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#10761

[QUOTE=thelifespark]Latina I’m so excited for you!!! The u/s is so sweet. Do you have any names picked out?

So I’ve started my new job. I had two days of working interviews and today was my first official day. The owner of the company called to see how my first day went. She said there’s a learning curve but new team members are expected to be great by 40 houses. Then she said with the feedback she’s gotten back from the team leads I’ve worked with so far she thinks I’m going to be great by 20 or 30 house in which case I may skip a pay grade and by fall she expect me to be a lead myself. She said she has high expectations from me because she’s heard really great things. It feels great to have someone giving you a vote of confidence and since team leads make $15 and hour I won’t complain if she’s expecting me to make it there by fall.

Anyway, my RE appointment is rescheduled for next month because it WAS scheduled for today and I couldn’t very well blow off my first day at a new job. I figured I’d get settled in and then go. So I’m scheduled for June 17th and really praying for something like good news!

Sorry to make this so short and not address many personals but I’m exhausted. Hope everyone is doing well![/QUOTE]

Nickelle,
I am happy that your new job is going so well.
I hope the RE appt goes well for you too.

I haven’t picked out any names until I find out the sexes and then I will have a better idea.

I am exhausted so off to bed I go.

Good night.


#10762

[quote=thelifespark]Latina I’m so excited for you!!! The u/s is so sweet. Do you have any names picked out?

So I’ve started my new job. I had two days of working interviews and today was my first official day. The owner of the company called to see how my first day went. She said there’s a learning curve but new team members are expected to be great by 40 houses. Then she said with the feedback she’s gotten back from the team leads I’ve worked with so far she thinks I’m going to be great by 20 or 30 house in which case I may skip a pay grade and by fall she expect me to be a lead myself. She said she has high expectations from me because she’s heard really great things. It feels great to have someone giving you a vote of confidence and since team leads make $15 and hour I won’t complain if she’s expecting me to make it there by fall.

Anyway, my RE appointment is rescheduled for next month because it WAS scheduled for today and I couldn’t very well blow off my first day at a new job. I figured I’d get settled in and then go. So I’m scheduled for June 17th and really praying for something like good news!

Sorry to make this so short and not address many personals but I’m exhausted. Hope everyone is doing well![/quote]

Yay!! That $15/hr makes a big difference. I finally reached that last fall and I have to say, when you realize that you are now making $30,000/year, being able to afford to have a child becomes a lot more feasible (not the transfer, etc., but as far as childcare, housing, etc.). I just need to get my debt paid off now.

Hope that this job will be and bring to you everything you’ve wished for!


#10763

[quote=latina418]Hi all,
Sorry I have been MIA, but between the morning sickness and somnolence life has been pretty slow lately. I did have a little scary spotting on saturday, but the hospital checked me out and we are ok.
I am posting a recent US of the twins. Still don’t know the sex, but hoping to find out soon.

Sasha,
sorry to hear the cycle didn’t work.

Jen,
How is Abigail?

Ona,
When are you going to be able to try for a cycle?

Hope,
Lots of luck to you with the Doctor.

Nickelle,
I am sorry Mother’s day was hard for you. I remember how I felt last year. But like Godiva said, your turn shall come soon.

To EOE
Hi!

[/quote]

Thanks for the baby pictures!!


#10764

Hello all,

Sorry for my silence but I’ve just been bench warming over here with not much to report post-surgery. The recovery was a lot slower than I thought it would be and I was sore for about 2 weeks because of the cuts.

But guess who showed up today??? And ON TIME!!! WOOOPP!!! So, I have to sit out this cycle and then I can get started as soon as I get AF again. So, if my cycles cooperate and start on time, that puts transfer around the end of June/beginning of July… which is kind of a bummer because I had a big camping trip planned for that weekend and was going to drive up to Maine and see some houses and now that is all in limbo until I know what is going on as far as transfer date. I wrote my nurse so I am just waiting to hear back from her.

YAY Latina! Love the u/s photos and still super excited for you. I was SO exhausted that first trmester and had spotting up until week 12 and morning sickness the whole pregnancy so I understand! Sleep is your friend. Pack in as much of it as you can while those monkeys are on the inside.

Sasha, so sorry for the iVF cycle issues. It really is more art than science (no pun intended). They will tweak things and hopefully your next cycle will be more productive. Just keep swimming!!!

Nickelle, you know I am super jazzed about your job. You gals need to give me some finance lessons though because if I had to try survive on even $20/hr I’d be a wreck. Honestly, I am feeling down about finances because just the basics every month plus the nanny is putting me at my budget down to the penny. I am able to save a tiny bit each month but that’s all getting eaten by medical expenses for the surgery and after that it’ll get eaten by expenses for this next cycle and after that I’ve got a ton of other big bills like car tax and such…it just feels never ending. Ugh.

Godiva, so great to hear from you!!! Post piccies of the monkeys!!! I’m in touch with Katherine and Marisa and a few others on FB.

Hope, everything crossed for the rest of your tests and wishing for forward progress in this whole adventure.

Ok, off to get some snuggle time in! My monkeys are almost 2 and a half! Can you believe it?!?!? They’re getting so big and starting to use English more than their twin language and Schuyler’s favourite word right now is “beautiful” (which she pronounced booreeful). They’re big into hugs and kiss and huggamuggas (eskimo kisses).


#10765

[quote=silverbrumby]
Ok, off to get some snuggle time in! My monkeys are almost 2 and a half! Can you believe it?!?!? They’re getting so big and starting to use English more than their twin language and Schuyler’s favourite word right now is “beautiful” (which she pronounced booreeful). They’re big into hugs and kiss and huggamuggas (eskimo kisses).[/quote]

We need a picture update!


#10766

Latina - I see your ticker shows over 14 weeks now, yey for the second trimester. I hope your morning sickness is easing up. Those pictures are so cute, do you get ultrasounds more often because you’re having twins?

Nickelle - Sounds like the new job is going well. Do you have any flexibility in your schedule or paid time off for appts? The time for all those doctor’s visits has really added up for me and I’m sure it will be even more time off once the treatments start. I’ve been working with my agency for a while, so I do have some time off saved, but we have a major project due at the end of June, so they are not thrilled about giving time off until its done. I scheduled my first appt. with the new RE for June anyway, I’ll just have to move things around and get half a day off. I don’t want to delay things any more.

Ona - I hope the timing works out for you and you still get to go camping. I hear you on the $$$ thing. I think the cost of living is just much higher near the coasts then in the middle of the country. I looked into daycare costs in my area when I started thinking about having a child by myself. A daycare center for infant is about $900-$1000/month. A nanny would be at least $10/hour. With 50 week for work + commute that adds up to $2K/month. I think daycare would be by far the biggest expense around here until a child is school age.

AFM - I got all my test results back, but no real answers. I was told that with 21 day progesterone test, if its under a certain #, there was definitely no ovulation, if its over another #, there definitely was. Mine is right in between those 2 #s. So maybe, maybe not. Not the answer I was looking for. Now I just have to take all my results to the new RE and see what she has to say.
Was anyone able to do an IUI in the cycle where you needed provera to get AF? I had to take it for May to do the tests since AF was 3 months late. Now I’m on CD 29 and no sign of it again. I was hoping I don’t have to wait indefinitely until AF shows up by itself when I’m ready to start an IUI cycle.


#10767

Hope the schedule at my new job is fairly flexible so it shouldn’t be to much trouble as far as I can tell but I guess we’ll see what happens when appointments start coming up! I try to make sure appointments are scheduled enough in advance that I can give plenty of notice for needing time off but some treatments (and certainly the insemination itself) it a little hard to predict -_- lol


#10768

Hi all,
So things have been getting better, the morning sickness has finally started to disappear within the last two weeks…yey!
I went to get my first trimester screening with a multiple specialty center and it was great. I was able to get the screening, genetic counseling, nutrition evaluation and met with a high risk specialist. We were able to see that one of the babies is a boy…yey! We think the other one is a girl but they won’t confirm until 20 weeks. The only bad thing was that I was scolded for not gaining enough weight…apparently I was supposed to gain minimum 14 lbs to 21 lbs max by now and I have only gained 8.5 lbs so they have me on a 2800-3000 calorie diet. Sounds easy… Not so much I am having to eat every two hrs and feel like I am always stuffed… I hope I get the weight up so that I can back off the eating a little. They want me to gain about 40-50 lbs total… Crazy huh?
Otherwise life is going ok.

Nickelle,
Glad work is going better. I really want you to have the happiness of having a baby like me.mi know it has been a long journey for you.

Hope,
I wish I could be of more help at answering some of your questions, but since all my labs were normal, I have no clue. :frowning:
Either way good luck.
I am going to be screened with ultrasounds monthly until 32 weeks and then every two weeks.

Jen,
how is Abigail? How are you handling the recovey? Are you resting well now?

Ona,
When will you be able to get started?

To EOE… Hi!


#10769

Hooray Latina!!! So glad the morning sickness is letting up a bit. As for the weight gain/calories… you should know that almost every twin mom I know, myself included, found it virtually impossible to take in enough calories. It’s a bit easier that second trimester but once those babies get bigger and squish your stomach, forget about it. I had to resort to drinking my calories. I actually lost weight my first trimester (almost 20lbs) and then steadily gained that back over the pregnancy until 35 weeks when I exploded with water weight from the stress induced hypertension after the layoff which added 40lbs of water in just 3 days. Once I lost the water weight after delivery I weighed 35lbs less than my prepregnancy weight but my babies were extremely healthy and big. I think that the most important thing is to eat nutrient dense foods, lots of protien and stay away from empty calories like carbs and sugars. Here’s a great diet for twin pregnancies:

The Twin Diet

However, go easy on yourself. Some days you just may not have the energy or the appetite while other days you’ll mow down everything in sight. I had morning sickness the whole pregnancy so I just ate what my body said it could handle which was mostly soups and salad and lots and lots of eggs. My body flatly refused to eat carbs or dairy so I just didn’t eat it. Even chocolate sounded disgusting. the horror!

As for your ultrasounds and “high risk pregnancy” stuff… unless your twins are identical, the risks are not that huge for things like twin to twin transfusion syndrome. I’d strongly urge you to look into the risks of ultrasounds because they are not without risk. You are not required to do whatever your doctor says and have the right to informed consent and even refusal. I refused all but my 20 week anatomy scan and 32 week follow up exam. Again, it’s your pregnancy and your babies and do whatever you feel most comfortable with but also know that those perinatologists are following their own protocol which is not based on you as an individual.


#10770

Oops. hit return before finished typing…

Was going to also update you on my cycle, which is officially green lighted!!!

I got my calendar today and my nurse is ordering meds. Insurance covers nada this go which has me rather upset since I’m 1K short on my FET fund because I had to pay deductible for the surgery…so I am scrambling to come up with the extra cash.

As of right now I go in for my day 21 bloodwork on June 13. If all looks well (e.g. I’ve ovulated) then I start lupron the next day and my schedule moves on as it is with a baseline on June 27, a few checks in between and transfer around July 15. If I haven’t ovulated then we wait a week and check again and if no dice then they’ll probably put me on progesterone or the pill or something and there’ll be delays and such, so everything crossed. I think I will be ok for the ovulating part because today I’ve been having all of the LH surge type symptoms I normally get, so that is promising.

So, everything crossed! I am playing it by ear on how many to transfer but I got the ok from the nurse that I can transfer two if I want to.


#10771

Hey Ona!
Thanks for the information, the diet thing helps me feel better.
As far as the ultrasounds, they want me to do them monthly, they said the fetal cord on one of the babies was not in the center but off to the side? I really didnt know there was an issue with ultrasounds, it scares me because my fertility doctor did like 3 and they have done 2 at the ob office so that is 5 in a 14 week period. I definitely will be getting the 20 week scan but it is going to be done at 21 weeks since I will be out of the country… But now I am not sure about doing the monthly scans. My first trimester screening went very well… Any thoughts on this from the other moms or soon to be moms would be real helpful.

Hooray that you can start the cycle! Good luck getting the extra money. Are you worried about getting twins again?


#10772

Hey! I’m not worried about twins. I’d be ok with that, crazy as it sounds… the biggest concerns I have about another set of twins is that it would mean a c-section birth as noone would touch me with a ten foot pole for a VBAC with twins at age 42. It would also mean having to get a new car, and of course, that first year is not easy and will be that plus two three year olds! But logistically/financially, raising 4 kids is doable for me. The pregnancy and the car are my biggest fears. Since I only get one try at this I thought I need to go all in, but I’ve decided to wait and decide once I see the embryo quality at thaw. But yeah, I’d be ok with another set of twins. Lock me away and throw away the key. hehe.

I’m glad that helped. Are you a national SMC member? There is a group on the forum there for multiple mamas and someone else recently posted about pregnancy weight gain struggles and virtually everyone said the same thing I just did. The Brewer diet is great because it helps build a strong placenta and amniotic sac too. Drinking lots of water and getting enough salt, minerals, and electrolytes is important. Eat a banana a day if you can (they made me yammy). Low glycemic index diet is best but be warned that it will probably result in you getting a false positive for gestational diabetes tests and then your OB will get in a tizzy about that so there’s no winning. I say buy a blood glucose monitor now and start monitoring and keep a food diary, then if you do get a false positive you can whip out 4 months worth of blood sugar readings and your food diary and say “Now what were you saying about me having GD?”. Eat what you can, avoid table salt, avoid tums or too many calcium supplements and stick with natural sources of minerals, and if you can stomach it, Floradix is a GREAT natural iron supplement (it tastes like donkey doodoo).

But seriously, the first trimester is all about eating when you can and eating whatever doesn’t make you turn into a vomit commit. The second trimester, pack it in as much as you can but avoid sweets and empty calories…and the third trimester I pretty much went mostly liquid foods because there wasn’t room for much else.

And ENJOY it! I swear food never tasted so good as when I was pregnant and this is your moment so try not to let the scarinatologist and OB freak you out.

My biggest philosophy on the tests was this… if the test is going to tell me something about the babies that could be helpful (i.e. you can do something about it) then great, if not, I passed. My doctor and I definitely had a difference of opinions on ultrasounds but he respected my decision… at 32 weeks we no longer saw eye to eye because he kept quietly nudgng towards a csection when all indications were that my babies were head down and things were going smoothly. I flatly refused to drive over an hour each week for an ultrasound after 32 weeks. At that point, I felt like babies were full enough term anyway and careful OB monitoring should be enough. I agreed to one at 36 weeks but we never got there. The early u/s were unavoidable since it was IVF and they insist but overall I had those two early ones and then one at 20 weeks and one at 32 weeks. That was even too much for me and my hippy ways though.


#10773

Wow you are my hero. I am trying to wrap my two and their college funds… Four i think I would pass out. I do very well financially but at four i would be living penny to penny.
Still if you can do it… Enjoy it.

As far as the food. I have gluten intolerance so most of my diet is mostly veggies, fruits, dairy, cheese, quinoa based products and for starches, rice and potatoes. I also eat beans, but wasn’t eating much meat, so I did add that.

I have never had problems with glucose levels and I started my pregnancy with a bmi of 24 so i am holding my glucose tests come out ok.

I think I will do the 20 and then instead of every 4 do every 6 and if the placenta and the babies look good then stop at the 32 mark.

I want to be healthy but also mindful… However I will admit i want to get one of those cool 4d us scans for their scrapbook… I know I am silly!

PS my nutritionist wants me on a prenatal plus calcium 1000, plus magnesium 350, plus zinc 15, plus dha 400? But my prenatal vitamin is real good and with all the milk and cheese and veggies i am wondering if it is not too much? Plus I do tums occasionally since I suffer from gets even prior to pregnancy.


#10774

Heh, Latina! I am at an advantage with the college fund because we are Norwegian citizens so college tuition is covered by the government… the only thing I have to do is establish “Home residency” status, which basically means buying a small flat and spending some time in Norway each year (oh twist my arm) which will be way cheaper than college for 2 or 3 or 4 kids. But they will all be geniuses and get scholarships anyway, right? :wink:

I suggested doing glucose readings not because you have a problem, but to show that you don’t. The 1 and 3 hour tests are notoriously problematic so if you monitor it and keep a food diary then you have ammunition against any false results. Plus, even if you did end up with GD diagnosis the first thing they do for that is have you monitor sugar levels and eat LGI diet, which you’d already be doing. Anyway, I found it helpful for me and it wasn’t really a lot of effort. It also helped me with motivating myself to eat more because later in pregnancy I just didn’t feel like eating. Anyway, each pregnancy is unique and I’m definitely not trying to tell you this is how you should do it but just a few ideas.

I don’t think wanting a 4D is silly. I was tempted too… but in the end decided not to because it was just too scary. It requires more u/s time and different energy settings and in the end I figured I’d just be surprised. If you do decide to have it done I’d say stay with your peri or OB, don’t go to any of those studio places. Ultrasounds in general, have not been shown to be safe, but those 4D studios are especially scary because they can often have less trained staff and their machines may not be properly calibrated. If you ask them “when was the last time you calibrated your u/s” and get a blank stare…just run…or waddle… for the door. :wink:

For me, the whole u/s thing went back to my “is it going to show you something that is preventable/fixable” argument. there aren’t any definitive studies on whether u/s is safe or isn’t, but there have been a few that show trends in harm/risk. For me, the whole process of yet another test was very stressful, plus driving to the doctor, and waiting and the stress of that and dealing with the scarynatologist who actually looked disappointed when he couldn’t find anything wrong with the babies… Stress, we definitely know is not good for pregnancy, so, that is why I opted for the less-is-more strategy. Everyone has different comfort levels with what they want to know, etc and some women may feel less stressed if they get weekly u/s so really until there is better science it really is a case by case thing.

Here’s a good site with some articles and pros/cons. It’s from midwifery today, so it is definitely weighted more to the crunchy granola viewpoint but it does have some good points of reference for doing more research.

Ultrasound: Weighing the Propaganda Against the Facts - by Beverley Lawrence Beech

So, not entirely surprising, but today my nurse wrote to say that my RE prefers to transfer one and wants to discuss it with me. I sent back a polite but firm email saying that with all due respect it is my choice to make and then gave a long list of reasons why I’d consider transferring two… and really, I haven’t even decided yet but I feel like I should be allowed to have that option if there isn’t a medical restriction for having twins. Heck, my OB is practically chomping at the bit in hopes that I’ll have another set of twins.


#10775

[QUOTE=silverbrumby]Heh, Latina! I am at an advantage with the college fund because we are Norwegian citizens so college tuition is covered by the government… the only thing I have to do is establish “Home residency” status, which basically means buying a small flat and spending some time in Norway each year (oh twist my arm) which will be way cheaper than college for 2 or 3 or 4 kids. But they will all be geniuses and get scholarships anyway, right? :wink:

I suggested doing glucose readings not because you have a problem, but to show that you don’t. The 1 and 3 hour tests are notoriously problematic so if you monitor it and keep a food diary then you have ammunition against any false results. Plus, even if you did end up with GD diagnosis the first thing they do for that is have you monitor sugar levels and eat LGI diet, which you’d already be doing. Anyway, I found it helpful for me and it wasn’t really a lot of effort. It also helped me with motivating myself to eat more because later in pregnancy I just didn’t feel like eating. Anyway, each pregnancy is unique and I’m definitely not trying to tell you this is how you should do it but just a few ideas.

I don’t think wanting a 4D is silly. I was tempted too… but in the end decided not to because it was just too scary. It requires more u/s time and different energy settings and in the end I figured I’d just be surprised. If you do decide to have it done I’d say stay with your peri or OB, don’t go to any of those studio places. Ultrasounds in general, have not been shown to be safe, but those 4D studios are especially scary because they can often have less trained staff and their machines may not be properly calibrated. If you ask them “when was the last time you calibrated your u/s” and get a blank stare…just run…or waddle… for the door. :wink:

For me, the whole u/s thing went back to my “is it going to show you something that is preventable/fixable” argument. there aren’t any definitive studies on whether u/s is safe or isn’t, but there have been a few that show trends in harm/risk. For me, the whole process of yet another test was very stressful, plus driving to the doctor, and waiting and the stress of that and dealing with the scarynatologist who actually looked disappointed when he couldn’t find anything wrong with the babies… Stress, we definitely know is not good for pregnancy, so, that is why I opted for the less-is-more strategy. Everyone has different comfort levels with what they want to know, etc and some women may feel less stressed if they get weekly u/s so really until there is better science it really is a case by case thing.

Here’s a good site with some articles and pros/cons. It’s from midwifery today, so it is definitely weighted more to the crunchy granola viewpoint but it does have some good points of reference for doing more research.

Ultrasound: Weighing the Propaganda Against the Facts - by Beverley Lawrence Beech

So, not entirely surprising, but today my nurse wrote to say that my RE prefers to transfer one and wants to discuss it with me. I sent back a polite but firm email saying that with all due respect it is my choice to make and then gave a long list of reasons why I’d consider transferring two… and really, I haven’t even decided yet but I feel like I should be allowed to have that option if there isn’t a medical restriction for having twins. Heck, my OB is practically chomping at the bit in hopes that I’ll have another set of twins.[/QUOTE]

Wow that is so cool about Norway!

As far as the article, it was published in 1999… I will need to keep doing some research.

I gained 4 lbs in one week so I guess stuffing my face every two hours worked.

I will take it easier thought and aim for 2-3 lbs from now on until I catch up.

One i really do appreciate your advice :grouphug:


#10776

Hi Latina
Like Ona said, the weight gain thing is almost impossible at that stage for many. You’ve gained nearly triple what I had at that stage. Between 4 weeks (i.e. the day I got a positive test) and 14 weeks I gained 1.4kgs (3lbs) and went down at one point due to morning sickness. I next measured at 25 weeks and had gained about 8 extra pounds. Between 25 weeks and delivery at 37 weeks I put on my most weight - another 8.5kgs or 18 pounds. Total weight gain = 14kgs or 29 pounds. According to stuff you read on the Internet, this wasn’t much for a twin pregnancy but none of the doctors I saw ever said anything - in fact, some visits they only weighed me because I asked as I wanted to know out of interest.

Like Ona, I drank my calories and made sure to have one big smoothie everyday made with fresh milk and fresh fruit - mostly bananas and raspberries. I couldn’t get enough of banana and raspberry shakes! Haven’t had one since though!

As for ultrasounds, I’m not like Ona and don’t really research that sort of thing and trusted in my doctors advice. Interestingly, my ultrasounds were exactly as Ona’s and it was never suggested that I needed to do more. However, at the 32 week scan they discovered the placenta previa and I then had biweekly ultrasounds (34wks and 36wks) to measure how much of my cervix was covered by the placenta. At that stage I was hoping for a natural delivery. By monitoring the situation, they could see it was moving but not enough and it got to the point that they couldn’t risk me going into labour naturally otherwise it would be dangerous for me and the babies so I had to have the c-section. So I guess, in my situation I had to have the extra ultrasounds.

I hope everyone else is well! Nice to see your update Godiva! I’m glad you’ve got a job Nickelle and that you seem to be back on track with baby plans. Ona, how exciting that you will be starting Round 2 soon!

AFM, I can’t remember when I last posted. Back in April we went on a holiday to Bali which was great. One of my sister’s came too. It was my first plane holiday with Levi and Rose (last flight they were only 11 weeks old so they mostly slept). We flew budget and our departure flight was at 6am so I was really dreading it but we survived and had a fantastic 12 days there. Looking forward to my upcoming summer holidays. Planning to travel more but don’t know where. I’m keen on India but lots of people have said it would be tough. Beijing is another idea. I’m in the lucky position that i can take a nanny with me if i go. Wouldn’t be able to fly without an extra adult. I may just end up staying here in Thailand and going to the beach somewhere though. My mum will come later in the break and we will probably go to Singapore and/or Malaysia.

In exactly a week I turn 40! I don’t feel like I’m old enough to be 40! My two closest friends are planning a nice dinner and cocktails with my wider group of friends and the 3 of us will stay in a fancy hotel for the night. It will be my first night away from Levi and Rose. I’ve said that I don’t want to waste my night in the hotel by staying out too late partying and drinking though - a good sleep is much preferable lol!

Oh, and another thing L and R will no longer be the only twins in the family. My sister (not the one that came to Bali) is about 15 weeks pregnant with identical twins! My mum can’t believe she’ll be a grandmother to two sets of twins! Of course, it invites all the ‘does twins run in your family’ kind of comments which people don’t get when you try to explain that it doesn’t actually work like that.


#10777

[quote=Sylvafern]Hi Latina
Like Ona said, the weight gain thing is almost impossible at that stage for many. You’ve gained nearly triple what I had at that stage. Between 4 weeks (i.e. the day I got a positive test) and 14 weeks I gained 1.4kgs (3lbs) and went down at one point due to morning sickness. I next measured at 25 weeks and had gained about 8 extra pounds. Between 25 weeks and delivery at 37 weeks I put on my most weight - another 8.5kgs or 18 pounds. Total weight gain = 14kgs or 29 pounds. According to stuff you read on the Internet, this wasn’t much for a twin pregnancy but none of the doctors I saw ever said anything - in fact, some visits they only weighed me because I asked as I wanted to know out of interest.

Like Ona, I drank my calories and made sure to have one big smoothie everyday made with fresh milk and fresh fruit - mostly bananas and raspberries. I couldn’t get enough of banana and raspberry shakes! Haven’t had one since though!

As for ultrasounds, I’m not like Ona and don’t really research that sort of thing and trusted in my doctors advice. Interestingly, my ultrasounds were exactly as Ona’s and it was never suggested that I needed to do more. However, at the 32 week scan they discovered the placenta previa and I then had biweekly ultrasounds (34wks and 36wks) to measure how much of my cervix was covered by the placenta. At that stage I was hoping for a natural delivery. By monitoring the situation, they could see it was moving but not enough and it got to the point that they couldn’t risk me going into labour naturally otherwise it would be dangerous for me and the babies so I had to have the c-section. So I guess, in my situation I had to have the extra ultrasounds.

I hope everyone else is well! Nice to see your update Godiva! I’m glad you’ve got a job Nickelle and that you seem to be back on track with baby plans. Ona, how exciting that you will be starting Round 2 soon!

AFM, I can’t remember when I last posted. Back in April we went on a holiday to Bali which was great. One of my sister’s came too. It was my first plane holiday with Levi and Rose (last flight they were only 11 weeks old so they mostly slept). We flew budget and our departure flight was at 6am so I was really dreading it but we survived and had a fantastic 12 days there. Looking forward to my upcoming summer holidays. Planning to travel more but don’t know where. I’m keen on India but lots of people have said it would be tough. Beijing is another idea. I’m in the lucky position that i can take a nanny with me if i go. Wouldn’t be able to fly without an extra adult. I may just end up staying here in Thailand and going to the beach somewhere though. My mum will come later in the break and we will probably go to Singapore and/or Malaysia.

In exactly a week I turn 40! I don’t feel like I’m old enough to be 40! My two closest friends are planning a nice dinner and cocktails with my wider group of friends and the 3 of us will stay in a fancy hotel for the night. It will be my first night away from Levi and Rose. I’ve said that I don’t want to waste my night in the hotel by staying out too late partying and drinking though - a good sleep is much preferable lol!

Oh, and another thing L and R will no longer be the only twins in the family. My sister (not the one that came to Bali) is about 15 weeks pregnant with identical twins! My mum can’t believe she’ll be a grandmother to two sets of twins! Of course, it invites all the ‘does twins run in your family’ kind of comments which people don’t get when you try to explain that it doesn’t actually work like that.[/quote].

Thanks for the input Sylva!
I discussed it with my family and we agreed to talk to my OB at my next appt on June 11, to modify the US schedule to every 6 weeks instead of every 4.
So I will have my anatomy scan on 07/15/13 approximately 20 weeks and 4 days. I will then ask them to do 26 weeks and then 32 and be done. We figured it would be a nice middle ground. We’ll see how she feels about it.
As far as the food. I have decided to do the best I can, with my goal being about 2-3lbs per week. I will try to do that so that I can gain the most I can from this point forward. The way I see it, I am already having a rough time with heartburn, so I have a strong feeling that my last trimester will be all about maintaining survival mode eating… like you ladies said… protein shakes.
I am truly happy to be part of this forum. Reading all the information out there makes me feel like just another statistic, but knowing that you guys have gone thru it makes it more personal.

Hope all is well with everyone else.
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Wow! How exciting for your sister Mel!!! Ohmigosh! Your family must be chuffed.

Latina, you are doing your best and that’s all you can do. It will all work out. As for the article, like with many things I read, I usually scan the content quickly and then scroll down to the resources and use those to find more resources. I do lots of PubMed searches too.


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I think I’m going to stop TTC for a little bit. I don’t want to but my life has taken a nosedive and I’m having trouble pulling out. I continued slogging on thinking by the time I actually conceived things would have turned around but so far I just keep plummeting downwards in a death spiral I can’t seem to get out of. I’ll keep up here, but I think I’m out of the race for a while. At least until things turn around personally. It wouldn’t be fair to bring a child into the mess my life is right now.

Latina I’m glad you’re feeling better and starting to gain some weight :slight_smile:

On a sounds like things are on track for a good cycle this time!


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[QUOTE=thelifespark]I think I’m going to stop TTC for a little bit. I don’t want to but my life has taken a nosedive and I’m having trouble pulling out. I continued slogging on thinking by the time I actually conceived things would have turned around but so far I just keep plummeting downwards in a death spiral I can’t seem to get out of. I’ll keep up here, but I think I’m out of the race for a while. At least until things turn around personally. It wouldn’t be fair to bring a child into the mess my life is right now.

Latina I’m glad you’re feeling better and starting to gain some weight :slight_smile:

On a sounds like things are on track for a good cycle this time![/QUOTE]

Oh Nickelle,
I am sorry to hear that things personally aren’t doing well. I was really happy that you had gotten a great job and was hoping that the doc appt would go well at your next check up. I am sure timing is hard when you want something so bad. I truly feel for you and wish things were different.
I hope you realize that you can count on us for moral support.

hugs