Tuesday, May 08, 2007

The Line of Risk

I just got home from my last OB visit! I won't be seeing her again until my section next Wed. I go back one more time for another bp check and NST, then that's it. I'm nervous, I would be lying if I said I wasn't.

Right now we have a line of risk. On one side, there is the risk of taking a baby at 37 weeks. Most babies do well at this time, but there is always a risk of breathing difficulties. On the other side of the line is hypertension in pregnancy. There is the risk of full blown preeclampsia developing (about 25% chance), the risk of the placenta detaching, of low amniotic fluid among other things. My brain knows that the hypertension is probably the riskier, especially as I see my pressures get worse. However, if she does have breathing problems, I'm probably not going to care what my brain "knew".

All I can do is ask for prayers that her little lungs are ready to go.


Anonymous Sandy said...

You and that sweet baby have been in my prayers every day and will continue to be. I had a dream about you all last night, and in the dream, she was here and healthy and she looked just like Jonah!

You have certainly been a trooper through all of this, and I know you'll be so happy when it's over. I'm counting down the days with you! Hang in there.

12:46 PM  
Anonymous Nancy said...

You and your entire family have been in my prayers all along. I have faith that you and your daughter will both be fine. Besides my prayers I'm sending hugs your way.

12:50 PM  
Blogger cjoy said...

I will be praying for your little girl (and you, for peace!). Be encouraged that girls typically are stronger and their lungs healthier sooner, so her risks aren't as high at 37 weeks as they could be. God is going before you, and before this little one...you have nothing to fear! His timing is always perfect. Much grace to you in this last week.

12:51 PM  
Anonymous Megan said...

Praying lots!!! ((Amie))

2:26 PM  
Blogger andria said...

Amie, I pray for you every day. I know that this is all nerve wracking for you. An impending csection is so scary, I've been there, but it will be allright.

Jacob was a 32 weeker and Adam was a just barely 37 weeker. Both of them were breathing well when born. Adam was able to come home with us too.

In a week you will meet your little girl and I am excited for you. Having a girl is a big change that I know you will relish.

2:33 PM  
Blogger moo said...

Delurking to say ...

My water broke early, and 26 hours later, my son was born at exactly 37w.
I had gestational diabetes.
I also had Group B strep.

Other than low blood sugar, he was healthy, fine, and normal. He came home with me.

Try not to stress too much, because it'll just make your bp rise.


3:45 PM  
Blogger Anna said...

Keeping you in my prayers, by the way girls lungs seem to mature a little faster than boys lungs, my little Ella was born at 37 weeks and she did perfectly fine. The most you might have to deal with is jaundice, but that is not bad at all:)

3:46 PM  
Blogger Dana said...

You have been, and will continue to be in my prayers! I can't wait to hear all about her and see the pics! So exciting.....Hang in there Amie!

5:57 PM  
Blogger Jamie said...

I've been thinking about you and praying for you often! I wonder how you are doing and all. It must be hard to be on bedrest...and then all that time to conjure up 'what ifs'. Know that both you and your precious daughter are in the Lord's hands and He will deliver her into your loving arms strong and healthy!

Remember Hannah was born at 36.5 weeks and totally healthy. I know you must be so nervous about it all, but I know so many people are praying for you and that He will hear our prayers.

I can't believe its already next week! Gosh, it seems like you were just here and barely pregnant! Time sure flies (although I'm sure for you it has been dragging by the past couple of months).

We'll continue to pray for you all through the coming weeks and I can't wait until we get a phone call that a new little girl joined the family!

Lots of love!

7:05 PM  
Blogger Elisheva Hannah Levin said...

Oh, it's good to hear from you.

I think about you every day and say the healing prayer. I know what it is like to wait, and I know what it is like to worry.

Just remember that most babies born at 37 weeks are fine. Your little one has been growing. And your head is right--the risk of hypertension of pregnancy is the greater one.

I will be thinking about you through next week. Sometime thereafter, I am confident you will sharing with us pictures of your healthy baby girl!

A girl on boy story! Who'd thunk it?

7:14 PM  
Blogger Wethyb said...

Keeping you, Baby Girl and the rest of the family in my prayers!!!! I'm sure all will be just fine and, before you know, you'll be celebrating her first birthday :)

9:27 PM  
Blogger Risa said...

I'm still praying for you, your baby girl, and your boys! :) Miah included with the boys!

Love you! :)

9:42 PM  
Blogger Genevieve said...

I will be thinking of you both - I hope she will be ok!

4:30 AM  
Anonymous Kim said...

Hi Amie,

Praying for you all!! remember the rish to you and the baby to wait with BP issue's in my opinion FAR out weighs the risk of having the baby in the NICU "potentially" for extra oxygen. She could be born at 37ek and beyond and still need the same assist.

If there isn't a healthy mom around then there are problems!!:-) Spend the last week finishing any books you may have started. Lord knows you will be busy very shortly!


7:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Amie,
Thinking of you and praying for you all, but especially for you and your Precious Little One. So looking forward to your future posts to learn about her, and especially how she touches the lives of your boys. What WILL you call your blog...? Blessings, Naomi

7:17 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Amie- It's comforting to know all these people are praying for you. The more people crying out to God on you and your baby's behalf really touch Him. I know that He is holding you and protecting you, that is for sure. All these early delivery stories had good outcomes so that must make you feel better. Plus, you had those steriod injections to develope her lungs when you were in the hosptial so that along with making it to 37 weeks, I am sure she will be strong and healthy. I can't wait to see her! Continuing to pray!!

8:10 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Amie, you are all in our prayers. I believe she will be fine. I have been working at the hospital for 2 months now in the Labor & delivery, nursery and post partem departments. Many moms are delivered early due to high bp's. The docs don't mess around with high bp's and all of the babies have been fine. We even had 35 week twins this past week and they go home today already. Another little guy was 35 weeks and only 4 pounds and he went home after 3 days. mom was c-section.
have faith in God.... He will take care of you all!!
I know it is still hard and you will worry but try to just picture yourself holding your sweet baby girl.

9:43 AM  
Blogger Choppzs said...

Lots of prayers from over here!!

1:52 PM  
Blogger Our Peculiar Life said...

Praying for you!!

9:52 PM  
Blogger anna said...

Amie~saying a prayer for you and your little one. Praying that all goes smoothly and both you and your babe will be enjoying each others company very soon.

11:16 PM  

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