So, the good news is that they are growing on schedule. The bad news is that we had to see the pediatric cardiologist because apparently there is an increased risk for abnormalities with IVF gestations. They found tricuspid regurgitation in the heart of baby A which may be something or nothing. The babies were moving a ton, really too much for the cardiologist to get good imaging. She doesn't think we need to follow it up though as long as there are no other problems with the pregnancy. Also, baby A is already practicing breathing.
And, the worst news we got was that my cervix shortened from 4cm to 3.4 cm over the last month. Basically, if you have cervical shortening you are at high risk for preterm labor (which is really the biggest risk to these babies). I was told to "take it easy" and "drink water." I know there were times on our trip when I overdid it more than a bit. I think they will start checking cervical length weekly or biweekly, so it will be something else to obsess about.
Also, my BP was 135/82 which is definitely higher than normal for me. They didn't seem too concerned about this. Glad, I have a cuff at home to keep track of it, however.
I talked with the high risk OB about my concerns about having major problems in the pregnancy - so much that I still have not bought a single thing. I know we will need a bigger car and all that... but I don't feel like they are really real yet. Still too much risk. And you know what, she agreed. I reminded myself that when they are born, the only thing we will really need are car seats to get them home. Maybe when they get closer to viability, I will be a little more comfortable with the whole thing. But, this pregnancy is definitely more risky and stressful than the last one where I was able to work past my due date even.
I did buy a bunch of maternity clothes.
This post might sound doom and gloom to some, but it is my reality... and I am dealing with it pretty well. And in the big scheme of things, we really got a lot of good news from the appointment. No evidence of downs, no major fetal abnormalities and they are growing like they should.
Tiffany - 19 weeks plus 5