Remember on my post about family sizes when I posted that it might be out of my control anyway? Well here's a pregnancy update and explanation of why I said that.. About a month ago I met with the high risk doctor and had an ultrasound. He determined that I have placenta previa which can be rather scary. (This is what I had with Shiloh causing me to hemorrhage and be hauled away by ambulance, etc.) Mine is complete which means my cervix is completely covered and there is not a whole lot of chance that it will move, resulting in an early birth of baby. Reading of all the women who end up in the hospital on bed rest due to bleeds is daunting... BUT that isn't even the scariest part.. There is also a 61% chance that I have something called placenta accreta due to the fact that I have placenta previa and have had 4 prior C-sections. My ultrasound showed that the placenta is morbidly adhered (he didn't 100% diagnose it as accreta, because all of the symptoms weren't there) so I go in for an MRI at week 32 to see for sure if/how far the placenta is growing into my uterus. What I have read tho sometimes they really can't tell until they open you up. AND they would take baby even earlier, meaning steroid shots and all that fun stuff... Some of the things I have read: over 6 hour surgeries, ICU for momma, NICU for baby make me a bit nervous.. But you never know, they might open me up and everything be perfectly fine. Doc says we will prepare for the worst (blood, platelets, frozen plasma, and a few other things I've never heard of, ready if needed), but hope for the best. These last few pregnancies each time one or more new complications have been thrown at me so I told him that this feels like God telling me I am done.. I will be the mother of 8 and that's what He wants for me. So he said that they won't fight as hard to save my uterus if it comes down to it, as they would for a first time momma. I would rather they save my life than my uterus!! I am supposed to be taking it easy, no heavy lifting, traveling, etc. which if you know me, you know I am a busy momma!! Now you know where my brain has been lately, whirring with all this info and scenarios.. I know that I will go through times of mourning knowing I am done, but for the moment am at peace about it and am just praying for a healthy outcome for momma and baby!!
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