Yesterday I found out that the twins weights were 5lbs and 5lbs 12 oz. The high risk ob said that these measurements can be off 10-15% off now so he was not concerned about the weight discordance. All other measurements were normal including their fluid levels which were each around 5.5cm.
My high risk ob also informed me that he wants me to deliver the twins this week or next week. During the last 7 days, I did lots of research regarding optimal time for delivery and I found the same scientific data. Mono-di twins (identical twins who share 1 placenta) are at a high risk for death after the 36th week of pregnancy.
Yikes to say I am nervous and stressed out is an understatement. My regular ob never mentioned this to me and if it was not for my high risk ob who casually mentioned 2 weeks ago I should deliver soon at 35 weeks I am not sure if I would have been prompted to do my own research to discover the optimal time for delivery and the reasons behind it for identical twins. For those who have identical twins, check out this study http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1471-0528.2007.01556.x/full
So next week it is. I am excited to meet them but nervous for many other reasons. For one, I doubt my body will go into natural labor by then so this means a scheduled c-sect and two, the twins will not be fullterm yet and I am worried about them not being fully ready to live outside the womb. My ob will not induce me (against his policy for women who have had a prior c-sect) so I have no choice. I either hope for natural labor to occur on its own in less than a week or I am set up to have a repeat c-sect.
This pregnancy has been difficult. Aside from the physical discomforts, the emotional roller coaster ride has been challenging. I am now measuring 47 weeks so you would think my body would start labor soon! I am exercising through this and determined to exercise until the twins arrive! I love my 2-3 hr hikes on the weekends and 60 min stairmaster workouts.
6-8 more days. The countdown begins!