Well we are just back from the OB. I really, really like this doctor. My first visit ever to an OB - I've always had my annual 'female' exams done by my internist. The minute he walked in the room I just felt totally at ease with him. My friend M will probably say 'I told you so', because she raved about him already. Everyone in the office was super nice, kept congratulating us, already seemed to know our names, etc.
He did a quick u/s - they are both still there and both heartbeats still flickering away. The u/s machine he had in the office didn't measure the heartbeats, but he said by looking he guessed they were around 150 - 160. I guess they have another room with the more detailed u/s machine, but this room just had a basic one. A measured 1.18cm (7w2d) and B measured 1.54cm (7w6d) - so they've definitely grown in the past week. It worries me a little that A is smaller and measuring a couple days behind. But he didn't seem concerned and said that the measurements are really rough at this stage. And I guess there's nothing I can do about it so no point in worrying.
I go back in 2 weeks. He said with twins he'll want to see me every 2 weeks instead of every 4. And he said we'll most likely get a quick u/s every time, because he likes to have a look at them, and also because visually seeing them on the u/s is the easiest way for him to distinguish between the two heartbeats.
He said that 38 weeks is the longest they'll let me go - they consider that full term for twins and they will induce you if you get that far. He also said that there is about a 50% c-section rate with twins and it's not in our control. I really, really don't want a c-section. He said that if the first one is head down, then it can be a vaginal delivery. But if it's breech that it has to be a cesarean. With singltons they can try to turn a breech baby, but they won't do it with twins. But he said they usually know by about 28 weeks what position they are in and they generally don't move from there, so we will have plenty of time to prepare.
I had to pee in a cup. Which I am not very good at apparently -I managed to pee all over my hand and only get a very tiny amount into the cup. And they took some blood. They didn't say what they were testing for in all this - and I was too overwhelmed to ask.
I got a few more pictures. And we still have the u/s appointment at the RE's office on friday, so we'll get more pictures then and hopefully better measurement of the heartbeats.
I didn't sleep great last night. I think I might have been anxious for the appointment. I keep thinking that it's not really real that we're having twins, and that one of them will have disappeared. I know, I know - I need to think positive. The nurse kept writing twins on all the forms, and the doctor was talking about all the things that can be different with twins. It kind of freaked me out. Not because I'm freaked out about having twins -I really want twins. But more because I'm freaked out that maybe I'm not having twins - and every time somebody says it or writes it I cringe because I think they might jinx it. J wants to tell our friends we are having dinner with tonight. They know about the pregnancy but not that it's twins. He thinks talking about it to somebody will help me accept that it's real.
And I'm totally overwhelmed with information. They gave us a whole packet of stuff. Including an entire book from the hospital. There are brochures about classes we can take (actually a whole book of classes, plus a few extra flyers), three separate flyers with food warnings, a separate whole booklet written by the doctors office with pregancy advice and instructions, booklets on prenatal screening, etc., etc. It's information overload. I haven't bought any pregnancy books, so this is the first actual printed information about pregnancy that has touched my hands. I've been afraid to buy any books about pregnancy, or (gasp) twins - afraid I might jinx things. I'm not generally a superstitious person - but I keep feeling like we shouldn't say it out loud, or else some evil spirit might hear us and come in and take them away.
I'm seriously heading off the deep end here.
Ok. Next OB appointment - March 14.