Thursday, November 5, 2009

Chubby Babes

I'm very happy to have made it to 31 weeks so far, given that I was in the hospital twice at 23 weeks and once at 27 weeks. I'm now seeing my OB and my peri once per week, which is very reassuring. My OB thinks he may be able to get me to 34 or 35 weeks with alot of work and probably hospital bedrest. I'm thinking they might put me in the hospital between 32 and 33 weeks and hope to get me to 35. I've been told to pack my bag and bring it to all appointments in case they decide to hospitalise me there and then. Surreal that we're obviously getting very close.

The babies are doing fantastically well, by all indications. We finally got our four-weekly measurements today and our little girl is weighing 3lbs12oz, our little boy has actually overtaken her and weighs 4lbs3oz. We're thrilled with those weights at 31 weeks. Both of them are moving really well and kicking me alot. Baby A, our daughter, is still breech, whereas Baby Boy B is still transverse. Their heads are very close together which is nice, since they can't kick eachother in the head.

As for the way I'm feeling, well, not good. I'm getting very big now, measuring 41 weeks at 31 weeks. It's hard for me to really do anything other than lying down and even that's getting uncomfortable now. I'm still instructed to be on bedrest - have clocked up four weeks of bedrest so far. For some reason, I've started having major nausea and vomiting again, maybe because my stomach is so compressed. I'm still taking terbutaline for contractions, but trying to keep them to a minimum. I hate taking anything, but of course the benefits outweigh the risk of giving birth this early. I'm also finding it hard to get a good deep breath in, obviously also due to major organ compression. Then there's the back ache, acid reflux, digestive issues and so on and so forth...... However, I hope I this misery lasts as long as possible for the sake of the babies.

We've nearly completed the nursery now. I use "we" in a very loose sense - it means J the Elder has nearly finished it and I've "managed" the project from a horizontal position. I'm sad that I've missed out on that part, as well as going out and buying other things we need. A small price to pay, though.

My next appointments are next Thursday and Friday.

11 comments:

  1. So glad things are going well J! Good luck and keep us posted!!

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  2. Wow! You are so close now! I'm sorry about all the bedrest and new onset of symptoms but I am really excited for you. You are very soon to be a mommy! It sounds like they are growing wonderfully well in there!

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  3. You poor thing - I hope that you get some relief from the nausea and vomiting soon.

    I am glad to hear the babies are growing well!!!

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  4. For someone with such a small frame, you have done AWESOME getting to the 31 week mark. That is no small (haha) feat and you should be proud of yourself. It isn't easy, especially when your activities are restricted and you've started the nausea again - goodness knows that is the least fun. Re: the stomach being crowded out - I discovered that I can't bend over too well just after I've eaten either or I'm at risk of having my food come up again and I figured it was due to the crowding as well. Four weeks of bedrest - that's a tough one. Have you watched an endless amount of TV? I'm sorry you can't get out to help with picking out the nursery items but J the Elder probably enjoys it a lot anyway - this is something he can do whereas growing the babies and taking care of them right now while they are in utero is not something he can do for you. Not long now (can you believe it??)

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  5. I know you must be miserable being large and stuck on bedrest for so long, but you are doing fantastic mama! I bet that was surreal when they told you to bring a packed bag to every appt, the little ones will be here before you know it!!! You must capture an updated belly shot before you go into labor. Hugs

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  6. Hi Jessica,
    Very well done. There is noting for it but to persevere! Peter and I are rooting for you and wish you good luck. Hope the African magic helps too.
    lots of love.

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  7. Hi Jessica- mum has just emailed me your link - intriguing to read what that small child I used to know is up to now! I really hope that the next few weeks pass as comfortably and uneventfully as possible. If you can access a computer without too much discomfort, have a look at what I am up to at www.annaharley.com Other than that, good luck and enjoy your children when they do arrive - they grow up so quickly (mine are now 17 and 14)
    Anna

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  8. Just look at the timeline at the top of the blog - hardly any time to go now! It's really crept along and you've had a terrible lot to put up with but the light at the end of the tunnel (no pun intended!) must really be visible now. Just think, this time next year I will be wondering what to get my grandchildren for their first birthday...

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