Helloooo there. So sorry for the extended period of silence. I’ve been nose to the grindstone for the last couple of weeks, and am just now coming up for air.
Yesterday we had our first appointment in the Maternal and Infant Care Clinic. My poor wife felt miserable during the whole appointment, and her misery was exacerbated by the sinking feeling that we’d never get out of the clinic. It was a straight up parade of providers–first the medical assistant, then the nurse practitioner, then the maternal fetal medicine (MFM) doctor, and then the nurse educator. A whopping four providers and apparently we’ll see them all at each visit. There will be no shortage of attention, and no dearth of reading material! We came home with two books and a bunch of papers. Our next appointment is in two weeks, when we will have the nuchal translucency scan.
Thankfully, the MFM doc started out with an ultrasound, which was a blessing because if she’d started with her scary speech I would have cried or vomited or both. Instead, we got to see Bean and Peanut tumbling around in utero. They were kicking and flailing their little arm buds. It was so cute I squealed. Seriously, I did.
The doctor was kind of a Debbie Downer (again!) about the size discrepancy between Bean and Peanut, but after some hemming and hawing and extensive measuring of Peanut, who isn’t as much of a show off as Bean, she decided she wasn’t worried. Both babies have great heart rates, and both are measuring slightly ahead – Bean by 4 days and Peanut by 1. Here they are!
I could have stared at them all day long, but Debbie D turned off the monitor and sat us down for a little heart to heart. First she reminded us that we aren’t out of the woods yet. She said that if everything still looks good in 2 weeks, then we can all breathe a collective sigh of relief. Then she told us about the risks of twin pregnancies–higher risk of pre-term birth, higher risk of chromosomal abnormalities, higher risk of pre-eclampsia and higher risk of gestational diabetes. I have to say that part of the visit was really not awesome. I kind of wish the MFM docs could just not tell you all those things and deal with them if the need arises, but I guess it’s good to be prepared. We’ll get a lot of extra monitoring to prevent pre-term birth and other complications, and we really won’t have any control over our ability to travel and do other things in the coming months–it all depends on Bean and Peanut. It’s their show now!