I was encouraged to join a premie message board on babycenter.com to find other mothers who have had a baby with IUGR (Intrauterine growth restriction). The thought of potentially more frightening or bad news made me hesitant, but I finally decided to go for it.
There’s a fine line between “preparing myself” and just being plain stupid. For example, do not google IUGR. I did, I regret it big time. I feel like I found a great place with great resources (those who’ve actually gone through this) and I wanted to share that with you. I wrote a post here explaining this pregnancy and there are many mothers who’ve shared their success stories with me. If you want to understand a bit more or if you’re my friends or family who I know have done your own research, STOP “researching” (because it scares us more than anything) and read what mothers who’ve walked through pregnancy with IUGR babies have shared :)
I am so very encouraged. I am still believing for the best outcome but I feel like I am more prepared that the “best” in my mind might be different in what is best for Eisley. Does that make sense? The best thing for her might be to be born early and in NICU nourishing. I did noticed that most IUGR babies are born earlier than 37 weeks, making most of them premature. However, after educating myself more, premature is not necessarily a bad thing in this pregnancy of IUGR babies.
I have had aching muscles the past 3 days straight, and I am not just talking about my left shoulder and neck muscles or my back from lying on my left side all day… I am talking about aching TUMMY muscles and I do feel like my uterus had grown! I am holding on to hope that Eisley is growing. I know she is not caught up, just from looking at my tummy, but I do feel like she is growing which is really good news.
Oh and I do see our ob tomorrow for a quick peak at Eisley’s heart rate and her beautiful face, as well as a glucose test (nasty drink too, ICK) but NO major measurements of Eisley herself. Dr. Daye, our specialist will do all of that (monday aug. 23). I will have my belly measured tomorrow morning, from the outside, but honestly, that doesn’t tell much.
This is much longer than intended. Thanks for reading, caring and praying!!