Today DH and I are off to our first Specialist consult, after three ultrasounds have proven bub is lagging in growth.
We have three healthy children and had very easy pregnancies with them, yet the list we have in front of us right now is overwhelming: a rapidly growing uterine fibroid, suspected IUGR (20 days delayed), and it appears bub has a pericardial effusion, and bowel appears echogenic. Liquor volumes have decreased slightly.
At 39 years of age I didn't really expect an easy ride with number four, but all these details are making me dizzy!!
Has anyone else had similar reports on their U/S before??
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10-08-2015 12:59 #1
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19-08-2015 17:42 #2Member
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30-08-2015 10:49 #3
Hiya well we are more confused than ever now. The Specialist discredited the previous ultrasounds and ordered another one. He said he thinks bub just has short legs in that regard?!? However they are sending us to Canberra now for better screening as the latest scan showed a little too much fluid around the heart and not enough amniotoc fluid where it should be. ...this is very draining How are you doing?
31-08-2015 11:13 #4
Thanks so much for your comment It's so good to hear from other mums who have been through this! I was treated in Canberra Hospital in 1997 for a twin to twin transfusion and was admitted under Professor Elwood's care from 6 months. Sadly, I lost the girls at 8 months, so my experience there was quite traumatic, despite the high level of care they definitely gave me. I hope to walk in there with a more positive attitude this time around and fingers crossed that bub is doing okay, our major concern was obviously fetal heart failure with is common with pericardinal effusion they say. I had two perfectly healthy and normal pregnancies with two boys in 2002 and 2006, so I thought I'd be right this time around. Let's hope so
31-08-2015 13:54 #5
Two of my babies had IUGR, but quite late onset,so the effects were relatively mild. They were both born around 37 weeks & 2.5 kgs. Very skinny looking when they came out, but we were very lucky compared to some. IUGR can range from quite mild to severe depending on different factors -the good thing is that they will monitor you very closely now & do the best for a good outcome. All the best to you &your bubba.
31-08-2015 14:05 #6
@Magick, I have 2 little boys who both were diagnosed with IUGR.
DS2 was born last August at 32 weeks weighing 1.1kg. My growth started to go backwards from my 20 week ultrasound. By 32 weeks, he was behind in growth up to 4/5 weeks in some measurements. I continued to have scans weekly and ctg monitoring twice a week. The Drs will probably give you lots of scans but I found them reassuring as well. Good luck and all the best.
31-08-2015 14:11 #7
Ladies again I can't thank you enough for posting your experiences, it really does help me feel not so alone. I find myself springing new tears every time I think about the last few scans and how everything is going to go. SO much information compared to my other pregnancies, even my twin to twin was a straight forward syndrome/experience to understand, but these scans are ridiculously full of possible terrible things, from pericardinal effusion to echogenic bowel, to fluid around the heart, to not enough amniotic fluid where it should be, the list just goes on. I am looking forward to the Canberra scan actually, at least I might get some clarification on the status of bub and hopefully they will continue to look after me there instead of the regional town I live in with limited facilities.
Yes HappyBovine Professor Elwood has left, the hospital told me he left about a year or two ago, and that they have really struggled in the unit since he left, but wowzers he had a good innings there didn't he
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31-08-2015 14:23 #8
do IUGR babies catch up in growth once they're born?
31-08-2015 14:52 #9
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@turquoisecoast, My DS2 was born at 1.1kg. His growth was very slow to begin with. He left hospital after 7 weeks at 1.7kgs. At nearly 13 months, he weighs 7.66kgs. The paed told us he should catch up by 2 years of age, so we will see. Developmentally, he has done everything, if not before when he was meant to.
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They say they catch up by 2. My DD came home weighing 1.9kg after 4 weeks at 37 weeks and at 3 weighs 10kg. She's gained about 3kg in the past year and has grown about 7cm as she also had congenital heart defects thy required surgery last year so that affected her growth too.
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