Trisomy 18 is a rare, random genetic mutation where there are 3 chromosome 18s instead of 2. It causes a myriad of problems, and a baby would be considered a long term survivor if it made it to its first birthday. Most babies with trisomy 18 are miscarried in the first trimester, but occasionally, like in the cases of my friends, the baby makes it farther. Please pray for these women, their babies, and everyone else involved. They have both decided to continue the pregnancy, but they do not know whether the babies will make it to term, or what their life will be like if they do. The Perinatal Center in Des Moines sees 2-3 cases of trisomy 18 PER YEAR and I happen to know two women going through it at the same time. It is unbelievable and heartbreaking. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about them.
I wasn’t sure whether to do another linky this week or wait another week, but I decided to go for it. :) Please link up any pregnancy related post, and make sure to put the button on your post, so others can find us! I will work on making a narrower button that you can put in your sidebar, too.
(To put this awesome button featuring my pregnant-with-Adam-belly on your post, copy and paste the html code in the scrolly box into the html or source tab when you are writing your post. I noticed last week that my button didn’t actually “work” when it was on your pages, and I’m not sure if there’s something I need to fix or not. So make sure you copy the code in the scrolly box.)