Hi, this is my first time checking in on this thread. I'm 25 weeks along with MZ boys. I'm okay, gaining well (I think) and they seem to be growing well. I've gained about 34 lbs since January, and the babies supposedly are on the big side, measuring ahead.
I saw the perinatologist a week ago for an ultrasound (we are monitoring for TTTS since they are a mono/di pair) and he must have mentioned gestational diabetes four or five times in our consult after the u/s.
Evidently, both babies are growing big and "twins don't do that." I suggested that when mothers follow something along the lines of the Brewer diet model and especially have a significant weight gain early on, more of the twin pregnancies are going to term with 7-8+ lb twins. He just looked pretty blankly at me, and said from the high risk standpoint it suggests GD and it's coming up on time for the screening so just get screened.
I'm pleased that a week later, I still just feel pleased and proud that I'm growing them this well, rather than feeling this nagging worry about "Maybe it's GD instead...." I really feel like my body's processes are normal and healthy, and this guy just is stuck someplace with old info/expectations or something. I admit, I was surprised. I threw out the names Barbara Luke & Elizabeth Noble, and I figured he'd know Dr. Luke's book or name (she seems so dang mainstream, relatively speaking.) He also didn't seem particuarly phased by my suggestion that growing big "early" (when they're still tracking along with singleton growth patterns) might ensure a healthier birthweight for twins, since they eventually slow down their growth. I dunno. I'm glad his skepticism didn't freak me out!
I had an appointment with my regular OB (saw the midwife who shares prenatal appts with her, though) today and I took in a list of various menu items from the last week or so, to be able to give an idea of the way I am eating. Lots of protein, lots of complex carbohydrates, whole fruits (versus juices), limited simple sugars.....My question was what exactly will change if I "fail" the test and go on the GD maintenance diet?
They hadn't gotten the report from the other hospital, so the issue didn't even come up. I told the midwife they are measuring ahead, and she said, "Great."
At 24 weeks, 4 days, twin A was measuring 25 weeks, 4 days, and twin B was measuring 27 weeks, 2 days. There really was no concern about TTTS or the difference between the twins; the only concern the peri had was that they BOTH are measuring big. They calculated twin A as 1 lb 13 oz, and twin B was measuring 2 lbs 3 oz. (Of course, I don't know how much stock to put in these u/s measurements and estimates....)
Twin B is breech, and I'd really like to get him to turn vertex again. I am not afraid of losing the chance at a vaginal birth (doctors at both hospitals are fine with going for vaginal if the first twin is presenting vertex) but at my local hospital, if both are vertex when labor begins I can labor & deliver in a regular l/d/r/p room. If the second twin is breech, they say I have to labor in the O.R.
I keep waking up on my back, which frustrates me. Why is this happening???? I really want to be in positions to promote optimal positioning for the babes, but no amount of pillow bracing or body pillow encompassing seems to keep me from ending up on my back. (How can I even stand it?)
I went to see a chiropractor certified in Webster technique yesterday. I had seen one four years ago, and this experience seemed very different. I don't know what to think. I hope it's good, and that it will help. I think things were wonky with my sacrum, though the round ligament was pretty soft & responsive. I dunno. I hope there's room for both to be head-down.
I have a recurring terrible sharp pain right at the top of my belly, slightly off-center on my right side. Boy, does it hurt. It's sort of like sunburn pain, or maybe sunburned skin being pushed from the inside. I don't think it relates to kicking/pushing, though. But maybe it does....I just felt a kick there!
I am busy doing my HypnoBabies course. I'm pretty happy with my OB....the only thing that is sticking in my craw (besides the whole "labor in the O.R. if twin B is breech" thing) is that she seems to think I should not go past 38 weeks. Of course, I don't know how long they'll go and maybe they'll come on their own by then, but if not? I am stressed at the thought of an induction. No, no, no!
I am hoping to engage her in discussion on this issue (I've only actually seen her once at this point) so I need to clarify my thoughts before my next appointment with her.
I guess those are the issues in my world.