Thursday, August 11, 2016
I had another check up today with a new doctor since my regular OB is on vacation. She was in total disbelief that I have carried two babies this far, especially given my past history of a preterm delivery with Blair.
I had a good blood pressure reading (phew!) and the babies amniotic fluid measured normal. Baby A (my girl) is crazy low in my pelvis which has been causing me all sorts of discomfort. She squishes my nerves and sends shooting pains down my legs when I least expect it. I basically feel like I'm hauling around a bowling ball in between my legs for lack of a better image.
My belly measured 46 weeks pregnant...which can't even be possible, right?! FORTY SIX! That basically means I measure 46 centimeters from the top of my uterus to my pubic bone. At this point if I was carrying one baby I should measure 36 centimeters because I'm 36 weeks. In a normal pregnancy you gain a cm a week. No wonder people stare at me in public...I look 6 weeks overdue!
I have also gained 55 pounds and am about 10 pounds shy of passing up my hubby...gah! I can't believe seeing these high numbers on the scale hasn't raised my blood pressure more. I officially belong in the zoo where people can come point and stare at me.
The doctor mentioned induction at 38 weeks and I told her I really wanted to avoid that if I could. I had Pitocin with Blair and that stuff is no joke. Since I want to have a natural birth, Pitocin will make that more difficult by making my contractions longer and stronger. She agreed with me and said it's ultimately up to my regular OB. There can be major risks with twins who deliver past 38 weeks such as being stillborn and meconium being released into their amniotic fluid. Obviously I don't want that so for now I'm just praying that they come naturally before 38 weeks!
Once I hit 37 weeks on Sunday I'll be full speed ahead with trying to get them out without being induced. I've got my bosu ball pumped up, some red raspberry leaf tea in my pantry, and lots of walking planned among other things. ;)
It's so wild to me that I have spent the majority of my pregnancy praying for the babies to stay put and now I'm praying for them to come out! God has been so faithful in taking care of these babies. I'm so thankful! I just can't wait to meet them and hold these two miracles.
For those of you who are still battling infertility...don't give up! I know you may be thinking that is easy for me to say now that I am on the other side of it but God has a plan for your life too. His plan may be to give you the desires of your heart or his plans may involve changing your heart's desire. Either way he has a perfect plan for your life and I hope you are encouraged by that. I pray he makes it clear to you sooner rather than later because hearing "wait" was the hardest thing for me (not that it's God's job to make our lives easy). Uncertainty is hard but learning to trust him and finding joy in your circumstances, regardless of what they are, was such a huge lesson for me. Love you guys!