Here is the most recent 3D sonogram picture, where Bun is proudly showing off one very chubby cheek. The baby is weighing in at 6 lbs, 6 oz...give or take a couple of ounces. I have one week and three days left to go - there's no turning back now!
At my most recent appointment, I asked the doctor about neonatal Lupus, in particular about the temporary rash that some babies get who are born to mothers with Lupus. An official description follows:
The neonatal rash can take many forms, but is usually scattered over the body, not necessarily on the face. It shows up a few days or weeks after birth, particularly after sun exposure, and usually disappears after a few more weeks, leaving no scar. The rash looks like many other rashes that babies get. It can be identified definitively only by biopsy, but just doing a blood test and waiting for the rash to disappear is all that is needed.
Thankfully, my doctor says it is very rare, and doesn't believe Bun is currently at risk. We made it through all of the congenital heart block checks (which is another off-shoot of neonatal Lupus) with flying colors, so I'm confident that Bun will be in the clear. But just in case, here are some other reassuring facts about neonatal Lupus:
*Neonatal lupus is very different from systemic lupus and it does not develop into SLE
*In most cases, neonatal lupus is not serious and does not need to be treated.
*In most cases, neonatal lupus disappears spontaneously in a few weeks, leaving no after-effects.
More on neonatal lupus can be found here in a newsletter article written by Michael D. Lockshin, M.D., Special Assistant to the Director, Clinical Center, NIH, Bethesda, Maryland.