So today we had our first prenatal appointment with the OBGYN. I was super excited for the Hubs to meet Dr. Merritt., as I had hand picked her last summer when initially trying to find a good OB. The last time I had seen her was for my annual girl visit in December, where she had recommended I see a fertility specialist because I hadn't gotten my period after getting off birth control. So when she came in the room I told her all about my adventures with Premature Ovarian Failure and filled her in up to the present, a la me being pregnant with twins. I then began to rapid fire a list of questions I had ready, to which she answered thoroughly.
Q: Do you have a lot of experience with multiples?
A: Yes, I have delivered many sets of twins and triplets
Q: I was really wanting to deliver at Winnie Palmer Hospital but I know it is very busy so I am concerned about getting lost in the shuffle or hurried along while I am there.
A: It is one of the busiest hospitals in the country, but there are enough nurses that you will be assigned one who will monitor you and ensure you are being taken care of.
(My neighbor is also a concierge manager there so that's always a plus!)
Q: Since I am going to be 35 when I deliver will I need extra testing?
A: You will get set up with a genetic counselor to go over your family history and he will let you know which tests you will need to take and work with your insurance company to get them covered.
Q: I exercise multiple times per week, can I continue to exercise and will there come a time where I am not allowed and possibly put on bed rest? I hear that happens often with multiples.
A: It varies from person to person. For now you may keep exercising as you normally would and just continue to assess how you are feeling. You will know when you have to tone it down a bit as you get further along, because you will feel it. We will be monitoring you to make sure everything is going well. If problems arise, then we may have to reevaluate your activity level. It's really a wait and see type of thing and it is different for everyone.
Q: I never wanted a C-section but I keep reading that it is pretty common with twins. Is this true?
A: 30% of the twins we deliver are vaginally. It all depends on the position of the babies. If twin A. comes out vaginally sometimes twin B. may panic and in that case we would have to do a C-section.
Ummm.... yeah, no. Can you imagine birthing a baby vaginally AND THEN having a C-section. Kill me now!
There were lots of other questions I had, but completely forgot about them until after the appointment.
After the meeting with our doctor, we went to another room for the ultrasound. It was SO much better than the one at Dr. T's office! There not only was a small monitor that the ultrasound tech was looking at, but we got to see the twins up on a huge 50 inch screen in front of us! It was SO amazing! And there they were, looking like little gummy bears and they were MOVING! Squirming around, wiggling their little arm and leg buds. Coolest thing I've ever seen. And I can't believe that's happening inside me, especially since I can't feel it. G was in his glory and said he wanted to see them every day. The tech was really nice and let us watch them for a while. They were laying at different angles so we couldn't get a good shot of them together, but we got fantastic ones of them individually!
Can't wait 'til the next appointment to see them again!