Well, it’s finally here. 24 weeks. Viability. The point in a pregnancy where a baby has a chance to survive if born- albeit not a great one and not without many potential complications. It’s an important time in pregnancy for me- because it seems as if that’s where things start going wrong if they are going to. We lost Raime at 23 weeks, Elora was born at 25 (and died 2 months later), and Connor was stillborn at 24 weeks. Having a good appointment lifts a weight off of my shoulders.
So now I’m focusing on 28 weeks.
My appointment update: I had an anatomy scan at my MFM today, and all seems to be going smoothly. The babies I lost all had IUGR- where they don’t grow to their full potential. My blood pressure issues are what leads to that. Elora weighed 500 grams at birth, which is approximately 1 lb, 1 oz. Generally, many hospitals consider 500 grams the cut off point for life-saving attempts, so passing this milestone is a huge relief to me.
Since I am 24 weeks today, I figured Bacon was probably right around that point, and I was hoping he’d be at least that big so that I’d feel reassured that IUGR was not an imminent issue. I’ve been feeling a lot of movement, more than I remember from past pregnancies at this point. I’ve even been able to see and feel kicks from the outside, and coupled with the fact I just feel big, I wasn’t too surprised to hear the tech say that he was moving a lot. But I was a little shocked to hear that his weight is estimated at 1 lb 14 oz already!
Now for the not-so-fun news: The placenta is still covering my cervix. Boo. I know I’d have a c-section regardless, based on my history, however it’s still a complication in that I need to be on the look out for any bleeding and whatnot. Possible problem number two- his weight. He’s measuring in the 97th percentile. It could be a sign of gestational diabetes, so I have to head in for that test in the next week or two. And finally, my amniotic fluid levels are high, which they are going to keep an eye on.
Hmm. I think that’s about it. OH! Bacon is still a boy. We really need to work on finalizing a name.
And that wraps up another boring weekly update!