4/12/16

Twin pregnancy: week 33 in review

How far along? 34 weeks today!

Weight gain: Weighing in at 188lbs, I'm up another three pounds. And I've discovered the reason for my rapid gain over these last two weeks! Read on to discover more.

How are you feeling? Where to begin?? Lots to tell you about this week! In my last update I talked about how I was swelling. Well, on Thursday (the day after my post) I really, really started to swell. I went to bed that night almost horrified at the size of my ankles. Knowing I have an increased risk for pre-eclampsia due to carrying multiples I called my OB's office the next morning and asked if I could come in to have my blood pressure checked.

I saw a nurse and she read 126/80: perfectly fine.

I went about my weekend as usual, or "as usual" as one can when both one's belly and one's feet are 33 weeks pregnant with twins. On Monday- yesterday- I had a pre-scheduled OB appointment. When I saw my weight at that appointment I knew something was up. I have gained over 10 pounds in two weeks. I know I haven't eaten that much nor have my babies suddenly turned into beasts!

The nurse measured my blood pressure (still okay, but creeping up) and tested my urine (found a little protein).

When my OB walked in the room she had her nose in my chart and even before looking at me said, "You must be pretty swollen because I know you didn't eat enough to gain 10 pounds since I saw you last!"

I laughed and said, "Yep," holding out my ankles for her to see.

"Those are impressive. I'm going to send you right to the hospital for some monitoring. I think we're catching you at the beginning stages of pre-eclampsia."

So off the the hospital I went where the babies and I were monitored for a couple hours and I had a bunch of "levels" checked.

The babies are perfect- praise God- but my blood pressure was borderline for a few reads and I defiantly have protein in my urine. Combining those two things with my swelling, by the end of my afternoon my diagnosis was clear: I have mild pre-eclampsia.

Pre-eclampsia is one of those things that can develop quickly or slowly and it is only relieved by delivery of the babies (or, more accurately, the placentas).  I am receiving steroid shots to mature the twins' lungs in case of preterm delivery but my OB is still hoping I will make it to term at 37 weeks. I would love for you to join me in praying that my condition is slow to develop I can safely keep these babies inside for another 3 weeks!

I am doing a 24 hour urine collection test to give my OB a more specific read on how mild/severe my case is. I told John I was starting this test last night but probably should have specifically said something like, "There's a big orange jug in the fridge with my pee in it," because he definitely pulled it out excitedly thinking- in his words- that I had purchased "some kind of hip juice drink" for us! Ha! What a disappointment. Thankfully it was clearly labeled so he put it back before it reached a glass.

I'm on modified bed rest which essentially means I have to take it very, very easy. I'm allowed one "errand" each day, like going to church or picking Arie up from school. For the one millionth time in my life I am thankful for my husband John who sweetly told me, "I don't mind waiting on you until you deliver. Just tell whatever you need."

I'm making a list. ;-)

Let me segway here into my Get a Little Spiritual section here: When I married John at 21 years old I knew he was a good man but boy I did not know just how important his character and integrity would prove to be be over the first 8 years of our marriage. He has been my partner for most of it, but through our infertility treatments and now with this diagnosis he has been my caretaker. It is a very humbling thing to be taken care of in the way John has cared for me and is taking care of me. I depend on him for so much and he bears that weight with such kindness and strength. I love that man! I thank God for guiding our two young hearts and minds together in marriage 8 years ago. I could not ask for a better mate!

If there are any young unmarried women reading this blog who hope to find a spouse someday let me just tell you that the character of your partner is so very important! None of us is perfect so don't look for a perfect person, but do look for someone who is kind and compassionate, patient, quick to serve others, and hard-working. These traits in John have been some of the most important in our marriage and family life.

Noteworthy Moments: Small one, but something that made me smile: You might remember I told you a few weeks ago that Baby B has been head butting me right above my belly button, to the point where I felt like I was almost bruised inside? Well the nurse at the hospital put a monitor right there to measure if I was having any contractions and Baby B kept bumping it so hard it almost fell off! Ha! It made me smile to see my wirey little guy wiggling away inside.

Bump Shot: 


xo

16 comments:

  1. Gorgeous as always!! Praying your boys stay in just a little longer!!

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    1. Thank you for those prayers Joelle!

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  2. I'm praying for you and that 37 week mark! You're amazing!

    And love your words about marriage. I regularly feel the same about my husband- I sure knew what I was doing when I said "I do" at 18 :p but seriously,

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    1. Absolutely. Thank you for praying for us Courtney!

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  3. Anonymous4/12/2016

    Jesus, Your hand has been on this family guiding, comforting, and blessing them. You know the perfect timing for the babies and Jill. You have a great purpose fashioned for them even now! We pray your favor, protection and health. May the day of their birth bring great testimony of Your faithfulness in Jesus name. Amen

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  4. Prayers for all of you! Even if you have to deliver early! My mom had to deliver my twin and I early (I think close to 35 weeks). We were fine; praying your boys will be too no matter what!

    Rachel

    Rachel

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  5. You look great! I had mine at 35 weeks and couldn't hardly reach around my belly to clasp hands! Good luck and blessings!!

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    1. Thank you Connie! I'm pretty tall so I bet that helps me spread the enormity out a little! ;-)

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  6. You've done amazing. As someone who suffered from infertility for 10 years and is now the mom of 2 miracle girls and is a former high risk OB nurse, I'd say you've done wonderfully in this pregnancy. Continued prayers for 3 more uneventful weeks!

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    1. That is so encouraging to read Staci! Thank you for praying me through these next 3 weeks!

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  7. Almost 33 years ago I gave birth to twin girls in my 36th week. On bed rest at 33 weeks. Thank you for sharing your journey. It brings back so many memories. Blessings on journey!

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    1. I love hearing form twin moms with adult children! So cool to know you've walked this path before me. Thanks for your comment Diane!

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  8. I had boy/girl twins last May through embryo adoption and it has been fun reliving my own pregnancy as I read your updates. Your story is paralleling mine right now....I did a 24 hour urine collection after gaining 10 lb in 2 weeks and the night after turning it into the lab my water broke (at 35.5 weeks). So, I never even found out the results but my doctor was pretty sure we would have been inducing within days anyway- funny how the babies made it happen. FYI- my swelling got worse for many days after delivery but I did have a c-section and I read that may make a difference. Prayers for a safe delivery at the right time!

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  9. Anonymous4/21/2016

    I've been checking your blog all day for an update and decided to finally check your facebook page!! Yay!! Congrats to your beautiful family! I pray you are all doing well and I can't wait to hear the birth story! Take care of yourself and those precious babies! 5lbs and 6lbs!! Way to go momma!!

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