Just a quick check in. Last week seems like it was ages ago! So much has happened since our last Doctor’s appointment at Kaiser! The babies are all growing as expected. They are all around 11 inches long and weigh 1 pound each. To think that Rachel has 33 inches & 3 pounds of baby growing inside of her is a little mind boggling. She tires easily now, but her weight gain has increased steadily. When she last stepped on the scale she weighed 176 lbs. She still has a ways to go before she passes me, but I wouldn’t wish that task on my worst enemy! 🙂
Rachel worked from home all last week, this is the first time that she has been able to work from home full time. This is an extremely important time for Rachel to rest and take it easy. Our doctors have all told us that at 24 weeks the babies will become viable. The chances of survival increase with each day after 24 weeks, and the risks of complications decrease.
A baby born at 24 weeks would generally require a lot of intervention, potentially including mechanical ventilation and other invasive treatments followed by a lengthy stay in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
24 weeks is the cutoff point for when many doctors will use intensive medical intervention to attempt to save the life of a baby born prematurely including doing a cesarean section. Between 23 and 24 weeks is a “gray zone” where most doctors would not intervene. At 23 weeks and below doctors are unlikely to do a cesarean section for fetal reasons and most neonatologist will not resuscitate a baby born before 23 weeks, and many won’t resuscitate a baby born between 23-24 weeks.
Odds of survival increase as the pregnancy progresses, and even an extra week in the womb can make a difference.
Am I a little nervous? Of course I am! I would be lying if I said I wasn’t. I know that this is out of my control and that it is totally in God’s hands. Things will happen exactly as they are supposed to! They have so far in my life. God has provided for ALL of my needs (and some of my wants! 🙂 ) There’s no reason to expect things to change now!!!
Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers as we approach this important milestone!
P.S. – I forgot to include that we got the paperwork from Dr. Spivak for a handicapped placard and submitted it to DMV! This will be a huge help when we go to COSTCO!