Hello Ladies -
I haven't been able to post much on this board because life is just too crazy busy lately. But I am also expecting an April Sprout (EDD 04/18/2012). A week and a half ago, we got our first glimpse at our baby boy #2! (our oldest boy is just over 3 years old)
Unfortunately, we need lots of prayers because at our ultrasound, we found out that he has spina bifida. His lesion is very low (which is good) between the L5 and S1 region of the spine. The doctor saw good motion in his legs all the way down to his little toes! And there was no signs of hydrocephalus (fluid on the brain) at this point.
Just FYI, I was taking prenatal vitamins for over three months before I became pregnant so it is unlikely that lack of folic acid contributed to the neural tube defect. Sometimes it is just pure bad genetics and luck.
Spina Bifida babies unsually have their lesions closed immediately after birth. We were also recommended for evaluation at Vanderbilt University in Nashville TN to see whether fetal surgery is an option. With fetal surgery, they would close the spine in utero, at approximately 22 weeks. It looks right now like we will go down to Nashville for a full day evaluation on November 28th. If we are candidates and decide to go forward with surgery now, I would be scheduled for the fetal surgery approximately one week later. (December 6th)
Here is the website. --http://www.childrenshospital.vanderbilt.org/fetalsurgery
Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers. Pray that we are able to chose the best option for our baby and for the best outcomes given our diagnosis. We have been pretty overwhelmed with everything going on in our lives .