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We were pretty sure two weeks ago, but now we’re really sure. We really didn’t care – boy, girl – whatever – as long as it’s a healthy baby. We’re excited – and of course many people would like to know what her name will be. The answer is easy for now – we have NO idea.

Of course, this wouldn’t be my life if there wasn’t something worrisome at an appointment. Her umbilical cord has two vessels instead of the “normal” three. It’s referred to as a Single Umbilical Artery (SUA) or 2 vessel cord. It often occurs in conjunction with chromosomal abnormalities (one of those “soft” markers) or other structural abnormalities of the kidneys or heart. However, we’re not tremendously concerned about the chromosomal stuff because we did the first trimester “ultra-screen”, which came back blessedly normal. In addition, thus far, her heart, kidneys, and abdomen look fine on ultrasound.

The biggest concern seems to be Intrauterine Growth Restriction (IUGR) during the 3rd trimester. It means more ultrasounds to monitor her growth, as well as frequent NST (non-stress test) appointments beginning somewhere early in the 3rd trimester. And, odds are she’ll be delivered (more and more likely via c-section) at 37-39 weeks. All of this depends on her growth and tolerance of contractions, of course.

I’m trying not to worry too much about this, but Dr. Google’s information is plain terrifying. I’ve talked to ob/gyn friend, of course – and she said nearly exactly what my doctor said. Given previous test results and appearance on ultrasound, the concern becomes growth later in the pregnancy. I can deal with a baby on the small side – but I would really, really like a nice healthy little girl.

Oh, for those who’ve lost track – I’m 16w2d, due date is 1/19/2008.


~ by Larisa on August 6, 2007.

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  1. OH LARISA now that I know 16 wks is soon enough to KNOW I’m going to go BONKERS waiting for my ultrasound.

    A GIRL!! A GIRL!! Who cares if she’s a little buttercup baby — she’s going to be fine.

    Dr. Google tortures me, too.

    Looking for names is fun. I bet your in laws are going to go nuts buying pink stuff.

  2. Ohhhh… Perhaps a January 2nd birthday might be in order? It’s a very good birthday, if you were wondering. 😉

    And HUGE congratulations on your little girl. I know she’s already stolen your heart away, but wait… just wait!


  3. My son born (8pounds12ozs) was diagnosed with 2 vessel cord, turned out to be a non issue. There is a great thread over at on this subject. Try not to let it worry you and take advantage of those lovely extra ultrasounds.

  4. Yay! Congrats on a baby girl!

  5. Congrats!

    And it sounds like the inlaws will buy her lots of cute clothes since they’re the shopping-type.

    I’m glad you were able to tell them this weekend. One step closer! January will be here in no time.

  6. Oh Mrs. Hope! I’m so excited for you! A GIRL! 🙂


  7. Congrats on your baby girl! I read another blog with SUA, Maybe you can get some info from someone else in the same situation…

  8. Mrs. Hope, I’m so happy for you!!! I’m glad you posted how far along you are, I was wondering. Hooray!

  9. Mrs. Hope,

    I’ve been a lurker for several months, but now feel the need to comment. I live in Hopeville, too, and my 3rd pregnancy was a boy with IUGR due to PIH that was not apparent with blood-pressure readings. It was diagnosed at 31 weeks. I did see a perinatologist regularly, have 2-3 x weekly non-stress tests, ultrasounds, the works. He WAS born early (34w,5d) and by c-section due to breech presentation (they don’t have enough time to turn around), but thanks to steroid shots to develop his lungs, he was small, but perfectly fine. 3lb., 15 oz (small even for a 34 weeker)and in the NICU for 10 days, but perfectly healthy. I know it’s hard not to worry, but hope it helps to hear from someone who’s BTDT. Congratulations on your girl!

  10. Oh, and he’s 5 years old now and about to start kindergarten!

  11. fantastic news about your daughter mrs. hope!

    Re the 2-vessel thing it seems to be more common than they say – kath (inhospitable) has this with her daughter, who is not showing any signs of IUGR and is genetically normal. hang in there!

  12. Congratulations on your little girl.

  13. I posted anonymously some weeks back about having a pregnancy which was small for dates at an early scan… I am also having a girl with SUA (I’m 24 wks). That Google stuff really is scary, but my doctor said that there is a very good chance of everything being OK if there are no other anomolies found by ultrasound. But it is still hard not to worry, and not to think “why me?”. And a difficult pregnancy IS a big deal, I still have occasional nightmares about the heavy bleeding in my first pregnancy 3 years ago.
    Once the baby is born though, all new moms are kind of in the same boat regardless of what journey they took to get there. You will be part of the club that is talking about sleepless nights, first smiles, first steps, etc.

  14. Youre already 16 wks? how did that happen? i thought you were like 12! Congrats on the GIRL!!!! How exciting 🙂 I’m sorry your family nearly tortured you with the shopping…I’m sure you had fun though 🙂
    Sorry to hear that dr google is scaring the pants off of you. dont you wish we could just block that site and never have the ability to unblock it!!

  15. Welcome to the girl club! We absolutely treasure our little girl. Yipee!!

  16. PS. Marie is a fellow IFer dealing with IUGR in the third trimester. You might want to check her out/contact her:

  17. Absolutely WONDERFUL news! I’m so freaking happy for you!!!

  18. Congratulations!! Having two myself, I love girls. 🙂 How exciting!! Though boys are good too LOL. Ignore Dr. Google, he scares the crap out of me. 🙂

  19. Ours is due any day now. We were supposed to induce last Friday, but the baby wasn’t quite ready to meet us yet.

    Congratulations, again — such great news. And get used to the relatives over-shopping. We’ve been inundated with stuff for the last three months. Good luck!

  20. As the mother of a boy, I assure you, the girl clothes are much cuter. You will have so much fun!

    Sorry to hear about the new complications, but it does sound like aside from that your little girl is fine. Try not to worry too much.

  21. Congrats on your little girl! How exciting?

  22. I have several friends who had the SUA issue, and all of their kids are totally fine.

    Yay! A girl!

  23. Hey sweetie, the twins were IUGR (and are now big, healthy 3-year-olds) so if you ever want to talk/vent you know where to find me.

    Congratulations on girlie girl 🙂


    And don’t worry about MIL and SIL feeling left out that you waited to tell them. There is YEARS and YEARS of “fun” for them to enjoy! 🙂

  25. CONGRATULATIONS! so over the moon happy for you!!! a beautiful happy precious baby GIRL! CONGRATS!

  26. Congrats on your baby girl. How wonderful! Knowing the gender makes it much more real, doesn’t it? Sorry to hear you have new worries–I hope it all turns out OK. Dr. Google is evil. I am glad you are talking to other people instead of him…

  27. Congrats on your baby girl. How wonderful! Knowing the gender makes it much more real, doesn’t it? Sorry to hear you have new worries–I hope it all turns out OK. Dr. Google is evil. I am glad you are talking to other people instead of him…

  28. congrats on the baby girl! that’s great news. i hope the new concerns don’t prove to be too much trouble…which sounds like the case by reading the comments. put more stock in them than in dr. google!

  29. Congrats on the baby girl! That’s awesome!
    My coworker had a little boy with the 2 vessel cord. He’s totally fine!

  30. Great news Mrs. Hope=) Congrats on your baby girl!

  31. That is so great! Congratulations on your pregnancy and your healthy pregnancy at that matter! I know how you feel, I am 8 weeks pregnant after a loss and 3 years ttc, and I still haven’t told a soul. No one knows and I would prefer it that way. And it is all because the innocence has been taken away. I am so happy for you!

  32. Hooray Mrs. Hope!!! I called girl at Nutty Brown!!

    You will be a great mom cuz I think you’ve mastered that whole “patience is a virtue” thing!


  33. Oh Mrs. Hope,

    Congrats on a baby girl!!! I’m so happy to hear that all is well (of course, Dr. Google will always give you SOMETHING to worry about). I’ve been lurking – partly because my old blogger acct. hadn’t been working right and partly ‘cuz finding time to type is harder than I expected. But know that you’re still in my thoughts and I’m counting down the weeks ’til January with you.

  34. Congrats, Mrs. Hope! Girls are the best, and I know you’re going to make a great mom.

    Good luck with names – and make sure to put it through the Supreme Court Justice test. Your kid deserves a good name.

  35. Congratulations on your little girl!!!

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