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I posted on monday about leaking, and after much debate i decided to go into the hospital and get what the nurse said would be a quick test. Oh, Im almost 29 weeks pregnant by the way.<br><br>
I went in and they tested the pad i was wearing by using nitrazine paper (like litmus paper). That test was negative. The did non-stress tests, took my vitals, all was well and they told me to stay for the doc to check me out. I was told my ride could wait with me because it wouldn't be more than a half hour.<br><br>
The doctor on call wanted to give me a speculum exam to check for pooling of fluid. I asked if i could decline and said i didn't think i had been leaking at all. He said that this was routine and he just wanted to get in at my cervix to retest with the paper again. So i agreed.<br><br>
The paper, this time, changed colour. instantly he said "we get a lot of false positives with this so you might not have to worry". Then he told me that since i had an internal, i would need IV antibiotics in case i did have a tear so i wouldn't get infected. I again asked if i could decline, and he and the nurse convinced me that i had to stay. Being freaked out and hormonal this made me cry for awhile, i really didn't want an IV.<br><br>
Once the IV was in, i was left in ambulatory care waiting to possibly be transfered out to a larger hospital where they can handle premature births. I was told i would likely need a c-section if i went into labour (even though they did an ultrasound right there and babe was head down!)<br><br>
I was given shots of steroids to help the baby's lungs be prepared in case i went into labour. I had not one contraction or cramp, and hadn't leaked a drop since i came in.<br><br>
At about 9 pm, the doc came in again and said that he was going to take a swab from me and look at it under the microscope, (ferning test) and it would say for sure if there was amniotic fluid leaking, again he mentioned that the paper test is inaccurate. He said that if i was negative, they wouldn't need to transfer me out. He took the swab, and it was negative. I was told i was in overnight to get the IV, and my own doc would be in the morning to check me and likely discharge me.<br><br>
The next morning i got the same on call doctor, and he said that while he was ok to let me leave for bedrest at home, the protocal for the antibiotics was 48 hours IV. So I had to stay in.<br><br>
Bleh.<br>
I got home last night, feel fine baby is fine, no idea if i had a leak or not, but now i'm on bedrest for at least a week and go to my OB next week.<br><br>
It sucked. Of course first and foremost i needed to make sure the baby would be ok.<br><br>
So there's my story of the week :/<br>
Thank God its not anything worse than that, i'm grateful- but at the same time i resent that i was kept in for so long, and that i need 10 days of antibiotics now in case of an infection which i never would have been at risk for had i not gotten an internal exam.
 

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sorry you had to go through all that trouble, too bad they didn't listen to your first decline.<br><br>
vit c and zinc strenthen the amniotic sac, also sometimes it breaks up top and you can start leaking small amounts, many times it will stop and close up on its own.<br><br>
i had a leak at 37 weeks, but it stopped the next day, i didn't tell my Midwife or anyone cuz i was planning a HB (also i wasn't 100% sure, but in hindsight it was a leak). so at 38 weeks i started leaking again and told my MW and i did natural methods to start labor cuz here you got 24 hours before they want to send you to a hospital.<br><br>
You can do the wait and see approach, if you feel uncomfortable with your OBs decision you can always buy yourself time somehow, i know its hard not to give in to the docs, we want to trust them.<br><br>
i hope everything goes well and your little one is safe.
 

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How did you know you were actually leaking?
 

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Oof. Be sure to use some great probiotics - there are "good yeast" supplements that aren't killed off by antibiotics that you can take to keep candida albicans (yeast infection yeast) from flourishing till you're done with the cycle of meds and can start taking tons of good lactobacilli. This will be most effective if you have any hospital bacteria floating around (the really nasty stuff people pick up there is abx resistant). It can also help you to avoid a GBS+ colonization and/or diagnosis in a few weeks here if you opt to test.
 

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DoulaGina, thanks for the advice! I did get a yeast infection, i'm taking SO much probiotics but if it hasn't gotten better in another day i'll get some o.t.c cream because i want it gone before they exam me again.<br><br>
Chlobo, I figured i was leaking because i had never felt anything like it before. A warm wet gush when i stood up. If it had just been some wetness in my underwear i could have maybe brushed it off, but 3 times i felt the liquid kind of pour out.. so it's pretty unlikely it could ave been anything else.<br><br>
Seems to be healed up though! At least, no more has come out.<br>
Doctor is sending me for an ultrasound in 2 weeks (i'll be 32 wks then) to check fluid levels and all that, but really i think it's overkill and i'm sure im fine. I was under the impression that drinking lots of water would keep the amhiotic fluid up anyway (?)<br><br>
Thanks for replying <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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