I’m 30 weeks pregnant. I have really enjoyed receiving the weekly Lamaze email. It has helped me stay confident and relaxed during a stressful time. I always thought that when I had kids it would be in the most natural way possible. My mother had 4 children in a birthing center in Seattle and always said it was the most amazing experience.
My problem is this: At about 20 weeks the doctors said they found only one artery in the umbilical cord. Since then it had been non-stop monitoring. I have been getting an ultrasound every three weeks all in the name of “better safe than sorry”. Every time I go in they tell me about the eventual problems that may occur, but scans have always shown the baby having a normal growth rate and further ultrasounds ruled out any birth defects. At my last visit they said that the umbilical flow is “borderline normal” and now they want to monitor me with ultrasounds once a week.
My questions are these: How do I stay confident? All this testing and constant hospital visits make me feel incapable, what can I do? Sometimes I would like to quit all this testing and just carry out the pregnancy normally, would that be a irresponsible decision? Do you know what could happen to me or my baby if I refused further monitoring?
Have you ever heard of such a situation or know to whom I could refer that has had experience with something similar? If you could offer me any kind of advice, it would be greatly appreciated. If not could you refer me to anyone (or anything online) that could help answer my questions?
Thank you for your time,