@Emily: LOVE the walker:) Your DD is so cute and so is your pg belly:)
@Flakimbi: With G, I made my OB/GYN appt after my 1st u/s showed everything was good and my RE sent the OB a letter...I think in "normal" pgs, they don't usually see you until 8 weeks since the risk of m/c is reduced and they should be able to date the pregnancy with an u/s. With baby #2, my RE will see me at 8-9 weeks and then I "graduate"...but he is going to send my OB a letter with my pregnancy dates, etc in advance.
SO HAPPY to have seen the heartbeat...I promise I will try to not worry until my 2nd u/s on 4/12...we are taking our first family trip, driving to Florida, and we come back the day before the u/s, so hopefully that is a good distraction!!
@Jenn, when do you think you will start TTC again? When Deacon is 2 or 3? Or whenever you can convince hubby??
I had my 2nd u/s yesterday and baby looks GREAT! Also got to hear the heartbeat! So, I officially graduate to my OB/GYN!
Hope everyone else is doing well! Aside from the exhaustion, constant nausea and bloated feeling (which I am thrilled to be experiencing!), I am feeling great!
Yay for seeing the heartbeat! I'm sure you're more than relieved.
Our due dates are only 6 days apart...so I definitely have a birth buddy here. I go in tomorrow for my 2nd ultrasound, and in the afternoon I go in for my 1st OB appointment.
I have no idea as to what expect from it. This is my gynecologist from the past 2 years, and I have no idea what his approach is with twins.
Do you know of any questions I should ask him?
@Jenn, when do you think you will start TTC again? When Deacon is 2 or 3? Or whenever you can convince hubby??
I'm glad to hear all these great updates!
I'm not sure. I do have a bit of baby fever, but at the same time I know my plate is full between working full time and playing full time chef and maid at our house, you know? realistically I would like Deacon to be 4 when I have the next one, but 3 may be long enough.
Yay, Augusta!! Congrats on graduating from your RE!!! What did you see at your u/s?
And good luck at your next appointment, flakimbi!! As for what to ask your OB, I know my biggest question (if I were carrying twins) would be if s/he would insist on a c-section. But I'm one of those crazy natural childbirth people, so that's just my thing, and I was mostly wondering about that when it looked like we might have been pg with twins before. So I would ask about whatever you hope or dream for in your pregnancy/birth plans and whether that's affected by carrying twins!
As for me, things are pretty uneventful here ... had another m/w appointment last week and all was "perfect" all over the place, so that was wonderful. My m/w also said that there was no reason to change my due date based on LO's large measurements at my sequential screening u/s, so we're still good for 9/25. I have to schedule my big 20 week u/s now, so that's exciting. DH is dying to know what we're having, and I'm excited to find out, too. But we have to wait 4 more weeks! Augh!
Otherwise, I'm not as tired as I was, not feeling the queasiness that I was at the beginning, either. What's keeping me awake at night is my dissertation, however. I have a consultant who's been holding onto some test data of mine since frickin' January and he hasn't. Done. Anything. With it. Which is killing me. He knows I'm preggo, he knows I want to write up the diss before I have this child, but he has been so annoyingly charming and laizzez-faire about it I have finally decided I need to find another consultant. Here's hoping I can find someone else to process my data, because I really really really don't want to be stressed about a dissertation with a 3-year-old and a newborn taking up my life, KWIM? I want to be DONE! Six-plus years of PhD work, and I want to FINISH, baby.
Flakimbi: I think with twins, Andi gave good advice...make sure your OB supports your birth plan. A lot of OB's automatically take you off work at 28 weeks or induce you at 37 or something like that with twins. If you are cool with that, great. If not, then make sure he will support your wishes. And make sure you like him for pregnancy...with twins, you will be there a LOT! Good luck today and let us know how the u/s and OB appt go!!
Jenn: Sounds like you are not quite yet ready, but close:) It will be nice to have Gabe out of diapers when baby #2 arrives (I hope...he is very strong willed!).
Andi: How exciting to know the baby's sex soon!! What does your daughter think the baby will be? Gabe is still talking about his baby sister, so we'll see. I am sorry your diss is stressing you out...my friend also did her PhD recently and it sounds like it was a nightmare! Bust she got through it and you will, too...hopefully before baby is born!!
At my u/s I got to see the baby's head (upside down) and arm buds, a strong placenta, and I couldn't see the legs, but my Dr said all anatomical parts were there. And of course, the heartbeat. I made my 1st prenatal appt for Monday and it is with the nurse; I am using the same Dr as I did with Gabe so likely no surprises. He is in with midwives and is a DO and very natural...everything I asked about was "normal" which was annoying and yet comforting. He was great during delivery and I had a difficult one so I feel comfortable with him.
I think that is it...hope everyone is doing well!!
Thanks for the encouraging words, Augusta. I'm also realizing that even if the diss doesn't get written up by the time the baby is born, it'll be okay. It's not like I need the diploma on the wall by a certain date, and as long as I get to walk at graduation next May with my friends, I'll be content. But hopefully I can get the Lion's share of the work done before the babe arrives, I am so looking forward to just cuddling and bonding with this person, and not worrying about anything else!
Oh, wasn't that exciting to see the arms? I think I was 8+ weeks at my last RE appt and we saw the arms there, too, which surprised me -- I was more prepared for a blob. That's awesome. And it's also wonderful that you love your OB, especially since you know how he handles tough situations -- I love my birth center, though my favorite midwife has since left, unfortunately. But there's very few there I don't like.
Julia is absolutely convinced that we're having a girl, while her best friend (born on the same day next door at the hospital) insists it's a boy. I love how her little friends practically have a gender pool on this kid already.
And I can say, Jenn, that we're potty-training Julia now, and I'm SO glad that she'll be done with diapers when this little one arrives. She's doing really well, and I'm so excited for her. But I think you'll know when is the right time for #2...
Andi, you are right that the date of the diss doesn't matter BUT it would be so nice to only have to worry about Julia and baby #2 when baby arrives...you will be very busy!!
It will be fun to see if Julia and Gabe are correct in predicting the gender...they say kids know!
It was fun to see baby go from blob at 6+ weeks to a more-baby-like body at 8+ weeks. I had u/s with Gabe at the same points and so I was just hoping the first thing I saw on Monday was a head and some arm and leg buds! I started off my last pregnancy with a different OB (and quickly switched) and they did an u/s at 9 weeks to date my pregnancy...even though I knew the minute I ovulated...duh, they did not get IVF. I don't think this OB will do another u/s. Which is fine. When can you hear the baby's heartbeat with a doppler? Is it 16-20 weeks or sooner?
When I had my first u/s at the birth center, we were actually able to hear the h/b via doppler at 10+ weeks -- but I have a tilted uterus and my bladder was full at the time, so the midwife figured we had very good chances of hearing it. It was faint, but definitely there. So lovely! Hope you can hear yours at your OB appt!
... and have you said what Gabe is predicting? I forget if you have...
Want to hear a funny story? When I was pg I had a doppler so I could hear the HB whenever I wanted. I always found it in the exact same spot - near my hip. I always told the nurse where to find it but she never tried that spot and I would get annoyed, I knew where my baby was! Well, it was several months later that I realized I had been listening to my own hb the whole time, lol! What a dork!
LOL, Jenn!!! That is so so funny!!
Andi, Gabe is predicting a sister. He has been asking for a baby sister. I don't care either way (would love to have another boy, a girl would be fun, too!).
I'm so happy to be posting here!!! YAY! That's all I wanted to say.
Can't wait for your u/s, Christi!!
Congratulations, Christi! I'm so happy you're here!!!
Jenn, that's too funny about the doppler! That sounds like something I would do.
Andi, It won't be long before they tell you the sex. How exciting!
Augusta, Yay for seeing baby and graduating from the RE. That's a huge step!
As for me...
Boring stuff first...the OB appointment. After having so many RE appointments go into so much detail, this one was pretty blah. They gave me instructions to get a bunch of tests done, and changed prenatals because mine didn't have DHA in them. I need to go back in 2 weeks for another checkup, and they'll schedule an u/s and bloodwork around 11 weeks to do genetic testing (I forgot the name of this one)
Now on to more fun stuff...yesterday morning's ultrasound. The babies are doing great! Baby A is measuring 16.4mm (8w0d) and the heartbeat is pounding at 167bpm. It was very cool to see that it's looking more like a human being than just a white dot on the screen. You can already see the head, and the arms, and the umbilical cord was amazing...you could see the blood flow in color going back and forth. Baby B was a little hard to detail, but it was thriving as well. It's measuring 16.8mm (8w1d), and the heartbeat was a good 170bpm.
I am to go back in 2 weeks for only bloodwork to see how the progesterone and estrogen levels are, so I can start weaning. Yay! Let me tell you, I don't mind the crinone (progesterone), but that blue pill (estradiol) down there is not a pretty sight at all. DH is happy about that as well :rolleyes:
I think we'll have one more u/s at the RE's office when they're ready to graduate me. It will probably be closer to the 12 weeks.
LOL, Jenn -- I remember being at the m/w while pg with Julia and they'd be searching for her h/b with the doppler, and I'd be like ... there... there! That's it! And they'd say, no, that's YOU, mama. Haha...
Augusta -- I remembered as I was going to sleep last night that Gabe had a girl name picked out for the babe! So sweet...
Yayayayayay Christi!!! I'm so excited for your first u/s, too!
Flakimbi, nice that you got to see the little ones growing. The 11w/sequential screening u/s will be nice, that one is a nice long one and you get to see a lot.
I just scheduled the 20w u/s! May 6th -- so a couple days shy of 20w, so I won't have to wait too much longer at all... yay!
You know what the biggest let down of pg was for me? The uneventful appts. LOL Because after all those informative, sometimes exciting RE appts, I came to expect more from my OB. Like they would listen to the hb, ask how I was, ask if I had any questions and then say "see you in a month". I would always leaving feeling like "gosh, that was lame!" I wanted an U/S every time, fun new information, etc. I would start to talk about delivery with my OB and he would say "we'll discuss that in a few months" LOL Gah - talk about learning more patience.
All you pg women are bringing back such fun memories for me!
Gosh it seems like most of you JUST got pregnant, and you're already so far along compared to me! I have one more beta before they'll schedule the u/s. If the beta is bad, the u/s will be scheduled right away, otherwise, my RE likes to wait until about 6.5 weeks so we can see the heartbeats. So, 6.5 weeks will be the week of April 26th! YAY! It can't come soon enough.
When did most of you get full-blown symptoms, particularly morning sickness? I'm not far along, but my symptoms haven't changed much in the last week or so. Still have headaches, achy boobs, flashes of nausea (particularly when I swallow), etc. But nothing that feels any different than when I've had a m/c. I guess I'm looking for some symptom that will tell me that the baby is ok.
I haven't really gotten any symptoms. If I eat too much, I feel strange and get a weird taste in my mouth, so I'm constantly brushing my teeth and chewing gum to get rid of it.
The only thing I have is constant hunger. I have to eat every 3 hours. Imagine how much weight I'm gaining :eek:
Christi, I felt heartburny around 6-6.5 weeks and TIRED. And I am with Flakimbi, feed me every 3 hours and I am okay. Around 7 weeks, I feel like I have a bad hangover all day....tired, nauseated, heartburny, and sometimes a headache. Enjoy not feeling well for now... you will feel like caca soon enough:)
Jenn, you are right...everything I asked my OB about was "normal", which was annoying but comforting. I wish I could have an u/s at my appt on Monday...today I feel less icky and am now a little worried that something happened between Monday afternoon and today....seriously, I am crazy! Until I feel the baby move every day, I will worry whether I "feel" pregnant or not.
Flakimbi, what a great, reassuring appt!!! Glad both babies are doing so well!!!
The only thing I have is constant hunger. I have to eat every 3 hours. Imagine how much weight I'm gaining :eek:
When did this come about? I'm hungry, but not ravenous, and certainly not "pregnant hungry" yet. I've been "pregnant hungry" and it's not pretty, but I usually had it starting right around now (4.5 weeks).
I know that from about 5-7 weeks I was dealing with a sinus infection and nausea -- I wasn't sure what was causing the nausea, the pgcy or the sinus infection. When I got over the infection and was able to smell again, the nausea was still there! Ugh!! But sometimes it would fade and I'd get ravenous. Around 8 weeks I was eating everything in sight.
I know with my first pregnancy, I hardly had any symptoms at all. I developed a poultry aversion (!) at around 9-10 weeks which hung around for a while. But it faded when I hit the second tri and I was fine after that. With this pgcy I've noted that my digestive system can't handle crazy binges like it did with the first pgcy -- gotta eat small meals all day rather than a huge one.
Hi Gals! Been busy and neglecting the boards more than I should! I'm trying to catch back up! I'm going to skim back to see how your all coming along!
Doing well here, not too much to report. As you can seem from my siggy I'm 23.5 weeks now and feeling really good. Lexi Rose is a busy gal I feel her all the time! I'm just trying to get ready to be a mommy! My last day of work will be May 28 (I'm leaving as part of a buyout), and my shower is scheduled to be the next day May 29th. I'm so busy my family had to let me in on it...I would have know anyway since it's my only free weekend before the baby comes!
I think it began around week 5 or 6. That first week was the worst...when hunger hit, I turned into a lunatic and had to eat that same instant or else. It's kind of eased a little now. All my meal portions are smaller, otherwise I feel strange afterwards if I'm too full (this is where the gum comes in).
Last week I did my first maternity purchase, but until now I was too chicken and couldn't even open the package. I got a belly band, because having my pants unbuttoned at work is not a good thing, right?
I finally gave in this morning and finally put it on...and it feels like heaven. I can't believe my belly is already growing. If it keeps growing at this rate, I'll have a huge one at the end:eek:
For your viewing pleasure, a few belly pics (please don't mind my underwear ). For the last one I was even trying to suck it in. Do you think this is bloat or is it babies?
OMG! I LOVE Belly Pics!!!! I think it already looks like those twins are making themselves known. YAY!
Flakimbi, I think it is the twins...you look tiny so your belly is going to be HUGE!!!! Keep posting, I love belly pics!
I've been meaning to ask, but keep forgetting. How long did you have to take baby aspirin? Is it throughout the whole pregnancy? They'll probably start weaning me from progesterone and estrogen in a couple of weeks, but they haven't mentioned anything about the baby aspirin.
Huge congrats to all the new BFP's here!
Dani you are so skinny! You are going to be ALL baby! I never took baby asprin so can't help you out there.
I'm plodding along one day at a time. I'm still using the frame to walk. I've been having contractions on and off but so far it hasn't done anything.
This is me yesterday at 33 weeks
Emily, you look great!! Not long for you, now!! Hope your pain is getting better and you get relief soon (but not too soon!) when Marcus arrives!!
Em, you're gorgeous! And Dani, you're going to have the cutest bump! I need to start taking belly pics myself, we were so good at documenting my first pgcy, but we've not done anything yet for this one... oops...
Dani, I stopped taking the baby aspirin when I stopped taking the progesterone... I think I continued the progesterone until I was 10 weeks? -ish? And I stopped the aspirin then. I was glad to quit it, I was bruising so easily from it and every time I had to get my blood drawn I bled from the stick for forever...
I am so nervous I am having a missed miscarriage...at 9 weeks, 5 days, I feel like my pg symptoms are really going away...I stop Crinone and Estradiol on Wednesday at 10 weeks, and RE said I would feelbetter after that...but I am feeling somewhat better now...less sore bb's, nausea doesn't start until mid- to late-morning, but still really tired. Plus, my stomach does not feel hard like it did...anyone feel like this around this time? I have my 1st appt with my OB's nurse this afternoon...do you think they will send me for an u/s since I am worried? Too early to hear baby's heartbeat on a doppler...
I've had losses and can empathise with your worries.
ABSOLUTELY ask for an u/s, I'd cry at them! If it is only for your peace of mind it is worth it. My OB gives loss mothers extra u/s purely for this reason. It is too early (WAY) too early to hear a h/b at 9 weeks.
:bigarmhug: Oh, Augusta -- I'm so glad you're seeing your OB's office today, I would definitely tell them your concerns and not leave until you're reassured! I could tell you that my symptoms have always ebbed and flowed, especially in the first tri, but that's not going to be any help. They _might_ be able to hear a hb with a doppler at this point, though it would be difficult, they may try that first before doing an u/s simply because it's easier. But don't be freaked if they don't find it via doppler. Please let us know how the appointment went, I'm sure all is well, but you want to know for sure!
Thanks, Emily and Andi. I am sure I am worrying for nothing, but just am anxious. My appt is this afternoon, so hopefully I know more soon.
Augusta, I hope everything goes well this afternoon, and the doctor puts your mind at ease. I'm constantly having those feelings of not being pregnant. I'll be thinking of you.
Thanks, Andi. I keep thinking that even though it's baby aspirin, it wouldn't be good to take it for the whole 9 months. I'm going back in a week to check hormone levels, and I'll make sure to ask them.
So I do not feel pregnant until late rin the day. But that is okay b/c my nurse gave me an unofficial u/s (super-old machine, horrible picture) and we saw baby moving like crazy. So, I will try to enjoy not feeling sick and not worry...well, try not to! I will have my 1st tri u/s screening in about 3 weeks and my next appt in 4 weeks.
fantastic news Augusta! so glad you got to see your little one!
Yay for seeing baby moving around. I'm like you, and need to have some kind of reassurance that babies are ok.
Did any one do the 1st trimester screening with the ultrasound?
I didn't do any screenings - sorry.
Glad you got to see the baby!!!
So glad you got the reassurance you needed, Augusta! Yay for dancing babies!
Yeah, I did the first tri screening with DD and the sequential screening (the newer one) with this pregnancy.
I think I'll be doing it. Is this the one done with ultrasound and bloodwork to check for any genetic abnormalities. I don't remember the name of this as I was too overwhelmed with everything. My OB mentioned that when I go back next week, they'll schedule me for this at around 11 weeks.
Andi, with Gabe, I did the bloodwork, they weren't yet doing the u/s, too.
Flakimbi, my u/s will be at almost 13 weeks, but they do it between 11-13 I think. Yes, this one checks for Downs risk factors; the 2nd trimester screening looks more for neural tube disorders (like spina bifida).
So, nothing much to report until then, I guess.
Boring is good I guess!!
Yeah, the current first tri screening (now called a sequential screen) involves an extended u/s and small b/w sample between 11-13 weeks. You then go back for a second blood sample between 14-16 weeks. They used to only do the one blood sample, but the second one is supposed to reduce the rate of false positives. I just got my results back from the second round of b/w, and they said I've got normal risk for Down's, Trisomy 18, and spina bifida. I think that's all they screen for with this test. If you had elevated risk they'd then recommend additional testing like amniocentesis.
Last night I had an info night with the anesthetist from my hospital. With DD's birth I had 3 failed epidurals. It was hell (to put it mildly!). The anesthetist had managed to get a hold of my records from last time so he was able to chat with me and understand what had happened.
He said that it is REALLY unlikely to have what happen to me happen unless there is an abnormality of the spine. I mentioned that I had had an MRI of the top 3rd of my spine and it did show some 'quirks'. He seems to think that I may have this all the way down my spine. It would explain why the epi didn't work.
I am being induced and know when this baby is coming. He said that he is happy to be the anaesthetist that looks after me. He said that he would try an epi if/when I need it but not to hold my breath that it will do anything. He said that he has a couple of other tricks that he can try, but ultimately I'll likely end up with an induced labor (again) with no adequate pain relief (again!)
I'm now terrified! I remember how bad it was last time! my goodness! Is it too late to decide not to give birth??
Other news, Saw my OB today, he's happy but wants another u/s done. I'm going very shortly!
The scan was fantastic! The sonographer was lovely.
Everything looks perfect, although she did spend a GOOD deal of time looking at his heart. She didn't mention anything about it. Will ask my OB next week.
It was incredible. She decided that she liked me and did some 3D/4D (not sure what they call them!) scans for FREE. You usually have to pay a heap for that. Marcus was in a great position to get some good 3D shots until she got the 3D scanner on me... typical male moving away from the camera! He is the spitting image of his sister though! Chubby cheeks and all. Seeing his face just made my heart melt.
From the normal scan we could see that he has curly hair! He is practicing breathing (wonderfully huge relief for me, given that all the meds that I've been on from time to time can depress breathing), he's definitely still a boy and he is measuring ahead....
go-on... guess how far ahead...
I am 33 weeks 5 days. He is measuring at 38 weeks.
No wonder I'm bloody sore!
The sonographer went and spoke to the Dr. before she let me leave, she said it's just procedure when you have a baby measuring as big as mine is. He has ALWAYS been on the big side and hasn't had a sudden massive increase in size they weren't concerned and I went home.
I've been on cloud 9 all afternoon. The scan really helped to make me get giddy with excitement. I'm having a baby in less than 5 weeks max!
Em, what a great appointment! Wow, how wonderful that you got to spend some extra time looking at your little boy.
I have a dear friend who went through two labors where her epi only worked on one side of her body -- like, her right side was numbed, but the left side wasn't. She was planning on going without drugs to begin with, but her hospital wasn't very supportive and she wound up needing pain management in the end (being tied to a bed with monitors makes it hard to move around and manage the pain). After her second labor, she discovered that she was allergic to some drug that's commonly used in epis, so she had a consult with the anesthesiologist for her third labor that was coming up. They basically said there was no way she could have an epi with her allergies, so they said all they could give her was a narcotic. And it actually went fine -- she said that the drug helped her rest in between contractions, but when the contractions happened she was fully aware and able to feel what was going on and push. Fortunately, too, this labor was quick so it wasn't too long she had to cope with any pain. So don't be scared, I'm sure they have some things you can try! But in the meantime it might help to practice some natural birthing techniques so you are prepared... have you looked into anything? Can you get a doula for your birth to help you through it? My doula helped me a great deal, even though I wound up getting an epi with my DD. But for the first several hours on pitocin, she was great at helping me get through each contraction, and if my labor wasn't so stubborn getting started I think I could have gone all the way to pushing without the epi.
Oh, and may I add: your boy is measuring FIVE weeks ahead?!? Wow, that does explain some things, doesnt it? Whew! Well, let's hope it's not much longer now!! Yaaaaay!
Wow, Emily! Marcus is a big boy! You poor dear!! How neat that you got a bonus 3D/4D scan!! I bet you can't wait to meet him and start feeling better!!
Also, how wonderful you are addressing your epi issues now. My nurse was surprised that I told her my labor was horribly painful, even with an epi, and it freaked me out that I couldn't move my legs. So, I will also be asking why I couldn't feel my legs but I was in so much pain. I had a big boy, too...9 lb, 3 oz and 22.5 inches long...he broke his collar bone on delivery...he is just a tall, wide boy...not fat, just "strapping" might be the word! Turning 3 this weekend and in boys (not toddler) size 5-6 shirts and 4-5 pants.
Emily, great news on the ultrasound. It sounds like your boy is doing fantastic.
I'm socked that the anesthesiologist told you to prepare for another painful experience. I can imagine how anxious you can be getting closer to labor, but now knowing it can be the same, must have you trembling.
I hope Marcus behaves during labor and everything goes better than your first. When will they induce you?
wow! Em - great news on the u/s!!! I can't believe how big he is! Having never had a baby, does that mean when he is born - he will be the size of a five-week-old baby? No wonder you're worried about giving birth!
AFM, we got my first sonogram scheduled. I was having some mild cramps and it worried me - because I'm taking Crinone, so why on earth would I have cramps? So, I called the nurse. She put my mind at ease (for a couple hours at least) and said, "Let's go ahead and get your sonogram scheduled while you're on the phone". YAY! It's April 29th - 8 days away.
Also, I've decided to put my big girl pants on and quit whining about being pregnant and having a m/c. I want to enjoy every second that I can - this baby and pregnancy have absolutely nothing to do with any of the previous ones, so there's no reason this baby should suffer with a neurotic mom. That's my attitude today at least. It may change tomorrow and I'll be a blubbering mess again.