Many people may not be familiar with the acronym IUGR, but I am unfortunately very acquainted with it because one of my twins was affected by it. IUGR stands for Intrauterine Growth Restriction, and it is a very serious condition that can happen during pregnancy. For multiple births like mine, it is called SIUGR, or Selective Intrauterine Growth Restriction because it only affects one of the babies.
A baby inside the womb that has this condition is very small for its gestational age. According to WebMD, “…the baby’s estimated weight is below the 10th percentile — or less than that of 90% of babies of the same gestational age.” There are many things that can cause this, but often it’s the result of problems with the placenta or the umbilical cord resulting in the baby not getting enough nutrition.
There is not much that can be done, except for delivering the baby. It is a very scary game of wait and watch while you are pregnant.
In today’s Micro Preemie Monday, we meet mom, Jemma, who had to go through that extremely tough pregnancy. We will also meet beautiful Sophia who battled IUGR.
1. Tell us about your baby
Sophia was born at 31 weeks 3 days, weighing 630 g/1 lbs 3 oz and length 29 cm.
2.How long was your NICU stay?What was the hardest part?
We had a 3 month NICU stay. The hardest part was being 7 hours away from any family support and feeling like I was doing the journey alone.
3. Do you know what caused your premature birth?
My daughter had developed IUGR due to clots within the placenta and cord which caused reversed blood flow.
4. How are you and your baby doing now?
My daughter is now a happy and healthy 14 month old who is starting to meet her milestones.
5. Do you have any advice for new preemie parents?
My advice is to reach out to doctors , nurses , family and other preemie mums when you just need someone to talk to. I found when I kept my feelings to myself I wasn’t able to feel a connection to my baby because I felt guilty. Once I talked about how I was feeling, I realized I was stronger and that I could do this journey.
Such wonderful advice from Jemma. I’m so happy I was able to share Jemma’s story, and beautiful Sophia. Please leave your comments of support below.