Gastroschisis may be seen by ultrasound early in the pregnancy. Many pregnant women have blood drawn. If there are any abnormal lab results, the doctor will look for birth defects with a more detailed ultrasound.
If the baby has gastroschisis, the doctor will see loops of bowel floating freely. The mother and family usually meet with a surgeon to discuss the plan for delivery and plans for the baby once born.
Planning for Delivery
It is best to plan to deliver in a hospital with a special unit that takes care of sick babies right after birth. The doctor may suggest a caesarean section at about 36 weeks of pregnancy if the baby’s lungs are mature.