Originally Posted by homemademomma
No, I definitely understand and have experienced first hand the risks related to misdiagnoses or raised alarms. However, when there are clear indications that there might be a problem, the risk/benefit ratio comes down squarely on the side of seeking more information. It just does; plain math.
What would you do if your healthy, 35 yo husband started having chest pains? Would you wait it out, knowing that most chest pain is non-cardiac in origin? Or would you seek further diagnostics to rule out the possibility of a major problem, knowing that morbidity/mortality related to an MI increases with each passing minute? This is exactly.the.same.thing.
Also, your birth story is alarming. I would hesitate to use it as a pro-UC example, because IUGR, in addition to causing chronic hypoxia during pregnancy, can also cause acute and emergent fetal distress during labor which may only be picked up through auscultation or EFM. I am glad he is okay, and I hope he continues to develop normally and does not experience any of the long term effects of growth restriction or oxygen deprivation.
I am sure you were monitoring your blood pressure during your pregnancy and watching for signs of GDM and anemia, because as you know, those and other controllable factors can cause IUGR.
I hope my post is not construed as anti-UC. Because I am 100% pro a woman's right to choose the manner and place in which she gives birth.
My risks of U/S included possibly witnessing a failed fetus or two die, raising panic alarms over Mike where they would have tried to force premature delivery well before he chose to come, forced c-section, possibly forced drug testing due to the severe "IUGR", baby living in a NICU for months, etc.
My husband did have exactly that issue. He chose to go to the hospital the first time it happened. Once he figured out what caused it, he could stay home if he chose, the next time. Chest pains can have multiple causes. The trick is paying attention to the symptoms and evaluating the risks on a dynamic basis during each episode.
"Also, your birth story is alarming. I would hesitate to use it as a pro-UC example"
Not to me, because he was just fine, and still is. The point is, we avoided much harm. We needed nothing from them at that point. If we ever do need help we know where to go.
"I am glad he is okay, and I hope he continues to develop normally and does not experience any of the long term effects of growth restriction or oxygen deprivation."
So far he has exceeded our expectations. He's about to triple his birth weight by 15 weeks old. He makes emotional talking-like sounds at us and plays, laughs, smiles. Loves to stand up with help, has great head control, that kind of thing. No colic, great digestion. Better digestion than my other kids. Maybe the good digestion is because I take taurine in my morning coffee. ;-) I didn't sleep much as a baby but he sleeps well. I think he may be a morning type person. He certainly wakes up in a great mood.
"I am sure you were monitoring your blood pressure during your pregnancy and watching for signs of GDM and anemia, because as you know, those and other controllable factors can cause IUGR."
You bet I did. I wish I would have caught the magnesium problems sooner. That's my biggest regret. If I had, I might have 2 or 3 babies now. As it is, I feel indebted to my husband who heard the other heartbeat with me. He still grieves that there aren't twins. That's the hardest thing. He was so sure. I tried to brace him for the other alternative but it was too late once he heard the heartbeats. He didn't give up on there being maybe another for more than a week after the first was born. Part of that is because a friend of my family was a twin who's brother was born on a different month and I looked pregnant after I gave birth. :-(