, if they haven't come to see you already.
    Ok so I asked about the nefidopine and apparently they are uncertain if I have an infection and that is why they won't give it to me. They said it usually only works a couple days.....long enough to give u the steroid injections and have time to work. I am holding my legs together tight. This baby ain't coming out for at least another 2 weeks as the minimum!!!

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    Def come to the aussie IC group if you haven't already. I personally would be asking them to do another stitch and elevate your hospy bed at the feet and don't get up for anything! Good luck

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