The doctors are very pleased with Sarah's progress. The babies are a good size and seem to be healthy and active. They are concerned that Sarah is adjusting to her hospital stay. They don't want her to be upset or stressed.
They keep lowering their expectations for her delivery date. We first heard 34 weeks. Then it was 33 weeks. Then we were told 32 weeks. Yesterday, the doctor said she is confident that Sarah can make it to 28 weeks. She explained that Sarah is just not tall enough to make room for those babies to keep growing. Sarah is so uncomfortable now; it is hard to imagine the babies getting even bigger.
Many women with multiples have to have a procedure called a cerclage, where the uterus opening is sewn shut to help prevent perterm labor. Fortunately, the doctors have decided that Sarah does not need this procedure. What a relief! She was not looking forward to that experience at all.
The twice a day, twenty minute monitoring sessions per baby have grown to one hour for Baby C. She keeps having decelerations in her heart rate, so the nurses are following protocol by keeping an eye on her. They suspect that she is playing with the umbilical cord, laying on it or twisting around it. Whatever she is doing, she is able to move around to her heart rate up again.
For now, they are just watching. They did tell Sarah to be prepared with a "plan," however. If the heart rate deceleration becomes a problem, they said that Sarah and Tony will have to decide whether to deliver all of the babies early, or let Baby C's condition deteriorate and continue to carry the other three. We are praying for Baby C and her siblings. God knows what we need and how to provide it.
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16