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I don't think I've posted about this yet. But it's time.
I have been on bed rest for the last month. I went for my 20 week anatomy scan and the doctor referred me to a prenatal specialist. The prenatal specialist determined that the baby was 2 weeks under where he should be. She blamed my fibroid (it sits in the uterus on the placenta - bad place) and stated it's fighting my baby for nutrients. She put me on 1 month bed rest.
I am 24 weeks now. I had another ultrasound and the good news was that he's grown 4 weeks, but has not caught up. His abdomen measurement is also a bit slowed down. Doc said that she fully expected to have me in the hospital that day, but was glad there was growth... She's concern because it's so early for this to happen. He's in the 12th percentile for growth.
I've been told that chances are very good I will deliver early - perhaps really early (dangerously early). I am praying I can last until the pregnancy is viable and the baby can live outside of my belly. Bed rest continues until delivery and I've been told to chill on work (I own my own business and work from home full time). Doc also mentioned that although she's encouraged with the growth still happening, she's still wanting to set my expectations for a hospital stay coming up...
I have held off the baby shower until after the baby comes because at this point, I'm afraid this won't happen and can't bear to have all of these baby things around me if we lose him. I also have found myself stopping reading about baby stuff and parenting because I'm afraid this won't happen.
Oh mama, start getting excited again, nothing is guaranteed, but your baby should be just fine. First you are at 24 weeks, which is the point of viability! Next thing to aim for is 28 weeks. And the growth in the past 4 weeks is awesome!
My twins were born at 29 weeks because Lillian had severe IUGR. She first measured behind at 19 weeks, she grew really slowly until 23.5 weeks, then she didn't grow at all until her birth. I spent the last 4 weeks in the hospital, she failed her non stress tests, but passed her daily BPPs. When she failed the BPP that is when they delivered. They had told me at one point though, that if the healthy twin wasn't there they would have delivered her a bit earlier.
Genevive was 3 lb 1 oz and Lillian was 1 lb 13 oz. And between the two of them, Lily was the healthier preemie, she was tiny, but she was off all breathing support by two weeks old. My doctor told me that stressed babies in utero tend to be better breathers, maybe natures way to ready them for prematurity, who knows.
She was in the hospital for 67 days, and is a little delayed now, but has no long term health issues as a result of being a preemie.
Lily then, wearing a preemie diaper, LOL. (Ignore the caption, the photo is only actual size if printed as an 8x10)
Hey I am in the same boat. My doctor hasn't said IUGR yet but I plan to ask tomorrow. I went in at my 18 week scan to find she was a little over 16 weeks and in the 6th percentile. They had me come back in 3 weeks and she was about 2 weeks behind and in the 5th percentile. So I go back in tomorrow to find out if I am going to have to start bedrest. They did also tell me I will probably be induced early. I do have one daughter who I was never told she was small and I was induced for other reason at 37 weeks. She was 5 pounds 10 ounces. I tried telling them I have small babies but I guess this daughter (alaina) is just to small.
I will pray for you and send growing vibes to your wee one. We're right around the same timeframe gestation-wise.
I'm surprised you aren't on bed rest already. Man, what I wouldn't do for a trip to Target, the mall, ANYWHERE. I finally broke down and bought myself an iPad last week as I was waiting because I didn't want to spend the money (felt selfish before the baby is here). Well, that went out the window. I'm in bed 24 hours a day... I can be a little selfish right now!
Hang in there and thank you for reaching out - I'm sorry you are going through this as well.
I'm so sorry you're going through this. One thing you might want to do while you're stuck in bed is get a book about preemies, so you'll have a sense of what to expect if the baby comes early or has to be in the NICU for a bit. If you weren't on bed rest, I'd also say you might want to see if you can tour the NICU at the hospital where you'll be delivering, just so you get a sense of what it's like and maybe meet some of the nurses, but a book is a good start too. Maybe see if you can download one to your new iPad?
I don't have any personal experience with IUGR, but I just wanted to say I will be keeping my fingers crossed that your wee one grows as much as possible and you can keep him cooking as long as possible!
I wonder if the difference is that I don't have anything going on with my placenta. They actually just don't know why she is so small. At my utlrasound yesterday they said I could stay just on modified bedrest. But now I have to go to the hospital twice a week to be monitored. She was up to 7 percent from 5. So some improvement. Did they tell you what percentile your baby is in? Oh and totally not selfish to get you something. You are sacraficing your body for that little boy