Whatever a mother does is in the best interest of her child, however old the latter is. She will go to any extent when it comes to safeguarding her offspring but here's an exceptionally incredible woman who managed to do the impossible and made the world bow down to her undulating determination and strength. Find out what happened when this mom-to-be was informed her baby won't be able to make it.
However, her water broke at 22 weeks and she was told by the doctors that her baby had only a 5% chance of survival. They raised their hands because the baby had not yet reached the 24-week mark and hence, there was nothing that they could do to save him.
Louise and her husband Jack, 32, were obviously shocked but didn't give up. They were determined to bring their baby boy (Joseph) in this world.
Mrs. Adams told Dailymail, "All they could do is monitor me in the 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."
The couple set off with their research and discovered that women in other countries were advised to consume seven pints of water every day if their water breaks early. This was considered an ideal way to replenish the lost liquid in such cases. The more water the mother consumes, the more the baby urinates, and baby's urine "is the major source of amniotic fluid production in the second half of the pregnancy".
Mrs. Adams was discharged from the hospital after six days. She started sipping on water as soon as she reached home and took an ample rest for the next 13 weeks.
Recalling those challenging times, she said, "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."
Though doctors and midwives were all skeptical about the idea, the Adams continued with their efforts. What motivated them was the positive response by the baby; Joseph continued to grow well.
Their dedication saw Mrs. Adams complete 24 successful weeks of pregnancy. "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 told Dailymail. She was finally given steroids and antibiotics by the doctors to help Joseph's lungs mature and prevent infection, respectively.
Mrs. Adams' efforts paid off when she finally delivered her bundle of joy at the Royal Stoke University Hospital via c-section. Joseph weighed a healthy 5 lb 10 oz at birth.
"When we heard him crying his eyes out, we were overjoyed," Louise recalls. "He was absolutely perfect and did so well, he came home after just a week."
The real-life water baby, Joseph, is now six months old. He is as healthy as any other baby and shows no signs of distress. They are a happy family and look beautiful together.
Louise Adams' story is an inspiring one and a hope for all women who go through tough times during their pregnancy.