Saturday, May 16, 2009

22 weeks, 4 days

Disclaimer: There is a very real possibility that this is going to become a heartbreaking story.

Baby A's amniotic sac ruptured at about 9AM this morning. Christie is not in labor yet, so there is still a chance that we can stretch this out for a week or two, but the risks are much greater now. Christie and I are both struggling to cope with this turn of events.

The doctor says it is possible for Christie to continue on as is. The body is constantly producing more fluids, so the fact that she is slowly losing it does not necessarily mean all hope is lost for Baby A. However, the fluid is especially critical for lung development at this stage. Even if Christie does manage to stave off labor and infection for a few weeks, it is uncertain whether the baby can thrive in this environment.

The "good" news is that it is quite likely that Baby B's sac is still intact. If Christie does go into labor, they will try to deliver the first baby, while preventing the delivery of the second. The doctor said that this scenario is not uncommon, and that women can often carry the second baby for several more weeks. Christie's nurse was especially reassuring; she said it is "very rare" for them to lose both twins.

However, in her current state, Christie is at significant risk of infection, which could be life threatening. If Christie develops a fever, the doctors will induce labor and deliver both babies, no matter what. As a precaution, we need to avoid anyone who's sick, so I'm afraid we'll be limiting visitors.

Hopefully I won't have any more news to share until Monday, when they'll do another ultrasound to confirm the current state of things. We'll be here, desperately wishing the hands on the clock would move a little faster. Keep praying for the twins. Print this post


  1. God bless you all. Hang in there!

  2. I briefly explained the situation to Tyson today and he said a prayer for the babies. You all will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. Hang in there baby A!!!!!!