Sunday, September 27, 2009

21 Weeks and Counting

Last week we had our big 20 week ultrasound. It lasted for almost an hour.

Here are some highlights:
  • I GAINED 4 lbs. (and couldn't be happier!)
  • Baby A is 12 ounces and Baby B is 13 ounces
  • When the doctor measured me, I was measuring 24 weeks (4 weeks ahead) which is normal with twins. (at my 18th week, I was only measuring 2 weeks ahead)
  • Baby A's heart rate is 160 and Baby B's heart rate is 148. (we were told the more active they are the faster the heart rate is).
  • We Saw lots of hands and limbs this appointment.
  • Learned that the placentas are anterior attached to the uterus (however you say that). This is why I haven't been able to feel them. With it as anterior, the babies have quite a cushion to kick in order for me to feel them. My doctor said soon enough, their kicks will be hard enough
A Question to all:

I had a talk with my doctor and asked her when she thought I should be slowing down and taking it a little more easy (Maybe not walking as much, continuing to work... etc.) She told me to stay strong until something happens that would give a "reason" for me to slow down. This concerns me as I'm thinking there should be some kind of prevention before and not after the fact. Maybe my doctor isn't as strict as others but it still concerns me. Believe me, I'm not wishing to be on bed rest but I want to the absolute best for these babies in order to have them stay in there as long as possible. If that means more rest that so be it! What do you think?


The Hedges said...

I was on bed rest for 7 weeks and 2 days and my advice to any one would be - DON'T DO IT! Bed rest is absolutely miserable. I received amazing service from my ward and hubby, but it was frustrating to just sit there, feeling fine, and not be able to do anything for myself or to care for Josh and our home.

Now, with that being said, stress isn't good for baby either. If you hate your job, if commuting makes you want to rip your hair out, if your worried about all of the 'nesting' things that you want to do, but haven't done yet, then I say it's okay to quit early. If your hubby's job is good enough to provide once the babies come and offers good enough insurance for the birth, then a couple of months at your job isn't going to make a huge difference in the great scheme of things. I quit early and I've never regretted it - I only got one week of nesting time before I went on bed rest and it really helped me.

That's a LONG comment! I hope you were serious about wanting the advice cuz you just got quit the eyeful from me!

Suzie-Q said...

Both of my sister have had a set of twins, one of them was working up to the day she delivered and the other had to slow down and it was really hard for her. I would say just do what you feel. If you feel like you can't handle getting up one day then by all mean stay and rest. if you feel like you have all the energy in the world then goodness get up and do something. Every pregnancy is different and you may have no problems right up to delivery time. Or you could have some problems. You doctor knows what you need. At this point if the babies are fine- you are fine.

Enjoy being pregnant! It is a great time in your life.

The Adams family said...

I would agree with your doctor. I know that doing your day to day things is good for you because it keeps you active and your mind off of things. You will start to feel when you need to slow down so work less hours or fit in more time to relax. Listen to your body it will tell you what it needs. And if you do that you will not need anything more than that.

Lind Family said...

Make sure you pray about it and follow you heart & the promptings you receive.

John & Melanie said...

So many great comments-listen to your body and your dr. Be active as much as you can taking walks and such as it will make your body stronger and the stronger your body is the quicker it will bounce back from preg and delivery. With that said don't plan on doing a marathon or anything because you don't want to over do it. Being active is actually a preventative measure.
My first preg I didn't feel my baby kick until like the last couple of weeks. It's frustrating but with 2 kids in there I'm sure like Dr W said you'll feel it soon enough. Good luck!

Emma said...

I agree with previous commenters. The more active you are during the pregnancy the easier it will be to recover later. But be reasonable. You don't want to start an new intense exercise etc. Hopefully you'll seel those moving around soon. It's the most amazing feeling!
I hope you taking some belly shots for posterity's sake ;)

Carli W. said...

Labor takes a lot out of a person, and it's best to be fit for it, but don't do more than what your body tells you to've been given great advise by all these commenters. Kjerstin's advise won't fail.

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