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Parents of lost babies and potential of all kinds: come here to share the technicolour, the vividness, the despair, the heart-broken-open, the compassion we learn for others, having been through this mess — and see it reflected back at you, acknowledged and understood.

Thanks to photographer Xin Li and to artist Stephanie Sicore for their respective illustrations and photos.

ttc | pregnancy | birth after loss > Amnio for Lung Maturity

Hi guys,

Hope everyone is well. I have an Amniocentesis coming up to check my baby's lungs before induction (Ahhh!) to make sure that they are ready. Has anyone ever done an Amnio before? If you did, can you share your experience? I am sure it will be fine but I am a bit nervous about a needle going through my stomach. Thank you all xoxo
October 29, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterNada
Dear Nada,all the best in these final stages of pregnancy! I hope everything goes smoothly!! I haven't had amnio for lung maturity, but wanted to mention that one thing they can do to help the lungs mature is steroid shots. I had them with my second rainbow and it was no big deal. My second and third sons were delivered at 37 weeks, after we lost our first to placental abruption, and both did very well at that gestational age. Thinking of you and keeping fingers crossed!
October 30, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterMira
Hi- I have never had an aminocentesis done but I did have an amino infusion with my angel baby Luke. He had BRA, and they can use amnioinfusions to help their lungs develop and to also get a better look for diagnosis. So same needle, different procedure, but I remember there not being pain or anything. Obviously the situation was very different... I was probably so clouded with fear and grief that I may not even be remembering it accurately but it seemed fairly simple.

Also, I had a baby last year at 36 weeks on the dot (water broke). Lungs at that gestational age were fine.

Sending you a lot of love from afar as you navigate the last few weeks of the pregnancy.

December 6, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterAbby