Two months ago, I gave birth to a tiny baby girl. Weighing 4 pounds 6 oz, she was by far the tiniest baby I had ever seen. It was frightening. The Drs explained that my placenta never developed properly.
I spent 7 weeks of my pregnancy on bed rest, crying, praying, and reading everything I could on the internet about IUGR. I had Dr. appointments 3 times a week, fetal non stress tests, and biophysical profiles. At first i was told it was asymmetrical IUGR, but as my pregnancy progressed, it became symmetric. Each growth scan showed my baby was slipping further and further off the charts. Until finally, the Dr decided we could wait no longer, (my fluids were very low, the baby distressed, and off the charts small) So, at 37 weeks, I was induced. The labor was difficult, the baby had frequent heart decelerations (more on that in another post). But once born, other than problems with low blood sugar, there was nothing wrong with her. She was just tiny. The Dr ordered a brain ultrasound to see if she had suffered from brain damage due to lack of nutrients and oxygen to her brain, thankfully, they found no problems. All good. There were many other tests ordered that I refused. Our baby was so tiny, my instincts told me she needed love, rest, AND LOTS OF BREAST MILK. Before we were discharged, she spent an hour and a half in the NICU, (and we were with her), so they could do a “car seat” test, to see if she was able to ride home in a regular car seat, or if she needed a special car seat for low birth weight babies. . she was fine.
At exactly 8 weeks old, we took her to the Dr’s here in Portugal (she was born in Florida), and were shocked and happy to discover, our little moon beam has gained 7 pounds. All from lots of breast milk and lots of love.
I had read that IUGR babies tend to recover quickly once out of the womb, and by looking at my chubby little cherub, I would say in our case it proves true.
To anyone experiencing a high risk pregnancy, my heart goes out to you.