When the doctors came through on rounds this morning I asked them what the chances are of making it to 34 weeks. Here is what I was told:
50% of women give birth within 48 hours of their water breaking.
Judging by when my fluid levels changed, I'm already beyond that point.
Of the remaining 50%:
25% give birth within seven days of their water breaking. I'm still within that seven days, but not by much.
The last 25%, the group the doctor suspects I'm in, just have to take things one day at a time.
So from here on out we are operating under the notion that we may have a baby any. day. now.
Of course this has pretty much been the case since I first entered the hospital on February 10, but still, now that my water has broken, it seems so much more likely.
I will continue to cling to the one-day-at-a-time philosopy, but also set little goals for us. . . (not that the baby cares about my goal-setting) like how about not being born until at least March.
A reassuring thing the doctor did say this morning was that the baby has a 100% chance of surviving with no long-term complications, even if he's born today.
100%? I was not aware that the medical establishment was capable of making such claims. But you know what? I'll take it.