Tuesday, April 28, 2009

28 Weeks Update

I met with the Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist (i.e. high risk doctor) on Wednesday.  The visit was okay (imagine Chicken Little in a white lab coat).  Here's a run down of the visit:
  • spent 45 mins. having an anatomy ultrasound.  The babies didn't care for the ultrasound either, they kept kicking at the nurse.
  • had a preterm labor test used to check for a certain hormone present as early as two weeks before labor starts.  My results were negative.  In other words, I didn't have the hormone so we're 98% certain I won't go into labor over the next two weeks.  I'll have to repeat this test every two weeks from here on out.
  • Met with Dr. Chicken Little who thinks I'm going to be preterm and certain I've a 'touch' of gestational diabetes.
Concerning the gestational diabetes, I retook the test last Friday.  I failed the first test by 4 points, so maybe the grape jelly biscuit, bowl of cereal and glass of high fructose orange juice (all consumed before the test) might have sent me over the edge.  No news is good news in this case.  I'll only get a phone call from the doctor's office if I failed the test again.

As for the preterm labor prediction (didn't need a medical degree to know a twin pregnancy is a good candidate for preterm labor), Dr. Chicken Little said my cervix was closed but on the low side which (surprise!) worried her.  Additionally, I have a higher than normal amount of amniotic fluid surrounding each baby which could either be a symptom of gestational diabetes or preterm labor.  

Ultimately folks, I'm sure this is all good information and in fairness to Dr. Chicken Little she is only doing her job.  However, I feel there is a fine line between being cautious and being fearful.  I'm open to doing things that will not put the babies at risk.  For example, from now until the babies are born Dave has agreed I'm 'always right' on every subject from home buying decisions  to weather predictions (he's a keeper).  I will not, however, spend the rest of this pregnancy in fear of preterm labor or gestational diabetes.  Somehow that route seems like a self-fulfilling prophecy.  

Tomorrow, I meet with my ob/gyn for another routine check up.  We'll see where my iron levels are, I've been eating more red meat and green leafy things.  However, at this stage in the game, being anemic is pretty standard from what I've researched.

In other news, we had our baby shower last Saturday.  It was fantastic and I loved every minute of it.  There will be more on that in another post.  Also, we found a house!  The offer was accepted, we had the home inspection yesterday and hope to close by the end of May!  Who knows, I just might get my imaginary nursery before the babies come!

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