I thought I’d post a quick update since it’s been a while. Warning: it’s going to be boring.
I go in for my MaterniT21 blood draw today. If you’re not familiar with the test, it’s a non-invasive maternal blood test that can detect fetal issues with chromosomes 13, 18 and 21 with very high accuracy (including monosomy, trisomy, and mosaicism). They are able to find fetal DNA mixed in with the maternal DNA to check for abnormalities. It’s also the only blood test like this that works for multiples (though I think there is another lab that does the same test by the name of Harmony). I don’t really have any risk factors for trisomies, but my insurance fully covers the test and Mr. A and I like to have as much information as possible about our babies before they get here.
The fun side of the test is that it will also give us some gender information about our babies! If we were having a singleton, it would definitely tell us whether we’re having a girl or a boy, but with twins, it can only give us a certain amount of information. The test checks for Y chromosomes in the fetal DNA. Since girls are XX and boys are XY, we’ll definitely know the gender of at least one of our twins. If the test detects no Y chromosomes, we know we’re having two girls (and Mr. A will proceed to have a heart attack). If the test does detect Y chromosomes, we know we’re having at least one boy – so that could mean boy/boy or boy/girl twins. Either way, I’m excited to get some hint as to their genders! We should have the test results in about 2 weeks.
I’m still feeling generally well with the exception of fatigue (which I deal with just fine by going to bed at 7:30 every night) and nightmarish heartburn (which is pretty constant and becoming a real problem). It feels like there’s a golf ball stuck in my throat all day and at night when I lay down it’s like I’m actively choking on acid. Unfortunately, TUMS don’t seem to help at all. Last night it took hours to fall asleep and I had to go running to the bathroom a couple times because it was making me gag and I was afraid I was going to throw up. The twins are ganging up on me already! I mean, I’ll totally live with this for the next 6 months if it brings me 2 healthy babies, but I’m getting a little concerned about the condition of my esophagus with acid constantly backing up from my stomach. I think I’ll talk to the nurse today about what can be done. I won’t take anything that could put the babies at risk.
Yes, that was a lame update. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. If you have any pregnancy-safe heartburn remedies, I’m all ears!