Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The countdown begins...

35 weeks
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!


cherelli said...

Oh wow, the time to meet the twins has come so soon! Roll with it....best of wishes to you in this last week or so of pregnancy, may your twins be born healthy and be happy to see you!! Great work on the workouts too :)

5'10" Irish said...

Oh man that is crazy! You can do this, you're in the home stretch and now all you have to do is survive the week! Oh wait, this is the easy part, nerve racking, but easy! The real work is going to start after their born! Good luck lady!

Anonymous said...

Good luck Nicole! I have commented before - I had the same thing, moni-di twins - and my maternal fetal medicine specialist wasn't going to let me go longer than the 35th week. Everything worked out great, and I'm sure that will be the case for you as well.

I'm so impressed how you've been able to hang in there with the exercise, despite being "47 weeks pregnant." You are amazing, and I'm sure that will carry over into your ability to bounce back from the c-section and care for your babies.

Best wishes. I'll be thinking of you!

Mapp said...

All the best for the days to come, Nicole! I'll be thinking of you...C-section sucks (well, it did for me when I have emergency C-Section for Malo), but the most important thing is to do what's best for the twins. And delivering early is not the perfect situation but they do look after premature babies super well nowadays, so they'll be fine...
Can't wait to see their little faces, and hear what their real names will be (although I do like Eon's choices!):-)

Anonymous said...

BEST WISHES!!!!! definitely sending you lots of positive thoughts... and those precious little ones some strong developmental thoughts for their last few days inside! YAYYY! Be well!
kristin z (OR)

Anonymous said...

Hi Nicole,

Good luck, you are an inspiration! I just discovered your blog.
I am 41 and 18 weeks pregnant (after 3 years of trying and 2 early miscarriages). I am a devout marathoner and continue to run (with walk breaks). It makes me feel much better to read about other happy pregnant runners. I'm so slow, but it feels great to be out there, especially in the fall. I am signed up for my running club's annual 16-mile road race next month, when I will be 20 weeks. My doctor says its fine, as long as I stay smart and take breaks as needed, so I'm excited to do it, although it sounds like nothing compared with your pregnancy workouts!

All the best!

Jaymee said...

You are one of the strongest women I know, Nicole, and I have no doubt you will make it through the final 100m of your pregnancy with strength and in good health. Keep a positive attitude and know you and your babies will be healthy. I'll be thinking good thoughts for all of you.