Our doctor had us make an appointment with a fetal medicine specialist and today we met with her. It wasn’t the news we were hoping to hear. Let me just start off by saying, the baby is alive, so that is very, very good news.
However, as the FSM, Dr. Day, did the ultrasound she measured baby and found concerning measurements of the baby as well as some “flags”. Remember the bleeding, the clot in the placenta, etc. Well the clot is now healed up and is gone, but it has damaged the placenta which means the baby hasn’t been getting the nutrients he/she needs and is now measuring behind schedule. Anything behind 1 week and a half is considered as fetal growth restriction. Our baby’s body is measuring 2 1/2 weeks behind and his head/heart are measuring 1 1/2 weeks behind.
This is both good and bad. The fact that the measurements overall aren’t equal is good because it means the baby’s body is deciding where it needs the nutrients the most and is giving it to very good parts of his/her body. Hence, the brain and heart. The bad news is that he/she needs more nutrients from the placenta to keep him/her growing and it needs to play some serious catch up (the placenta).
The flags that Dr. Day saw where a few subtle signs that could be either spinal defect or a chromosome defect in the baby. She said she from what she can see, she thinks can’t rule out the cause of the fetal growth development could be from a chromosome defect but she believes it was caused by the damaged placenta. They drew my blood to test for certain defects, but she also told us that this could come back abnormal just due to the fact that I bled during pregnancy. I did the test with the hope that it will come back normal and we can at least rule that out and know, without a doubt, the placenta is the problem.
Thankfully, the placenta grows as baby does and hopefully this will speed up the catching up process so baby can get the correct nutrients to grow.
Please pray the test comes back normal but more importantly to us, please pray that we can carry our baby to term or at least to 24 weeks, where they could deliver if they absolutely had to.
Besides the above… everything else looks good on baby. Here is a photo of the cute little baby D :)
So what’s happens now?
I am on complete bedrest and may only sit up to eat and get up to shower or use the restroom. That’s really hard for me to wrap my mind around right now, but I will do whatever it takes to take care of our baby. I am required to do what I can do to help baby, which right now is to lie on my left side or my right side as well as drink a gallon of water daily (which I do) to get the best blood flow to the placenta. Right now, I’m leaning on Him, resting and trying to take care of little baby D.
I believe strongly in the power of prayer and I am begging you to please pray for our baby. I’m leaning on Him, resting and praying for little baby D.