I may be posting here prematurely, but I need a place to decompress.
We have six kids and are currently expecting, due in March. From the get-go this pregnancy has been "odd". I started suspecting twins when I could palpate my uterus at 8 weeks. People started enquiring if we were expecting when I was 9 weeks. After 12 weeks, people no longer asked, it was obvious! And we weren't really going to announce this one to the family until it was obvious....
I've been measuring 5 weeks ahead since my first midwife appointment. I have never previously measured ahead with any of my pregnancies, not even with 10lb 14oz, 23 in #3. I have studied midwifery and am pretty adept at fetoscope usage, especially on my own pregnancies, being able to hear sometimes from 14 weeks. I could only hear placenta *everywhere* until 16+6 weeks. The biggest clue, though, was starting to feel movement at 12 weeks, jabs on the lower right just above my pelvis and jabs on my upper left near the fundus, nearly simultaneously. I've heard placental sounds near both areas. Problem is, I've been suffering extreme supine hypotension, which has never affected me before in a pregnancy, even at term. So, it's hard to lay on my back long enough to try to get more than one FHT.
Last week (17+5 weeks), I am 90% sure I did get two FHTs. I didn't have my watch to check beats, but there had been a major shift in position and I put my fetoscope down in two different places and got FHTs in both, roughly 3 inches apart. Went back to the first, still there. Way back when, that'd be considered conclusive. LOL
So, here I am....We have scheduled an US for next Wednesday. I'm nervous about it. I don't typically do US of any sort during the pregnancy. I already allowed my midwife to check with the doppler last Friday, because I'm going out of my mind wondering, discerning birth plans, names.... Of course, due to the hypotension, she sat the table up and really couldn't get anything conclusive. If there are two, I'm pretty sure they were stacked pretty close at that point.
I've been reading past posts and would like to come out of lurkdom and say "hi"! I need some experienced input WRT birth plans and processing my options. This post is already lengthy, so I'll follow up in a little while with my dilemma. I have to say, I have always had the possibility of twins in the back of my mind each pregnancy, given my mother is a fraternal twin herself, but it is a whole new world when seriously contemplating the potential reality of birthing, breastfeeding, co-sleeping, etc. with twins.