Wednesday, December 14, 2011

29 weeks

(Today's post will be all about pregnancy. If you don't feel like reading about that right now, I completely understand. Hope to see you again soon.)


Total Weight Loss/Gain: As of Monday's OB appointment, I have now gained 12 lbs from what I weighed the morning of my transfer.

Maternity Clothes: All maternity pants all the time now.  I'm still able to wear a few of my own shirts, but do wear maternity shirts most of the time.

Stretch marks: I've had stretch marks for years from growth spurts and weight gain. I don't have any new ones related to pregnancy yet. Still using the Bella B's Tummy Honey Butter, and it does help my belly feel less itchy.

Sleep: OK. Getting up to pee 3-5 times a night. If I allot at least nine hours for a night's sleep, I usually feel fairly rested for at least part of the day.

Movement: I'm feeling movement off and on throughout the day from both babies, and it's pretty cool. Twin A's movements feel weirder in a way than Twin B's because I mostly feel them inside--like right behind my pubic bone or close to my left hip bone--whereas Twin B's movements are just under the top of my belly and are even visible some of the time.

Cravings/Aversions: Lots of smell aversions still, no real cravings.

Gender: We are (still) having two boys.

Symptoms: Same, no real changes.  Daily has helped, but not cured, my heartburn.  I've been very fortunate to mostly avoid backaches and joint pain so far.

What I miss: Being able to take a nice, deep breath. Getting up from a seated position without having to use my arms to push myself up!  Being able to see my feet when I look down, LOL.

What I look forward to: Meeting the babies (when they're ready), being able to eat and breathe normally again post-delivery.

Moods: Generally good.

Milestones: None since last week's post.  Counting the days until 32 weeks!

Medical concerns: I have gestational diabetes and just started an oral medication for that, as my fasting (first-thing-in-the-morning) glucose levels were consistently higher than they should be. (My post-meal glucose levels are fine, now that I am following my prescribed diet.)  My blood pressure was fine at my last appointment (120/80). So far, the babies appear to be healthy.

Sex?: Yeah, MM feels weird about it and doesn't want to do it anymore. Oh well. Truth be told, I'm not too sad about that.

Misc:  My OB said I don't have to start twice-weekly NSTs until 34 weeks and that I would have had to do that even if I hadn't developed GD because I'm having twins.  (They only recommend earlier NSTs if there are known problems or if the mother's diabetes pre-dates pregnancy or is poorly controlled.)  She also said that she will write me a letter to cut back my hours at work, or to stop working entirely, whenever I feel it's time. . . . although she also said many women with twins work up until their due date, as long as they are feeling well and aren't having contractions, bleeding, leaking of fluid, etc.
My plan for now is to keep working as much as I can for as long as I can handle it physically and reevaluate if problems arise or when I start getting too exhausted to continue.  (Believe me, despite still working full days, I do get plenty of rest.  I compensate for working all day by spending most of every evening and a good part of the weekends on the couch or napping.)  Since my workload has been scaled back, I am no longer feeling overwhelmed. . . . and apart from occasional travel and depositions, there is a lot of my work which I can do from home if necessary.
The latest they will let me go will be 38 weeks, and that's assuming there is no reason to deliver me before then.  OB said they would consider delivering me at 37 weeks if I want and that, for now, I should just focus on making it to 32 weeks, and then to 36 weeks.  So I'm definitely in the home stretch.
Oh, and the boys will have their next growth scan on 12/28.  Can't wait to see how big they've gotten!

1 comment:

  1. Gosh, it has gone by so fast!! I'm glad things are still going very well!


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