Pregnancy is filled with so many physical and emotional changes.
While it is a beautiful journey from carrying a bean-sized baby in your womb to holding your bundle of joy in your hands, it also comes with some bittersweet experiences.
Pregnancy involves anxiety, unknown changes, and surprises.
Until the last trimester of my pregnancy, I had an easy time with no vomiting, nausea or morning sickness. So, I wished to continue my Job till my due date.
But in the 31st week scan (which was actually 29th week), our baby was diagnosed with Intrauterine Growth Restriction (IUGR). I began to Google about the cause but got more confused as there are so many reasons why your baby may be IUGR. All I got to know is that my Baby is TINY.
My Baby’s growth was delayed by 2 weeks and the Doctor suggested few Blood tests including CBC, LFT and URINE R/E. All the reports were fine except few parameters in LFT (Liver function test: Alkaline Phosphatase, Total Protein and Albumin.
The doctor prescribed some medicines and asked me to take rest. So I had to begin my Maternity leave earlier. We were asked to follow up after 2 weeks to see if the parameters get back to the normal. But sadly, nothing got better. It was not so easy to go through Doppler scans every 2 weeks. The scans continued to show the delay which was getting increased with each scan.
So, it was a decision time as its already 35th week (which was actually 39th week as per LMP).
The Doctor has told me that we need to induce. I was induced 3 days after the last ultrasound and it was scary. But luckily our Baby came right home with us with no issues at birth and a normal delivery.
She was 2.5kg (5lb 6oz) in weight and 46 cm(18 inches) in length which meant she was not classed as Small for Gestational Age (SGA). I was so happy to know this. Our little fighter made it.
For any of you out there who are currently carrying an IUGR baby; please be positive because even if you get told of the worst case scenarios there are loads of babies who are born small who do not have any problem, one of which was mine.
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