Hello ladies! This is my first post but I just want to dive right in today with questions so I thought I'd just start the topic of concern.
I've got 5 children, all born at home, with the first 2 being attended by midwives and the last 3 being UC births. WIth my third child I had pre and post natal care even though we free birthed, so this is only my third UP.
So I have my records from my first three births. The other two I didn't make extensive records, although I kept a journal with #5.
I love homebirth and UC because with it I've avoided a lot of suffering and even c-sections, I'm sure. (example; I had PROM twice, once for 24 hrs and once for 3 days! I had no signs of infection or distress so just waited for natural labor while staying hydrated and clean.)
So here I am, at 19 weeks and 5 days. I'm really sure of my dates because I was keeping close track when we decided to try and got pregnant on the first attempt, which happened to be perfectly timed. My ovulation was weird that time. I gained weight uncontrollably that month with severe hunger. It was almost like I was already pregnant but I know I wasn't because I tested before my period and then again when I was just 2 weeks into my cycle - to make sure my period was really a period, you know! I ovulated on day 10, actually, which was another weird thing about that cycle. Never do I usually ovulate before day 14. Another weird thing about that ovulation was that I threw up! Just that day, as though I was already 7 weeks pregnant. As soon as the first day of my missed period I took a pregnancy test and got a strong dark line. Another pregnancy first! I'm used to seeing a faint line, you know.
Things kept getting weirder from there. At only 6 weeks I started vomiting. I never do that before 7 weeks. At least not until now. I'm still puking, in fact, although I've been known to do it until week 30 but later trimester puking is typically isolated to mornings, not up to 4 times a day still. Not this time! I am paranoid about laying down, because I have to fight SO hard not to vomit when I stay down for too long.
My heart rate and blood pressure have never been high, in fact, never been above 100/60 and a heartbeat of 80, even in late pregnancy. I'm already seeing blood pressures of 110/80 and a heartbeat of 100+. My husband is not a doctor but has a respectable training from the army so he's my sounding board with that kind of thing. If anybody could give me an IV or rescusitate, at a birth scene - he can.
Ive also never been more tired and hungry! And frankly, I'm measuring 26cm, doing it the way the midwife did for us in pregnancy before. That might not sound impressive to you, but keep in mind that my uterus is a funny shape and when I lay down the curve melts away. Standing is the only way to get an average type of reading on me. Standing I now measure 34cm and laying down I measure the same as I did when I was pregnant with my largest and most accurately dated pregnancy at 32 weeks!! (which again was 26cm)
Also keep in mind that I've never measured more than 33cm at birth, to my knowledge. One time, when I was probably 42 weeks I measured 31cm. (measured laying down)
I need opinions. I hope to get opinions from doulas, midwives and twin moms or anyone who might be able to give me a good explanation of what might be going on.
Also please note that I'm not interested in a formal diagnosis of multiples. That would complicate everything for me and I know that Laura Shanely is spot on about birth. It happens best unhindered. I cannot have a painless labor attended by even the coolest midwife on the planet, been there, done that, but I did it on my own with my husband and children at my side.
I would however be interested in detecting multiples myself, so any advice up to and including battery run handheld dopplers would be great.
Finally, I wanted to add that I'm only 4'11". The other day I showed my husband a profile pic of a woman 6" taller, pregnant with triplets. He pointed to her 22 week belly shot and said that one looked the most like my profile. HOLY COW!!!!
Needless to say, I'm suspicious at this point. ;) Opinions???