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Placenta Deterioration?

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GODDESSBABY5
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7/28/07 4:08 P

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7/28/07 3:28 P

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Once the placenta starts to degrade, and the babies growth slows down they have what is considered IGR (Intrauterine growth restriction)

Since they did check the cord, I would jump on getting her out quick. Even if she is early. Because once the umbilical is no longer pumping enough blood, the baby is in essence having to support themselves while still inside. Which means in essence, they can starve to death.

Now, I don't want to scare ya. But, babies with IGR are most likely to be still born if they are left alone, which is why they want to take her out pronto.Statistically, it is after the 38 week mark that the babies with IGR go into distress, which is why they want to get her out before then.

There are a few things they look for in early babies, and even term babies. One is their blood sugar levels, they worry about that more with gestational diabetes. Second is their ability to maintain their own temperature.

Usually when you hear about a baby who has to stay in NICU 'because they are small' its not actually their size, its that their body is not maintaining its own temperature, which is most common when they don't have enough body fat. I have heard of some small babies being sent home at 5lbs without problems, and some weighing in at 8 still not being allowed to leave because of the temperature thing. Third thing is breathing and digestion. The intestines and the lungs develop at about the same time. When they are early it is hard on their digestive system as well as their lungs. SO make SURE you breastfeed, even if you weren't planning to, atleast till her normal due date would have arrived. It will make it soooo much easier on her insides. Most NICU will let you pump and give it to her in a bottle, or through a gtube (tube that goes o her tummy) if she cant nurse directly.

Chances for complications at only two weeks early are greatly reduced (compared to even earlier), but when you throw in IGR the statistics go haywire so really no one can tell you for sure.

MOST (but not all) babies who are premature, without serious complications (infections, lung problems, etc) will leave the hospital within a few days of their normal due date.

Edited by: CLEO-HEARTBABY at: 7/28/2007 (15:33)


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7/28/07 9:06 A

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Oh how scary...all my best wishes...I don't know about the placenta stuff, but our 1st DD was 5lbs 10 ozs and she didn't have to go to the NICU (although she wasn't 2 wks early either), they let her stay in the room with me, but they came and checked her blood sugar level every 2 hrs and we weren't allowed to leave until she had 3 in a row that hit a certian number...You could try to call the maternity dept at the hospital and ask them what their rules are as far as if the baby could need NICU or not...they won't be specific, but they can tell you generally yes, this weight, no not that weight, etc...Good Luck to you


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7/27/07 8:02 P

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Thanks Cleo for all the info.

Yes, the specialist is the one that did the u/s & they did measure all of the things you listed including the cord. I'm not a fan of being induced early but they insist this preg should not continue after 38 weeks b/c of this. I'm worried she isn't ready but they say she would be in more danger not inducing at 38 weeks w/ the placenta problems. At least they are letting me go till Wed & are giving baby a few more days.

Since you seem to know so much more than me about this, do you know what the chances are that she might end up in the NICU?

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7/27/07 6:09 P

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Thank you so much for the information. My baby so far - though she measures a little smaller that she should be - she kicks like nobody else.

Only her abdomens measurement was off (she was measuring as she was 32 weeks rather than 36) - head and femur was right on target.

I can't wait for her to be here, and make sure all is fine

Good luck to you!!




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7/27/07 5:54 P

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I'm sure everything will be fine. Wish you the best.

GAMOMOF4
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7/27/07 3:37 P

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EGHITTOR- They based it on the stats from last month's u/s and showed me the chart where the growth pattern went down instead of up like it was supposed to. I think that the baby is supposed to gain on average a lb every 2 weeks at the end. Mine only gained almost a lb in over 4 weeks. The dr said that meant that my placenta was deteriorating. I'm not sure if some on the scan showed that as well or not. They were very concerned they are having me on strict bedrest & having me do kickcounts & if I don't feel baby move as much as they want I'm supposed to go into L&D before Wed.

EGHITTOR
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7/27/07 2:58 P

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Sorry I do not know much about placenta deteriorating. But I do have a question. How did they determine that the placenta is deteriorating?
I am asking because at my appt. the baby measured smaller that it should be - I am doing another u/s next week... I wonder if I might have the same thing going on :~|


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GAMOMOF4
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7/27/07 2:47 P

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I had my dr & spec appt today where they informed me that my placenta is deteriorating and the baby is not growing at the rate it should be - she only showed that she gained barely a lb in a month. So they want to induce me on Wed AM. They say it isn't good to continue w/ the placenta deteriorating. The u/s estimated her at 5 lbs 6oz. I trust my dr & specialist opinions I'm just very nervous none of my other kids were even close to that small. Have any of you ever been told your placenta is deteriorating? I'm very worried now.


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