Thursday, April 18, 2013

IUGR, Early Delivery, Irish Twins?!

I am feeling a little discouraged and worried after our appointment today. At our last growth ultrasound, Charlotte had dropped from the 12th percentile down to the 9th percentile. You could see that it was just barely off of her growth curve. We spoke about my diet, and the fact that I hadn't gained too much weight, and made a plan include a lot more protein and vegetables into our diet.

For three weeks, I have been reaching for healthy snacks, and including one huge protein and frozen fruit smoothie AND one large vegetable juice and frozen fruit smoothie into my daily diet. 

Going in this morning, Tim and I were certain that Charlotte would not only be at least in the 9th percentile, but probably higher. My belly looks so much bigger, her movements have gotten so much bigger, and I have gained 6 pounds in 3 weeks! Certainly this was ll pointing to only one thing, right?!

Uuuuhhhh, no. Apparently not. While Charlotte gained some weight, which is good, she moved off of her curve even more and is is the 5th percentile. 

What does this mean for the babe? It means that she has three more weeks to get her act together, or we induce at 37 weeks. We will measure again in three weeks like usual, but I failed to ask what percentile she would need to leap to in order to let her stay. I mean, what if she flies up to the 10th percentile? Is that good enough, or does she need to get into the 20th? 

At some point, she will probably grown better outside than inside, and I think I read that after 37 weeks with IUGR there is a higher risk of stillborn. Poke me in the eyeball, that is one of my worst fears. Now, I am completely terrified when she goes longer than 30 minutes without a big kick or punch or roll.... worried that she has all of a sudden passed.

This pregnancy has been so stressful! I had wanted to let her stay in until 40+ weeks to let her fatten up, but now we are talking early induction because she is just not growing at the right rate! 

For about 8 weeks now, I have heard so many times, "I can't believe everything is ok now!", and I wanted so badly to explain that, "No, actually everything is NOT ok now", even though in my head they still kinda seemed to be in the normal range. Now, here we are with scary figures in front of us. I am ready to be not pregnant anymore, and I am so ready to meet this sweet fighter of a girl, but I want it to happen at the right time. 

Please keep praying for Charlotte to grow!

Also- keep in mind that Hunter's birthday is May 17, and I turn 37 weeks on May 18. That pretty much counts as Irish Twins, right?

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