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Readers Respond: How did you cope with preterm labor?

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Updated December 27, 2009

22 Weeks

I went into pre-term labor at 22 weeks and gave birth 4 hours later to a 1 pound, 11 inch long beautiful baby boy. Unfortunately, he hadn't reached that point of viability quite yet and he died about 45 minutes after birth from severe prematurity. The entire day before, I kept getting Braxton Hicks contractions (3-4 per hour), but not paced. The on-call doctor said it wasn't a threat unless it was every 5 minutes... Boy was she wrong... I went into labor and started bleeding profusely a cherry colored, syrup consistency that same night/following morning at 2:30am and he was born at 6:17am. If you know something doesn't feel normal or right, don't allow yours or any other doctor to tell you it's not a threat because a textbook says otherwise. You know your body better than anyone else. I've learned my lesson in a very unfortunate way for the next time.
—Guest Rachael

PROM

With my first child, at 34 weeks, every time I bent over, I felt a little trickle. Thinking it was urine what with the pressure of bub on my bladder, I just kind of ignored it. A few days later, I started having diarrhea. I called the hospital, and the midwife suggested I had a tummy bug and sent me off to a gp. He listened to the baby's heartbeat and warned me that the diarrhea might be a sign of prelabour and to keep an eye on it. A few days later at my routine prenatal appt, I mentioned the "incontinence" and my OBG swabbed for amniotic fluid - positive. So nearly a week had elapsed since I had ruptured my waters! I was put into hospital immediately and onto strong medication to reduce risk of infection for baby and me, and given syntocinon to induce the birth. Eight hours later, baby was still yet to engage properly despite strong contractions, so it was suggested that a caesarian be performed. My son was born 5 weeks early, at 2.3kg - lack of sucking reflex was his only problem.
—Guest Jo

A wonderful herb

I have what is called an irritable uterus, and I have had much grief dealing with it in past pregnancies. I went through a nurse midwife, doctors, and the emergency, all to no avail. So this time around, I went with a professional trained to not make you high risk, (most people think that it's the opposite) and she gave me a simple herb. I had my contractions stop very quickly. She was a well trained certified professional midwife (CPM) by the way.
—Guest Angela

3 pretty accurate guesses

I have been blessed with three accurate guesses. My first they said would be between 9-91/2 i delivered a 9.9 baby at 42 weeks. My second daughter was guess at 7 1/2 the day they induced me (she had wrapped umbilical cord) and she came out 7.7. My last one I was told would be around 9 pounds. At 39 weeks she came out exactly 9 pounds. I am expecting my fourth and the doctor said she did not want to do an ultra sound until 32 weeks, she says it gives a more accurate picture. 4 more weeks to go.
—Guest brenda

PROM

I noticed my water leaking at 29 weeks. I went to the ER and was tested, where all my tests came back negative for amniotic fluid. I waited 2 more days as suggested and still experience more fluid loss whereas I went back to the ER and all tests were positive. I was checked in for bed rest, steriods for the baby and antibiotics for me. They were hoping to keep me pregnant as long as 34 weeks but labor started right away. They administered labor stopping drugs for 2 days and waited. I started labor again shortly after the meds wore off and was delivering at 30weeks by planned c-section. She was 2 lbs 12oz., but breathing on her own. She stayed 7 weeks, thankfully never with a complication. I coped by being surrounded by experienced doctors, supported family and friends. I tried to keep my stress level low and tust in God that he would provide wisdom to the doctors and strength to my new child. She is healthy and over 1 year now.
—Guest christy

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