May 14, 2012

For MoM’s by MoM’s: Pregnant with Twins?!

I think the minute we found out I was carrying twins, I popped out. At 8 weeks I seriously looked like I was already about 5 or 6 months! James took this picture of me the morning of TnT’s birthday…
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I mentioned in my previous MoM’ post that we did IVF. We transferred 2 embryos so we knew there was a chance that both would take. When we found out both actually did, we were so excited! Once I got to 10 weeks, I was referred back to my regular OB. I love my OB but on my first visit, we saw the PA. She mainly just took a background and got caught up with what we had been doing the previous 2 months. Then she did an ultrasound. She asked us if we wanted to test for any genetic conditions and we declined. James and I had already discussed whether or not we wanted to and we both agreed that while knowing early on would allow us to educate ourselves if something was wrong with one or both babies, we didn’t want the added stress during the pregnancy.

Well, after the ultrasound, the PA left the room to let me clean the goop off my belly and then she came back with a packet of info and then she hit us with a bombshell. She told us that even though we didn’t want the genetic testing, she felt like she needed to let us know that she did notice something on the ultrasound that was concerning and told us it was possible that one of the babies could have Downs. She wanted to refer us to a specialist, a high risk OB….a perinatologist. I was completely devastated. I felt like I had been blindsided. The soonest we could get in to see the specialist was 2 weeks so we agonized over the possibility for 2 weeks. We were angry with the PA. We did tons of research…we armed ourselves for the next appointment.

Being referred to the perinatologist turned out to be the best thing that could have happened to us. Turned out, there wasn’t a problem at all. Everything looked great with both babies. The PA had just learned how to do this particular test and didn’t do it right when she decided to proceed on her own. We continued to see my OB but chose to continue our regular ultrasounds with the high risk doctor. We got so spoiled with those ultrasounds because starting at 13 weeks, we got to have an ultrasound every month. Did you know that perinatologists have the best equipment? If you’re pregnant with twins, I strongly suggest getting yourself an appointment with one as they are typically more experienced with twin/multiples pregnancies.

After this whole ordeal, during my pregnancy, we had some stressful family illnesses & losses, but the pregnancy itself was pretty uneventful. I didn’t really have any cravings but I did eat a lot of cereal & drank quite a bit of chocolate milk…there were some weeks I went through 2 gallons of milk by myself! I didn’t have one moment of morning sickness…which I am sooo thankful for because I do not do well with throwing up. The most inconvenient parts of my pregnancy were the reflux, carpal tunnel and the swelling! Boy did I swell!

At 30 weeks, I asked my OB if I could put myself on bed rest. I worked in an office so I was sitting upright for 6-8 hours a day and it was becoming VERY uncomfortable and a little painful. My OB happily obliged and at 32 weeks, I was officially on bed rest. I was determined to go into labor on my own but at 35 weeks, I begged to be induced. Haha! At 36 weeks 6 days, I checked in to the hospital to be induced. That day started out great. We were happy & excited to be welcoming our baby girls into the world. By the end of the day, that excitement turned to stress and disappointment.

While my pregnancy was very uneventful, delivery was anything but uneventful. You can read my birth story HERE and HERE.

Did you post about your pregnancy with twins/multiples today? Don’t forget to head on over to this week’s hostess,  Jennifer’s Blog and link up!

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3 comments:

  1. How on earth did you get your doc to let you be induced @ 36 6/7??? I begged and mine made me stick it out to 39 weeks!!! My OB was great and did US every time I was in the office...I told him he totally spoiled me for the next pregnancy b/c I'm going to expect that every time I go in, twins or not!! :)

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  2. Your story sounds a lot like mine, although I didn't go as far as you did, they were both super healthy after delivery and then taken the the NICU (four days later for me)...hard roller coaster of emotions for sure!
    Thanks for sharing!

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  3. oh my gosh! how scary that the PA did that to you. so glad that everything turned out ok.

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