Today I had my third trimester ultrasound appointment and everything looked fine from the waiting room, at least. Until we got in the doctors office. I laid down and baby made a big, huge, like never before, lump that felt very very tight inside and outside and pushing on my right side almost to the back with his head. The doctor measured his head, as he always does, and told his assistant the numbers, and it seemed he was not concerned about the lump. Then we, me and my husband, and the doctor of course, could see his little heart on the screen which seemed, even for some inexperienced parents to be, very slow. He then tried to move the baby with his Doppler device, tapping on top of my belly with it.
My husband took my hand in his and hold it tight, we could see that the baby situation didn’t change and we were afraid. I kept saying to myself that he was ok, because in the waiting room he was moving and kicking like he always does. I was trying to remember where are all my medical papers and stuff for the hospital. The doctor then asked who was my ob and they immediately called her in putting an accent on emergency.
Until my ob came, the doctor in charge said: “Please don’t be scared, I have to push on your belly for the baby’s sake.” And he started to push the big lump inside with force a few times, my belly hurt, but I didn’t care and he tried again with the Doppler. Then my ob came in and he told her that the baby’s heart beat is 56 beats per minute for about 5 minutes and she should take me and see if anything changes or if not she should think of an emergency C-section right away. The baby’s heart rate should be between 110 and 160, so you get the concern, right?
In my head I was feeling more secure with my ob there and I was thinking that is good that I have the contract I signed with the hospital for giving birth with me, and if the emergency C-section is included in it. I was trying to think positive and believe that my baby will be fine, once he was out, but if he could not change position really soon my belly would not be safe for him anymore.
Staying positive so that I would not scare my husband, because I was thinking of him and his blood pressure problems too, and stay cool and collected so that I could take the right decision if I had to make any. All this time I could feel in my heart everything was going to be fine, and baby just has a bad day, which proved a little later on.
Then my ob took me to a room with 3 beds and 2 other pregnant ladies connected to heart rates monitors. I was put to one too, and also she made me stay on my left side, not on my back and push a button every time I felt movement, which was very soon. They put me on IV with vitamins and calcium and a nurse kept an eye on me and was very nice and comforting. We heard his fast heart rate very soon after I was connected to the machine and we both, me and my husband, relaxed and smiled to each other. I stayed with the IV and machine for about an hour, then the doctor that took my ultrasound came in and was not panicked anymore, but said that I have to come to see him Thursday, which seemed like an order more than a request. He looked very upset about the situation and he wanted to make sure everything else was ok because he didn’t had a chance to finish the examination and look anywhere else.
My ob got into surgery and had to wait 45 minutes for her, or more, and than she got to see my tests, agreed with me that I should repeat the ones I was sure they didn’t take them right, after explaining everything to me and making me a schedule for the next months appointments and heart beat monitoring and tests, she said she hoped the baby will stay inside till July 29th, when she wants to schedule my C-section.
So apparently baby moved on my vena cava, and couldn’t move from there because I was on my back and he was very contracted in my belly and it affected him until I changed my position and lay on my left side. I’m not allowed to stay on my back and I have to try and drink more water, but other than that all is fine. I’m just stressed every time baby tightens my belly like he did so many time before, but now the coincidence of him moving like that and his heart rate dropping so low because he sat on the vena cava makes me worry about every time he does that, which is a few times a day.
When we arrived home I struggled to hear his heart beat with a stethoscope, got very worried for 10-15 minutes and after a few tries and my husband assuring me he can hear it with his ear, I succeeded and relaxed a bit.
It was a stressful day, we had our share of scary stuff happening, and we realized how much we love this baby and what I would give for the baby to be safe for ever. We also decided that the middle name should be something more that what it was, we looked for names of saints so that our baby could be protected, this is a tradition in our country, but decided to go with the name that was second on our list and has something to do with God, but doesn’t have a big day of celebration in our Orthodox calendar, which is alright anyway.
I’m now glad we didn’t announce the name to many because now we would have to change it.
We also have a CD but is troubling to watch as you can see his little heart beat so weak and slow and you can also see when the doctor agitated the Doppler on my belly. I don’t think I want to watch that too soon.
Symptoms: Acid reflux, backache, head ache, gas, which I forgot to put it in the months that passed maybe because I got used to it, but it’s there, even if it’s gross and shameful, it’s a part of pregnancy that no one tells you about. I still have a small bladder that my baby likes to kick, but other than that, and the event we had today, nothing else happen.
Baby weight: 1702 grams (ours measured 1965 grams)
Baby head to toe: 42.4 cm
Weight before: 59.3 kg
Weight nineteenth week: 72.4 kg
Bust measurements before: 87 cm
Bust nineteenth week: 98 cm
Waist before: 67 cm
Waist nineteenth week: 94 cm
Hips before: 92 cm
Hips nineteenth week: 97 cm
Butt before: 95 cm
Butt nineteenth week: 105 cm
Bump before: 77 cm
Bump nineteenth week: 104 cm