Quoting Tristan and Auroras mummy:" My friend is preganant with her 5th baby a girl and she's been sick the whole time and the hospital has ... [snip!] ... through this? What are the changes of bub pulling through I need to know so I can be prepared to help her! Please and thank you"
Coming from someone who delivered two IUGR(intraunterine growth restricted) babies, that's what it sounds like to me. It could be that she is so sick and not getting the proper nutrition but my first daughter started measuring way behind at her 19 week scan. It only got worse from then on. My second daughter, I didn't start measuring way behind till literally a week before my c-section was scheduled. What I will tell you is the hospital is not doing its job if they know there's a problem and they keep refusing to see her or do anything. If and when they decide to do something, what will probably happen is she will be given fluids, have to go in for regular NSTs and frequent ultrasounds as long as they can possibly keep her in so they can keep track of contractions, baby's HR, growth pattern and especially amniotic fluid. It is VERY important to watch the fluid with IUGR babies bc women who tend to have IUGR have dangerously low levels and if they keep going down...it can result in still birth. If the drs do their job and they keep good track from here on out, they should be able to see danger and will have to either induce her or take the baby by emergency c-section. The best advice I can give you to support her is just be there for her, go to her appts with her, keep well informed so in case she gets too overwhelmed about the situation, you will at least be knowledgeable enough to help make some decisions if it comes to that. IUGR babies survive all the time if that's truly what her condition is. Yes they are at a higher risk for still birth and health issues but if it's caught relatively soon, the chances are slim. My first IUGR baby had the body of a preemie and her lungs were underdeveloped at birth. She had to stay in the NICU for the first month of her life bc she couldn't breathe on her own, she had pneumonia and sleep apnea. I'm not gonna lie...it was the scariest time of my life which is why it's so crucial to be there for her as best as possible since her ex doesn't want to be around. But on the bright side, my daughter is now almost 3 years old and the worst problem she suffers from is asthma. It could have been a lot worse. Other than that, she is right on target with other kids her age. My other IUGR baby was born healthy but she too has some asthma issues and had the body of a preemie. I sincerely hope your friend and her baby are okay and that she has a healthy delivery whenever that time may come. Good luck.