Yesterday I went to see my OB. All by myself. Because our doc had a delivery on Friday, our appointment was rescheduled to Monday, and Husband would have had to really turn himself into a pretzel to make it. Since we'd had the great scan last Wednesday, we both decided we were comfortable with not being there together. Since we've started down this track (the TTC etc.), neither of us ever wanted to miss an appointment where we might get bad news. Uplifting, eh?
So I showed up, got shown to a room immediately, got weighed, got my BP taken (both were pronounced GREAT! by the nurse), got measured, heard the wee heartbeats and was sent on my way!
One of the things that was surprising to me was that he said that I was carrying small. Not in terms of uterine size or baby size, both are perfect, but that the way that my uterus was working? Holding the babies? Not sure...anyhoo some people's uterus grows up and out, and mine seems to be growing wide?, again, not sure. But I think it's my general body style. I tend to be wide rather than thick, so I'm probably using up some internal space that others might not posses. He also said that it looked like I had a good frame for caring and delivering twins. That is just the kind of thing I like to hear. I'm soaking up the good feedback. I'm pretty convinced that I'm carrying a baby in each breast. My breasts are enormous--they are still much bigger than my belly, once the belly finally surpass the breasts, I think I'll feel like look much more pregnant. I'm mostly wearing sleep bras at home, and suffering the best-of-the-worst in terms of bras when I'm out and about.
I have finally hit the constipation wall. I think it's the type of calcium I've been taking, so I'm switching it up and trying to find the right balance of calcium and magnesium, and hopefully I'll be back to my usual, ahem, self.
We went to our first childbirth class last night. We're going to an independent CB class, so it's 6 weeks long, and focuses a lot on various ways to manage an unmedicated birth. Clearly, that is not all that likely in our case! It made me somewhat wistful for those of you who are pregnant with singletons, and have so many more options than us twin moms. Of course, I could do anything I wanted to, but I know, even with a singleton I'd have a hospital birth, I'm just that anxious, but I would have worked very hard for an unmedicated birth. Oddly, I'm not scared of giving birth. I've been preparing for an unmedicated birth since I was a teenager (really, I used to want to be a midwife), nausea? Pre-eclampsia? Pre-term labor? Fetal death? Yup, terrified of all of them (ok with nausea, it was more dread than fear). Even though only one class is going to directly address our likely path (epidural/vag birth or cesarean), it's so nice to be a part of the club. And, I've finally been shown a picture of where the heck my organs have gone! Nice to know!
Today makes 18 weeks, 1/2 way through. Zowie. The guest list is being compiled for the baby shower, the stroller has been purchased and the car seats have been chosen, and the registry is going to be compiled. As of October, I'll only be working 2 days a week, and then by the end, none. Wow. Just like a regular pregnant lady.