I am currently 36w4d and am a little worried about belly bub, just looking for anyone else who may have experienced the same.
I already have two amazing kidlets who were both almost 4kgs at birth so I am use to larger, chubby babies 2 weeks ago my BP was high and bubs was a little quiet so my OB organised a scan just to check growth and everything was good. I had also had one at 28 weeks and bubs was measuring good on the growth charts, all within normal ranges and definitely not a big baby but not small either, most measurements hovered around the 50th% mark. My next scan was at 34w3d and bubs tummy measurement went from 45th% down to the 2nd% on growth charts and the predicted weight had dropped to 27th%. I know the weight is difficult to predict so was more concerned about the tummy as my OB said this is usually the first sign the placenta isn't doing it's job but she assured me it wasn't time to worry as we needed to see what growth did over another 2 weeks.
Fast forward to yesterday we had another scan to see what growth had been doing. I really expected to have seen better results, I was convinced he was just little but would have improved. His tummy has now dropped completely off the charts, there has been almost no growth at all in 2 weeks His head also looks like to have made no growth... it is still within all the normal ranges but the fact it isn't growing to me says the placenta just isn't feeding him at all now. His overall size is now under the 20th% but it is his tummy that is really worrying me as apparently the baby will pull all reserves from around their tummy to keep feeding the brain when there is not enough nutrients coming from the placenta.
I see my OB at 5.30pm today and the wait is killing me... I know no one can tell me what will happen but I just needed to see if anyone has experienced this, what the outcome was and how bubs did after birth. My main concern is the placenta stops working and I wont know, it already seems like over the last 2 weeks things have gone downhill and I have been none the wiser! I do have high BP, it hit 160/100 (pre pregnancy was 100/60) last week but no protien in urine so not pre-eclampsia but my OB did want to medicate me to keep the BP down. Unfortunately I had an allergic reaction to the meds and can't take them so we just keep monitoring it twice a week.
Sorry for the novel... I really just needed to get this out to people who might understand. DF just keeps telling me not to stress as it just raises my BP but this whole being calm thing isn't as easy as I thought. I feel like after 2 normal, healthy pregnancies I have used all my good luck and I am being punished for wanting a third bub. Any advice or calming words would be much appreciated! I am worried with all the running around I have been doing with DD (4.5yrs) and DS(3 yrs), working full time, organising the house changes and starting my MBA I have overdone it and this is my fault