Tuesday, June 03, 2008

How I'm Doing

Currently, my gestational diabetes is being controlled with diet. I've gotten the hang of it and I've really whittled my diet down to eggs, cottage cheese, tofu, vegetables, a small amount of fruit, some whole grain breads, peanut butter, lunch meats, a few artificially sweetened "treats" (and I use the word loosely) and not much else. I guess I can live with this for the sake of these babies, as it won't be for a terribly long time.

My blood pressure is quite low, most of the time, and there is no protein in my urine, which is great, because it means I don't have pre-eclampsia. I have a good amount of water surrounding the babies and my placenta is very good with no signs of placenta previa.

I've recently had some upper respiritory problems, but am taking a few meds to help me get rid of it. One of the meds is a steroid (prednisone) and may actually help develop the babies lungs. Not a bad thing, as far as I'm concerned.

Today I started getting the Non Stress Test, which I will have to do twice a week. The babies proved to be doing just fine and I only had one contraction. My cervix is measuring in at 33 cm (anything over 25 is good), so no signs of preterm labor.

The babies are estimated to be large for twins, specifically in the 51st percentil and the 67th percentile, if they were each singletons. So for being twins, these numbers make them large...they estimate baby A at about 4 lbs. 12 oz. and baby B at about 5 lbs. 8 oz. So, I am already carrying around 10 pounds of baby. Ironically, the weight of these babies have flip-flopped. At last measure, baby A was the bigger of the two. Not sure what happened there, but the Dr. was quick to remind me that these weights are merely estimates...sort of like trying to guess someone's weight by knowing their clothing size. That being said, I can concur that my babies are large.

I don't have any stretch marks on my belly and with each day that passes, I hope, pray, that I remain this way. Baby A is sitting down low in my pelvic area and I am feeling the pressure. All things considered, I'm doing well and hanging in there. With any luck though, things will progress to delivery around 36 weeks...that is what I'm hoping for. Of course I would not want that to happen at the expense of the babies.

Wish me luck!

1 comment:

Anita said...

Oh, it's very exciting!!!

And you are doing so well for twins!!! I'm so impressed and hopefully inspired! ;-)

Yes, we do marvel at how we uglies could produce a child so beautiful. He must have gotten the best of us, and not the rest!

Keep up the good healthy work!!