Friday, January 22, 2010

Twin Pregnancy - complications

My ultrasound visit began with the technician measuring Baby A and found him/her to be moving so much she had a hard time getting all the measurements, the tech said “wow this kid is really moving”, I could see him/her wiggling around on the screen. Baby A is located the closet to the cervix and will remain in this location. He/She will be the first born if birth is natural. He/She is growing on schedule at 6cm which = 2.4”.
Baby B was found to have Cystic Hygroma growth and Skin Edema throughout. The doctor’s main concern seemed to be the Skin Edema throughout the body; she has not seen a baby survive this. However, she said both babies have strong heartbeats and we believe that where there is life there is hope. Baby B is behind in growth and is currently 5cm which = 2”. I was supposed to take a blood test to test for chromosomal abnormalities but the findings in the ultrasound already put this baby at risk for an abnormality such as Down’s Syndrome. We talked about different scenarios, the baby could live for a period of time and die in the womb, if this should happen he/she would stay there until the other child is born. There is no risk to the other child since they are in separate sacks and do not appear to share a placenta. If the baby were to survive the pregnancy, she believes that due to the growth, swelling and small size there is a high risk of the child being born with an abnormality such as Down’s Syndrome. We do not wish to terminate this life as we do not believe abortion to be an option for us.
We’ve all heard about pregnancies where the parents were told their baby would not survive and with prayer the baby did survive and was born healthy. It is therefore our wish to continue praying for the next two weeks until our return visit on February 5th. We believe God creates life so it’s reasonable to believe he can fix abnormalities in the womb.
Our parents have asked how we are doing, in truth we are stunned, about as stunned as getting the news that there are twins in there. So it's been a month of unexpected news but we okay. We pray and find comfort in our faith and we believe in God's will for our lives. My favorite verses for today are:
Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Matthew 6:34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today."
So we seek God and take it one day at a time.

7 comments:

Alenza said...

Twin pregnancy is still considered "high risk" in the medical community. Although, due to the increase in twin births, numerous obstetricians are now very experienced in this area. You will need to balance the doctor's experience with your particular pregnancy and preferences. If you have significant complications you will likely be referred to a perinatologist

Rachel M. said...

Thanks Alenza, it's also very early in the pregnancy, I'm starting the 2nd trimester so I'm hoping there is more visible information available at the next appointment. I will stay open to other specialist who could help in this area.

Jan said...

You seem to have a great attitude and you are right about people being told that their unborn baby has a serious problem and then turns out to be fine. I will check back and see how you are doing. And you will be in my thoughts

Rachel M. said...

Thanks Jan, and I'm glad to see things are getting better with your husband.

Grit said...

i will be thinking of you a lot, Rachel. You are strong people, and your strengths will see you through. lots of love and hugs across the ocean.

Rachel M. said...

Thanks Grit, I really appreciate your friendship!

K said...

I'll keep both your tiny ones in my prayers. I hope you defy expectations.