big u/s ~ update
Had my u/s. Baby is still a surprise for a little longer. s/he actually had legs crossed until the very end of the u/s, but the tech saw enough to write something down for us. We'll be open it over the weekend.
And I have complete placenta previa. Sh!t. I am so scared right now.
Oh, my goodness. Did they say anything about the chances of it moving??
Holy moly. Echoing what Leigh said, hope it moves for you.
Not trying to scare you, but if it doesn't move, please please please ask for a colour doppler ultrasound to rule out Vasa Previa. A good friend of mine lost her little boy because it went undiagnosed. He would be here today if she had known about it.
I hate talking about all the scary stuff that can happen, and I honestly do not mean to scare you, I just really want you to be aware of it. You may already be. Big loves.
On another note, do you have any pink or blue feelings? Excitey :):)
These tricky babies who like to hide their parts! My placenta is low-lying, so I have to watch for bleeding and get another u/s at 28/30 weeks to check to see if it has moved up at all. I know complete previa can be much more dangerous though. Hoping it all goes smoothly.
Did your dr. put you on pelvic rest?
I'm feeling a little calmer now.
Some stats I've found. 90% of all complete placenta previas (CPP) found at 18-20w resolve before birth. But, it's less likely to resolve if the overlap is greater than 15mm. Mine is 19mm. If it doesn't resolve, baby has a 96-97% chance of survival but a 50-60% chance of prematurity. I have only a 10% chance of making it to term without bleeding. Average time for bleeding to start is 32w. Obviously I want it to resolve and make it to October and have another vaginal delivery, but my real hope is to at least make it to September and have an uncomplicated c/s when necessary. Right now I'm counting down to viability. Only 5 1/2 more weeks. DH and I are trying to figure out how we would handle bedrest and then a preemie. I need to find out the cut-off for starting Oliver at school in September instead of January. I might have to ask to have the follow-up u/s at 29w instead of 30w so we can tell the school in time. And we've been trying to move all our summer plans to June/July in the hopes of getting them in before anything happens. Currently, my only restrictions are no DTD and try not to lift Oliver. I've been given the okay to keep BFing for now, but think I'll start weaning so we can do it at our own pace. It's so crazy to be facing something like this after 3 completely uncomplicated pregnancies.
I've shared 2 boards on here with women who lost babies to vasa previa and one woman for whom it was caught early and baby was fine. I don't think it's an issue unless the placenta does move because I would be having an automatic c/s. I'll ask about it either way, although it's usually diagnoses by vaginal u/s which isn't allowed for me right now. I'm currently seeing a MW, but the practice is run by two very experienced OBs and she'll be discussing the situation with them. I can transfer to their care whenever I want, and may do so if the placenta hasn't moved at my next u/s.
Oh, and some photos from the u/s:
and the best gender pic: her guess is boy. It's nowhere near as clear a shot as it was with my others, but she's probably right.
ETA: If any of you have had a c/s or preemie, I'd love to hear what it's like or any advice you have.
Well, those odds are pretty good, at least--I hope you're in the easy, no worries 90% group, of course, and if not then a complication-free c/s is not a bad backup plan. I have shared boards with several women who had either partial or complete but it moved. When is your next u/s?
I have not had a preemie myself, but I have two nephews who were both preemies due to pre-e. One was born at 33 weeks and he spent a little time in the NICU but was ultimately completely fine--he's a normal, healthy going-on-13 year old now. His younger brother, though, was born at 26 weeks and has had a much rougher road. He's 8 now, and pretty disabled--nonverbal (some sign), stunted growth, autistic (well, at least diagnosed so he can get relevant services...with all his issues, it's kind of hard to say for sure), etc. His early days were really rough, and he was on oxygen and a feeding tube for many months. You are not that far from viability, but every DAY counts, so take it easy and one day at a time!
90% is great. Here's hoping your 4 extra mm follow suit and wriggle on up with the rest of the placenta. I love and admire how organised you are being. Great to see.
Your LO looks lovely!
Sorry, I have no advice re. CS or prem bubby either.
I had a c/s with my daughter. After the 20w u/s, they determined I had a bilobal placenta, meaning when it moved, it left a piece behind. There were blood vessels running between the two that were exposed to the uterus. She was stuck in a transverse breech position, her spine under my ribs and her head on my left side. OY, the jabs to the cervix were PAINFUL, I think I would have preferred the foot in the ribs!! anywhoo, they absolutely REFUSED to attempt an external version, because of the risk of rupture and pre term labor, so I was scheduled for a c/s 10 days before my due date. They didn't even WANT labor to begin, due to risk of bleeding. My very first baby was no labor, no pain, no water breaking... it was surreal. Recovery wasn't AWFUL, the worst part was keeping the feeding newborn from kicking me in the stitches. Boppy pillows are your best friend. Bonuses of c/s - no hemmorhoids from pushing, no tearing/stitches needing a spritz bottle to pee, no rearranging plans, and you get some of the BEST pain meds!! DO NOT BE A MARTYR!! take the meds!! The molecular structure of oral pain killers is too big to make it into breast milk. I was a martyr, I said no, I don't want the percocet... I had also never had surgery before. I ended up in tears, it was horrible. Anything else you want to ask about, go for it!! I went on to have a fully boring, uneventful VBAC with my son 22 months later. Well, his hand came out first, but that's it. :)