At 19 years old, falling pregnant is the last thing you really ever think is ever going to happen. With being so young and having to interpret that your about to bring a beautiful baby into the world within just a not so far away 9 months, complications within the pregnancy definitely never crosses your mind. I feel as though awareness and information about these situations that happen within pregnancies aren’t recognised enough or educated enough.
Finding out I was pregnant at an early 4 weeks, it all begun to feel so incredibly real. However little did I know everything was going to down hill really quickly. Falling pregnant is hard, dealing with the mentality and physically is hard, but when complications are involved it seems to get even harder.
When I was 10 weeks pregnant the obstetrician had found a marked separation in the amnion and chorion which was generally found ‘normal’ at 10 weeks. However when the marked separation was present through to 16 weeks when the amnion ruptured there were significant complications that came running through. The obstetrician raised concerns about the amnion closely surrounding the babies foot and arms, which then was identified as a high risk of amniotic band syndrome. The GP had referred me through to a specific hospital that specialised in fetal medicine in which the findings where significantly worse than expected. The baby was found to have no abnormality in the cranium, brain, face, neck, heart, thorax, abdominal wall, GI Tract, urogenital tract, or spine however abnormalities where found within the arms and legs.
Both hands appear to have missing fingers which can be caused from the amnion strands and the right foot appears to have talipes (clubfoot). The doctors observed the ultrasound that was undertaken which turned into a strong consultation of whether myself and the father of the baby would like to continue the pregnancy or discontinue the pregnancy due to the amniotic band rupture sequence.
The father and I were made aware of IUFD and the affects and abnormalities that can come with continuing the pregnancy however that did not in any way affect the amount of love and faith we have in our little baby.
At the moment I am in a head space where I want to seek more information. If there are any parents out there that can advise me of a similar situation you have been through please email me your stories. I would love to hear them.