We're expecting our 3rd child in July. We had an ultrasound preformed at 28 weeks and discovered he has anencephaly, a fatal birth defect. Here's our story and experiences
Monday, May 31, 2010
Dr. appointment on Friday
Well to bring everyone up to speed. Friday we had a Dr. appointment in Omaha to see how things are progressing. Appointment was at 10, finally got in at 10:30, (that drives me nuts) started the ultrasound, evidently Jack didn't want ot be filmed, cause he was head down and couldn't get any decent pics, but everything seemed good, except due to the anencephaly there was more amniotic fluid than normal, but nothing to be concerned about yet. When they started the ultrasound a lady in her 50-60's came in and started talking to us about procedures when he arrives (evidently noone told here that we're going to have him in Denison), we were trying to watch the ultrasound and she's blabbing and blabbing, we tell here that we're trying to give her hints that we're kiinda "occupied" at the moment. Finally she either got the hint or was done and left, (I was thinking--How Rude to come in during, couldn't it wait till after? Anyway, got back home didn't find out anything new. we have an appointment back there in 4 wks, but I have a feeling Jack may arrive sooner. Sometimes I think they schedule plenty of appointments so they can pay for thier new hospital from the insurance companies.
Anencephaly is the absence of a large part of the brain and the skull.
Anencephaly is one of the most common neural tube defects. Neural tube defects are birth defects that affect the tissue that grows into the spinal cord and brain.
Anencephaly occurs early in the development of an unborn baby. It results when the upper part of the neural tube fails to close. Why this happens is not known. Possible causes include environmental toxins and low intake of folic acid by the mother during pregnancy.
Anencephaly occurs in about 1 out of 10,000 births. The exact number is unknown, because many of these pregnancies result in miscarriage. Having one infant with this condition increases the risk of having another child with neural tube defects
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