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A.H. made his way into this world on Thursday, January 13th 2011 at 4:03 pm. He was 7 lbs 5 oz and 19 3/4 inches long. Head circ. was 13 1/2 inches.
On Wednesday, January 12th, I had noticed that he hadn't been moving as much as he normally did. His active time was in the evening, and I really looked forward to feeling the kicks and rolls every night. That night I didn't feel anything at all, so I started poking at my belly. After about 15 min Asher finally kicked back and that was enough for me not to freak out too much.....I was still concerned though. I hardly slept at all that night, I kept waiting for movement. Asher finally got the hiccups about 2 or 3 am, and I finally got a little bit of sleep. I had a scheduled ob appointment the next morning, or I probably would have gone to l&d that night.
Morning came and I got ready for the ob appt, and felt one good movement while I was getting ready. Dh and I arrived at our ob, and went back for our scheduled growth u/s. A couple weeks earlier I was measuring 3 weeks ahead in fundal size. The u/s went great. They estimated size at 7 lbs 7 oz (which turned out to be really accurate!) and size wise baby measured 37 weeks 3days...about a week and 1/2 ahead. Next we met with our ob and the urine and weight were both good and the dr was about to leave when I mentioned that Asher was not moving as much. He ordered a nst scan and sent me over to the hospital. I figured that as soon as the monitor were placed on my belly Asher would start moving all around.
Well, that is not what happened at all. The monitors were put into place for the nst scan, and after 5 min, I knew something was up. His heart rate was about 145 and didn't fluctuate at all, and the monitor was not picking up any movement. They look for variation in the babies heart rate and look for it to change by about 10 btm every now and again. After 40 min of no change, they came in and said that baby can fall into a deep sleep for 40-60 min. They said we would monitor for a little bit more, then send us over for a biophysical u/s. I was monitored for about another 40 min, and still no change to heart rate and still no movement.
We left for the biophysical u/s. It lasts 30 min and gives 2 points each for fluid level, heart rate flux, diaphragm movement, motor movement, and placenta. The goal is to get at least 8 out of 10 pts. We only got points for fluid and heart rate, and I think we got points for placenta, but not sure since it had started to show calcium deposits. Baby did not move at all during the u/s though. At the end of the u/s our ob popped his head in and asked the tech about what he saw.... Tech said no movement, and our ob said ok about six or seven times, looked at us and said that we will talk when we got upstairs.
We got upstairs to l&d and our ob told us that it was time to induce labor because he thought our placenta was deteriorating and baby would do better if we delivered. He said we could try for a vaginal birth as long as baby tolerated contractions ok. We started the pit right away. We were only less than an hour on the pit, and after a contraction, we lost the Asher's heartbeat. Drs and nurses came flying into the room and I was placed on my left side. Baby did better then. Shortly after that I had another good contraction and we lost the heartbeat again. The dr came in and said that we would prep for a c-section and if the heartbeat dropped again we would have to do a section. I was terrified! I was totally prepared mentally for a natural childbirth, and a section never even crossed my mind, let alone a section for this reason. Well about 15 min later we lost the heartbeat again, and the everything went really fast. I was transferred to the or and given a spinal. I was shaking so bad from anxiety, and the spinal was rough going in. Less than 15 min from the last drop in heart rate on the monitor, Asher Henry was born. He came out screaming. He was so beautiful. I just got to see him for a second, and they whisked him off the the nicu. after recovery, they wheeled me back to my room, but they very nicely stopped by the nicu on the way, and brought Asher out to see me. I got to hold him for a second a give him a kiss. They kept him in the nicu just overnight to monitor some grunting he had, and because his glucose levels were low ( which was most likely due to being stressed in the womb) .
He is doing great now, but his glucose levels keep going up and down, an he is under the lights for jaundice. I am so thankful that I get to stay with him. We have private room that we can stay in until he goes home. He looks so much like his big brother did, and I am just so in love. I am also thankful for the attentive cate of my ob and that Asher is ok. I don't even want to think about what could have happened. Hopefully we Can go home soon....I am ready to start our new life as a family of four !!
Last edited by IAMommy; February 1st, 2012 at 11:33 AM.
I'm So happy everything turned out ok in the end. That is so scary. My last labor was very similar to yours. THey kept loosing her heart rate and it was dropping so low that we ended up doing a C-section. I can't wait to see pictures. Hope you have a quick recovery.