About

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Carla is a first-time single mum to L, born at 30+6 in 2016. She has been single since pregnancy and moved back from London to her hometown of Cardiff when she was five months pregnant.

Her pregnancy was straight-forward, with no major complications. She attended hospital for reduced movements at 20 weeks and 27 weeks and no issues were found. A growth scan at 28 weeks was normal. On her third episode of reduced movements at 30 weeks, Carla was offered a routine scan due to the previous episodes of reduced movements. The scan revealed placental insufficiency caused by absent end diastolic flow. The baby was also measuring small (IUGR).

Following four days in hospital, discharge and readmission the following day, L was delivered by emergency c-section. He weighed 2lb 10oz. L spent several days on CPAP before breathing in air for the duration of his NICU stay. He spent six weeks in NICU, mainly as a feeder/grower after recovering from suspected sepsis. Luckily, his only complications following discharge have been surgery for an inguinal hernia repair and low weight (he is exclusively breastfed).

Carla can be contacted at carla@single-pregnant-preemie.com