My first OB appointment went really well (Read: THE BABIES ARE STILL HERE!) Now the anxiety and feelings of inadequacy that stemmed from infertility/chemical pregnancies that has plagued the last 4 years are starting to being squeezed out by the ever growing twins. As my belly blossoms, so does my belief that these babies are finally here to stay.
As I was in the waiting room, I couldn’t help but request hubby to take a photo of me beside the wall that said “WOMEN AND BABIES”. I am becoming a normal pregnant lady!!
16 weeks 3 days pregnant with twins
At the OB appointment we had an ultrasound where we got to see the babies, then met with the OB who is the twin expert in the city (I am going to a hospital that specializes in multiples). Everything was really straight forward, he said the babies are measuring well, they’re the size of large onions right now and my cervix is looking good at 4.6 cms. I had a few burning questions for the OB and here was his response to each:
Q. I had accidentally eaten undercooked seafood while in Mexico which had me worried sick that the babies might have gotten something terrible like listeria or taxoplasmosis. I had zero symptoms and felt great throughout the vacation.
A: Since I had no symptoms there was nothing to worry and no testing would be required.
Q. My thryroid was 0.5 the last time I checked it, if I dipped any lower, could i be in hyperthyroid territory then risk miscarrying the babies?
A: What is considered a normal/ideal thyroid level is different during pregnancy, and it even changes depending on the trimester you’re in. I had my thyroid re-tested and they said they’d call if I needed to readjust my meds. So far I haven’t gotten a call.
I even asked my RE about this at my 12 week appointment and he said that new research shows that the thyroid can go as low as 0.1 and still be beneficial for the baby, it’s only a major concern if the thyroid is hypo.
I have been so careful with my thyroid since I don’t know for sure whether it was what was causing my miscarriages that I’ve been waking up every night at 2:00am to take my thryoid meds just so that I’d get maximum absorption. This wasn’t a problem when I was in the first trimester and woke up 3 times to go to the washroom, but now that I’m sleeping like a log, it’s getting increasingly difficult!
Q: Since carrying twins, should I be exercising or not?
A: Maintain the level and type of activity you had before you were pregnant.
Well this is going to be a problem because I have done ZERO since starting IVF last fall. I haven’t so much as lifted a cast iron pot! The other day I went shopping for car seats and lifted a few up at the store, the next day I woke up with sore arms…oh dear.
SECOND TRIMESTER – OH HOW I LOVE YOU
My first trimester wasn’t horrifically bad… it was more a gradual descent into misery. Let’s just say it was bad enough that I did not cook anything in my kitchen for 3.5 months. I would come home from work and moan and groan uncontrollably (I even annoyed myself!) from what I now guess was actually nausea. My food cravings and aversions were out of control. I would have a massive craving for something, eat it, then never want to see it again the next day because I would inevitably feel bad again and begin to associate the nausea with the feeling.
I went through phases of cravings, they started with pickled goods and soups, then pizza (that one has stayed with me even to this day), pasta, dill pickle chips (YUM), hamburgers, cheese, cheese and more cheese. I never had a thing for orange juice until I got pregnant. Now I have a glass every day with breakfast, it helps take the headache away that probably comes from dehydration since I can’t seem to drink enough water for these babies.
Now that I am well into my second trimester, I am beginning to feel myself again. I finally back in the kitchen as of this week after a long hiatus and I’m cooking up a storm! Got myself a pressure cooker and now wonder how I ever lived without it. Even got to making some green juices which made me feel fantastic.
I was waiting for our first OB appointment to confirm that the twins are still around, and now I am finally officially telling people we’re having twins. Before I would just say I was pregnant because well, it was obvious and there was no hiding that fact.
Now that I believe it for myself, it means that I have a million things to do to prepare for these babies before I’ll likely need to start taking it easy again at 24 weeks (end of June).
Some things that we’re now considering:
1. Should we move?
2. What car should be get?
3. Selling all my “clutter”
Gotta get ready for work now, hope everyone has a reproductive day!