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Foetal Ascities Lock Rss

Hi everyone,

A friend of mine is 21wks pregnant and at her 18wk scan she was told that the baby has foetal ascities. This is excess fluid in the abdomen. The baby is anatomically fine...heart has 4 chambers, brain well formed, spine is complete and the baby is a good size with 4 limbs and 10 fingers and toes.

Has anyone ever been in this situation or know any more about foetal ascities?
Is there any reason why termination could be an option?
I can't imagine that this could be life threatening for her or the baby.

Please, if anyone can, help me to understand this condition and why she is being given the option of termination at 21wks.

Thanx TJ


After some more tests with another specialist, it was found that the baby, a little girl, has no trachea. When she is born she will not be able to breathe. Due to this her lungs are slightly larger than they should be and this explains the foetal ascities.
Unfortunately there is no choice...the baby won't survive.


Hi TJ,

Sorry to hear about your friend. ((((hugs)))) for both of you.

Take care,


DD5, DS3, DS lost to SIDS at 6mths & DD6m

Thanx for your kind words, Tepe. The baby was born last night at 6.45pm and they named her Star.



Hello, Thank you for sharing your story with us. We sometimes get so caught up in all the excitement and forget that having a child does bear complications. We read so many post on caesareans and vaginal births, breast feeding to bottle feeding and even circumcision or not to....... when really we should all just be thankful that we have a beautiful health child.

I cant imagine what your friend & her family must be going through but I hope they managed to find their inner strength.

Star is a perfect name for an angel!

Said so well Calebsmum...........

I have tears for Star and all or those that loved her!

May she shine from heavan,


DD5, DS3, DS lost to SIDS at 6mths & DD6m

Calebsmum, you are right, we do get caught up in all the excitement and sometimes take fo granted that our children are born healthy when some are not.
Star was my niece. It was my brother and his wife, my friends. Our whole family is greiving for her but strength is on our side. Somehow we know she won't be alone. Her cousin, Riley, will be there with her. My sister lost Riley when she was 19wks pregnant. He had spina bifida.

I have 2 children, 2 beautiful perfect little boys. I have felt extemely close to them lately and feel that I am soooo lucky that there were no complications earlier on. My youngest is just 5mths.

Thanx again for your kinds words of support for out little Star.



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