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    Default How long can a baby stay inside after waters break?

    Hi,

    i am 33.5wks pregnant and my waters broke yesterday and labour started.

    As this will be my 4th c/s i cannot have a natural birth so i was flown to Sydney last night and have been given numerous medications to stop the contractions but ultrasound has shown there is next to no fluid left around the baby.

    I have been given all the steroids and antibiotics and they are now trying to sit it out with bub inside for as long as possible.

    I am just worried that he is in there with no fluid, i had polyhydramnios so gushed bucket loads for 14 hrs and am now bleeding. i went from looking like i was 40wks pregnant yesterday to today looking like i might be almost 20wks.

    I know i am in hospital but still feel he would be better on the outside then in an empty womb

    What are your thoughts...???
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    I'm sorry this is happening, it must be pretty scary. I don't have anything really helpful for you, only well wishes for you and bubs. Thinking of you.

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    I don't know how long baby can stay.......but isn't there a risk of infection if you don't deliver soon? I would be requesting a c-section asap. But that is just my opinion
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    As Ranibelle has already stated theres a possiblity of infection but they have you on antibiotics, so from my understanding the best thing is for bubs to stay put.

    Maybe ask for a Dr or Midwife to come and talk with you so that you can hear for yourself what the pros and cons are. Its totally not fair for them to keep you guessing

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    I think they would be giving the baby the time for the steroids to work so there aren't any lung problems. So ong as you're in hospital and being monitored a lot I wouldn't panic. When it comes to prems every day inside is a long time to develop.
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    I know of someone who have stayed put like that for 6 weeks! I'm not sure of her levels of fluid though, just that their waters had broken. I was actually in a similar position to you but my DS decided he couldn't wait and arrived the following day. Like you I was worried about the fluid levels as I gushed so much, but they were keeping an eye on the levels snd said bubs would be ok in there.

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    My waters broke at 33+4 weeks (just a small hindwater leak) and due to the risk of infection my OB decided to induce me after giving me steroids and antibiotics. DS was born at 34+0 weeks. Having said that there were some midwives that looked after me that thought it would hvae been OK for me to wait for longer to have the baby. I understand that the amniotic fluid renews itself constantly.

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    I assume you and bub are getting constant monitoring? Also, the liqour is replaced at sufficent amounts for the baby's needs. My freind's daughter had a very similar circumstances to you,she was in hospital for four weeks and an C/S was performed at 32.6 weeks as the baby was in distress. I recently was looking at photos of that time..... with my friend.

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    My SIL's waters broke (but not the gush - it was a trickle) and she stayed in hospital for about 3 weeks until she was 37wks before she delivered. Her bub still had to spend some time in NICU though (she was so tiny) but I don't think that was directly related to her waters breaking early.
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    I know of two cases. My besty's waters vroke at 32 weeks. she stayed in hospy for 4 weeks then went into labour and had baby!

    When i was admitted while preg with G. the girl beside me, her waters broke at 33 weeks. She was admitted. She was rushed for a cs the next day as a routine trace found the baby going into distress. The OB made the right decision to cs as her placenta was badly infected.

    So two very different cases. I think you need to make sure you have a trace on baby all day to pick up the first sign of distress, I would also want them to be doing swabs daily to pick up the first sign of infection.

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