Thursday, March 05, 2009

OB appointment update

My appointment with the OB was great. My doctor is absolutely the BEST doctor in the Frozen North. If you find yourself living in the Frozen North and in need of an OB, I will give you his name.

My doctor wheeled in the ultrasound machine when he came in and asked me how I was doing. I admitted to him my fears of losing another baby. He reassured me that these fears are to be expected but that I'm not at any increased risk to miscarry over any other twin pregnancy or even singleton pregnancy at this point. I also asked him about the pain I have radiating from hip to hip. The pains are totally normal "growing pains" and even common among singleton pregnancies after a woman has had a few pregnancies due to ligaments stretching out. But he said I might be experiencing them earlier since there are twins.

The ultrasound showed two healthy babies. The bigger baby measures 11 weeks and 2 days and was VERY active wiggling and kicking about and had a good strong heartbeat. The smaller baby measures 11 weeks and 1 day and also had a strong heartbeat and looked perfectly fine. The doctor gave me an official due date of September 22. It seems so very far away. So I guess instead of 11 1/2 weeks, I'm just 11 weeks 1 day.

I scheduled my next appointment for two weeks from today. My doctor said he'll do another ultrasound at that appointment. :)

Thank you all for your kind words of encouragement and your prayers. If you only knew how much I truly appreciate it. Thank you.

P.S. I'm not throwing up, by the way. I do have a constant queasiness, but I force the food anyway. lol So I also feel like I do after a large Thanksgiving meal many times throughout the day. I'm sure I'll hit my second trimester and pack on a sudden twenty pounds. haha


Rach said...

yeah for 2 babies!!! that's so good to hear that you are doing well.

RYKEL says hi, she is excited to have twin cousins.

So said...

Sounds like a great OB check! Love those.

Renee' said...

I'm so happy for you Nikki. It's great to get news like that after what's happened. I hope everything keeps going this smooth.

Ticklemedana said...

yea! I'm so happy you and the babies are doing well...and it looks like the smaller baby is catching up to his/her "wombmate" =) (you know you have to use that phrase and I agree with Danny: fear and faith cannot co-exist...

I had a fear of being diagnosed with breast cancer for a while because I have 5 women on both sides of my family, including my mother, who lost a breast to breast cancer and I realized that worrying about something I can't control just brings me down. Now, I have faith that I won't get it and if I do, well, I have faith that I will survive it and be made stronger for it.

With what's happened to you it's really easy to fear it will happen again, but you guys seem to put your faith in Heavenly Father and what he has in store for you and your family quite a bit...just let this be one of those situations, too. Faith is like a muscle: it may atrophy when not in use, but it never disappears. And using it will only make it stronger.

Lora Lynn @ Vitafamiliae said...

So glad things went well today. I wanted to comment on your earlier post, but I never got a chance to. Instead, just wanted to let you know that, as someone who carried twins, the weight will come. Do NOT stress too much about what you're eating now. The babies will get the calories they need and will take all the nutrients they need. Eat nutritious food in whatever quantities you can handle. Don't worry about counting calories or too much fat. Just eat what you can. :-) Those little beans will be just fine.


Bebe said...

So happy to hear that it's progressing well! Relax and take care of yourself!

Smockity Frocks said...

I'm SO glad everything is okay! Praise God!

Bobbi said...

September 22nd is my daughter's birthday! It's awesome that both babies are measuring right on. My twin "A" was always a bit smaller than twin "B". In fact, he still is! (Austin "A" wasn't tall enough to go on Indiana Jones at Disneyland and Brandon "B" was. Cruel, cruel world.) I had this skinny little twig of a midwife actually get after me once for gaining too much weight too fast. As if I could control when the babies decided to start putting on weight? Whatever! The weight will come when it wants to and the babies will grow when they're ready.

Piglet de' Erin said...

that is so good! I would be worried constantly about twins. You never know what should be normal because who is having twins all the time? crazy stuff.

Nick and Emily said...

i totally had those hip pains with my pregnancy. it sucked. glad to hear things are well. keep it up.

The Schooley's said...

So glad that everything went well & that the babies are doing well and especially that their momma is not puking anymore!! Cheers to no puking!!

muggins mahooney said...

Long comment alert!
Hey Nikki it's Michelle McClure Larson. I thought I might be able to help ease some of your anxiety about carrying multiples.
I always felt like I was on the verge of loosing them. It was constantly on my mind.
I think I tried to "prepare" myself for a loss by constantly going over the possibility of loosing one or both of the girls. I think it's a pretty natural defense mechanism....a defense mechanism that stinks! I didn't want to be worrying all the time, but felt like I had to; that I wasn't worthy of such a priviledge. (I know....stupid, but true.)
There is a lot of info that can confuse or worry you. I remember my doc telling me about "vanishing twin syndrome" I remember thinking, "what the heck?" And "why doesn't this come up in pregnancy chit chat before you're expecting?"
I constantly was worrying about one of my babies just one day not being there. I worried myself with the probability of losing one or both and that people would think I was lying about the whole pregnancy. It's silly. I seriously linked my integrity to my ability to carry my children.
Giving so much credence to my doubts was a waste of time and and major drain on my already compromised energy.
It's easy to look back on the experience now and to reflect on how I could have handled different feelings whilst I type away almost 7 years later. (Gosh has it been that long?!)
On the subject of body pains: I hurt all over my body! I remember thinking,"my tendons and ligaments can't possibly be stretching this much!"
Everything seemed to hurt. My feet, my back....oh my back! I'd buy expensive shoes to help me try to feel better, but no luck.
Much to the general public's dissatisfaction, the swimming pool was my best friend. Have you seen me in a swimingsuit without being pregnant?...Magnify the horror 10 times! But I gravitated to anything that gave releif to the extra weight. If only I could have gotten in the hot tub.....
At about 28 weeks my ribs and the area around them started aching terribly.
My hands were numb all the time from the excessive body juices pumping around my body. It was annoying to say the least.
It was a bit frustrating taking my body pains to the doctor as well. The diagnosis more often than not was, "well this is just normal for a multiple pregnancy." I was convinced I could walk into the clinic with my head in my hands, tell the doctor that I had a headache and didn't know why and the diagnosis he would give me was pregnancy. Hopefully your doctors won't be so laid back and will help you ease your discomfort.
Another bit that might be helpful to you later on is that I didn't feel a lot of movement from my girls.
I would have sworn there would have been a circus going on inside my belly, but I didn't even feel the normal amount of kicks for a singleton. It worried me of course and I spent a lot of money at the ER making sure my babies were both alive and well. I expected SO much more movement.
When I started getting bills I realized I couldn't keep up my weekly/bi-weekly/tri-weekly ultrasounds. I resorted to cheaper alternatives like poking and jabbing.
About the weight: that wasn't an issue for me...shock I know. I did have to control what I ate to small, frequent portions. I loved peanut butter and marshmallow cream sandwiches which are not the healthiest things on the face of the earth, but I justified it as protien.
One month I gained 8 lbs. I thought I was going to die, however the nurses were so happy for me. I wanted to hurt the nurses.
One month I lost 3 pounds and I seriously did the happy dance and screamed for joy. The nurses were concerned at my loss...I think they were nuts. But we all know we've got to gain it sometime.
Eat what your body tells you it wants to within reason. You don't need bypass surgery at this point in your life, but I think our bodies are pretty amazing, especially when we are pregnant. (If you were looking for an excuse or permission to let yourself get that Carls. Jr guacamole burger with zuccinni fries...that was it. Just doing my best to help:)
Try not to let the unkown get to you. I know it's hard, but hopefully this, coming from someone who has carried two will help. I don't know what it's like to have one. I could be way off. I just know what it was like for me. I don't think I can ever forget the feelings I had when I was expecting the girls. It consummed all my thoughts and energy.
Looking back I wish I had been more relaxed and enjoyed more the process and the crazy changes that were occuring and the amazing things that I didn't believe my body could be capable of doing.
Take Care,


Marcy said...

I'm so glad things look good!