Well folks, you KNEW it couldn't be an easy ride, didn't you? Didn't you, as IF veterans, know that it couldn't be too easy to get to the finish? That would be just too much to ask...
I'm riding high, being told on Friday by my OB, "...all is well, except the baby is breech, which will correct itself most likely." I'm feeling good - minor heartburn, some anemia issues, and frustrating gestational diabetes aside... I'm looking healthy, feeling better than I have in a long time. Everyone is talking about my "glow".
Then, I go to the Perinatologist's office on Monday - WHAM! The bad and the ugly finally caught up to us.
Issues found 2:
- very big baby, 6.2 lbs, which is 90th percentile at 33 wks gestation.
- Too much amniotic fluid. The upper limits are 24 - 26 cm and I'm measuring at 23+ cm.
The Peri is now talking about an aggressive treatment plan, because our baby may die. This week he's probably starting me on insulin. We will be doing an amniocentesis at 36 wks, and possibly scheduling a C-section or induction at 37 wks. I am to have 2 appts per week from now on out - Mondays and Thursdays.
Do you think Mel would open the Virtual Lushary just for me? I really need a good stiff drink...
I looked up the "too much amniotic fluid" issue... It appears that gestational diabetes can cause the infant to have a high urine output, which causes the buildup in fluid. This leads to preterm membrane abruption and so pre-term delivery. The quick rupture of the membranes is a lead cause of cord prolapse and/or having the fetus not be able to engage in the pelvis properly for delivery.
Other than gestational diabetes there is some very scary stuff that can cause this condition - Downs, gastrointestinal blockage or fistule, cardiac issues, renal issues. So, I'm certainly going to ask for more info, and possibly more testing, to determine if there is another reason the fluid is too high.
Regardless of the cause, 26% of people with this condition deliver pre-term. These all sound like good reasons to have our bags packed early, and to not stray too far from the hospital. eh? :)
Here is what Wikipedia has to say, which agrees with other sources I've read - in case you are interested: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amniotic_fluid. This next link will give you all you ever wanted to know about the condition: http://www.emedicine.com/PED/topic1854.htm
Oh, and our Peri, he called our OB's office and strong-armed me an appt with their best OB Dr. for this Thursday. It could have something to do with the fact that I told him another OB at their practice was "not too worried about the GD blood glucose #'s" and her saying "everything is just fine and on track" as of last Friday. You think?!?!? I would have like to have been a fly on the wall for that conversation...