Sunday, October 23, 2016

9 Week Pregnancy Update- Surprise! It's TWINS!

I love looking back on my pregnancies with my two girls so when I found out I was pregnant again I knew I would blog about it. This past week was my first ultrasound. I didn't expect anything exciting except maybe to hear the heartbeat. I had Isla with me and Avelyn was in school. First off, taking a 1 year old to your OBGYN appts is no fun. I don't remember it being so hard with Avelyn but for whatever reason, Isla hates that place. She cried pretty much nonstop the entire time.

So let's get to it shall we? I went into the ultrasound room and started nursing Isla up on the table so that she would calm down and be quiet. Every mom knows you get butterflies at first because you never know what could happen. As soon as we started we saw a baby and that put me at ease. The tech measured the baby and we decided I was off by 2 days and adjusted my due date to May 27 from May 25. She checked the heartbeat (163 bpm just like my other babies) and then started an exporatory mission of my ovaries. I never remembered that part from previous ultrasounds but I'm sure then did it then as well. I asked her if everything was okay and she said they looked great. Then she said the most confusing thing to me:

"How do you feel about having four kids?"

I laughed and replied, "Oh no, we are done! This pregnancy was a surprise and my husband has already agreed to get snipped." As casual as can be she said, "Well, your going to have four."

I was so confused. I said something like, "There aren't four babies in there?" And she said, "No, but there are TWO."

It really took way too long for me to process this. I started laughing hysterically and crying at the same time, all while repeating, "THIS IS NOT HAPPENING!" I thought it was a joke. C'mon. I have never heard of twin in either of our families. It was such a fluke that I got pregnant to begin with. I only had one period before finding out of this pregnancy.

After that part, I don't remember much else of the visit. They did a full check-up since it had been over a year and started rattling off all this information. Extra folic acid prescriptions, Ultrasounds every 4 weeks or sooner. Maternal Fetal Specialists. I am now considered High-Risk. My previous preterm labor at 30 weeks with both girls will make this extra scary. yada yada yada

I am so overwhelmed. There is so much to learn about twins. To start, there are four kinds. It all depends on whether they share a sac or a placenta or both. Identical twins that share a placenta are the riskiest and fraternal ones that have their own placentas are the least riskiest. I feel like first time mom all over again! 

I've been googling and finding blogs and talking to other twin moms. So far the best blogs I have found are:

Both of those twin moms have older children and since that's part of the reason I am freaked out, I figured reading their stories would help ease some of my anxiety. So far, it hasn't worked at all. I have a long road ahead but I don't want to let this post get too long. Here is my 9 week bumpdate!

Babies are the size of... grapes! 

How far along... 9 weeks 1 day

Maternity Clothes? Not yet but it's not far off. My workout pants are uncomfortably tight at the top and I can't wear them for very long. I can still wear my regular jeans but the waist used to be huge and now I have to unbutton them after a few hours. I gave all of my maternity clothes (as well as baby stuff) away this summer so I am on the hunt for maternity clothes all over again.

Weight Gain: None yet, I have actually lost 2 lbs despite eating my usual amounts.

Workouts: I have been sticking with my BBG since finding out I was pregnant. This past week I was only able to do 1 workout (Week 11 Legs). LISS makes me feel sicker so that's not going to work for a while. I got conflicting information on whether I could keep up with my high intensity workouts but I was just given the green light from my dr. :)

Symptoms: Horrible morning/all day sickness. It kicked in at 5.5 weeks. It got so bad I could barely walk. I didn't remember it being so horrible with either of my other pregnancies but I just assumed it was because it was baby #3 and all. I've also had some extreme dizziness even when I'm sitting down. I took my BP and saw it was 90/70. I usually run a little high during pregnancy instead of low but all of these are common in twin pregnancies. You would think it might have given me a hint but no, never ever ever did it cross my mind I could be carrying two babies. My emotions are all over the place as well but that's pretty normal for me during pregnancy. The only other symptom is extreme exhaustion. It doesn't help that my husband has been gone for two weeks and I haven't had one single break. 

Stretch Marks? No. I never had any with either of my other pregnancies but I am pretty worried that it is inevitable this time. After seeing pictures of women pregnant with twins...I am a little freaked out about how huge I will become.

Sleep: Isla still wakes up to nurse a couple times a night but usually I go right back to sleep. Ever since finding out it's twins, I have a harder time getting back to sleep. My mind is always racing.

Movement?  Not yet. I felt Avelyn at 18 weeks and Isla at 11 weeks so we will see!

Genders and Twin Type:  I should find out genders around 14 weeks and twin type at my 12 week ultrasound.

What I Miss... Feeling strong and well. Having Energy.

Food Cravings:  Fruit!

Looking Forward To... my 12 week ultrasound.

There is so much more I could write but Isla is crying and ready for nap!