Hi ladies. Well, I was hoping I didn't have to ever post in this forum but here I am. I'm 26 wks right now and this is my 3rd pregnancy. Short back ground on me is my 1st 2 kids were premies. My son wasn't to early, he was born @ 36 wks due to preeclampsia and the baby wasn't growing and he was in the NICU for only week. My daughter was born at 34 wks due to my water breaking. She was born with pneumonia because my water had been leaking for awhile and I just thought it was watery discharge and she was in the NICU for 3 wks. With both kids my mucus plug fell out around 18wks and I started having contractions around 20 wks. When I got pregnant with this baby I decided to start the HP17 progesterone shots to try to avoid going thru all that. Everything had seemed to be going well since I passed right over the 18wk and 20 wk mark with no issues. But at 24+6 wks I started having that watery discharge again and went straight to the hospital. They checked the fluid with the test strip and it came out positive for amniotic fluid. They saw lots of mucus with blood so the checked that under a slide and said they didn't see any amniotic sack membranes but my mucus plug is starting to come out again. They did a scan and said the baby looks good and healthy and was already 2.2 lbs. They gave me the steroid shots to open up his lungs in case and sent me home hoping with some rest the mucus plug will regenerate a bit. They told me if it doesn't they are going to put me into the hospital until either full term or they have to deliver the baby. I am soooooo scared this baby is gonna be born to early. I am a stay at home mom and babysit other kids so its not like I can just take leave @ a job. Who is gonna care for my kids if I go into the hospital for another 3 months? Today I'm having some cramps and more "watery discharge" I want to go to the hospital and check it out but am so scared.No one I know understands the fear I have. Its so hard emotionally to go thru having a premie. The back and forth to the hospital, the stress everytime you walk into the NICU, praying they don't have a new tube or the Dr being there giving you another set back, the feeling of complete failure as a women because I just can't keep a baby inside me. I'm so scared that if my baby is born now he won't make it. I'm only 26 wks. Its so early. I've been looking around the forum and see a couple of you have had a baby this early and they look beautiful. If my baby is born this early, can he really survive? If you've had a baby this early how much did they weigh? What can I expect?Thanks for listening ladies.