Unfortunately, we took a little step back this week… We went to our appointment at 8:00am and didn’t leave the doctor’s office until 10:30am.
To sum it up, the boys haven’t grown as much as the doctor would have liked, and it appears to be due to their lack of amniotic fluid. A few weeks ago, there was an excess of fluid, which Dr. Barsoom believed helped the boys grow more. For some unknown reason, this week there isn’t much fluid around either.
This is called intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR), which, according to americanpregnancy.org, is “fetal weight that is below the 10th percentile for gestational age as determined through an ultrasound.” The boys have always been small, but tough to hear.
Dr. Barsoom then had me do a non-stress test (NST) and it showed really good fetal movement, which was a positive sign!
So… now I’ll be going to the doctor twice a week. Mondays for an NST and Thursdays for an NST and ultrasound.
We just have to keep praying and talking to the big guy every day! Making it to Week 34 is the goal right now. It was an emotional day for us. I think it was because we’d been having such great appointments the past few weeks, hearing that things weren’t improving was hard to take. But, we have faith that next week things will look up again!
The little guys just haven’t been photogenic lately, but here’s a few pictures…