Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Lots of News

Today I went for an ultrasound, non-stress test, and maternal fetal medicine doctor visit. The ultrasound went well. The ultrasound technician estimates that each girl is about 4 1/2 pounds. Both girls are now head down which would allow for a vaginal birth if all other criteria are met at delivery time. Looking at Baby B's profile (Abby), the tech commented that this baby looks like me. Andy commented, "she has a Nelson nose." She also mentioned cervical length was okay. It has definitely shortened. Two weeks ago it was at 39 mm. Today it was at 24 mm. I lost 15 mm in two weeks. If it was at 20 mm or lower, that would have been a different story. She thinks our babies will be born in two weeks, both weighing over 5 pounds.

The non-stress test was interesting. This is used to monitor heart rates and contractions. Everything seemed okay and no contractions were recorded. A clicker was handed to me to record when I felt movement during this testing time.

The maternal fetal medicine doctor thought everything was okay. He has in his mind, moved me from "low" high-risk to "moderate" high risk. I have been having my cervix checked every two weeks. At this appointment he moved it up to one week. He mentioned that if the cervix did seem to thin too quickly, I would be admitted to the hospital and given a steroid injection for the babies' lungs and other medicines if needed.

If the ultrasound technician is right about having the babies in two weeks, I'll be 34 1/2 weeks which is early. However, approximately half of twins are born before 37 weeks (full term). Time will tell. God isn't early or late. He's always on time and I'm trusting that when the babies are born, that is the time God has chosen for them.

1 comment:

Derek and Elisabeth said...

Try and keep them in as long as possible. You don't want to do NICU, trust me. I am praying for you often! Beth