Our lives took an unexpected turn at 2 p.m. June 15, 2010 when I experienced Preterm Premature Rupture of Membranes (pPROM). Our hopes and dreams for a happy, healthy and natural pregnancy were instantly shattered.
While sitting at my desk at work, I felt warmth between my legs. I reached down and felt wetness and immediately thought, “I just peed my pants!” I quickly stood up and realized it had soaked through my jeans. As I headed for the restroom, I continued to leak, but still wasn’t worried. I figured I was experiencing loss of bladder control as a result of the pregnancy. I had to laugh about it, really.
To be safe, I decided I’d call my midwife on the way home to change clothes. The nurse advised me to go directly to the Maternal Assessment Unit at Abbott Northwestern, where I’m planning to deliver. I called Tyler on the way and nonchalantly told him what had happened, that I wasn’t worried and would update him as soon as possible.
Over the next 24 hours we received the most shocking, scary and surprising news of our lives. I’ll save the details for later, but basically, my bag of waters broke at 18 weeks, 1 day. I was leaking amniotic fluid, the liquid that surrounds and protects the baby in the amniotic sac and helps with growth and lung development.
I spent the night in the hospital hooked up to an IV of antibiotics to ward off potential infection. A Level II ultrasound revealed low levels of amniotic fluid, but a healthy baby with a strong heart beat. We got to see the baby’s spine, brain, heart, fingers and toes. We even saw baby yawn!
I was sent home on strict bedrest, where I’ll remain for the next 5 1/2 weeks. On July 26, once I’ve made it to 24 weeks, I’ll head back to the hospital for the remainder of the pregnancy. I will pass the time with books, e-mail, movies, snuggles with the dogs, visits and phone calls from family and friends, and keeping everyone informed through this blog.
The love and support we’ve received already has been so heartwarming. I have a newfound hope for humanity. People really do come through in times of need and for that, we are so very thankful. THANK YOU for following our journey through this difficult time.