Jump to content

IUGR - questions - HELP!
IUGR - questions - HELP!


  • Please log in to reply
8 replies to this topic

#1 Kellie C

Posted 21 December 2004 - 08:10 AM

Hi Ladies,

I've decided as much as I love my OB.  EB is a better source of honest answers and others' experience. Now sorry if this comes out a bit garbeled but I've got so many worries.

We had a scan with my first son at 35 weeks and found him to be small but the placenta and fluid looked fine, so they did another scan 12 days later at 36 +6 and he hadn't grown at all and the fluid looked low.  They took him out 2 hours later and his placenta had started to deteriorate badly. Jesse weighed 2459kgs (5lb50z) - not too bad probably.

Last Friday I was 34 +4 and had a scan and they think the twins are both about 1.9kgs  (4lb.6oz?), the fluid and placenta look fine.  Again we're having another scan 12 days later (tomorrow week) to see how they are going. I'm having twice a week CTG's and seeing the OB weekly.

What do you all think?  I feel like its happening again, except this time the babies will be smaller.  I know that often babies are smaller than the u/s estimates so if they are both about 4.5lbs but 36 weeks would their lungs reflect their gestation and be ok, or reflect their size and need help? I know its hard to know but what are your experiences?

I guess I'm so worried because last time when they took Jesse out they said the placenta had been in a bad way and were concerned that had it been left much longer Jesse would have been in real trouble. I hate this waiting and stressing - great week for it hey. I hate when I tell friends or family they say "oh but twins are always smaller".  If you look at the 'weights at birth' thread here yoú see that is just not true necessarily.

Do you guys think eating lots of high protein foods and as much as I can will help? Does anyone have any evidence of this? Or of any growth spurts at this stage?

Just any feedback would be great.
Thanks guys
Kellie

Kellie 33
DH 39
DS Jesse 30/5/02 after
9 IVF's
Twins due 24/1/05 after 2 IVF's
<a href="http://www.snugglepie.com"><img border="0" src="http://www.snugglepie.com/tickers/tdb.php?tid=36864"></a>

#2 Binna

Posted 21 December 2004 - 08:23 AM

Hi Kellie

I have read a twin book called "Double Trouble" (eeek), that had a wonderful section on premature twins. The author said that twins are "super babies" and develop quicker than singletons because there is a higher chance of earlier delivery. They are much tougher than singletons at the same gestation. So they may not have any problems.

I had my twins at 36 weeks, and Liam, the second twin, had some breathing problems. I didn't really get to question the doctors about why he had them, but they don't appear to be too common.

I have heard the high protein foods definitely help, and bed rest (if you can get it). Good luck keeping them in a little longer. I hope they are 38 week healthy 7 pounders.

Belinda



Liam & Caelan 25th January 2004



This message was edited by Binna on Tuesday, 21 December 2004 @ 9:25 AM

#3 nakigirl

Posted 21 December 2004 - 09:33 AM

I definitely think high protein foods are a good idea (they certainly can't hurt).  I ate so much protein it did my head in - later in the pregnancy I used protein drinks because I found it hard to eat anything.  Also drink lots of water (as if you need to go to the toilet more!) as dehydration can lead to labour and resting on your left side is meant to be best for blood flow to the placenta.

Good luck for the rest of your pregnancy.

Maree

Harriet Lorna 1/8/03
Eleanor Rosalind 1/8/03

#4 Mel77z

Posted 21 December 2004 - 01:33 PM

Hi Kellie,
We are pretty much due around the same time.
I had an ultrasound last week when I was 33.5 weeks and they estimated the weights to be 1.7 & 1.9 kgs, I am very small for carrying twins & everyone keeps aksing if Im sure theres two in there. Im seeing the doctor every week & he seems happy with everything.
I seem to be pretty much on track with you.

I havent been told to eat a special diet, just to get plenty of rest.

Good Luck

Identical Twin Boys Due 29 Jan 05

#5 Kellie C

Posted 21 December 2004 - 07:19 PM

Hi ladies,

thanks for your replies.

Belinda - I've read that too, thanks for reminding me.

Maree - I'm drinking Sustagen every day too - I'm really getting over it!

Mel - I think I'm a week ahead of you by the look of it. I would be happier with those weights with the extra week.  My Dr has had me on a high protein diet from about 20 weeks - I've just upped it in the last few days. Good luck to you too!

Mr Dr isn't happy at all as they were growing at the 40th & 50th percentiles for the whole pregnancy and are now hovering around the 15th percentile.  Also because of my history with my first son and placenta breakdown is very common with IVF. They need to monitor you very carefully as it can be life threatening for the baby and also myself at the time of the birth,  because of the way the placenta came away the first time, I lost a lot of blood and needed a transfusion.  I'm just very worried and feel like my nightmare of my previous birth is happening again but this time the babies are smaller.

Thanks again ladies
Kellie xo

Kellie 33
DH 39
DS Jesse 30/5/02 after
9 IVF's
Twins due 24/1/05 after 2 IVF's
<a href="http://www.snugglepie.com"><img border="0" src="http://www.snugglepie.com/tickers/tdb.php?tid=36864"></a>

#6 KateTwinMum

Posted 21 December 2004 - 08:14 PM

Hi Kellie,

Congratulations on your twin pregnancy!!

I don't know if this helps very much, but I had a scan at 36.5 weeks and it looked like one of my girls growth had slowed right down, so they decided that it was time for me to have a ceaser.

Alicia was born first at 5pd 6oz, and Sophie (the one who's growth slowed) was born at 4pd 11oz. - it turned out that my placenta was calcified (or broken down) at her end (they are identical thus the one placenta).  So she was small, but she never required any breathing assistance, and just stayed in the humidicrib to get her temperature up.  They both came home with me 6 days later.

What I'm trying to say is that even if they are small, it doesn't necessarily mean that they are going to be worse off! IMO.

I am no expert on the food thingy, but I guess lots of rest and R & R would help!!

Goodluck with it, and keep us posted.

Kate
Alicia and Sophie 2/12/02



#7 bumpyroad

Posted 21 December 2004 - 09:51 PM

Hi Kellie, I have forgotten just about everything that goes with pregnancy but I can comment on the weight. My girls were 1030gm and 1315gm. Their scan was taken the day before they were born (29wks) and it was spot on. What the Dr's told me was that at 30wks everything was stronger (I couldn't believe we'd missed it by 3 dyas)and the babies more viable. As I'd had 2 lots of steroids before they were born they didn't have to many prob's with their lungs at all. However, this could help you relax a bit, We had a 14lb baby girl down from Nth Qld in our nursery and her lungs weren't working -just goes to show big or small their lungs don't always work. I also had a major growth spurt 3 weeks before they were born which looking back is what helped them survive.

#8 Kellie C

Posted 22 December 2004 - 07:46 AM

Kate & Mother68
-  thank you, thank you ladies.  This is what I need to hear.  I'm really hoping for that growth spurt & trying to keep in mind the stories of babies born at 30wks who didn't even need oxygen.  I guess I'm just so nervous after  my previous bad experience.

Cheers and thanks  again!
Kellie

Kellie 33
DH 39
DS Jesse 30/5/02 after
9 IVF's
Twins due 24/1/05 after 2 IVF's
<a href="http://www.snugglepie.com"><img border="0" src="http://www.snugglepie.com/tickers/tdb.php?tid=36864"></a>

#9 dolph6

Posted 22 December 2004 - 08:14 AM

Hi Kellie

It was actually Taylor (the biger twin) that had the breathing probs with our babies.  He weighed a huge 3.107kgs at 35.4 weeks.  Summer who only weighed 2.845kgs was absolutely fine and was only in special care for a week.  Dont associate low weights with problems.  Your OB sounds as if he is keeping an eye on you so try not to worry.  I lost weight in the last 3 weeks as I couldnt eat a thing.  This didnt affect the weight of the babies.

Good Luck

Dolph

Mum to
DS Bailey 5
DS Jesse  3
DD/DS Summer & Taylor 26.5.04

Step-Mum to Elodie & Brooke




0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Get your FREE Baby & Toddler Show ticket!

Get your free ticket to the Sydney Essential Baby & Toddler Show for September 25-27 - register online now.

A solo birth, a wasp swarm and a forest fire: mum and baby's amazing story of survival

Desperate, out of petrol and low on food, a new mother lit a fire in the hope of attracting attention.

Boy found on swing died of hypothermia and dehydration, autopsy finds

The story was chilling and heartbreaking: a three-year-old boy was found dead in a Southern Maryland park, his mother pushing him on the swing.

Child's play and laughter help battle fatigue

Feeling fatigued? Uh-huh, thought as much. Join the queue.

Dad shares entertaining 'how to hold a baby' clip

For many new dads, their own child is the first baby they have ever held. So one dad has posted an instructive YouTube video titled "How to Hold a Baby".

The Australian baby with 100,000 Facebook fans

She may be only eight months old, but Egypt has already amassed more than 100,000 fans and received a letter from royalty - Hollywood royalty that is.

Public welcome outside church for Princess Charlotte's christening

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have invited well-wishers to see Princess Charlotte outside church in Sandringham on day of her baptism.

Tongue tie: what you need to know

Tongue and lip tie can lead to many problems for babies - and their parents. Here are the signs of tongue tie and how it's treated.

My daughter is small but that doesn't matter

My daughter may be small, but it's my job as her parent to refocus back where it belongs - on who she is as a person

Wet wipes linked to rise in allergic reactions

The government has issued a health warning after a rise in allergic skin reactions has been linked to a preservative found in some wet wipes.

Gay couple in their 80s first to wed in Dallas after Supreme Court ruling

Love may have won, but it came with quite the wait.

William Tyrrell's family marks birthday with cake and renewed appeal

The family of missing boy William Tyrrell will mark his fourth birthday on Friday making a cake to share with friends and family as NSW police renewed their public appeal for information on his disappearance.

What all parents should know about safe babywearing

A picture of Ryan Reynolds always gets the girls talking, and a recently shared photo has done exactly that - but this time, it's for all the wrong reasons.

Baby's head shape reveals potentially fatal condition

Thinking her baby just had an unusually shaped head, a mother was shocked to discover it was instead linked to a dangerous condition.

'Help - my toddler hits me!'

My toddler has started hitting when he gets frustrated, is feeling ignored, or just thinks it might be fun.

Why IVF success rates may not be what you think

Transparency, accountability and responsibilityare essential measures to protect IVF vulnerable patients.

On the 10th anniversary of my son's death

This day marks a significant day. Today marks 10 years since I lost my son Kai.

Mother-in-law 'from hell' inspires survival guide

The happily ever after Nicola Milan had imagined wasn't to be – and she blames her mother-in-law.

Name your baby Quinoa, win a $10K gift card

Choosing a name for your little bundle of joy is always a major decision. It can be something traditional, trendy, creative … or inspired by the menu of your favourite chain restaurant.

Owning a pair of nail scissors does not make me a hairdresser

It's been a whole year since sleeping in until 10am. A whole year since having a peaceful shower.

The 83 children who were tragically let down in the last decade

Over a 10-year period, 83 children died from domestic violence abuse in NSW, with three quarters of the victims aged five years or under, the NSW Ombudsman has revealed.

Expert Q&A: Gross motor skill development in toddlers and preschoolers

Dr Katie Heathershaw answers questions about jumping, toe walking, riding a bike and being pigeon toed.

Is it reasonable to expect your partner to give up drinking in pregnancy?

From the moment that I fell pregnant with my son, I realised just how much my life had already started to change.

Stroke victim joins class action against makers of popular contraceptive pill

"I was terrified I would always be this way. The pill needs to come with a much higher warning."

Sexy time

Why you should get excited about scheduling sex

Unfortunately, the belief that sex should always be spontaneous is a myth. It just isn't.

When newborn photoshoots get messy

When it comes to newborn photoshoots, it is all about the timing.

Orphaned baby daughter Ayla wakes from coma

Former All Black Jerry Collins' critically injured orphaned daughter has awoken from her coma and is able to bottle-feed.

Dad takes miraculous catch while feeding baby

One American father has taken multitasking to a new level at a Cubs-Dodgers baseball game at Wrigley Field.

'Samuel is our firstborn, and he will never be forgotten'

Having lost their firstborn at one day old, the Carrolls were overjoyed to welcome their daughter Isobel into the world a year later.

Channel 10's Sarah Harris expecting first child

The Studio host Sarah Harris doesn't mind if her first baby is a boy or girl, but she does hope it is born with one thing in particular.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

27 funny ultrasound pictures

Ultrasounds give you a look at your growing baby ... and sometimes what appears to their womb-buddy, or your bub in an amusing position.

The top 6 misleading parenting terms

From 'morning sickness' to 'the terrible twos', there are many parenting terms that are misleading.

When 'good' nannies go bad

While most nannies take pride in their work, there can be some who have a hidden side.

Woman hospitalised for skinny jeans injury

Beware: skinny jeans might be bad for your health.

Gauze seeding: the bacteria-breeding birth trend

A number of women having caesarean deliveries are now taking steps to give their baby a better 'microbiome' start in life.

Jimmy Fallon writes new children's book for dads

Jimmy Fallon, host of NBC's The Tonight Show, recently wrote a children's book about every father's secret wish for their baby's first word to be "dada" - not "mama".

28 names for babies born in winter

Looking for some baby name inspiration for a bub born during the colder months? Here are 28 options from around the world to consider.

The horrible act that sparked a brawl at child's birthday party

The uncle of the seven-year-old girl at the centre of the brawl at child's birthday party in Sydney's west has described the events leading up to the alarming show of violence.

Babies 'benefit from iPads at a young age': study

More often than not, you'll read that screen time for children should be kept to a minimum - but some scientists are now challenging this way of thinking.

Do mums really just obsessively talk about their children?

Natalie Reilly describes three main types of conversations mothers have. And, surprise, they're not all about kids.

Why some dogs might attack babies or young kids

A baby's smell, the noises it makes and even its gaze can contribute to the potential for a dog attack.

Mum demands refund for 'beargina' christening cake

It was meant to be a tasteful cake to help celebrate a three-year-old's christening.

5 things no one warns you about after giving birth

How many times have you been warned about all the sleepless nights you have to 'look forward to' when you become a parent?

Police officer sang nursery rhyme as heartbreaking photo was taken

A police officer arrived at a devastating scene on Thursday: a car crash resulting in all passengers being thrown from the vehicle.

Don't worry, working mums: Just leave Dad in charge at home

Want to open the boardroom doors for women? Encourage - heck, praise - dads who stay home with their children.

Hilaria Baldwin shares post-baby selfie

Just two days after giving birth, actor Alec Balwin's wife posted a post-baby picture on social media.

'Help - my child won't ever do what I ask!'

Compliance is part of the parent-child relationship, but so is resistance. It's all natural.

Postnatal depression support gets $23 million boost in NSW

The Baird government will include $22.8 million in Tuesday's NSW budget to expand a program designed to help parents at risk of postnatal depression (PND).

'I'm just as tired, scared and stressed as you': stay-at-home dad's plea

I'm really lucky to have two great kids, but I found it really tough with so much being aimed at the mothers and not the fathers.

 

FREE TICKET

Get your FREE ticket to the Baby & Toddler Show

Get your free ticket to the Sydney Essential Baby & Toddler Show for September 25-27 - register online now.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.