When Louise Adams’s water broke at 22 weeks, she and her husband were told that their baby only had a five percent chance of survival.
Those odds weren’t acceptable to this family from England, so they began researching what options they had to keep their unborn baby alive. They came across success stories from other countries where moms were able to keep their babies healthy in the womb by drinking extra gallons of water each day.
“The more the mother drinks the more the baby drinks and urinates,” Louise told The Daily Mail. “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.”
Doctors originally told the parents that because Louise’s water broke before the 24-week mark, there wasn’t much they could do to save the baby. “All they could do is monitor me in hospital waiting for…