Wow! What a month! Early in the month, I was diagnosed with anemia and gestational diabetes. Thank goodness both conditions can be controlled easily. For the anemia, I’m taking an iron pill twice a day (with Vitamin C to help the iron absorb). For the gestational diabetes, I closely monitor what I eat, and check my blood sugar 4 times a day. So far, I’ve been able to keep both under control. Thank goodness!
We had another ultrasound at 29 weeks. Babies are growing right on track- as if there were only one baby in there. Aidan was 2.8 lbs and Nadia was 2.5 lbs. It’s normal for boys to be slightly larger than girls, and both are within the normal range for growth. Keep growing, babies!!
Aidan was still breech at the time of the ultrasound. We’ll check again at 33 weeks, but if he doesn’t turn, it’s an automatic c-section. At first, the thought of having a c-section TERRIFIED ME, but now that I’ve had some time to do some research, I’m feeling a bit better about it.
Nadia has decided her optimum time to do somersaults is 3:30am to 4am. She wakes me up- when she does flips like that, my tummy looks like the scene in Alien just before the alien pops out of the guy’s stomach! It takes my breath away when she stretches my stomach like that. Silly girl!
While Nadia likes to do acrobatics, Aidan likes to get the hiccups. He gets them almost every day, and I feel a rhythmic tugging very low and toward my back. It’s hard to describe because I can’t feel it from the outside, just on the inside. Ha!
We started weekly doctor visits at 31 weeks, and weekly Nonstress Tests at 32 weeks. Nonstress Tests are interesting. I have to go to the hospital, lay on a bed, and have two belts hooked up- one for each baby. One belt monitors Aidan’s heart rate, and the other monitors Nadia’s heart rate and me (looking for contractions). Our first test, the nurse hooked up the belts, started recording, and began entering my information into the computer while the machine was recording. Aidan was trying to buck the belt off! Goodness, those were some strong kicks. By the time the nurse was done entering the info, she said Aidan had passed the test! But the monitoring still had to go for the full 20 minutes. Both babies did great, meaning that they are healthy and active. This test also helps to make sure the placentas are still functioning properly, and babies are feeling good.
The doctor says I can go into labor any time after 33 weeks, based on statistics. I’m hoping to hold on to these precious babies and keep them baking until at least week 37, when they will be considered full-term. I’m SO EXCITED to meet them, but I can wait!