Some background…my daughter is 25 and 19 1/2 weeks pregnant with her 2nd child thru donor IUI. She was carrying twins up until 11 weeks when one of the babies started to regress and she ended up with a vanishing twin by 12 weeks. She was being followed by an MFM due to twins and then after the loss because of a LEEP procedure done after the birth of her first child. At her visit at 19 weeks the u/s tech spent ALOT of time taking pics and the MFM told her that her little girl Lila Rae is measuring small…she’s below the 10 percentile. She also has an echogenic intracardiac foci. The EIF doesn’t worry us as much because we know that is a very soft marker, but combine that with the IUGR and we’re worried.
IUGR is related to chormosomal anomalies and we’re more worried that it would be T18 or T13 where the baby may not even make it to term. I have 2 boys that I adopted that have special needs (asberger’s and moderate MR) so my daughter is not a stranger to children with special needs. Her worry is more to do with the health of the baby as opposed to any delays the child may have down the road…she knows we can deal with them as a family.
Her MFM offered an amnio (which concerns me since they do not offer them unless the risk is high) but she declined as she doesn’t want to stress over the risk of losing this baby after all she’s been thru. She goes back on Dec. 17th for another ultrasound to take another close look at Lila…and then go from there to see where we go next.
Does anyone know anything about early onset IUGR and the risk that the baby will have a chromosomal anomaly? They did say that amniotic fluid was good right now and cord flow was good also. Could there be any correlation between the fact that the one baby didn’t make it…it’s also crossed our mind that maybe Lila was the stronger of the two, but they both had/have a problem and that’s why she made it this far. So much goes thru your head. She has her regular OB appt next Tuesday so we’ll be asking alot of questions there…she was taken so off guard at the MFM that she didn’t think what to ask.
Also, her first child was in the 7lb range at birth and she is 5’2" and 130 lbs and the donor was 5’10" and 185 lbs, but his sister and mother were over 5’6" and his dad was over 5’11".
We’re hoping for just a constitutionally small little girl…but it just seems like that may not be the case.
Thanks for listening and sorry for the loooooong post!