Thursday, September 29, 2011

Healthy Baby Thoughts

Today we had a 35 week ultrasound, non-stress test and a follow up with our OB.
Our baby boy isn't growing very well. Seems the placenta just isn't getting him enough nutrients. He grew about 5oz in the past 3 weeks and we would have liked to see 5oz per week. He's only measuring about 4lbs and our baby girl about 4lbs 12oz. I'm glad Andrew was with me because it was a little upsetting to hear this news.
The OB explained that at this point it's a matter of balancing the benefits of lung development inside the womb with the better nutrients we could provide outside the womb. We'll go back for another non-stress test and ultrasound on Monday and on Thursday next week. The OB wants to induce labour either next week (at 36 weeks gestation) or the following week depending on how things look.
I'm trying not to worry....trying not to freak out. We did anticipate them being small and I'm incredibly grateful that we've gotten this far so there is a good chance that they will be strong even if they are tiny. But oh the idea of a 4lb baby is pretty intimidating.
So healthy baby thoughts and prayers are very much appreciated.

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