32 Weeks + 3 Days

“Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get”. -Forrest Gump

Baby turned 32 weeks on Wednesday. My seemingly smooth pregnancy changed and I am now considered high risk. Baby is IUGR, which is short for Intrauterine Growth Restriction. This does not mean that there is something cognitively wrong (nothing detected per trisomy21 test), just that Baby is measuring a little small. I have been referred to a Perinatologist, who educated Hubby and I about IUGR and the plans for the remainder of my pregnancy. Baby does not have a severe case and is one percent from being in a normal weight class. Still, it is important that Baby’s progress is monitored. Per my Perinatologist, IUGR is often caused by chronic illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension, hyperthyroidism, etc. Also, by pregnancy related complications such as pre-eclampsia and gestational diabetes; all of which I do not have. Moreover, there is the rare instance where the cause of IUGR is completely unknown. Baby had a Biophysical Profile which screened for any severe physical anomalies and none were detected.

Overall, baby is doing fine. Hubby and I were extremely worried at first, but because of my Perinatologist educating us as well as the positive data, we are more relaxed. Per recommendations, I am to undergo a cesarean delivery at 37 weeks. That means Baby will be with us less than five weeks!