Intrauterine Growth Restriction
IUGR, or intrauterine Growth Restriction, is a very serious complication during pregnancy. A baby does not receive the nutrition it needs to grow at the rate that it should.
Intrauterine growth restriction is a condition of the placenta, and it can be caused by many different reasons, some unknown. Unfortunately, there isn’t much medically that can be done to help. Once the baby stops growing, delivery is the only option.
It happened in my pregnancy, and we have met others who have battled against IUGR. You can read their stories HERE, HERE, and HERE.
Today, we meet an amazing fighter, as told by his mom, Vanessa.
1. Tell us about your baby
Gabriel was born at 25 weeks. He weighed only 13.1 oz and was 9.5 inches long. He was one of the smallest babies ever delivered at his hospital.
2. How long was your NICU stay? What was the hardest part?
We were in the nicu for 155 days.
The hardest part was leaving him every night, especially at the end when he became more awake and alert. I would see him awake through the camera, and I would just cry thinking how bad I wanted him home. I would spend the night with him at least 3 times a week.
Gabriel faced many challenges specially with his lungs. He stayed with a breathing tube for 12 weeks. Gabriel was finally put on nasal cannula at 37 weeks. He had 16 blood transfusions, a large PDA that closed after two rounds of medication, and a brain bleed grade 1 that resolved on its own. Gabriel developed ROP and needed laser eye surgery at 1 week adjusted. He also had a g tube placed because he wouldn’t finish his bottles at one month adjusted.
3.Do you know what caused your premature birth?
This was my second pregnancy after a 6 week loss.
During an ultrasound at 22 weeks, we discovered my baby wasn’t growing the way he should have been. He was measuring about 3 weeks behind. All the genetic testing was negative, and there wasn’t any markers that indicated an abnormality. We even had a genetic doctor suggesting us to terminate the pregnancy because “It wasn’t going to end up in anything good”. Of course he denied it, and we changed doctors immediately.
We were given the IUGR (intrauterine growth restriction) diagnosis which means that my placenta wasn’t providing him the right nutrition for baby to grow properly. Later, at 24 weeks, I had no more amniotic fluid, and I was told my baby wasn’t going to stay inside much longer. I was given steroids shots to help lung development.
Two days after that, my blood pressure went super high, and Gabriel’s heart rate was dropping. He had to he taken out immediately!
He was born through an emergency c-section and needed resuscitation at birth.
Thank you for sharing. I developed preeclampsia at 20 weeks, BP skyrocketed. So I had to have my girl at 24 weeks 1 day. She is almost 2 months now, and SUCH a fighter! This gives me so much hope!!
Becky @ Disney in your Day says
Oh my goodness, he is so cute! That is crazy to read the one doctor recommended terminating – so glad they were able to get away from him and get a new doctor!
Lecy | A Simpler Grace says
The human body is such an amazing, but a scarily-complex thing. I was familiar with this term but didn’t know all the details about what it could entail. I’m so glad to see that little Gabriel is doing so well!
Kristin Cook says
Wow! That must have been so hard (and it probably still is in some ways). I have a long-time friend who’s wife delivered twins at around the 26 week mark. They had such a long stay in the hospital, but both babies are home now. The little boy seems to be the strongest. The little girl still uses some sort of breathing tube, but is still doing well.
I like that she prayed for and sang to her baby. I think those are very important!
Oh wow! I’m so glad I found this blog. I’m 25 weeks and haven’t had an official diagnosis yet but my baby is in the 11th percentile. She’s active and heart rate is stable so that’s a comfort. I’m going for weekly monitoring. Seeing the story of your little one gives me comfort that things can turn out okay, although not without its challenges. Well wishes for you and your family.