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.
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.