I guess I will start with the good news, which is we are having a little boy, he is very healthy, in the 50th percentile, has a well developed heart, kidneys, stomach, no signs of spina bifida and 5 toes on each foot. I'm super relieved, I spent the 24 hours before the scan inbetween excitement of seing our baby, to fear that we would see something wrong.

Unfortunately the doctor did say that I had restricted blood flow in the placenta, she said it doesn't appear to have effected the baby yet but, she said could mean low birth weight, preterm labour, pre-eclampsia, hypertension, all the fun things you could possibly imagine. The only silver lining I could find is, well at least he won't weight 12 lbs. But it did provoke a little bit of anxiety, I have to go back for another detailed scan in 4 weeks to see if our little man is still doing well. She also mentioned that this is caused by diabetes, I had never even heard of LOW birth weight being an issue for us diabetics.

My OB has also decided that I will be induced at 37 weeks, and that if we wait til 38 the risk of SIDS is much higher, and he wasn't going to risk waiting beyond 37. Also another thing I had never heard of. I'm not too upset about being induced but who doesn't want to have that "OMG! my water broke" moment.

Does anyone have any input on restricted blood flow? Has anyone else ever faced this end of "complications" before?

Thanks, Lauren

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Hoorah to your whole wonderful boy :)

Sorry to hear about this added stress. I went for weekly ultrasounds from weeks 28 or so because our guy was measuring big. They checked the placenta flow every week because apparently diabetics have a higher risk of damaged placenta.

The good thing is that it is relatively easy for them to monitor this. So you should certainly pay attention to your son's movements and if you feel them decreasing, then ask for a NST or ultrasound (but I guess you will be frequently monitored anyway).

On another note, when pregnant I was SOOO focused on making it to week 40 like I assumed healthy pregnant women do. I ended up with a scheduled c-section in week 38. The doctor said that he seemed very ready to come out as there was no more vernix on his skin and there was already meconium in the amniotic fluid. Yet I had not yet gone into labor. In hindsight, while I know that being inside is often better for the baby, many of us end up with babies ready to face the big world before week 40.

I also read some results of a survey that actually suggested that it is not true that most women naturally make it past week 40.

Hi, long time no talk....glad to hear about your healthy little boy :)

I have never heard of restrcited blood flow in the placenta, but I was told that if I didn't go into labor naturally by 38 weeks at the latest, they would induce me, as "us" diabetics have a tendancy to get a dried up placenta??? I hate how they all put us in the same category, arrrrrrrghhhhhh! I was very against being induced and was supposed to be on the 30th of July, 2010, however, I started drinking raspberry leaf tea, and I also went in to my dr. on the 26th of July to be checked, just to see if I was dialated at all....she checked me and said "sorry honey, you are completely closed up and will be coming in here on the 30th to be induced. Well, 16 hours later (4am on the 27th) my water broke, and sure enough I gave birth to her 5 1/2 later!!!!!! So who knows, maybe it was the tea? Maybe it was the internal check-up? Whatever it was, i went naturally and was so glad....so maybe try all the old wives tale when you get close, and you just may go naturally as well! Ps my daughter was born at 36weeks, and 5 days...she was considered pre-mature and she was healthy as a clam...I just hope the same thing happens with this one!

Good luck, and keep in touch!

Mandy

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