Our little baby girl, in utero, does have a minor complication. She has a 2 vessel umbilical cord instead of a 3 vessel. I had no idea about these things and had never heard of this until they told us. P.S. don't google it, in fact, don't google any medical issue, so nerve wracking. We found out during the anatomical sono at 19 weeks, and we also found out the baby had a Choroid Plexus Cyst, but that has since gone away thankfully!
So with finding out two things that were wrong, we had many appointments, level 2 sonograms, additional testing and emotional ups and downs, but thankfully, the baby seems to be in the clear. And also thankfully the heart looks good after the ECHO we had done too.
Then what does the 2 vessel cord mean? Basically that it may not be getting as many nutrients, as it grows it could have interuterine growth restriction, where it does not grow as much towards the end. So I have a fetal specialist, a perinatologist who is the best in Dallas from what I have heard and researched and yes, Googled. If you ever need one, I completely recommend him! His name is Kevin Macgee and is at Baylor. I have been having monthly sonograms to measure growth and pretty soon will have fetal non-stress tests where they monitor the heart rate when the baby moves.
I am still on track to deliver my baby at the Birth and Women's Center like I did with Luna! I am crossing my fingers that I end up having my baby there as I really had a great experience there, but just in case we also toured the Baylor Dallas Maternity Hospital Unit. I really like Baylor and they are the only hospital in Dallas that is really into natural childbirth as well, as they have bathtubs to labor in. They also believe in the Kangaroo method of skin to skin, and only letting the mom hold the baby the first hour to help with bonding. They have the dads give the baby their first bath but also do not allow a bath the first several hours after birth, so the covering (vernix) can stay on for awhile- apparently it has antibiotic properties to help fight infections. And the recovery rooms are awesome. They hide all medical equipment because they believe that you are recovering, not 'sick.' So it looks like a hotel room, no monitors, electronic stuff, etc. yay!
I am now at 27 weeks, and I have my next sono next week at 28 weeks. There is a possibility I could be on bed rest later to make sure the baby rests and grows, but I am hoping that it grows just fine! Last month she was in the 50% on weight. Being on bed rest with an almost 2 year old at home does not sound fun, so I am eating more than I should and gaining more weight this time, but it's worth it!
Here are some before and afters with my pregnancy this time versus Luna's. I am definitely feeling way bigger this time and much faster. I was showing at 8 weeks, but they say that's normal for second pregnancies. (and please ignore my sweatsuit look ;)