April - posted on 07/04/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )
So now that I am in the last trimester I've been gearing up for labor and birth of our sweet little man. In doing that I obviously looked up what effects my diabetes and tilted uterus may have on my labor and delivery. I was told at first by the doctor that I may have to have to have a c-section depending on the labor and how it went. (This of course was based solely off of my tilted back uterus, and not my diabetes since I've had that since I was a child and have maintained it all these years. I was diagnosed at 8 and I am now 25.)
So a little background info on this pregnancy: I know when we conceived, it could have only been one day. However, the first three times we went to the doctors (one of which was an emergency room trip due to intense pains in my left side which turned out to be a cyst on my ovary which went away on it's own, and after some research we found out that it's typical to have a cyst on the ovary that popped the egg out that was fertilized.) Anyways by my last period and the date in which I know we had sex the expected due date and the doctors "measurement' dates of the uterus were not adding up. They have been in constant juggling up and down since day one, even to the point that, at our third doctors appointment that first month after finding out we were pregnant, we were miscarrying and/or had a tubal pregnancy. However the sac was there in my uterus in a nice placement, low, but none the less, nice placement.
We went through hell the first trimester between the countless doctors appointments, blood test, visit to the ER with follow up appointments, morning sickness, and tension. We were so up in the air about everything, and every doctor/nurse seemed to tip toe around us.
After doing some of my own very intense research about my pregnancy, with diabetes and the fact that I have a tilted uterus (Which currently in the third trimester is still tilted back), it came to my surprise a number of women with a similar story and problems. In fact one women delivered her child full term healthy as an ox weighing in at 8 lbs 6 ozs and 21 inches long 5 weeks before her due date! My research showed that it is often harder to take accurate gestational measurements for a baby in a tilted uterus, in fact 4 out of every 5 pregnancies with tilted uterus are 3-5 weeks further along than the measurements taken during an ultrasound.
I'm wondering how many other mommies out there are/have experienced the same thing? How common is it to be misdiagnosed with the wrong due date due to a tilted uterus? What were, if there truly are any, concerns and complications for labor and birth to women with a tilted uterus?