My friend Kim had an ultrasound on Thursday. The doctor said the baby was measuring very small for her approximate due date (VERY small) and so he sent her to the hospital to have another ultrasound done there.
She went and had it done and found out on Friday that the baby's intestines are growing outside the body because the stomach didn't fully close (or something like that).
Her first son was born at 28 weeks, so he was VERY premature. Considering how preemie, he was very healthy. He did have some problems but is now a healthy, happy and almost completely normal 2 year old.
So this is really hitting them hard. She also had placenta previa (spelling?) diagnosed earlier this pregnancy. But at the ultrasound on Thursday, it showed that the placenta had moved back up, so at least that isn't a concern right now.
As I understand it, after the baby is born (c-section, not vaginal, but she has to have a c-sect anyway, because of the way it was done with Caleb 2 years ago), they can do a surgery (or multiple ones, depending on how much is outside the body and how much room is inside) to put the intestines back in and close it up, and the baby should be completely normal. I may be wrong, but that is what I believe...
So bad news but good news, I guess.