(Editor’s Note: this is a guest post from my sweet wife Jen, giving a fairly comprehensive roundup of where we are right now, and very specific ways that you can be praying for us. She will see any comment you post on this page)
We are so thankful to have made it to yet another milestone in the pregnancy! Words cannot express how gracious God has been to us throughout this entire pregnancy. If born this week, our baby’s survival rate is now over 90%, which is great, but he would still be at risk for many complications and would have to stay in the NICU for about 2 months.
I had an ultrasound today and baby is now head down resting on top of the “funnel” in the cervix. The funnel in the top opening of the cervix (which should normally be closed) is now almost as wide as the baby’s head and open right down to the cerclage. If he pushes his little head down into the funnel, he will be right on top of the stitch which will further weaken the membranes . The only thing keeping our child in is that 5mm wide cerclage band holding the bottom of the cervix closed and of course the hand of God! I was having contractions on Friday that were quite regular on the monitor (6 in 30 mins). I was given Ibuprofen for 48 hours which helped control them. Thankfully, none showed up on the monitor today (Monday). They were probably caused by the combination of baby kicking the cerclage, thus irritating my uterus, and/or the high level of amniotic fluid present (polyhydramnios). We are not sure why the fluid is so high. It was 29 cm today and the range should be 8-25cm. In most cases the reasons are unknown, though 20 percent of cases could mean a congenital defect of some sort. Please pray that this is not the case.
The following is taken from the March of Dimes website:
Polyhydramnios may increase the risk of pregnancy complications including:
*PROM: Premature rupture of membranes.
*Placental abruption: This is a condition where the placenta partially or completely peels away from the uterine wall before birth.
*Postpartum hemorrhage, which is severe bleeding after birth.
*Fetal malposition: The baby is not lying in a head-down position. This may mean that that the baby must be born by cesarean section.
I am already at risk for most of these because of the chorioangioma and almost nonexistent cervix. We would ask that you continue to pray for our little one to stay in as long as possible and that additional complications will not arise. In addition, I would ask that you please pray for my patience and sanity as I have been on bed rest 10 weeks and have not left this hospital room in 4 weeks! Also pray for David as he is juggling work and household responsibilities, traveling to see me every weekend, and trying to get some sleep now and then. We couldn’t do this without the prayers and loving support of God’s people, and we thank you so much for upholding us through this journey.