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post #21 of 32
Originally Posted by MeredithA View Post

Oh, mama, I'm sorry you're having to go through this!! hug2.gif


When I had my big scare at my 20 week ultrasound, they had me come back in for a follow up 4 weeks later. I made sure that the perinatologist would have plenty of time to sit down with me and go over everything in detail at the appointment and I am so glad I did. I suggest calling ahead of time and explaining that you want some sit-down time with the specialist, and come prepared with some questions. Nothing is frustrating like having a concern about your baby and having the doctor rush you through the interpretation of the results. After all of my questions were answered by the perinatologist, I was able to make a decision about birthing location and how to proceed and I feel much better now. I know that the uncertainty can just drive you batty!!! Best of luck at your next appointment! I'll be thinking about you!


wanna chat I am 16 weeks pregnant now:)

post #22 of 32
Originally Posted by Amy Geyer View Post

Hello my name is Amy and I am 16 weeks pregnant but havent been pregnant in 18 years was hoping to chat with some women on this website :)



Hi Amy,


Congratulations on your pregnancy! I thought I'd share some links with you, since I'm not sure when your due date is I included both June and July's due date clubs:

June 2012 Due Date Club - http://www.mothering.com/community/groups/show/12/june-2012-ddc


July 2012 Due Date Club - http://www.mothering.com/community/groups/show/15/july-2012-ddc


Of course, you're welcome to post in any group with information helpful or relevant to the topic at hand (for example, the string you posted in relates to mamas who discovered their baby has a single umbilical artery...). I know these boards can be overwhelming and sometimes difficult to wrap your head around. 


Good luck with your pregnancy!



post #23 of 32
Thread Starter 

Had a great appointment with the midwife last night and am feeling much less stressed. Much of this is due to all of the support that I've received from you all - thank you so much!


We will get the 2nd-level u/s eventually, but I'm at peace about the baby and its overall health. I really believe it's going to be just fine and want to wait until closer to my due date to confirm. My appointment for the u/s will be in March, which will give me enough time to start seeing a specialist and planning a hospital birth if it comes to that. In the mean time, we're going ahead with our plans for the peaceful home birth of a healthy baby! 

post #24 of 32

Ruby, this is fantastic - keep the positive attitude coming! 

post #25 of 32

Hi there - jumping in if it's okay. I haven't posted in a while. 


*hugs* I know it's a rough thing to go through!


We had a Single Umbilical Artery found on our ~23 week u/s also (Jan 6th), so I understand the roller coaster of emotions. We were seeing a perinatologist for diagnostics anyway related to other issues so we were actually there to rule out heart defects. Initially I freaked because I was truly upset that there was anything wrong - but luckily perinatologist was great with us. He was clear to mention the only recommendation he would have made was a heart study (which we had just completed and was normal) and that the research out there is rather ambiguous in regards to other issues, basically meaning not much. We are following with growth scans at 4 week intervals to make sure our little guy isn't having any growth restriction and doing kick counts to be aware if there's a decrease. There has also been discussion of NST's later on so we'll see about how that plays out. My OB was great to reassure me it means no changes as far as he's concerned for now, and he also mentioned the lack of conclusive study evidence related to other defects/issues. 


I've had some time to calm down, ban myself from reading message boards about it, and luckily I have several buddies that are L/D RN's, midwives, pediatricians, etc. to bounce my thoughts off of and have had nothing but positive comments. That said - it does bother me still though I'm focusing more on our baby and nesting, bonding, etc. 


Let me know how things go! I hope it helps to know there's someone else out there going through it too. I'll be thinking of you!



post #26 of 32
Thread Starter 

Thanks, Amy! It's good to hear from someone else who is going through the same thing. It sounds like you've got a great support system...it really helps to talk it out and get reassurance from other people! The thing that gets me the most about the diagnosis is that there's nothing anyone can do but watch...but even if they see something there's nothing they can do! My midwife mentioned that if my level 2 ultrasound shows heart problems, etc., that I'll have to give up the home birth and go to a high-risk ob (which I'm totally fine with - I want the baby to have any and all support that it needs when it comes out!), and that he/she might make me do the NSTs during the last few months. Her thoughts about NSTs, which I totally agree with, are that they are unfortunately only a small piece of time during the baby's day, and everything could change the second you walk out the door, which makes them not particularly useful...I don't know, I am just hoping everything is going fine and we don't have to go through anything else! My u/s is scheduled for early March. I put it off because I'm really in a good place and don't want to worry if there is something wrong because, again, it won't make any difference!


All the best to you, and I hope everything continues to go great. :-)


post #27 of 32

Keep me posted. It's hard not to worry, but I'm feling our boy get stronger by the day. I do freak out a lot more on quiet days, and rush to grab a snack or something. Our anatomical and heart echo were ok. We have a growth scan March 2nd and I have a 3hr glucose test :( 


I downloaded a kick count app for my phone and I love it, but am forgetting to use it (good news means I'm not feeling a huge need to and worrying less)


Hang in there and let me know how the scan goes. I'll be thinking of you!

post #28 of 32
Thread Starter 

Good news! We did the level 2 u/s yesterday and everything is developmentally fine. YAAAAYYYYY! I burst into tears as soon as the doctor left the room.


Of course, the high-risk OB couldn't let me leave without giving me something else to worry about...the baby's growth is measuring in the 60th percentile, but its belly is 90th percentile. I also have a "slightly elevated" level of fluid in the placenta. Together these are signs of gestational diabetes. L-o-v-e-l-y. I got a huge guilt trip for not doing the glucose tolerance test at 28 weeks (I have no risk factors and feel great). Midwife appointment tomorrow for the first time in 5 or 6 weeks, so I'll at least get orders for some blood draws. I seriously would be fine with gestational diabetes at this point compared to the truly life-altering possibilities that dh and I have been picturing for the past few months with the possible physical problems from the single umbilical artery.


I have been eating waaaay too much sugar. This was a wake-up call to stop giving into every craving that I have just because I'm pregnant. I know better than that. :-(


But overall, YAAAAAAYYYYY!!!!!

post #29 of 32

YAY!!! Good news!!!

post #30 of 32

So glad to hear the good news!!  :)

post #31 of 32

That is good news! Try not to stress about the GD, but probably eating less sugar is good. Such a relief, I'm sure!

post #32 of 32

Wonderful news!  I'm so happy for you.

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