Me, Davey and the ultrasound tech enjoyed a hearty belly laugh as we stared at the image on the screen. Hannah had her legs folded over her body in a pike position, all four limbs stretched out and hovering above her head as she was playing with her toes.
Our little Olympic swimmer in the making.
We had the privilege of another ultrasound today after the tech found I had a low-lying placenta at Week 18. My uterus grew and stretched since my last visit, tugging the placenta upwards, just as we had hoped. Unfortunately, the tech found a blood vessel remaining in the lower part of my cervix, a condition called vasa previa.
Vasa previa is a complication defined as “fetal vessels crossing or running in close proximity to the inner cervical os. These vessels course within the membranes (unsupported by the umbilical cord or placental tissue) and are at risk of rupture when the supporting membranes rupture.” ~ Wikipedia
Not the news we had hoped for.
The tech paged the doctor who reviewed the image from his office. He expressed the seriousness of the condition with Davey over the phone. We paged one of the doctor’s from our office and did some research of our own.
We are extremely grateful the tech discovered the vessel because undetected, the risk of infant death is extremely high. Armed with a diagnosis, the rate of survivability is nearly 100%. It’s all about management.
From what we learned, the standard of care in a case like ours may include:
- Pelvic rest
- Hospitalization around week 30
- C-Section around week 35
All of my plans to get the house and nursery ready for Hannah’s arrival will have to be tabled for now. Instead, my friend Karen is helping me put together a list of activities to keep me entertained should a hospital stay be imminent (i.e. reading, knitting, blogging, etc). My dreams of the summer and what delivery might look like have changed quite a lot in the last few hours however I am really grateful that we have the knowledge to bring her into the world happy and healthy and that is the only thing that matters.
Our love for this little girl continues to grow more and more every day and we can’t wait to meet her!
We remain optimistic but are anxious to sit with our doctor next week and discuss a plan. Davey is employing his nursing skills at home and taking very good care of me and Hannah.
The outpouring of support from friends and family has been overwhelming and heartwarming. We know we’re not in this alone! Words of love and encouragement and prayers are helping us through.
Keep you posted!