I have really, really low amounts of amniotic fluid, apparently. 3rd percentile and they want to induce labor once you are below the 5th, I think. Have been drinking water etc like crazy and hoping somehow that things will be improved by tomorrow, but I am, of course super worried and disappointed. With dd#1, I had a nice birth--2 days after due date, no meds, no interventions, only slight tearing. Now it is looking like early induction and I am guessing the road to c-section from there, b/c my body is nowhere near ready for natural labor. But of course that is better than some of the dire alternatives with the worst dangers of low AFI (oligohydramnios)-- eg cord compression leading to fetal death, too little oxygen to baby, etc. Trying not to worry *too* much, what good does that do? Being compulsive, I have spent the last day and a half researching, so i do know, I think, the questions to ask before being led along to induction and possibly c-section, and the inaccuracies of measuring AFI by ultrasound and the questions about whether low AFI by itself is a good reason for early induction. Tomorrow they will repeart nonstress tests, a BPP; I am trying to focus on just birthing a healthy babe, whenever, however that might be now.
Sorry to ramble, this is all a surprise to me. Not sure when I'll be able or feel able to check back in--but BEST to all my ddc August mamas!!! Enjoy the rest of your pgs! Wishing healthy babes to all.
I am going over to coops to check in on the TIG yarn coop to distract myself, lol! But wishing the best to all.
|Sigh. I am 36 weeks. I REALLY want this one to bake longer. I don't want to have feeding problems, breathing problems, temp regulation problems or worse that may be characteristic of a 36 weeker|
Just want you to know that my 33.5-weekers and I had a great 25-month nursing relationship after only small difficulties in the beginning. They were in the NICU for a little while, just being monitored, but never had breathing problems or major temp regulation problems. They were a little small, a little behind, for a while, but today they're thriving beyond anything we could have imagined.
I know there's scary information out there. I'll be thinking about you and your little one.
The kangaroo care research is pretty amazing in terms of health of a preemie.
I'm not that family with low fluid to know how accurate the testing is nor what can be done about it.
Have you checked in the Birth Professionals forum and asked there?
I really don't have any advice to offer, just hugs and support. I will let you know that I had a 36-weeker via c-section, and he was perfectly healthy - no breathing problems, 7 1/2 lbs, and a great nurser. I know it doesn't always work out that way, but I hope it gives you hope to know that you may have a positive outcome. We're all thinking of you!
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Wondering about all of the 'what ifs' is stressful. It is hard to surrender to that which is out of your control - I feel for you. Thast being said, 36 weeks isn't too early (although, I know it isn't ideal).
I wish you a wonderful birth, however it unfolds. Hang in there and keep us posted if you can.
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In fact I have to go have my amnio to check for lung maturity in the middle of my 36th week because they are hoping to be able to deliver mine soon there after and my diabetes can slow the lung growth down a bit.
Now on the keep 'em in flip side, Have you considered getting amniotic fluid supplements? I know they are capable of doing that. I also know that it can be a fight because they like to deliver at 36 weeks when they get that far.
Anyway, I'm thinking of you.
He was 7lbs 3oz.
He did get RSV and have more broch. infections in the first two years, more than my other two but I am an athsmatic and he did suffer oxygen loss at birth (cord prolapse, cord around neck) so no idea if that was the cause KWIM.
8 might be enough?
Or maybe 9 will be?
EDD September 18, 2015
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I'm also looking at early induction, for similar scary reasons. 36 weeks isn't that bad. I've heard of 40+ weekers have problems, there is no 100% baby will be OK no matter when they come, KWIM?
One thing I have been told is the AFI isn't always accurate, what is often used as well is deepest pool measurements, cause if baby is crunched to one side the AFI will be done with 2 big measurements and 2 low ones, then evened out, KWIM?
I'd ask about deepest pool as well tomorrow.
Now on the keep 'em in flip side, Have you considered getting amniotic fluid supplements? I know they are capable of doing that.
Either way, : for a fully cooked baby!
And I saw a video at an LLL meeting once about babies managing latch just fine after getting bottles and such in the NICU for more than a month.
BTW-- the ob I saw on Saturday who agreed baby was better in utero for now, was not my 'regular' ob. Her office called this morning, surprised that I hadn't already had the baby, and said that they'd already cancelled all the rest of my prenatal appts. :
I guess that's how much chance I had with her of convincing her not to induce at 36 weeks just b/c of a low AFI measurement, if NSTs and BPP were looking good still. Geez.
I am trying to keep the baby happy in utero to cook more, I would LOVE to have a natural labor, but looks remote, and of course I don't want to risk cord compression and a horrible outcome by trying to push them to let LO go longer.
GEEZ, why does it all have to be so complicated/difficult??
With dd #1, I was at the beach at this point in my pg, worried only about cloth diapers, lol!!
Update later this afternoon, after NST
Now I have a new problem, though--after WEEKS of head down, this baby has flipped and is now breech!!! AARGH. I am 37 weeks on Thursday.
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