Question: i am 32 weeks pregnant my baby has polycystic kidneys and i am suffering from a suspected PE and spd. I have also been told that my baby is quite big. This morning i had what i presume to be my waters break although i am not sure. As i sat up on the edge of the bed i felt my baby pushing down hard and some water gushed out, not a torrent but it was milky coloured. I have had another couple of gushes and my underwear is constantly damp the baby has gone quiet and i am having a lot of pain in my back which all in all is making me very uncomfortable. Do you think my waters may have broken? There is no distinct smell at all and i do not want to run up the hospital all the time. S.H. (UK)
Answer: The possibility of waters breaking at such a relatively early stage of pregnancy is potentially significant. At 32 weeks, this would be categorised as ‘Preterm Pre-labour Rupture of Membranes’ (PPROM). There are number of things that can be done to try to prolong the pregnancy and also prevent possible infection. These need to be instituted as early as possible in a case of confirmed PPROM. I would therefore not risk speculating as to what might have happened in your case. You really need to have an examination to see if your waters have broken or not. There is no other way this can be verified. Don’t feel reticent just because you may have been to the hospital a number of times in this pregnancy. It is better to be safe than sorry. In the end, you and your care-givers at the hospital have one goal: The safe delivery of your baby. If that takes multiple visits during the pregnancy, so be it.
Comment: I want to ask about abortion which happens at 7-8 weeks on the first pregnancy for women age 29yrs. Thanks. T.S. (UK)
Reply: I am not sure whether I understand your question. If you are asking about what might have caused a spontaneous miscarriage at 7-8 weeks gestation then the honest answer is, it is difficult to be sure. Miscarriage is common. Over a quarter of all women will experience one or more miscarriages in their reproductive years. The vast majority of these will be in the first trimester (before 13 weeks) and will remain unexplained. The lady you are inquiring about appears to fall in that category. Since this was her first pregnancy, the most practical advice to give her is to try again once she is ready.
Question: hello, my daughter is 56 days old,she is not smiling but she is always smiling on the sleeping time,sound producing the time she is not move that side other situations she is move to any side,so I am very worried about those problems. What are the developments seen at this age? Please help me. P. (India)
Answer: I have to confess that this is not exactly the right place to inquire about a baby’s well being. We are comfortable answering all questions to do with pregnancy and childbirth. Children’s health is a different specialty that we do not cover.
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