[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?
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.
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: