Monday, January 9, 2012

Prayers Please!


I debated back and fourth whether or not I was going to write this post, but I decided to go through with it after my last ultrasound.

Baby #4 would love your prayers!

This adorable little boy is already giving us a 'hard time.'
  
At my 20 week ultrasound, we found out that our little man has dilated kidneys. The normal size should be around 2.0mm each. At 20 weeks his were (R) 3.2mm and (L) 4.1mm. We were given the option of doing a level 2 ultrasound, because this can also be a soft marker for down syndrome, but declined, since I didn't choose to do the down syndrome testing at the beginning of my pregnancy.
In my 20 week ultrasound, my placenta was also too close to my cervix, so I was scheduled for a 27 week ultrasound. (if the placenta is too close to your cervix, it can cause placenta previa)

My 27 week ultrasound showed that my placenta had moved more than far enough away from my cervix for delivery. {Good news!} It also showed that baby's kidneys were even more dilated...(R) 5.4mm and (L) 5.9mm. {Not so good news} The doctor wasn't too concerned, cause usually in this situation, it means there isn't enough fluid and things aren't working properly. The ultrasound showed that everything is working perfect and he has plenty of fluids and everything else 'looks' normal (besides his kidney size)

The doctor is not worried, but of course anything 'abnormal' on an ultrasound is 'not fun news'. It is especially hard when I have had 3 other children with 'perfect' ultrasounds. 
One of the hardest parts is 'doctor lingo.' {I just don't get it} They use HUGE doctor words and have to tell you everything {cause it is their job}, but some information can just be too much to handle, when you don't understand where in the world they are coming from. 

I know my little boy is in God's hands and I there is nothing I can do and worrying isn't going to help....so that is where you come in. I would love your prayers for our little boy. I am praying that his little kidneys 'fix' themselves before birth, or if he decides to be 'difficult,' then a simple surgery, to ensure he doesn't have kidney infections later in life, will be something that can fix the 'problem.'

They have referred me to the perinatal center for a level 2 ultrasound, to look more in depth at his kidneys this Wednesday, so we might know more after that. Depending how that ultrasound goes, we might be having a few more ultrasounds before his arrival.


Have any of you mommies been told this with an ultrasound and if so, I would love your input!
{I am all ears!}

If you are as lost as I was, when I heard about it, I'd just love the prayers.

27 comments:

Lindsey said...

Sending prayers mama!! Hope things work themselves out!!

Mandy said...

I have been reading your blog for a few months now since I found out you were pregnant. I too am pregnant with my 9th pregnancy, but this will be my 4th living child. Today I am 27 weeks. Your story sounds the same as mine. At 20 weeks baby (boy also) kidneys are measuring large. Had a repeat u/s at 25 weeks and kidneys measured 5.2 and 5.5. So now I am to see the Maternal Fetal Spec. next week for yet another u/s. My OB feels sure that there is nothing wrong with the baby, it is just something that needs to be followed up with when the baby is born. This was the first time that I did not get the blood work done that checks for downs and I have been upset with myself because I didn't. Never had anything like this before happen and kinda feel releaved that someone else has the same thing going on. I would say that God brought me to your blog for that reason.
Also baby is measuring 2 weeks bigger than my due date says, so I don't know if that may have something to do with the size of the the kidneys or not. Just thought I would share that we are going through the exact same thing as your family is now. Take care and good luck to you and baby!
Mandy in Pennsylvania

Mandy said...

Thought of one more thing...OB said that they see renal enlargement in 1 out of every 20 u/s that are done and are almost always seen in baby boys.

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Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Thinking of you and baby #4 Kelly! I hope the ultrasound goes well and offers reassurances.

Holly said...

So sorry to hear and LOTS of prayers coming your way to you beautiful family and that precious little bundle of joy you're carrying! Hoping Wednesday you hear some answers, I can only imagine how scary this is for you! :(

m&msmommy said...

We are always told not to worry, and we know it's in Gods hands, but that certainly doesn't make it any easier!!! I will be praying for you and your precious baby boy! :)

Megan said...

Lots of prayers being said for your little guy! Good luck with the next u/s. ((hugs))

Heather said...

Praying! Hope you get good news at your next appt.

Kristi H said...

Having had a high-risk pregnancy, I know all about the worrying! I'm praying that things go smoothly from here in out! Please keep us posted!

Mrs. Mama said...

thinking about you mama and your baby boy. prayers.

Angela said...

Saying a prayer for you right now!

Ashley said...

So sorry to hear this! I will be keeping your little boy in my prayers!!

Ashlie said...

I came back high risk for downs with this pregnancy, and it's so hard not to worry. So far I've done a pretty good job of just "giving it to God". I'm so sorry that you are going through this, but I'm sure everything will turn out fine. I just had our level 2 ultrasound and genetic counseling. Please feel free to email me with any questions. Praying for you and that sweet baby boy.

Our Family of Four said...

I am so sorry to hear this, but I am praying for you and your family. I'm sure everything will be just fine and your right, you can't stress, because that isn't good either at this point.

Amy said...

prayers for you, momma! and sweet baby boy!!

Katie Thomson said...

Many prayers being sent for that precious little boy. And of course for you!

MomBrose said...

Praying for your precious boy and for your momma heart! :) I know it's not easy to just trust God, but truly that's where the blessings come. With my first, we were told she had a small head and would most likely have some kind of brain problem. We just prayed and ultimately the Lord revealed to me that HE created her. Read Psalm 139. It says that He knits a baby together in it's mother's womb. He doesn't make mistakes. He is never surprised. She was born early but without any complications and a perfect little head. :)

Linds said...

my baby Connor had dilated kidneys at 20 weeksgestation. At 24 they were still a little enlarged but had not increased. I too was worried about downs, but he was born healthy and his kidneys were perfect. He did have to go for an ultrasound after he was born to ensure his kidneys were OK which they were. It is so scary as a mommy with all the unknowns. Those doctors can be so insensitive when they tell you stuff just try to release it to the Lord if you can... I know that's easier said than done, but in the end He's in control of it all. Praying for you and baby boy!

Mommy3 said...

Praying for your baby boy!

MamaBear said...

Praying for you and your sweet baby boy Kelly! I haven't experienced the kidney issues you described, but I know that worry when something isn't right on the ultrasound.

Amy said...

I am sorry to hear this. I hope you get some good news on Wednesday. I will be praying for both you and the baby. Try and get some rest and take it easy.

Sarah said...

Praying for you & baby boy!!! 2 of my pregnancies were high risk, with many trips to the perinatologist and many ultrasounds and lots of doctor lingo....praying you will get answers this week

Kelli Nicholson Herrington said...

Sending prayers you way! Placenta previa is not fun I had to be on bed rest. So praying for baby kidneys and neg placenta previa!

Meant to be a mom said...

My prayers are with your sweet baby boy and with you and your family that everything turns out to be just fine. God has the power to change or do whatever he wants to. He does hear our prayers. I firmly believe that. I will keep you guys all in my prayers. Hugs!

Sheila said...

Praying for you and your sweet baby boy!

chalklove said...

There's not many things scarier than a red flag on baby's ultrasound - I'm sorry you guys are going through this. Take comfort that the doctor isn't too concerned. From my experience, they're pretty honest & you can tell if they are legitimately concerned. My son has one kidney with renal disease, and it's smaller than the average - so I'm familiar with the opposite scenario (and had low fluid in pregnancy). Please feel free to email me though if you want to run anything by me & I can try my best to answer. They were able to extract urine from his bladder in utero & do electrolyte testing (to determine functionality of his kidney) & chromosomal testing. I'll be praying for you guys & good results tomorrow. The good news is that you'll get to see baby again! :) Those perinatologists are brilliant, so I'm sure you'll have all your questions answered tomorrow. Bring a notepad!

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