I had another appointment today. I'm weighing in at a whole 113 lbs, it really seems like I should be more just because I look so huge. I don't think I'll gain 30 lbs with William like I did with Kayla, but we will see. William's heart rate was 147 which is awesome and my belly is measuring a little smaller than what it should be, so still no excess amniotic fluid. Samantha had a few questions for Dr. Irvin that she was able to answer and help us. She suggested I start taking an iron pill because I'm not anemic but I'm the low end of the normal range - may have something to do with me being tired all the time. I also told her that I felt like I was getting depressed again and she gave me some samples of an anti-depressant, so I hope those help because I feel like I'm not there 100% for Kayla (and NEED to be) and I know it'll just get worse with the upcoming months. I go back again in 2 weeks and hopefully will be having another sonogram then if not sooner. I will be 31 weeks tomorrow, only 9 more weeks to go. Man the days are just flying by... :(
I created this blog for my unborn son, William Jason, who was diagnosed with Anencephaly on December 19th, 2008. He was stillborn on March 11th, 2009 at 32-1/2 weeks. Almost exactly 7 months after his Daddy passed away. They are both in Heaven watching over us now. We love & miss them both so very much. Thank you to everyone's thoughts and prayers.
Anencephaly is a neural tube defect (a disorder involving incomplete development of the brain, spinal cord, and/or their protective coverings). The neural tube is a narrow sheath that folds and closes between the 3rd and 4th weeks of pregnancy to form the brain and spinal cord of the embryo. Anencephaly occurs when the "cephalic" or head end of the neural tube fails to close, resulting in the absence of a major portion of the brain, skull, and scalp. Infants with this disorder are born without both a forebrain (the front part of the brain) and a cerebrum (the thinking and coordinating area of the brain). The remaining brain tissue is often exposed--not covered by bone or skin. The infant is usually blind, deaf, unconscious, and unable to feel pain. Although some individuals with anencephaly may be born with a rudimentary brain stem, the lack of a functioning cerebrum permanently rules out the possibility of ever gaining consciousness. Reflex actions such as respiration (breathing) and responses to sound or touch may occur. The cause of anencephaly is unknown. There is no cure or standard treatment for anencephaly. The prognosis for individuals with anencephaly is extremely poor. If the infant is not stillborn, then he or she will usually die within a few hours or days after birth.