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  • Miriam Quiambao May Need to Undergo An Emergency CS

    Her placenta is aging fast, which is causing reduced oxygen supply and blood flow to her unborn baby.
    by Rachel Perez .
Miriam Quiambao May Need to Undergo An Emergency CS
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  • The pregnant beauty queen-turned-inspirational speaker is asking for prayers, as there is a chance she might give birth prematurely. Miriam Quiambao and husband Ardy Roberto await the decision whether or not she needs an emergency C-section, which they will find out today, February 11.

    On January 7, 2019, a day before she marked her 34th week of pregnancy, Miriam's ultrasound showed that the state of her placenta has not improved since her 30th-week ultrasound scan.

    "My placenta is still thickened and getting 'older' and calcified. This means that it’s getting harder and further obstructing blood flow of nutrition and oxygen of the baby," Ardy shared on Facebook. "As a result, the baby is still small for his age, and is about two weeks behind in terms of growth," Miriam added. 

    "His head has descended further down, and my cervix is getting shorter," Miriam continued. "There's a chance I might give birth to a preemie," she said, asking for prayers that her baby, Elijah, could continue to thrive in her womb until he's at full-term, or at least until she's 37 to 38 weeks pregnant.


    Miriam is scheduled for another ultrasound today, and if her condition has not improved, the baby's oxygen supply "might be compromised and it might direct all the oxygen to the brain to preserve the baby [but] at the expense of other bodily organs like the kidney," the 43-year-old explained. 

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    The first-time mom has been facing a few challenges with her pregnancy, which happened naturally at age 43. After her 3oth-week ultrasound, her perinatologist (an obstetrician-gynecologist who specializes in complicated and high-risk pregnancies) told her that her baby is too small for his gestational age and that her placenta is thicker than normal. 

    In December 2018, Miriam also revealed via Instagram that she had Antiphospholipid antibody syndrome (APAS), a condition that could threaten her pregnancy. The bruises on her stomach, the preggo disclosed, was because of nightly heparin injections, which is part of her APAS treatment. 

    At 21 weeks pregnant, after a routine congenital anomaly scan (CAS) in November 2018, Miriam was also ordered to be on bed rest for a week. Her doctor discovered at that time that she's been having persistent premature uterine contractions, which, if not stopped, might "push the baby out."

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    Pregnancy at a later age, as in the case of Miriam, is a blessing — but it also presents challenges for both the mom and the unborn baby's health. However, a lot of women who got pregnant at a later age and were plagued by complications such as APAS, have successfully delivered their babies even if they had to do so prematurely, as proven by the many encouraging and inspiring stories the couple received. 

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    Ardy also shared a prayer for women or couples who are also going through a similar situation. 

    "Father, We thank You for filling Miriam’s womb with life. I know that precious little Elijah comes from You and has been destined by You from the beginning of the world. We thank You for this miracle growing inside Miriam in the "secret place" of her womb. I thank you that You are giving little Elijah as a gift to her parents but also as a gift for the world. We can't wait to see another image of Yourself come forth into this world and the plans You have for Elijah.


    "We ask you, Father, in Jesus' name, to hedge our little Elijah about with Your mighty protection. Watch over this little one each day as You have intricately created him in the hidden sanctuary of the womb. We ask for Your divine health and that you will sustain Miriam in good health and vitality throughout this whole pregnancy.

    "I pray that You will keep Little Elijah growing healthy in the womb until Your appointed term and that Elijah will come forth in Your perfect timing. In Jesus' name. Amen."

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