My appointments and the ultrasound went well. God is good – the bleed has not grown. It is not any smaller, but the peri (high risk doctor) is pleased that it’s the same size (he highly doubted it would get smaller at this point.) I asked him & my regular OB about more specifics regarding the chances that my water would break.
Basically, if the bleed stays this size, my risk of membranes rupturing early stays high.
If the bleed decreases, my risk of membranes rupturing early will still stay high. This is because the bag of waters has already been irritated or weakened by the bleed and nothing can undo or fix this at this point (well of course we know the Lord can!), so the risk is the same.
(We didn’t discuss the risk if the bleed increases, but hopefully it will not at this point.)
It is always interesting when your doctor (my regular OB) tells you she has never seen this. Then again – as she said – not many women have 4 c-sections these days, most people have 2 kids and stop. And it’s also interesting when the ultrasound technician tells you she has never seen a bleed this large in the 5+ years she’s been doing her job. Both my OB & the tech have seen smaller bleeds in the 1st and early 2nd trimester, but never this late or this big. Once again I’m the “unique” case.
Both doctors reiterated to me that there is nothing I did to cause this, nor is there anything I can do to prevent anything further from happening. They both agreed that I am doing the best thing with ‘partial bedrest’ right now, but both (separately) told me that if my water breaks tomorrow, nothing I did would have caused it. The peri outright laughed (nicely) when I mentioned trying to keep my feet up with 3 young children – hey, at least he gets it!
I asked my OB what she thought would happen – would we make it to my c-section date of January 25th (I forgot to ask if she had officially put it on the schedule) or will Luke come early? She said she thought the likely scenario would be my water breaking around 30 weeks & I would be put on hospital bedrest until 34 weeks, at which point they would do a c-section. If I went into labor during that period or I developed an infection, they would take Luke earlier.
Again though – that’s just a possibility, there is no way of saying for sure.
I will see my OB again in 2 weeks for a regular appointment. The peri was comfortable enough with how things are going that he’s letting me wait a month until my next ultrasound and appointment with him. I am happy with this – it will be much easier to not have to find childcare for my 3 children every 2 weeks!
Luke is doing great. He is still measuring ahead and is now up to 1 pound 15 ounces! This is great and the peri is very happy with how he is doing. My OB also said that I’ve always had nice big healthy placentas that obviously make big healthy babies (clearly seeing as how Nathan & Emily were both 9 lb 13 oz exactly and Joshua was 10 lb 7.5 oz!) and this placenta looks nice and healthy this time too, so both doctors were happy with this. Maybe this is why the Lord allows me to make big babies – if Luke came early, it would definitely play in our favor.
Luke has turned breech, which isn’t a big deal as it’s still early, but I will have a c-section regardless so it really doesn’t matter. But his turning played in our favor, because we were able to get some cute 3D pictures of him! He is SOOOO adorable:
He liked to keep his hand up by his face – I think we have another thumb/finger sucker on our hands – his 3 older siblings were/are, so I completely expected it with him too:
And last, but not least, he smiled for us!
So that’s pretty much all the news. Thank you all for your thoughts & prayers – it really helped! Please continue to keep our little guy in your prayers – he is doing great and if we can just keep him in another month, he’ll do even better.