The babies are still growing strong. I had an ultrasound yesterday at 9w2d and both babies were measuring at 9w5d (we finally got specifics). I was so relieved. Despite still having all my pregnancy symptoms, I started getting really worried the night before that one or both would no longer have a heartbeat and that I was only feeling the symptoms because the extra hormones were still in my body. I'm sure I'll continue to have that fear for the next few weeks, but I am actually starting to feel like this is actually happening. The reality that I am having twins is really starting to sink in and it's a little terrifying sometimes. But also incredibly exciting.
They did see a blood clot on the ultrasound so I have to continue the PIO shots for the next 2 weeks, but only every other day. It explains the spotting I have had for the past week and a half. Fun, right? Dr. N didn't seem very worried about it and expects it to work itself out. He doesn't want to see me for another 2 weeks and at that point he will graduate me to my OB and hopefully let me stop the progesterone and estrogen.
My belly is also growing. I haven't been able to button my jeans for about 2 weeks, but I am so not ready (or big enough) to buy maternity clothes. For now, I loop a rubber band through the buttonhole and around the button and it works perfectly. At first, it was just my normal belly pooch but I could no longer suck it in. Now it is definitely turning into more than my normal pooch. I feel like it is SO obvious, but I am sure to anyone other than me or SH, I just look like I had a big lunch. However, at this rate, I don't think I will make it to 12 weeks without people noticing on their own. We have actually started to tell more people. We are feeling more comfortable about the pregnancy, but also SH reasoned that if anything were to go wrong at this point and we lost the babies we would need all the support we can get. so we might as well tell people. We aren't sending out any mass email or facebook announcements just yet, just slowly telling people as we see and talk to them.
Last week we met with a genetic counselor to go over all of our options for genetic testing. At first, I thought we would do a CVS test but the more I thought about it, the less I wanted to do it. There is about a 1% chance of miscarriage (although I was sent to an expert here in LA and his rate is about .5%) and after everything we have been through I just can't justify taking that chance. There is also very little they would find that would lead us to terminate. I mostly wanted to do it for peace of mind. Or if something did come back abnormal, it would give us the chance to prepare for it. Instead we decided to just do the various blood tests and the NT scan. That way we can get some information without doing anything invasive. We can also get an idea of the genders with the blood test, though it's trickier with twins. The test will detect the presence of the Y chromosome, so if that comes back negative we know we have 2 girls. If it comes back positive, we won't know if there is 1 boy or 2 until we can see it on an ultrasound. SH is pretty convinced it's 2 girls for some reason.
So, that's my uterus update for now. I promise as soon as I start feeling less nauseous and get back out into the world again, I will try to write about something else.