It’s a big step – I’ve stopped including “IVF #1” in the titles of my posts. I feel like my IVF cycle is over and I’m just pregnant for now. It’s a good feeling.
I had my first OB visit on Tuesday and they wanted to do another ultrasound. It was only a week after the first one, but I certainly wasn’t going to turn down another opportunity to see our little ones.
I don’t have much in the way of news, which is probably a good thing. The babies are doing great! They’re almost exactly the same size, which is important with multiples. Both measured at 7w5d. We got to hear their heartbeats, which I thought was really cool, but not as emotional as many people make it sound. Does that make me a bad mom? They had nearly identical heartbeats, too. 156 and 157 – right in the middle of the 120-180 range they were looking for.
Here’s a picture from the most recent ultrasound. It’s not a whole lot different than the last one. They still look mostly like blobs in this picture (though in real time on the screen they looked more like tadpoles this time). This picture is pretty blurry. Not sure what’s up with that. Also, Baby B’s gestational sac looks disproportionately small, but it’s just the angle she snapped the picture from. It’s smaller than Baby A’s, but not by that much.
My next pregnancy-related appointment is this coming Monday at my OB’s office. It’s actually a ladies-only pregnancy class with a nurse educator where we’ll get lots of info on nutrition, exercise, screening/testing, etc. We’ll have the opportunity to ask any questions we might have, which is really nice. I’m kind of excited for it!
The next appointment will be our 12-week ultrasound. We’ve elected to do a nuchal translucency scan to screen for a number of conditions, including Down’s Syndrome. My OB wasn’t confident that the blood screening tests they like to use would be appropriate for twins (too much risk for a false positive with double the babies in there). I’ll learn more about our options at that class on Monday. If nothing else, I’ve done some research and it looks like we could do the MaterniT21 test if we want to. That one works for multiples. We really just need to think about how much we want to know when it comes to that stuff. Would it really change any of our decisions? No. I guess it’s more a matter of getting the additional prenatal monitoring (for related heart problems, etc.) if you know you’re carrying a child with certain conditions. These tests all have to be done in the first trimester, so we’ll have to figure it out soon!
Anyway, I’ll catch you all later. I’m off to grow some babies.