We saw my Perinatologist today. I really liked him; he spent lots of time with Josh and I and answered all our questions. He seemed to have great bed side manner and I didn’t feel rushed with him at all.
The good news is – Baby Greenie looks great and is right on schedule with it’s growth. Also, we’ll continue to get ultrasounds of Greenie Baby every 2 weeks throughout my entire pregnancy, so that’s always nice to see him/her often.
The not so good news is – I am absolutely at risk for the having the same complications that happened the last time. The risks of pPROM’ing and having IC drastically decrease with a singleton, BUT they are still very much there and raise a lot of concern.
The main problem is, there is very little data on singleton pregnancies that follow a very complicated quadruplet pregnancy. It just doesn't happen very often, so they don’t have a lot to go off of. It is so exhausting to think about what a long road ahead we still have. It’s not going to be easy, but I am going to try to keep thinking as positively as I possibly can.
The plan for now is to do cervical checks every 2 weeks. My cervix right now is nice and thick; 4.5 cm to be exact. If we ever see it measuring 2.5 cm or less, I go in for an immediate cerclage that day. Right now the risk of complications from a cerclage are about 1% and they steadily go up from there the longer we wait, so it’s kind of a guessing game. My Peri supports our decision to just closely observe my cervix and act when and if it’s needed. In about 2 weeks, I will start getting daily Progesterone shots that will help keep the uterus from contracting. I hear the shots are a real pain in the butt… literally. Josh is going to have to add administering my shots to his morning routine.
I’m not going to focus too much on what we will do if complications arise. I am just going to go with our current plan and hope and pray for the best. I am really scared. I just don’t get how so many women go on to have uncomplicated pregnancies all the time when it’s such a struggle for me and so many I know. I can’t imagine why God would give us this miracle and then take it away from us, so I’m just trying to trust in him. Please keep Greenie and myself in your prayers.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” - JEREMIAH 29:11-13
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,” - Ephesians 3:20