Thursday, October 30, 2008

Growth and Contractions

"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." Isaiah 41:10

On September 26, April was 25 weeks and 1 day pregnant and the doctors performed their weekly sonogram. Baby A (Boy) was still having restricted blood flow but did gain 6 ounces which we thought was great. His total weight is now 15 ounces. Baby B (girl) gained a whopping 11 ounces for a total weight of 24 ounces and her blood flow was great as usual. As excited as we were about our son's weight gain, the doctor shared with us some concerns. He was happy with the 6 ounce gain but the overall weight gain was still under par.

Our second major scare so far took place on September 30, 2008 at the 26 week and 5 day mark when April started feeling contractions around 6:00 in the morning. She was placed on a monitor around 7:30 at which time the nurses confirmed the contractions and contacted the doctor that was on call. The doctor came in around 8:30 or so and wanted to start an IV to pump some fluids into her but April was not having any of that so the doctor opted for a shot of Tributaline which immediately stopped the contractions.

These contractions led the specialist to administer April's first dose of steroids. The steroids are given via two shots 24 hours apart. The steroids are used to help mature the babies lungs and are generally given with the thought that delivery is imminent within the next seven days.

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