2011 – Pregnancy Update.
(Loving my two little visitors, yesterday.)
I wanted to share an update with everything going on with my pregnancy. Yesterday I was admitted to the hospital on bed rest, so that we can monitor our baby more closely.
This week I had another big ultrasound with the Perinatologist. I am now 24 plus weeks, and we were hoping to see more growth in this last month with our tiny baby girl.
The ultrasound didn’t go very well. In 4 weeks time she has only grown 2 weeks, and she was already behind 2 weeks, so now she is measuring in at about 20 gestational age at 24 weeks.
I knew we were anticipating bed rest, but not hospitalized bed rest.
The biggest concern we have along with IUGR (Intrauterine Growth Restriction) is that the blood flow through the cord has an absence of diastolic blood flow. Which is not good. They need to watch it closely, and this is why I am on bed rest at the hospital. The situation has digressed quickly enough that we need to be here to make sure we can do all we can if it looks like she will do better outside of me than in.
I think I met my crying limit yesterday. It’s shocking news to hear that you will be possibly having a baby this early (24-25 weeks) I was really hoping to get a lot farther along.
On the one hand, I have been dreading the thought of bed rest, but I know this time is not about me, I am here completely for her. It’s a scary time. 24 weeks is the week of viability with a baby, not when I would ever want to have a baby!
Everyday counts now. I do feel like I’m really in the best hands with the medical professionals monitoring our situation. They can do so much these days with premature babies, and we feel so thankful for this.
We have been through all of this before when I was pregnant with Avery 9 years ago, only not at this extreme. With everything we have been through in trying to get our family here, I feel like there is a reason this pregnancy has gotten this far. This baby girl is a fighter. We are all just praying that she will continue this fight. It breaks my heart to bring her into the world with a body that just isn’t ready.
Thank you for all the nice emails, texts, tweets…everything. We have felt so much love and support during this time, and we so appreciate it.
All your thoughts and prayers are so appreciated.
PS. Depending on how everything goes with how much down time I have, I would still love to keep my blog updated when I can, only probably in a different way. I’m thinking more updates on our situation, and more of a feature blog as I won’t be able to create content (like I love to do) at this time.
I have loved having this space and I love sharing it with you.