It’s been a bit challenging of late and I’ll be honest, I’m counting down the weeks! Thankfully for me I’m on the home stretch and with any luck my little babes will be arriving soon…..
Currently in our household we have a very excited big sister! Our little lady is quite aware that she will be getting two new bubbas very soon and has been very eager to help out with preparations for their arrival. It turns out there are limits though and that she is a bit hesitant to make certain changes. Her fur siblings (the cat and dog) still aren’t allowed to go near certain toys, but potentially the bubbas might be allowed, we’re working on it.
Over the past few weeks I’ve had a number of appointments mainly just the general check ups which have been at the hospital, scans and with the midwife. Everything is traveling well, the babies are growing, I’m growing and everyone is healthy. There has been one ongoing thing which has been low iron. I’m now deficient of iron and to be quite frank, its been a right pain in the a***. I have been given some stronger iron tablets which will hopefully do the job, but if that doesn’t do the trick then an infusion will be given which is generally given to pregnant woman as a last resort.
I had been feeling pretty awful over the past few weeks and ended up going into the hospital to get checked out. My midwife encouraged me to go and as I’m now in the later part of the pregnancy, I come under the hospitals care rather than hers. So off I went with the family in tow. I ended up being up at the hospital for a good chunk of the day and had the works done. We live not too far from the hospital, so my little lady and husband kept me company for awhile and then headed off back home. I must admit I was feeling pretty shit and exhausted and being up there allowed me to get a bloody good rest in, which was much needed. Growing babies is hard work! Thankfully everything ended up being ok and as much as I am over feeling how I am, I am grateful that everything was fine and that our little babes still intend to stay put! I’m all for an early arrival, but at that time I was 30 weeks and that’s just a bit too early.
I’m now getting closer to the 34 week mark, which means I will get a bit of insight on possibly when and how I can expect to meet these babies! Although saying that when it comes to a birth, who knows what to expect! The 34 week mark is pretty much the point where the babies will no longer have much room, if any, to turn. It’s expected that whatever position they are in at that time, that their position will not change much.
During week 34 I will have a scan done and that will determine the type of birth I can plan for. If I intend to have a natural birth then the hope is for the leading twin/ twin A (the twin closest to the bottom) is to be head down. It doesn’t matter what position twin B is in, as this twin can be born breach. Or once twin A has vacated, twin B finds they have a tonne of room and can turn themselves around. Unfortunately this is the only option that will allow for a natural birth. If twin A is not head down then its game over and a C section will be booked in. I have heard of midwives that have birthed breach babies before for singletons but for twins this is not recommend. I have also been advised that if a C section is booked in and I am still holding out hope for a natural birth, that I will be scanned before hand and if for some reason twin A has moved into a head down position (which I would know about from all the movement and discomfort) then I can make the decision as to which option I would like to proceed with.
It is nice to be able to have some say in the matter, although from the moment I found out I was having twins I knew that things wouldn’t be as straight forward and to just roll with it, so I’ll just try and do that!
I’m now 32 weeks and much of my days are spent resting, entertaining my little lady, attending appointments and doing bits and pieces (when I can) mainly around the house before the big arrival.
It’s really not long to go, although pregnancy certainly feels like forever!!!
Bye for now,