The best case scenario for twins is Dichorionic/Diamniotic. This means they have separate placentas and separate amniotic sacs.
Mine happen to be the second best scenario , Monochorionic/Diamniotic. Basically, this means they share a placenta but have their own amniotic sacs. Since they don’t share an amniotic sac they can’t strangle each other with their umbilical chords – win!
However, since they share a placenta there is a chance TTTS can happen – Twin-Twin Transfusion Syndrome. You can read more about it here.
So far, everything looks good. I see my regular OB once a month and the high risk doctor every other week starting in the 2nd trimester.
Twin A’s heart rate is 158 and twin B’s heart rate is 172. Both are measuring 12 weeks and 2 days.
Here’s what my babies look like today. 😍😍
The fertility clinic took its last blood draw from me on January 5.
Progesterone – 26.8
This seems on the low side to me and I’ve done my fair share of Googling, however, none of the medical professionals seem to be worried about it so I won’t put any more thought into it at this time.
My next appointment will be with my regular OB/GYN.
I had my blood drawn on Dec. 30 and the only thing looked at was the progesterone level.
Progesterone – 26.9
I received a call on Jan. 2 to discontinue the pills.
The levels have been all over the place and this seemed low to me. When I received the results, the levels were charted and confirmed I’m not crazy.
This is the second lowest reading of progesterone levels for me since my first blood draw.
It seems odd that they would take me off the medication after this result, but I’m trusting the professionals and praying the placenta(s) are ready to take over.
I have one more blood draw tomorrow and it will be interesting to see what the results are.
Here are the stats from my Dec. 27 blood draw.
Estradiol – 415
Progesterone – 50.4
HCG – 136940
My instructions are to reduce the progesterone pills to twice a day.
This is the first time my estradiol levels have been marked high on my results so of course I Googled it. Fortunately, I didn’t read anything bad. I did find this information explaining what estrogen does to the body during pregnancy:
What it does: Like progesterone, estrogen is secreted by the corpus luteum until the placenta takes over. This pregnancy hormone plays a key role in the development of the fetus, with several organs and other bodily systems in the fetus triggered into development by estrogen. Once you’ve reached the end of the first trimester, your body has higher levels of circulating estrogen, and then the levels plateau. The role of estrogen is super-important: It helps to stimulate hormone production in the fetus’s adrenal gland, it stimulates growth of the adrenal gland, and it enhances the mother’s uterus, enabling it to respond to oxytocin (another pregnancy hormone; see below).
The downside: Elevated estrogen levels may also prompt spider veins, nausea, increased appetite, and skin changes including changes in skin’s pigment. Some women, however, are lucky enough to experience the upside of a pregnancy ‘glow,’ which is largely attributed to estrogen levels.”
Morning sickness has made itself known this past week and now I know what to blame. Estrogen.
I didn’t have morning sickness with my first pregnancy so this is all new to me. So far, it has just been nausea and I’ve kept every down. I’m just praying it doesn’t get any worse and goes away. I much prefer the morning sickness free pregnancy at this point.
Today was my last visit at the fertility center before being released to my regular obgyn. The twins look good, they’re active, and both heartbeats are 167bpm.
They found a small bleed between the uterus and placenta. I was told not to worry about it, just to keep an eye on it in future ultrasounds. I could have some bleeding in the future or my body could reabsorb it. Of course, they didn’t give it a name so I immediately googled it and came up with Subchorionic Hematoma.
My bleed is no where near the size in the diagram, thank goodness. If you’re looking for information on this, I suggest looking at this page healthline.com/health/pregnancy/subchorionic-bleeding#modal-close.
Those are the twins measuring 9 weeks and 2 days.
This is twin A. I watched it swim around for a bit moving it’s arms and legs. Twin B was camera shy and I wasn’t able to capture it in the same way.
The stats from my December 22 blood withdrawal are:
Estradiol = 311
Progesterone = 65.3
HCG = 110735
My progesterone dipped a little again. Right now, I’m continuing to take 4 progesterone pills a day but the plan is to begin reducing the progesterone pills in the next few weeks.
Symptoms right now include:
- Slight nausea in the evenings
- Weird dreams
I’ve started to bust out the maternity clothes. I forgot how comfortable they were! Why did I ever stop wearing them or wait so long to bust them out?
I’ll see my regular doc in a couple weeks and most likely start seeing an MFM (high risk doc) shortly thereafter.
For those of you following for the stats, here are the results from blood drawn at 6 weeks, 4 days:
Estradiol – 231
Progesterone – 71.6
HCG – 33,241
As you can see, my progesterone numbers are back up. Must have just been a fluke the last time.
My orders are to keep taking the progesterone pills four times a day and go back for more blood work in ten days.
Why is it the status quo for women to keep the first three months of pregnancy a secret? Personally, I feel the first trimester is the hardest and women would benefit from a support group no matter what the outcome is.
I’m 7 weeks along and I’ve started telling people I trust for several reasons.
- I find it stressful keeping this a secret. I’m exhausted, occasionally nauseated, given up all caffeine, and I’m supposed to seem like my normal self? Yeah, no. There’s a reason I seem perpetually under the weather – I’m pregnant. With twins.
- I physically can’t/won’t perform some of my job duties for safety reasons. Why put my babies at risk climbing a ladder if someone else is capable of doing it.
- I want a support team in place. I want my team to cheer me on day-to-day. I will need the support if something goes wrong.
- This is something to be celebrated. I’m growing two humans inside of my body. I want to feel the joy. I want to laugh and talk about the craziness.
- Keeping things bottled up isn’t good for you. Actively avoiding people and conversations, or even flat out lying, creates a negativity I don’t want in my life right now.
So who have I told?
- My direct supervisor so I’m not stressing about missing work for appointments and modifying my work duties.
- My close friends because they are my support team.
- My close family.
- A few coworkers who may be impacted by the change in job duties
Who am I not going to tell?
- Anyone I think will react negatively.
- Most coworkers since it doesn’t impact them.
- Family members who aren’t able to keep a secret.
- And anyone else I deem unworthy at the moment.