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Ahhh  – I’ve neglected this so much!  With all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, I just couldn’t find the time to squeeze in a proper update.  My apologies – hope you all had a fantastic holiday season and a great start to your new year! 

Let’s get acquainted, shall we? 

Results from Heart Monitoring

Due to the holidays, I had to track down the results of all my heart monitoring and of course my PCP was out, so it was a little complicated.  But, in the end, all of my labs and the results of the holter monitor came back clear!  So, it appears my little ticker is just working extra hard with the increased blood volume with the pregnancy.  I was very relieved to hear the good news – one less thing to worry about!

Back Pain

Well, the Wrestlemania belt was returned about 4 days after wearing it and not noticing much of a difference.  I wish the solution was as simple as wearing some ridiculous belt but, alas, that is not the case for me.  The pain is complex as it’s my upper back due to the large boobs that have somehow grown even BIGGER and it’s my lower back / sciatic [pain because of the nice sized belly I’ve acquired.  I’ve found that if I sit all day with my feet up, it lessens the pain but that’s pretty unrealistic to do all the time.  If I don’t do this, I end up hobbling around by the end of the day.  It’s no fun and my biggest complaint so far.  I have an OB appointment in less than a week so I’m going to see what is the next solution after the belt failure.  For now, I’m just trying to muscle through it – but it’s tough…

Heartburn

Holy hell – it’s non-stop.  I sleep with a bottle of Tums beside the bed and there is a roll in my purse at all times.  Considering all my organs are squished up, it doesn’t surprise me but it’s KILLER.  It doesn’t help that all I crave is spicy food…

22 Week MFM Ultrasound

The fun stuff!!  I had my 22 week u/s with the MFM on 12/27 and everything looked amazing!!  As soon as the tech put the probe on my belly we saw a penis!  Again, my little boy clearly is not shy and is obviously a boy!  She then went and found Baby A and although stubborn as usual, she was not being coy and she is absolutely a she!  We saw the labia and no penis!  That was about all she cooperated with as we couldn’t get a good profile picture…we did get one of her cute little feet, though!  And when they did the internal u/s to check my cervix length, all you could see was her kicking down there – brat!  He was being good – we got a great profile picture and the tech turned on the 3D and we got to see him!!!  I’ll admit, it’s a bit creepy and awesome all at the same time!

Both babies measured great – he’s 1lb, 2oz and she’s 15.9oz, which puts them right about at the 50th percentile.  They had good fluid levels, solid heartbeats, and my bleed has officially absorbed!!  YAHOOOO!!!  I go back in 4 weeks and we’ll tour the maternity ward and NICU then.  I was so overwhelmed with joy that they looked so awesome!  My mom came with me to the u/s and she loved every minute of it – it truly is so special to see them.

I asked my MFM about travel and he said I am good to go through the end of January.  I’m unsure if I’ll go out to Chicago for work or not, but that to me showed that I’m in really good shape and the babies are looking really excellent.  I also asked him about not feeling a whole lot of movement and he was very candid in saying that it’s completely normal and that women feel it differently and at different times and it’s all relative to the baby’s size, position, etc…  I’ve been feeling it a little bit more often now, but it was good to hear as I thought I should be feeling it a lot more.  I go back to the MFM in 4 weeks.

And finally, I’ll end with some awesome pictures of the peanuts!

Baby A (Girl) Profile

Baby B (Boy) Profile

Baby B (Boy) 3D Precious Face!

His gorgeous button nose is just the cutest thing I’ve EVER seen!

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Hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

I got a call from my OB the day before Thanksgiving and she had my Factor V Leiden and other blood clotting test results and – I tested NEGATIVE!!!  Holy shit, for the first time I actually DON’T have something!!!  I was so thrilled – it was like the huge victory (even though it was very, very minor). 

But let’s get to the good stuff shall we?

My husband was finishing up his training at his new airline and wasn’t due to fly in until late last night.  I had my anatomy scan u/s appointment yesterday and couldn’t change it, so I decided I’d have them keep everything a secret and we’d find out together when he got home.  The u/s went very well!  Here’s a quick run down:

– Both babies looked AWESOME!
– All vital organs and structures looked great.
– HBs were in the 140s and she turned the sound on so I could hear it – love that sound!
– Both have good amniotic fluid levels
– Placenta positions are excellent, no sign of previa
– They saw the infamous bleed, so it hasn’t gone away (but I’m still not bleeding since 17 weeks)
– They are 80% sure on Baby A’s gender / 100% sure on Baby B’s gender
– Baby A is breech and was facing my back / Baby B was head down and facing my front
– My genetic testing came back with a 1:10,000 odds, so I think we’re good there!
– They estimate each to weigh 0.5 lbs!

There was only one “issue” that is likely a non-issue. Baby B’s umbilical cord is a 2 valve (2V) vs. the normal 3 valve (3V).  This means that in the normal umbilical cord, there are two arteries and one vein.  So Baby B has one artery and one vein.  They will be watching to make sure he / she continues to grow at the same rate as Baby A. I met the MFM and she was great and said they see this a lot and it should be a non-issue, but something to monitor. I go back for my next u/s in 4 weeks!
I then figured since this is likely the ONLY and LAST time we’ll experience something like this, I should do something fun or special.  I ended up taking the secret envelope to a bakery and had them open it and fill two cupcakes with either pink or blue frosting (so I couldn’t tell).  Of course his flight was delayed, so he didn’t get in until 1:30am, but we ran right over and dove right into the cupcakes!  Here is what we found:

Baby A: 80% accurate it's a GIRL!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Baby B: 100% accurate it's a BOY!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
We are completely over the moon about it!!!  Apparently Baby B wasn’t shy about showing his goods (note to self:  have early talk with him about this), but Baby A was a little bashful.  We’ll know for sure in 4 weeks at my next u/s.
 
It was so funny – right before we cut the first cupcake Chris said, “I really want a boy”.  That was the FIRST time he has ever made mention of a preference!  I was shocked – and so I cut into the first cupcake and saw the pink and went “oh shit” as he laughed out loud.  (I had a dream I was having two girls and I was hysterically crying – I guess I was really scared of that eh?)  I told him he had to cut the second one, and as soon as I saw the blue I screamed!!!  Then I immediately grabbed the cards because I didn’t know which was the for sure bet and which was a bit iffy. 

It was such an awesome experience – we were up until 3:00am just beaming with delight.  I have new u/s pics I’ll post this week as well!

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Last week was a bit nutty with appointments and follow-ups.  But let’s get something off my chest (pun completely intended):

My boobs are now in the shape of torpedos.  I’ll admit to being large chested, especially for being a short girl, and I expected them to get bigger with pregnancy because DUH that’s what happens.  What I didn’t expect was for them to change shape – and to replicate that of a torpedo. 

I picture Chris as the Sailor

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
It’s really disturbing to look at so I’ve refrained from doing so.  It’s also making my bras fit awkwardly – you try and stuff a torpedo into a bra!  Anywho, that’s the latest body change that I wasn’t prepared for at this point – you’re welcome for the visual.
 
I put myself on modified bed rest last week – just to try and see if it would help at all.  I worked from my bed (being sick with a nasty, nasty cold helped make this decision) and only got up to get something to eat or pee.  Well, I’m not sure if it’s coincidental or not but the bleeding as of Saturday was almost non-existant and has continued that way ever since!  I’m not getting my hopes up because we all know how I am and why would something work in my favor…but of course I’m insane so the lack of bleeding has made me think “wait, is something wrong?”  We call that damned if you do, damned if you don’t
 
I went to my 16 week check-up on Friday and had the opportunity to discuss my father’s diagnosis of Factor V Leiden.  See, I knew he had this as it was diagnosed a few years ago but I COMPLETELY FORGOT.  So throughout this entire time during fertility treatment and then my pregnancy, I forgot to mention it to my doctors.  I looked through my fertility blood panel results to see if it was listed there as one of the tests, but I couldn’t find it.  Factor V Leiden is a blood clotting disorder and if I have it, it means injections daily throughout the rest of my pregnancy.  Lovely.  My OB ordered that test, along with a few others, and luckily I was able to get it done at the hospital since I was headed there for the second round of bloodwork for the first trimester screening (NT).  Before I headed to the hospital lab, we listened to their HBs, which were solid, and I requested a pelvic exam to check my cervix.  I’ve been so fearful that my body is going to fail these beautiful babies – I can’t get it out of my mind.  So, she did that and everything looked closed so I am good to go for another four weeks!
 
The bloodwork was kind of a pain in the ass – I walked all the way to the outpatient lab at the hospital only to be told that if I had this new order I had to walk ALL the way back to patient registration and register.  Oy.  So, I complied and the patient registration chick sat on a personal call for TWENTY MINUTES as I impatiently waited outside her door.  RIDICULOUS.  I was furious to say the least.  But, we got everything done and I headed back down to have EIGHT vials of blood taken.  Ugh.  We’ll know the results in about a week – hopefully the NT results are good odds and that I don’t have the Factor V Leiden or any of those other things she added.  *fingers crossed*
 
Other than that, I entered my 17th week yesterday and I’m feeling pretty good.  I am both excited and nervous for my anatomy scan next Tuesday.  I’m excited to find out just what is swimming around in there – but nervous they’ll find something wrong.  I can’t imagine there could be much more wrong since we started this journey – but here’s to keeping positive!  Chris can’t be here for the actual scan, so I’m having them write it down on a card and I’m going to bring it to a cupcake place near us and have them fill the cupcakes with the right color frostings!  He’ll be home that night (we hope), so we’ll cut into the frostings and see what we have!  I think that will be fun. 
 
Finally, let’s wrap up with a maternity clothes update:  petite lengths ARE NOT PETITE.  I had to bring the two pairs of jeans and a pair of regular length leggings to the tailors yesterday.  The petite lengths from both Motherhood and GAP were 2-3 inches too long.  Seriously?  I mean, what does petite mean to these people?  And I own petite length jeans from GAP and they’re just dandy.  Why longer for pregnant chicks?  So weird and extremely annoying.  Of course with the holiday, they couldn’t get me everything back by tomorrow so I begged and pleaded and I’ll have one pair of jeans back tomorrow and the rest next week.  At least I can wear more than yoga pants to Thanksgiving…
 
In the end, Happy Gobble Gobble Day!  I know what I’ll be giving thanks to this year!

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Well, it’s RLP!  She told me she wanted to have me come in for an exam quickly because of everything I’ve gone through, so that was nice.  She said there is a ligament that runs basically from your hip down into the lips of your vagina and that’s the one that is giving me the problem.  Apparently it can be even more strong when you’re pregnant with multiples (yay).  I told her I didn’t care so much about the pain, but wanted to be sure there wasn’t more going on that just that.  She did an exam and my cervix is still long and closed – I’m still spotting, but it’s brown so we’re both just hoping that stops soon.  She listened to both HBs and they were super strong and stable and we could hear them moving all around.  She said that these babies better be good when they come out because of all they’ve put me through so far – and I told the babies they better listen to the nice doctor!!! 

I told her I felt like a stranger in my own body – that no one tells you pregnancy is this bizarre.  I go again in about two weeks for my normal 16 week check and she told me to keep the appointment – there’s never enough monitoring!  Oh and I gained 3 lbs. since my last appointment – so I have a net gain of 1 lb.  I think my stomach has taken from the rest of my body, then, as there is no buttoning my clothes!!!

I’m also coming down with something – my throat is KILLING me and I’m hoping it’s not strep.  I know there are some meds that they deem “safe” for pregnancy, but I still get too nervous to take them.  I think I’ve taken 3 Tylenol in the last 15 weeks and I’m not even thrilled about that.  I do know throat lozenges are okay, so I’ll be running out to the store to get some after work. 

I’m also suffering from wicked heartburn, like the grab-your-chest-like-it’s-on-fire kind.  Again, all of this I’m fairly confident is some sort of karma payback for not having morning sickness or a ton of weight gain.  It shouldn’t surprise me that I get most of the stuff people don’t really talk about – that’s pretty much how I roll…

I did finally order some maternity jeans.  The Be Bands just aren’t cutting it anymore and they’re becoming more annoying than anything.  I’ll still use them for some stuff and will keep them for postpartum as needed, but I need a solid pair of jeans (or two) that are true maternity.  I splurged and paid a ridiculous amount *cougheightydollarscough* for a pair of GAP long and lean maternity jeans since a) that is my favorite GAP brand of jeans and b) they have lengths and my shrimpy ass needs things in petite.  I also bought a pair of Motherhood jeans that were on sale for $19.99 to see how those are.  In the end, if I hate either or both – they get returned and we go back to the drawing board.

Speaking of maternity jeans and clothes – can we discuss something for a second?  Why are there skinny maternity jeans?  Not skinny as in size, but skinny as in style?  I guess if you’re a size 00 before getting pregnant – maybe that’s okay but really, should pregnant chicks be rocking skinny maternity jeans?  Along this theme – why are there so many shirts with horizontal stripes?  Are we trying to really put the emphasis on the growing bellies?  I mean – my boobs were big to begin with, nevermind now, and they’ll look like torpedos if I stick a horizontal striped shirt on!  I just don’t get it – I found myself perusing the maternity sections of online retailers and shaking my head.  Maternity thong underwear – necessary?  I don’t know – maybe it’s because I’m not a rail to begin with (but I’m not obese, either – I’m average), but this just seems ridiculous.  I don’t feel sexy, nor do I give a shit about feeling sexy while I’m growing two little humans inside of me.  I don’t need thongs to wear with my skinny jeans and horizontal striped shirt – I need cute, flattering, and comfortable please.

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I’m celebrating my 15 weeks of pregnancy by going to see my OB at 11:45am today – I’ve had some odd pains in my vaginal / groin area and I’m unsure if it’s normal round ligament pain (RLP) or if it’s something more serious.  I can only equate it to feeling like I’ve rode a bike with an uncomfortable seat.  The pain comes and goes – mostly when I move, but it also bugged me while I was trying to sleep last night.  My biggest concern is incompetant cervix…but I’m hopeful it’s just RLP and stretching.  Anyone ever experience something like this?  Like I said, as I’m sitting now, I don’t feel anything…but if I get up to move or whatever it’s a wicked sharp pain. 

I’m just glad I have such a great group of OBs.  I spoke to the nurse this morning and as soon as I mentioned “bleeding for 6 weeks”, she reviewed my chart closer and said “I’m going to pass this message to the doctor”.  They called me about 20 minutes later and asked me to come in so I can be examined to make sure all is well.  I truly, truly hope everything is okay…

It’s also amusing that the bleeding has just become my new normal.  It’s there and not gone, but it’s light for the most part.  It’s more annoying than anything as I just want it to go away.  I’m seeing the OB we saw the last time I went in for my 12 week appointment, and that makes me happy.  I really liked her and trust her and am glad that she wants to check and make sure all is good in the peanut hood.  I said my pregnancy prayer and am hopeful that this is just some normal stretching and whatnot from the babies.

But, I made it 3 weeks without a problem appointment – I think that’s a record!

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Well, my 13th week was pretty uneventful.  The bleeding was light and that made it two weeks of being light, so I assumed that things were getting better and maybe even going away.  My husband came home from his training in Orlando for the weekend, which was awesome, and said I have a belly.  That’s the one and only time he can get away with that comment!!!  We decided to go public with our pregnancy and so we let the parents tell people and we both posted on Facebook.  It was so heart warming to hear from so many people we haven’t heard from in a while, wishing us good luck and positive thoughts for the babies.  Before he left I got the doppler out and he got to hear the heartbeats again – he loves it!

Unfortunately, Saturday late evening into Sunday the heavy dark red and dark brown bleeding started again.  I was so upset.  Here I was thinking that maybe, just MAYBE, the bleed was going away and wham – heavy bleeding.  Total suckage.  I must admit, having the doppler saved me a trip to the ER because I kept checking in on the babies and hearing their heartbeats and knowing all was okay.  My husband hated leaving me like that but it is what it is.  Of course after he left it has slowed down and it now very light – so he thinks it’s him and I told him it probably was.  I’m such a mean wife! 😉

I turned 14 weeks on Monday and it’s amazing to think that in 20 weeks I’ll be close to having two kids (if not already there).  The All Knowing Julie, Chrissy, Heather, and my SIL Lindsay are already in communication about planning my shower.  I sent The All Knowing Julie a tentative list last night so she could get an idea of how many so they find space to hold everyone.  That made things a little real!!  Clearly I can’t register or anything until we know what we’re having, but with wedding and baby showers all the time, they have to start looking for places now.  I also started looking for baby furniture – we’re getting one crib from my cousin so I’m looking for another to match.  It’s getting so so real now – I just hope that everything continues to progress well and that the babies look good at my 18 week scan the week after Thanksgiving.

I called yesterday to try and change the date of the anatomy scan so my husband could be here but of course the hospital and MFM didn’t have any availability.  I was super bummed out about it, but I’ll just have them write it down on a card and we’ll open it together.  I have already been talking to Baby B about him / her cooperating for the anatomy scan…both babies best not give me any trouble that day as I’m DYING to know what they are!!!

I did record one of the baby’s heartbeats on the doppler and then uploaded it to YouTube – I am pretty sure it’s Baby A based on position.  Enjoy listening to one of my little ones!!

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NT scan…went.  So, Baby B was acting up and wouldn’t cooperate for the camera.  He / she was looking straight on so they couldn’t get the nasal bone measurement and she barely got the neck fold measurement.  Apparently with twins, you need both measurements on both babies or else they can’t be considered.  Baby A was lying in perfect position of course.  That Baby B will be my trouble, I just know it! I told Chris it was HIS baby that wouldn’t cooperate… 🙂  But, they did my blood draw and will do the other at 16 weeks and I’ll get results but they won’t be as definitive as they would with pairing with the measurements.  Oh well, what can you do?  In great news, both babies looked awesome!  Measuring right on target with solid HBs of 160 and 155.  Baby A we got an awesome picture of him / her waving and then going to suck his / her thumb and a shot of him / her sitting indian style (or wait – is it called criss cross apple sauce now?).  Baby B had the hiccups – it was funny!

They did see the bleed and it looks like it’s measuring smaller, so it may have shrunk!  She said it looked to be around 1cm now and both of them don’t feel it’s a huge risk at all.  How awesome was that to hear?!  She also said that they have perfect looking placentas and their placenta positioning is great – opposite sides of the uterus. They also commented that the separation membrane between the sacs looked excellent as well!  I go for my second blood draw at 16 weeks and then another u/s at 18 weeks.  Due to having twins, they will be monitoring me in addition to my OB.  I’m so thrilled by that!  I’ll continue my regular monthly OB appointments, but the MFM team at the hospital will be monitoring me via u/s on a regular basis (monthly, then weekly). 

I was SHOCKED at the level of care at the MFM center at the hospital.  I had low expectations as I guess I didn’t know what to expect – that and I didn’t even know about this extended care they offer me for carrying twins!  The genetics counselor was so awesome – I absolutely adored her!  I never met the MFM but apparently he was watching with the counselor.  All I could think of was Oz from the Wizard of Oz – “don’t look at the man behind the curtain”!  The u/s tech was a traveling one and she had the sweetest Texan accent and was so cute – I loved it!  The genetics counselor was seriously so jazzed up about how awesome my placentas were and how great the kids look – I left feeling amazing and all pepped up like it was my own cheerleading squad!  Guys, my placentas are AWESOME!!!  Haha, it was crazy.  My SIL was great to be there with me, too, so it was just a really wonderful experience.

The bleeding is still light, even after all the pushing with the u/s.  I’m hoping this is moving into our past.  I feel so much better after the visit…now to decide when we “go public” with the news…  Probably in the next week or so.

And, well, don’t you want pictures?!  Of course they’re only of Baby A since Baby B wasn’t cooperating so well.

Baby A Sucking His / Her Thumb

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Baby A Sitting Indian Style - little feet on the left!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Baby A Waving Hi!

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