Hey folks it’s Rachel. I figured I’d give everyone an update.
Yes, my posting has been limited lately. I’m slowly getting prepared for the babies, and then we had some computer trouble last week, so needless to say I’ve been preoccupied with other things.
I’ve been really lucky because I haven’t had any major problems. I’ve also had a total of zero contractions, no high blood pressure, no diabetes, and no other common pregnancy problems. My doctor did suggest taking time off from work at 34 weeks. I think that is fairly standard with twins since twin pregnancies are generally more taxing on the body than singleton pregnancies. Fortunately, my semester ended right at that time, so I didn’t have to worry about going to my job. It was just the right time to stop because I really can’t be on my feet for more than 10-15 minutes without having back, hip, and buttock pain.
The babies are doing well. Since “discordance,” which is basically large differences in size or growth of multiples, is a potential problem I have to get them measured every 3 weeks. I get an ultrasound, and the neonatalogist and ultrasound tech measure their size, heart rate, amniotic fluid, and several other measures of health and growth. At 33 weeks and a half weeks, they weighed 5lbs. 1oz. each. I was happy to see that their sizes are the same because baby A was getting ahead of baby B, but B finally caught up. At this rate, I may have two 7lb. babies. That’s not big for a single baby, but it’s pretty big for twins–I just keeping thinking, “My body will likely be carrying 14lbs. of baby.” The seem to be dropping, and right now they have their heads down, so I may be able to push both of them out without a C-section.
Unless they want to come sooner, I’ll probably be delivering them at 38 weeks.
Glad to hear the twins seem to be doing well. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you that a vaginal delivery is possible because the recovery would be so much faster and easier for you than with a C-section.
God bless you and good fortune!
They may want to come sooner! Twins are often in a hurry. :)
Thanks for the update.
Squee! Babies! I love me some babies.
Stay healthy, and you and your family be well. God bless.
That’s okay. I’m pretty sure that things will calm down and you’ll be able to spend more time blogging after the kids are born.
Wow! That is big — it’s even a little big for a singleton. My 34 weeker was born at 3 pounds and her cousin the 34 weeker was 4 pounds. However, as I am sure you know, the weight measurements can be especially inaccurate.
It’s great that you have gotten to 34 weeks of a twin pregnancy with almost no complications. The longer you keep them in the better they’ll do, so keep up the good work!
No matter what your health care people say, you can refuse to consent to a C-section if you don’t think that you need one. Be informed and trust your body.