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Old 01-06-2005, 08:35 PM   #1
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22weeks preterm

Hello
Im not trying to seek medical advice, just maybe what could be going on.

A friend of mine had bad cramps yesterday. She is 22 weeks..

She had horrible stomach pains and back cramps, and her DR said it was probably ligaments . The pain never went away, so i talked her in to going to the hospital. I brought her there. Turned out she was in pre-term labor.Her contractions went from every 15 minutes, to every 8 minutes. She was kept overnight and they gave her a shot of something to stop the labor.
Today Her babys heart rate shot up to 199. and she started bleeding. Her contractions were coming about 3 a hour! She was transferred to another hospital to see a heart specialist. Im so worried about her. Does this sound liek she could get through this without losing her baby, or anything bad???

 
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Old 01-06-2005, 08:46 PM   #2
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Re: 22weeks preterm

Hi SweetNovember,

Your friend is fortunate you insisted that she go to the hospital - early contractions or pain should always be checked by a doctor.

Sadly, she is probably in danger of losing the baby. If her cervix stays closed, her contractions stop, the bleeding stops, and the baby's heartrate returns to normal, things may be okay. She may have a urinary tract infection because that problem is a common cause of preterm labor. Ask your friend if she's been checked for that.

Again, you did the right thing in getting her to medical help - your friend and her baby would not have this little chance if she had stayed at home.

Wishing you all well - Barbara

 
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Old 01-06-2005, 08:50 PM   #3
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Re: 22weeks preterm

Oh I'm so sorry to hear about this. I wish the best for her and the baby. Hard to tell whats really goin on. I hope shes in a good hospital...nowadays there is so much they can do! Sending prayers your way!!!

 
Old 01-06-2005, 09:13 PM   #4
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Re: 22weeks preterm

you said she is 22 weeks, babies have been known to be born and live at 24 weeks....if the hospital can hold off labor a couple of weeks and start the injections to have the baby's lungs developed enough for birth, the baby may have a chance, a small chance but it has happened before that baby's have made it at 24 weeks.

the bottom line is the longer she can stay pregnant the better, but even at 24 weeks, the baby has a chance.

another important factor in the baby's survial will be what it weighs at time of birth, the more the better chance it has.....at about the point of gestation she is the baby should be close (or over) the one pound maker....one pound babies have made before. 2lb babies make it alot of the time. and for every little bit of weight the baby has, the better the chances are for it.

let us know what happens, i will pray for your friend.
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Old 01-06-2005, 09:31 PM   #5
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Re: 22weeks preterm

She does have a bladder infection. The bleeing did stop, but everytime they check her she bleeds, and that may just be irratation of the cervics.they gave her a shot of steroids incase they have to do a emergancy c-section.the babys heart rate keeps going up and down. She can feel her moving, and when she does the rate goes up. amniotic fluid level is really good it is about 750 ml. the baby is about 300g and 26 1/2 cm
her temperature is 100.5 and her blood pressure is 91 over 58,and she had 2 contactons between 10 and 11 tonight they are bringing her tylenol for her temperature, babys heart rate is 189 right then she said it goes up and down, right now the baby is moving, she said it goes anywhere from 100 to 190's in seconds

 
Old 01-07-2005, 07:51 AM   #6
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Re: 22weeks preterm

The infection and fever can cause erratic heart rate in the baby. Plus, babies heart rates vary somewhat with movement anyway. If it goes up with movement, that's a good sign. However, the 180's is a bit high, but it's probably due to the infection. Hopefully if they can get the infection under control soon everything will be okay. At least she's not contracting too much. If they can keep the baby in for just 3 more weeks, the baby would have a pretty good fighting chance.

You've been a very good friend to her. If you hadn't insisted on her going to the hospital, who knows what could've happened by now!
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Old 01-07-2005, 10:10 AM   #7
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Re: 22weeks preterm

Oh, God, I went through almost the same thing. You did the absolute right thing and it is so common for the doctors office to say that nothing is wrong. It is really an abomination that they do this to women when it really could be preterm labor. My blood is boiling over this one.

Hopefully, the baby's heart rate will go back to normal. It could be that it was so high because your friend was under so much stress. Do they have any clue why the heart rate was high or has it returned to normal?

If it does return to normal, I have a bit of advice. If the doctors insist on digitally checking her cervix, she should say NO. A doctor did this to me when I was in preterm labor and broke my water. If they need to see the cervix, they can do an ultrasound to see if it is still closed. They can check for infection by taking urine or by swabbing the inside of her vagina. But, whatever she does, do not let these doctors keep poking at her. Her vagina needs to stay clear of infection and danger of water breaking.

If there is an infection in her uterus, they can give antibiotics. However, if the baby's heart rate doesn't return to normal, it is possible that the baby has an infection. But, hopefully not.

Please update me here. I laid on my back to save my baby, but water broke at 20 weeks and he was born at 23 with an infection. Your friend is in a little better shape as if she can lay there for three weeks like I did, the baby would be at 25 weeks and then each week is a blessing. PLEASE KEEP ME POSTED. Send your friend my prayers and wishes for her and her baby.

 
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Re: 22weeks preterm

Hi again,

I was wondering how your friend and her baby are doing. Hope all is much improved and the baby is still snug inside.

Wishing you all well - Barbara

 
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