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December 6, 2009

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Expecting the Unexpected

Since I’ve known I was pregnant with twins, I’ve prepared myself for as much as I can–both the good and the bad. Because while I want to believe that I’ll have an uneventful pregnancy and our twins will be born 36-38 weeks with no complications and that they won’t have to stay in the NICU, I’m fully aware that things can go wrong overnight.

I’ve had other people tell me “Puff, think positive! It’s all going to be just fine!” These are probably the same people who told me my eggs are going to be great because I look so young and am healthy. Good God were they ever wrong.
So yeah, I do think positive, but I’m also realistic. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with being prepared for whatever might come your way–not just the good stuff.
I don’t want to assume that I’m going to have a vaginal birth only to have an emergency C-section and be scared to death because I never read that chapter because it wasn’t going to happen to me.

But sometimes, no matter how prepared you think you are–life throws you off balance. That’s what happened to me at my appointment on Wednesday.
During the ultrasound the tech discovered that my cervix–in two short weeks–had gone from a mighty 4.0 to a 2.7. They don’t start to ‘worry’ until it’s under 2.5, but mine had changed enough for them to worry just a little bit.

They ordered an fFN test on me immediately. fFN is formally called fetal fibronectin. This is a protein produced by pregnant woman. The test is a collection of cervical or vaginal fluid sample taken between weeks 24 and 34 and is used to evaluate the risk of preterm labor. fFN is normally not detectable during these weeks so if the test comes back positive it is an indication of possible preterm delivery within the next TWO WEEKS.

Don’t get too scared because thank GOD my test came back negative. That means I will not be having the babies–yet.
However, when I asked my OB when she sees me giving birth (thinking that she’d say something like 36-38 weeks) she didn’t bat an eye and calmly said, “I think you will make it until at least 32 weeks.
GULP.
That’s it? She acted like that was great, but I nearly shit myself.

As all of my other signs are just fine (weight gain, no protein in urine, blood pressure, babies measuring fine and great heartbeats, etc, etc) she said at this point there is absolutely no reason to worry.
I don’t have any true ‘restrictions’ other than no more long walks (maybe all that walking hasn’t been the best idea?) and taking it easy as much as possible and staying very well hydrated.
I can still do my daily errands as long as they are close by (so subjective to someone who walks for miles) and I can’t carry anything over 10 lbs (was already following this). I can still go swimming (which will replace the walking) for some exercise as that takes all of the pressure off my cervix and is good for me (a bright light)!

That’s where we are. I’ll be monitored weekly now to make sure my cervix isn’t shortening. If it is…then we’ll go from there.
If I have to go on bed rest, well, so be it. It is scary, but I’m trying my best to just relax, let Chicken take over and take care of myself and the babies.

At least our La.zyBoy rocker/recliner/glider finally arrived (after ordering it almost 10 weeks ago) and let me just say it is the best thing EVER. I am going to be living in this chair from here on out. I’m in it right now! This chair and the Ug.gs are the best things purchased the entire pregnancy!!