If there’s anything I haven’t done in this pregnancy is take LittleBabyThomsen’s health for granted. When we lost Twin B, I threw all my energy into making sure LittleBabyThomsen would have a healthy pregnancy and put her needs, however big or small, first. I also have celebrated every aspect of her – from enjoying two baby showers and decorating an amazing nursery and just bragging about this little life growing inside of me – something Don and I have wanted for just so long. So today, at my 32.5 week appointment I had a bit of fear in seeing growth and making sure LittleBabyThomsen is as healthy as she should be.
I started with my weigh in… and what do you know… I gained 6 pounds in 10 days. The doctor was actually proud! My first official weight gain in this pregnancy and I’m half way through my third trimester.
Then the ultrasound – showing the following:
Baby’s head and limbs, etc. all measure within a day or two of the anticipated due date (February 9th). The ultrasound indicated that she has a full head of hair, which is super cute. Heartbeat was good – in the 150s. And her weight is at a solid 4 pounds. So good.
The only downside was that the baby’s abdomen measured 13 days too small. I was told this was due to a possibility of two things – either a. we have a skinny baby or b. the baby is not getting enough nutrients from the placenta.
So then it was on to the non-stress, stress test. The one where you just lay there and let the baby do her thing while the machine counts kicks, movement, etc. Since the two plush, comfortable amazing looking chairs were filled, I was sent to a hard exam bed. Fine, because this test was only supposed to take 20 minutes. An hour and half later I finally ripped the machine off of me because I couldn’t take the pain on my back from laying on this hard bed with zero bedding. So the nurse said that since I was on the machine for so long without the movement they were looking for, I failed. Awesome.
With the failed non-stress, stress test and the fact that baby’s abdomen is very small, the doctor wanted me to do a second ultrasound to get a good look at the placenta and to count baby movements through the ultrasound and watch the lungs move for a solid 30 seconds. They only give you 30 minutes to do this ultrasound and count the movements and it wasn’t until the last 10 minutes did LittleBabyThomsen move and give her lungs a go. I barely got the results needed and even then, it was a stretch.
I had a long talk with the doctor who explained that so long as the limbs are growing they don’t worry too much about the abdomen size. It’s only if there are problems with the placenta and it is apparently common for babies of mom’s on blood thinners to detach from the placenta, which is obviously bad if it goes unnoticed.
So now I am a once a week, if not twice a week, patient. Starting next week, I get to go in for a weekly non-stress, stress test and ultrasound to confirm placenta is still in place and baby is growing. I’m 13 days behind in abdominal growth and if I get to 14 days or more (which I’m obviously close to), then we’re looking at a strong possibility of being induced.
I’ll keep you updated and post today’s ultrasound pics when I’m finally through taking this all in. Til then…