Thursday, 23 June 2011

Two of a kind

Of course I did not trust the midwives and health visitors who said "now you've had one you'll get pregnant quicker the second time", what would they know? Did they live with us every month when the dreaded period arrived? So, of course, it was an excellent idea to come off my patches a month before we were married. It was of course for all the right reasons, my course had finished and I couldn't really be bothered going to the doctor's for more.

During the second week of our unusual honeymoon (my parents and Sqeaks in tow) I started feeling a familiar feeling- the tiredness, the tiredness which no amount of sleep relieves. And towards the end of the holiday I was convinced, Mr J wasn't even remotely concerned- it simply could not be.
The day after we got home Mr J was duly sent to the supermarket for a tester kit, and surely yes, we were pregnant.

A trip to the midwife to find out that due to the probability that our second labour would be faster than the first a homebirth was strongly recommended. No thanks, I saw the blood the first time. And a date was set for us to go off to Hebden Bridge for a dating scan.

The weekend before the scan we decided to do the trek up to Gaddins Dam, admittedly I'm not the fittest person but half way up at a rest stop I breathed heavily saying to Mr J "I don't want anything to be wrong with this pregnancy but it's making me so much more tired than last time, it just doesn't feel the same".
Johnson Babies
The view from Gaddins, on an earlier visit- I think I am allowed to feel breathless! 
The day before the scan I had to take a rest stop at work, in the middle of a project launch, feeling embarrassed I confided in my colleague, ending with the truly psychic words "I think it's twins, the way I'm feeling"...

The next day we went off to Hebden Bridge, to of course recieve the words from the sonographer "well, I can't find a third heartbeat"- I am sure they are trained on the best ways to break this news to parents-to-be! Of course, it is a little like the analogy of your life passing before your eyes- in what can only be a minute every emotion possible passes through your mind and body- ending of course with the tears of joy. I am grateful Seren was with us, it made it seem more of a family affair and the reality of going from one, to three.

That day it was Mr J who first spoke the words "We're going to need to move to Cardiff", my mind was processing a million thoughts, and Mr J arrived there before me- how would we cope without the support of my family, we had found it tough enough with Seren.

And so the new chapter began, we discovered that I would not be able to have midwife led care as last time, that I was immediately assigned to consultant led care as a high risk pregnancy (read twin pregnancy) and that this would be a completely different experience to the easy pregnancy I had with Seren.

Whilst I resented so much medical intervention to begin with it did become a necessity of the pregnancy.

The key benefit of a twin pregnancy is how often you are scanned, with a singleton pregnancy it is usually 12 and 20 weeks. With this pregnancy we had scheduled scans four weekly once we reached 20 weeks so lots of opportunity to see the babes and ensure the growth and health was in check.

At our 20 week scan the news was starting to sink in, we had decided the sensible thing would be to find out the sexes of the babies to make us as prepared as possible (how naive!)
Johnson Babies
Our bunkbed babies- two boys!
Things were going well, the consultant remarked how rare it was for non-identical babies to be the same size, and to consider the possibility that they were actually identical.
At 25 weeks the visit was brief, with a registrar telling us there was no way the boys were identical as they had seperate sacs and placentas.

It was the 29+5 scan where I was left really concerned after being told twin 1 was on 5th centile. I didn't really understand the centile stuff but for it to be mentioned was enough for me. We had another scan at 32+5 and were fortunate to meet with the consultant again. Not so good, the customised chart showed both twins growth below the three lines (still not there on the technical stuff) and whilst we were reassured this was based on a singleton pregnancy so not entirely the best thing to rely on, both twins had slowed down to the extent they were now similar weights. The doppler showed that they were recieving food 'normally'. And then we had the further news that the liquid volume for twin 1 was low.
ECG monitoring followed with another scan scheduled to look at liquid and doppler levels. Steroid injections quickly followed.
A scan at  35 weeks (the preferred two week wait to ensure accurate growth) showed twin 1 had only put on 4oz, with twin 2 gaining 1lb 11oz, with twin 1 at 3lb, 15oz and twin 2 at 5lb, 9oz. The consultant advised there was no benefit in continuing the pregnancy as twin 1 has been unresponsive and an induction was scheduled for 36 weeks.

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