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Tracy's Multiples Pregnancy Journal ~ a story of pregnancy after infertility

Week Eight
~ Perinatologist Visit

This week Larry and I had our first visit with a perinatologist who specializes in high-risk pregnancies. I'm high-risk for two reasons. First, the multiple pregnancy. Second, I have a greater chance of having Gestational Diabetes (GD) due to my Insulin Resistance (IR). My Paternal Grandmother also had Adult Onset Diabetes, so I guess that plays a factor.

Dr. H is great. My sister-in-law, Missy, had her ultrasound training at the same hospital and actually performed ultrasounds for him while working in the OB ward. She reassured me that he was a great doctor and that he really took care of his patients. My Reproductive Endocrinologist had referred me to him and also said how great he was. I feel better about putting my pregnancy in his care.

Dr. H preformed a quick ultrasound, and we were able to see the three heartbeats again. He warned me about possible problems that I may have and that it may be harder for me to carry three since this is my first time around. My uterus wouldn't be stretched from previous babies. He told me that I could still end up with twins. He's had several other patients who started out with triplets and reduced naturally to twins. He also explained other problems that may arise as we go along. I'm due March 30, 1999, but he said with three that I could expect to deliver much earlier, even possibly eight weeks early. This scares me because it means lots of time in the hospital for the babies.

I'm prepared to do whatever it takes to help these babies be as healthy as they can be. I'm prepared for the possibility of bedrest at certain times during this journey, the many trips to the doctor's office, and whatever else that may arise. I'm determined to have as healthy a pregnancy as I can. I'll feel better once the Second Trimester begins. I'm just terrified that I'll miscarry and not make it that far. I guess its pretty normal to feel this way. I'm sure as I get closer to birth that I'll begin to worry about them being healthy.

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