During this last week the tiny flutterings I waited for so long to feel are now getting stronger and more pronounced. It's great to feel the babies so active in there and so very reassuring. I don't doubt the movements will become very uncomfortable towards the end so I'm cherishing them while they are still light enough to not cause any discomfort but strong enough to give me the peace of mind I crave.
I feel like I'm putting on weight alarmingly fast. I may have to re-think my Pringle sandwich leanings and revert back to fruit salad for breakfasts. I will take a while to consider my options carefully. It may take quite a while.
The heartburn is continuing to be a pain. The more room the babies are taking up the stronger it becomes. My hips are beginning to hurt a little during the night. For the most side I sleep most comfortably lying on my left side. This is good for the babies as sleeping on your left side improves the blood flow to them. The only thing is after a while my hips start to feel a kind of numbness and it gets very uncomfortable. The jury is still out on the pregnancy pillow decision. I did try sleeping with a pillow between my knees but felt I was sleeping awkwardly as there was no support under my bump. Given how much I fidgeted about trying to get the one pillow set up comfortably enough and to stay in position I think I would have a nightmare trying to work around several pillows. I suspect it would be more comfortable to have one large pillow which I'm able to position around several of my lumps and bumps. It would have to be a pretty substantial pillow to position around all lumps and bumps that exist so I'll settle for supporting the main ones. Anyway, this is something I'll carry on thinking about and asking for opinions on so any advice or perspectives welcome.
According to the Babycenter App each baby weighs about 360g and measures approximately 27cm from head to heel. Of course, we had our 4d scan on Saturday and I'll be writing about it later this week so am not going to go into detail today.
I am bracing myself for Thursday's anomaly scan at the hospital. I get very nervous and worried beforehand so I'm hoping and praying that everything is alright with these precious babies. If you'd like to hope and/or pray on our behalf for good results it would be very much appreciated.
Yesterday was World Twin Day and this week is also Twins, Triplets and More week. Got to say I'm looking forward to joining in next year!
Friday, 8 July 2011 4d baby scans, anomaly scans and the miracle of life
I will begin by filling you in on yesterday's anomaly scan. After all my worrying and anxiety (which is not at all unusual for this particular scan) I was thrilled when the sonographer gave both babies a clean bill of health. There were one or two moments where I could feel my breathing get more shallow, at times holding my breath completely when she seemed to hover over a particular part for too long, or would check and re-check a figure several times over until she seemed satisfied. The tension was plainly felt with every fibre of my body during those moments it seemed. I relaxed when Twin 1 was given the all clear, only to go through the motions again with Twin 2's examination. Both babies are lying transverse in their little amniotic bunk beds with their heads on my right hand side and their feet over on the left and they are estimated to weigh 14 oz each. That explains the increasing size of my bottom... I don't think.
I'm glad it is over and to say I am relieved would be an understatement. I am now looking forward to enjoying the rest of the pregnancy, at least until it is time for me to start worrying about the birth. Oh come on, you don't expect me to not worry about something, do you?! If it's not going to be about the pregnancy I'll be worrying about the kids. If I'm not worrying about the children I'll be worrying about the teens. If I'm not worrying about the teens I'll be worrying about what an awful place the world would be without ice-cream. Oh no! What if the world had no ice-cream?
Anyway, last Saturday was the day of the fun scan. The 4d scan. We arrived over an hour before our appointment time thanks to a combination of our over zealous nature of not wanting to be late arriving anywhere plus the clear roads. My plan of getting everyone a drink in the Innovation Centre coffee shop ran awry when it turned out to be closed at the weekend. Who'd have thought it?
I ended up using all my change for the overpriced vending machines instead and we waited until our appointment time approached before we headed up to the imaging centre. We paid up and were then led into another room for the scan.
The lady was pleasant enough, despite insisting that diamniotic/dichorionic twins meant that they were ALWAYS non-identical. I tried reasoning and explaining that it wasn't actually correct but she wouldn't accept it at all. Her opinion would not be changed. Di/di twins would ALWAYS be non-identical, she said. I already explained here how diamniotic/dichorionic twins could still be identical (albeit a lesser chance) as it all depends on when the egg would have split, so I thought better of continuing to argue reason with her and would prove my point to Mike once we'd got home by Googling a millionty-fifty-two pages which backed me up proving that I was right. I didn't go as far as printing off the pages and sending them to her by recorded delivery. Not that I didn't want to. I just didn't have enough ink.
The scan began and the two babies were both lying head down and facing each other. It was so sweet to think of them in there, chatting away face to face (sort of). At this stage they haven't yet started laying down much fat so they're looking pretty skinny and scrawny but to me, they already look beautiful.
Twin A at 21 weeks
It doesn't matter how many times I experience a pregnancy or see an ultrasound scan, I still feel complete awe and amazement when I get a glimpse of what is going on in secret.
Twin A at 21 weeks
Do you see the tiny foot up there?
Twin A at 21 weeks
It's like a top secret project being diligently worked on. Each part unique and special.
Twin A at 21 weeks
A private room where nothing else even comes close to this wonder being formed within it.