Hi all...if you havent read any of my other posts I'll give you a short update on everything...
For about 3 weeks now I have been having to go to the hospital for a biophysical every week. This is because my baby's SD ratio is elevated. Well, the numbers have fluxuated a little bit..right now its about 3.4 or so. LAst week it was 2.8! However, the baby is scoring an 8 on his biophysical and they said that is the best a baby can get. So, my doctor isnt to conerned because of that great number..(or so he says)! I can't really get anyone to tell me anything about the problem except that it might mean that I will just have a small baby. I also know that he isnt growing at the rate he should and I'm very concerned about that because I dont know what the outcome could be. I don't feel the baby feel move as much as I should at 32 weeks and I just wonder if that's due to his smaller size. Actually, I'm devestated over this because I can't get anyone to tell me anything...and when I do ask something the nurses or the dr. says that theres nothing to worry about and that the baby is fine. Ok, so my baby isnt growing and his SD ratio is elevated but he's "just fine"? I dont get it. Dont get my wrong, I dont want ANYTHING to be wrong and I'm not searching for something to be wrong but it's obvious something is. Monday I put in the hospital overnight because I went for my regular BIO test and NST and my temperature was 100.3! I was feeling real crappy and my white blood cells were high..so the dr. decided to keep me and give me vitamins thru IV all night. Does anyone know anything more about SD ratio and smaller babies? I dont know what to do. I love my baby so much and it just seems like something is terribly wrong! What do I do ???
Okay first thing to ease your mind is 32 weekers move less than usual due to cramping space at this point. Second thing is...what does SD stand for? Third I would say to your doc just as you did to us, "My baby is getting tested with biophysic tests and has a high SD ratio and he is 'just fine'". Tell him that your not trying to be bitter, but isn't it better to be too concerned than not too concerned? I think you probably just had the onset of an infection. High white blood cells and a low grade temp indicate minor things usually like UTI's or something viral you picked up. Not much they can do, but he was smart to give you a bolus or two to keep you hydrated which will strengthen your body and immune system to fight whatever minor thing it is. Definitly let you OB know that you don't WANT something to be wrong, but also don't want to be in for a surprise at delivery.... after all this testing was supposed to be precautionary. <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">
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Thank you for replying lovely. SD stands for systolic/ diastolic and it has to do with the baby's growth. That's all I have been able to find out. I'm going to take your advice and ask him again. I guess the thing that freaked me out was that I was looking on the internet and they said that around 32 weeks I should feel more movement that ever. TOTALLY scared me to death. Of course, I thought the worst immediatly. Also said that the baby should move AT LEAST 10 times each hour. That just seems like a lot to me. So, right now I'm just praying as much as possible!!!
Moving 10 times an hour is not a lot. Many of the movements may be small or slight and with you busy doing other things (not concentrating completely and totally on your tummy) you may not even feel them.
As far as having a small baby, try not to worry about it. Definitely ask your doctor for more information, but don't think small = problems like those for premies. My nephew was 3 lbs., 3 oz. at 40 weeks. He went home from the hospital the next day. His lungs were fully developed (as well as all other organs) and he scored a 7 and 8 on his APGAR. He is now almost 6 years old and very spunky! He is still small (wears a 4T), but very healthy.
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Batty- Thanks...thats what i was worried about..I thought that small baby meant BIG problems...sorda like those of premies!! thanks for sharing that story with me...that has definantly put my mind at east A LOT!!
HECK no look at Ksavage. Her baby WAS a preemie by 7 weeks and still came home active and healthy as ever weighing under 4 pounds!! What a trooper. She is gonna be our first lady president and will likely take the oath of office SKY DIVING!!! <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/biggrin.gif">
Baby's Arrival Expected August 2, 2003
Wow..you mean her baby went home with her from the hospital? Gosh..must have been an incrediably strong willed baby <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif"> <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">