|Me at 18 weeks.|
Here's an update of what's been going on in our lives. I am 23 weeks pregnant. I had a normal pregnancy up until this past week while we were on vacation. We were nearing the end of our 9 day vacation, that included Gatlinburg and a family conference in NC, when I woke up early one morning and used the bathroom, to discover blood in the toilet and some contractions and cramping. So we went to an ER in the area (Mission Hospital in Asheville. We were VERY impressed with the staff.)
They ended up not being able to figure out what caused the bleeding, but thankfully it didn't last long. The contractions eventually calmed down as well.
What they did discover during my first ever ultrasounds (I had two that morning), was that the amniotic fluid around the baby is low, which increases my risk of preterm labor, and they also discovered that our sweet baby has a defect called Gastroschisis.
Gastroschisis is a birth defect that occurs early on during a pregnancy. It is a condition where the baby's intestines are outside the baby's body, through a hole that is usually found on the right side of the umbilical cord. In some cases, some of the other organs are outside the body as well. It requires surgery shortly after birth, to put the intestines back where they belong. This cannot always be done all at once. If there is more than a small portion of intestine outside the body, it can take days or weeks to get everything back in.