I read on another message board that someone's water broke at 13 weeks just over a week ago, but there is still a strong heartbeat. Anyone here know of possible outcomes (particularly if you've ever heard of a positive outcome) in a situation like this?
AFAIK, if your water really "breaks" at such an early stage there is no positive outcome. If you're leaking amniotic fluid, I believe you are supposed to rest and drink plenty and there's a good chance that your body can replenish the fluid faster than it leaks, and (I think) small leaks sometimes stop and the pregnancy goes on pretty much normally.
I know with my last pregancy I had two bags (discovered in labor)... imagine a regular big bag and then a little seperate much smaller bag attached. I think this is not uncommon. I have NO IDEA if it would be possible for the smaller to break and for the larger to be intact and fine, but it did occur to my unscientific and untrained brain that there was some remote possibility of something like this happening.
It is possible for your water to break and for you still to carry the pregnancy for quite a bit longer. Check the preemie/NICU forum. I know of at least one mom who had a break at 20 weeks or so and carried to about 34. I know that one of the mamas has a link to a website with great advice about PPROM (preterm premature rupture of membranes). I think there are some techniques, such as amnio infusion that they can do, bedrest of course, antibiotics to try to keep infection at bay. I think it will be tough for her, she needs to carry for a minimum of 10-11 weeks just to hit viability.
But I wish her luck and many thoughts for her difficult situation.
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