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PARENTING PREGNANCY

My journey with IUGR baby

June 12, 2018
IUGR baby

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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8 Comments

  • Reply Vipul July 2, 2018 at 4:25 pm

    Hi Upasna

    Congratulations and at the same time hats of to you for handling this with courage

    • Reply Upasna July 19, 2018 at 12:38 pm

      Hey Vipul, thanks for giving it a read and your wishes

  • Reply JayanthyGovindarajan (@JayanthyG) June 24, 2018 at 10:03 pm

    It must have been a very scary experience, Upasna. I am glad you had the courage to handle this. I googled what you told before reading this post. I was shocked a bit after reading google. I am so happy I read this entire post to know what it is like to finally receive the bundle of joy with blessings from God. Congratulations to you guys for staying strong and positive through this journey and the little angel for being born a fighter. ❤️

    • Reply Upasna July 19, 2018 at 12:20 pm

      Yes Jayanthy. It was scary as Parents. I am really thankful to my Doc who handled it very well. Thanks for the read.

  • Reply Vishal Bheeroo June 23, 2018 at 11:53 am

    Hey! Good to read about this post and so many things I don’t know or for that matter many men ignore about pregnancy and delivery. A woman is strong in more than ways and as one looks at the pain they go through during pregnancy.

    • Reply Upasna July 19, 2018 at 12:18 pm

      Hey Vishal. I am always thankful for the concern you show. You are right; strength cannot always be measured only physically.

  • Reply Anamika Agnihotri June 12, 2018 at 8:10 pm

    I never knew about IUGR before reading this post. I can understand how scary it must have sounded at that time. But, congratulations and bravo for the little fighter.

    • Reply Upasna June 13, 2018 at 7:48 pm

      Even I did not know about this Anamika until I had one. It was really scary. Thanks for reading this experience of mine.

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