New here and 18 weeks pregnant-baby diagnosed with Gastroschisis-need insight

Laura - posted on 04/11/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Hello all!

I am brand new here because I came across this site while doing a goodle search on Gastroschisis. I had an 18 week ultrasound done yesterday and the doctor told me my baby had this. I got so scared when she first started describing it that I sort of went blank and tried to comprehend what she was saying but don't fully understand and the lack of knowledge is scaring me. How do I deliver? WIll this close on its own before baby is born? Is my baby going to be ok? I am so worried. Can any mothers with babies born with this condition please give me some insight on what happens during/after birth and onward? Any advice is GREATLY APPRECIATED! Thank You.

Laura

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Emily - posted on 03/14/2014

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i am 18 years old and im living a health life i am just a normal young adult not complications or anything

Star - posted on 07/06/2012

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You are 6 weeks ahead of me, and I just found out on July 3rd. I haven't gone to see the specialist yet, but I've found done a lot of reading on the condition. As far as your questions, a lot of it varies from case to case. Some say that you have to do a C-section, but a lot of people of posted that they were able to do vaginal births; it doesn't close on it's own and surgery is needed after the baby is born. I have also come across a lot of posts of people that were born with Gastroschis. They have lived happy, healthy, normal lives. The biggest concerns I saw from them were self-conscious about the scar and young women concerned about being able to become pregnant. Lots of woman had already had children after being born with this condition and their children were healthy and had no complications. I hadn't even thought about long term things like that until I saw it. The main thing going through my head was also if my baby is going to be okay. Now I feel a lot more comfortable with the situation, but still get very sad when thinking about the first few months after the baby is born. I won't get to hold my baby whenever I want to, or feed it when it cries, or change the diapers until after they are out of NICU. I think the best thing to do right now is not worry. Relax and keep your mind occupied. Everything will be okay, just keep your head up and always think of the best. We don't have more put on us than we can handle, the trick is being able to admit that you can handle it.

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