The appointment with the midwife went well yesterday. I like getting the first appointment of the day as it means I don’t need to worry so much about getting a parking space for the minibus. It is funny, the things I think about for the simplest of reasons. Another example is travelling a new route or going to a new place and we need to research height restrictions for things like car parks etc beforehand, due to the minibus being so tall.
Anyway, I digress.
The appointment went well. My blood pressure is fine, nothing abnormal detected in my urine and the babies both have good, strong heartbeats. Twin 2 played a game of hide and seek. The midwife confirmed, as I suspected, that it is lying differently to Twin 1 as it always takes a while to pinpoint the heartbeat with a doppler and sounds more muffled. It also feels different. My belly feels less firm over on the right whereas you can feel firmness and a definite roundness where Twin 1 is lying. I am now measuring the equivalent of a 37 week singleton pregnancy.
Both are head down, with Twin 1 apparently lodged right the way down into my pelvis. I mentioned my concerns regarding the Braxton Hicks contractions and was advised to head on straight to the delivery unit for monitoring and precautionary steroids in order to strengthen the twins’ lungs in case the BH contractions do develop further. Like the midwife said, it’s better for them to get the steroids and not need them than for them to be born now and not have had them. I was also advised to treat this pregnancy differently to my previous singleton pregnancies, and to be more cautious. Suddenly it seems real that the babies will be here soon!
And just as an aside, I am annoyed to the hilt with Asda Direct. I ordered some items from them two weeks ago which were split into two lots. The first batch was delivered with only one problem (I had ordered a 12-18 month top and trousers outfit for Joseph. I received the top part of the outfit only in a 3-6 month size. What’s that all about then?). The second parcel was not delivered but was meant to have been. The second parcel contains the two white blankets I am waiting for, for the twins’ hospital bags. I chased Asda up last week, was apologised to and promised it would be sorted out. I’m still waiting. This isn’t the first time I’ve had problems with them. Asda, I am not happy. And I am also hormonal. And currently sitting here with a nosebleed. Please sort this out for me.
Twin Pregnancy Diary is available to buy in paperback now.