Prayers for Baby Boy
Pregnancy is not something that I do easily. I've had three very healthy, normal pregnancies so I really don't have an excuse but I just don't like it. Maybe its all preggo mamas, but I am such a worrier. Not that it fixes anything but it just makes me nervous. I guess its the control freak in me that I can't monitor or check up on him at any given point.
So at 20 weeks we went in for a routine ultrasound. Baby was growing and looked healthy. I know I'm not a professional, but by now I've seen enough ultrasounds to pick out the major parts anyway. When the doctor spent like 20 minutes looking at the umbilical cord I knew something wasn't right. She later told us that I had whats called a single artery umbilical. Basically, your umbilical cord is made up by 2 arteries and a vein. Who knew?! Mine, apparently, only has one artery and a vein. Then with very little information she told us she would like me to go to Ohio State for a level 2 ultrasound to make sure there were no other issues. Got to love doctors.
Insert Google.... Not my wisest choice. I spent the rest of the week reading about down syndrome, heart, liver, and kidney problems, still birth, and premature labor. Not that these aren't legitimate concerns but for the most part the MAJORITY of SAU babies are born perfectly healthy. But you can see how these last few weeks have had my nerves in a frazzle.
Fast forward to today to my level 2 ultrasound. It was an hour and 20 minutes and amazing. Every little part of baby's body was measured and examined. But it did confirm not only that I had just a single artery but also that he is missing his left kidney.
As the incubator, I can't help but blame myself a little. I can't help but think of the prenatal vitamins I've missed or that I got my hair colored at 10 weeks instead of waiting until 14. But I know these things just happen. And I have to be thankful that other than this little issue he looks 100% healthy. The biggest thing for me is that there is NOTHING we can do. Most people go on to live normal healthy lives with just one kidney. Most women with SAU go on to deliver healthy, normal babies. Its just the unknown that gets me. The factors that can't be determined at this point and the risks that it imposes.
So today will you all please pray with me for a continued healthy pregnancy? There are risks, there are some factors but I know we are in the hands of some awesome doctors, I am delivering at one of the best hospitals in the country, and I believe in an amazing God who made and formed this little man from day 1. Please believe with me that 17 weeks from now we will be bringing a healthy little guy into the world! Thank you!
Posted by Casey Hanks