Wednesday, July 9, 2014

21 Weeks

21 weeks, wow!

I haven't done any of the weekly updates with symptoms etc. so I thought I would let you all know how I am doing and what is going on during pregnancy.

The shortness of breathe is still with me and it has taken me a while to get used to doing anything when it is hard to breath. I have learned that I have to take things slow and take many breaks in between. 

I am eating ceasar salads at least four or five times a week.

My blood pressure has been pretty manageable since starting my medications. I have to take it daily and keep a log, but it usually runs around 130-140/ 60-75 and my pulse has stayed consistent around 112-120. I have started swelling in my feet, but I contribute that to the 100 degree weather and not drinking my 120 ounces of water daily.. I am going to say it, I HATE WATER! I wish I could drink 120 ounces of ice tea a day. This would make me very happy, but I don't think my OB or MFM would go for that. 

Crazy stretch marks and especially on my boobs (which I don't understand) my boobs aren't even growing. One would think they would have to grow in order to get big purple stretch marks LOL.

My weight is doing fantastic! I have appointment next week so I haven't weighed. As of two weeks ago I was up around 14lbs since my first visit to OB and probably extra 10 before. He is very happy with my weight gain and said not to worry or change a thing. So I treat myself to a salami on rye with spicy mustard about once a week. 

We have the nursery full of stuff. I haven't been able to work on it much lately because of the swelling. I hope my husband will be able to put second crib together and move the computer desk out this weekend.

I am also working on making name plates for each of the girls to hang over their cribs. Here is a little sample: I think they are going to look really good when I finish. I have a friend making the letters for me.
Last week I got results from my post IVIG blood work and for the first time all my levels were within normal ranges and my ANA was negative! It hasn't been negative in over 6 years. Dr. Kim still wants me to continue the infusions, blood thinners and steroids. I tell you this woman is a freaking miracle worker!! I wish all woman that had several losses would go see her. And even better news, I got my infusions down from 4 hours to 2 hours weekly ( YAY)!

Really as far as typical pains and aches from a twin pregnancy, I am feeling pretty amazing. I look at my stomach daily and stay completely amazed that it can grow so much! Although I am told weekly how big I am, I take it in stride and know that I am doing my best to keep my girls safe and gain weight for them. So I am now taking those comments with a grain of salt. 

21 days until viability! This is going to be such a huge milestone for me. Next milestone is 34 weeks.

14 comments:

  1. I'm sure you already know this but be careful of the raw eggs in some caesar salad dressing. And cold cuts, including salami, can have listeria which can cause miscarriages and other issues. But if you heat up the salami it's okay.

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    1. Yes I checked with my doctor and the dressing I use is pre-made and doesn't contain raw egg :) I figure as long as I stay away from crack, cigs and alcohol I should be just fine :)

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  2. You look amazing! So happy for you, and Caesar salads sound amazing, thanks for the dinner inspiration ;) SO thrilled!!!

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  3. T, this photo brought tears to my eyes. You. Look. Amazing. I remember being pregnant last year and having a similar reaction about my growing belly. I still have trouble comprehending what was happening with my body. Pretty surreal, huh?

    Looking forward to seeing the finished name placks and will be keeping all fingers and toes crossed for a delivery around 38 weeks!

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    1. Thank you Cristy. Hoping to have pictures posted soon of nursery and name placks!

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  4. Excited to see your finished nameplates...they look great so far!

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    1. Just waiting on my letters, so hopefully sooN!

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  5. You look great! Mmmm caesar salad, sounds yummy... so does salami which i cannot wait to indulge in... in 19 weeks LOL! now im starving! hahaha

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    1. 19 weeks is just around the corner! :)

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  6. You look great and happy and I love it!

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  7. So glad to hear that everything is going so well! I haven't been commenting as much since I don't really have any pregnancy tidbits to contribute, but just wanted to let you know I'm still here and eagerly following along!

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