When this mother realized she had just a 5% chance of saving her baby after her water broke at 22 weeks, she tried an unconventional method of hydrating the baby by drinking seven pints of water a day—and despite what the doctors said, it seemed to work.
Louise Adams, 28, and her husband Jakk, 32, from Stoke-on-Trent, England were deeply distressed and worried they may lose their unborn son after her water broke prematurely. The pregnancy was only in its 22nd week at the time, and doctors gave the baby just a 5% chance of survival.
But, the young parents were not going to give up on their baby so easily. They began researching to find a way to keep their unborn son alive.
They then discovered that in other countries, women whose waters break early are advised to drink seven pints of water a day to replenish the liquid that had been lost and help keep the baby healthy in the womb; and that is exactly what Louise decided to try. With faith and hope in her heart, she drank seven pints of water a day.
Three months later, her efforts were rewarded when their son Joseph—a ‘real-life water baby’—was born.
Mrs. Adams said, “Although UK doctors were skeptical, I discovered in other countries around the world mothers whose waters break early are put on a drip.
“I’m convinced he survived such low odds because when my waters broke, I replaced them by ensuring I was well hydrated.”
The doctors were worried the child would not make it because he had not yet reached 24 weeks.
Mrs. Adams said, “All they could do is monitor me in hospital waiting for the inevitable miscarriage, which they said would happen in days.
“But I could feel Joseph kicking. I couldn’t just sit around doing nothing to save him.”
Mrs. Adams searched high and low on the internet, and discovered that drinking more has been shown to replenish lost amniotic fluid.
Mrs. Adams kept sipping water and relaxing for three months, waiting for the miracle to occur.
“The more the mother drinks the more the baby drinks and urinates,” Mrs. Adams reiterated.
“As excretion of urine by the unborn baby is the major source of amniotic fluid production in the second half of pregnancy, it made sense that increasing my fluid intake could make a difference.”
She recalled her last weeks of pregnancy, “I shut myself off from the world. It wasn’t easy but I drank around seven pints a day.
“I also consumed cranberry juice and raw cloves of garlic after reading they could ward off infection, common when the waters break early.
“Doctors and midwives were skeptical and gave me no hope. They told me there was little research and it was unlikely to make any difference. But I had nothing to lose.”
Joseph was born a normal happy baby, and continues to grow at a normal rate.
“Getting past 24 weeks was the first hurdle as I knew at that point he at least had some chance of survival if born then,” she recalled. “[O]nce past 24 weeks doctors finally gave me steroids to mature Joseph’s lungs and antibiotics to prevent infection.”
The baby was finally delivered at Royal Stoke University Hospital by C-section, weighing a healthy 5Ib 10oz.
So, does drinking more water really work? British doctors do not advise pregnant women whose waters break early to drink more fluid. Apparently, there is no research done to prove the claim.
However, according to some US websites and the Mayo Clinic, the treatment for low amniotic fluid (oligohydramnios) can include drinking more fluids to maintain a healthy level of hydration.
There is also a possibility of increasing the amniotic fluid temporarily by amnioinfusion, a procedure in which saline is instilled into the amniotic sac.
“When we heard him crying his eyes out, we were overjoyed. He was absolutely perfect and did so well, he came home after just a week.”
His mother said, “He is a smiling bundle of joy. He never gave up fighting and beat all the odds.”
A spokesperson for Little Heartbeats, a charity which supports women who suffer from PPROM said, “Many of our Mum’s believe drinking water to replenish their amniotic fluid levels have helped.
“Many other countries such as the US do recommend that mum’s increase their water consumption.”