Hello! My name is Ruth Ann. I've known my husband Karl for nearly 14 years and we've been married for 9 years. We decided to wait until we both finished graduate school to start a family.
When I finally graduated with my Ph.D. last May, we still had to wait a few more months due to insurance changes. When it was time to begin trying, I had a physical exam to make sure I was healthy. When all blood work results came back within normal limits, I was certain that we would get pregnant immediately. However, several months passed without positive results. In January I made an appointment to see an OB and, after describing my cycle patterns (or lack thereof), the doctor suspected I was having anovulatory cycles. An ultrasound confirmed that one of my ovaries was covered in multiple cysts.
I was prescribed Clomid to help boost ovulation. While on Clomid, I had painful ovulation symptoms, but at least I knew I was ovulating! After the third and final round of treatment, I was thrilled to get a positive test result!!! I was about 5 weeks (LMP) along when I saw a positive test result in April.
We anxiously awaited our first OB appointment and our first ultrasound at 9 weeks. It was then we discovered we had not one but two heart beats! Since the initial shock has worn off, our lives have been a whirlwind of planning and wondering what's in store for us and our lives together. Having a multiples pregnancy puts me in a high-risk category. The news of twins combined with being a first-time mom and turning 35 in August has left me very anxious. Anxious but also completely over the moon.
The due date for our twins is January 2, 2012. I've been told that full-term for twins runs anywhere from 36-38 weeks. So we could be seeing our little ones as early as mid-December, assuming all goes smoothly. And I can't wait to hold them!