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Still Cozy At 35 Weeks

on June 3, 2013

We had another NST and a BPP ultrasound today and the results were consistent with the previous tests. Agnes didn’t perform perfectly for the NST, but she also didn’t fail. I think at this point the doctors are just watching for any changes in the more negative direction; everyone seems resigned to the fact that Agnes’ NST will be non-reactive. However, one good thing that happened is I had several strong contractions while I was hooked up to the fetal monitor (wait, it’s good, I promise). The doctor said they were able to observe results as if they were conducting a contraction stress test, and Agnes reacted well during the contractions! Her heart rate didn’t slow down after each contraction, which would be an awful result. So, we’re hanging in there.

Some other faintly rosy findings at today’s test were the ventriculomegaly seems to have stopped becoming worse. Now, granted, Agnes’ head is super low down which makes it hard to get a clear enough picture for taking measurements. But the ventricles measured around 1.2 or 1.3 cm which is actually less than the largest measurement ever taken. I think one of them was up to 1.6 cm some time last month. So that’s good. Also, the amniotic fluid is still more than it was a couple weeks ago, but it isn’t more than it was just last Thursday. Also, the S/D ratios for the umbilical cord are currently holding near the top of the “normal” range of measurements, which is also good. Remember, this measures how hard the placenta is working to pump oxygenated blood and nutrients through the cord and into the baby. A measure of 4 is the top of the normal range. A number higher than 4 indicates the baby is maybe not getting enough oxygen and nutrition from the placenta. The doctors think an elevated S/D ratio is maybe the reason Agnes has intra-uterine growth restriction (IUGR).

They didn’t check Agnes for growth today, but she was approximately 3 lbs 14 oz on Thursday, so I would expect her to be really super close to the 4 lb mark by now.

She’s still moving a lot, but I’m starting to feel pretty horrible. I think the knowledge that she could be delivered any day is making it harder for me to deal with the aches and discomforts of late pregnancy. If I knew for sure I was still five weeks from delivery, I would have an easier time sucking it up and just dealing with it. But as it is, I feel really whiny and weak to deal with my body’s discomfort. Plus, I’m starting to have more contractions, which is related to the exorbitant amount of amniotic fluid I’m carrying with Agnes. The docs say a high volume of fluid can make the uterus more irritable and contract more. So, that’s nice to hear. Not.

Anyway, we’re still hanging tight, staying cozy, biding our time. The docs want to deliver Agnes at 37 weeks ideally, which would be the week of June 17. So, we’ll see if we can make it. At the rate things are going now, I think we will make it to 37 weeks unless:

-Agnes turns in a clearly and unarguably failing performance on an NST,

-or an ultrasound reveals she has stopped growing,

-or if I don’t feel her moving at least 10 times in an hour,

-or I go into labor naturally. If this happens, it’s bound to be dramatic with all that fluid. Yippee. I hope it doesn’t happen in the middle of the night at least. Please.

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One response to “Still Cozy At 35 Weeks

  1. Kathy Schwager says:

    It’s good to hear that you both are hanging in there! We are praying for another few weeks of good test results.

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