The Twins @ 17 WeeksPosted: November 11, 2009
So I had my 17 week appointment with my OB to check and see how the twins are doing. She told me at my last appointment that I would not have an ultrasound because they would be big enough to hear with a Doppler. However, when I got there and she tried to locate their heart beats she had a difficult time finding the heart beats so it turns out I got to have an ultrasound after all. They have grown so much since my last appointment 4 weeks ago. They are really starting to look like little people now! Their heart beats were 147 and 151. If you go with the old-wives tale that low heart beats are boys and high heart beats are girls, I would have to guess they are boys. She asked me if I wanted to find out the gender today and I told her no because Chris and I are still undecided if we want to find out the sex of our babies and Chris was not with me at this appointment.
I have a level II ultrasound scheduled with a specialist in about 3 weeks. I will be 20 weeks and this is when, if we wanted to, we could totally find out the sex of the babies. I know there are many friend and family who hope we chose to find out the sex. My doctor did tell me that since the babies are in separate sacs and have separate placentas it is not imperative that she know the sex of the babies. I am very low risk and knowing the sex really does nothing in the way of preparing for the birth of these kiddos.
She did take some ultrasound pictures of the babies. Baby A was moving around a ton and it was hard to get a good shot of him/ her. She was able to get a face shot with his/ her arm up and over his head. Baby B was pretty still and we got a better shot of him/her. I have posted those pictures below. I have also added an updated picture of my belly. She told me that at 17 weeks your uterus is usually right under your belly button. My uterus is above my belly button and she said I am measuring as if I was 22/23 weeks pregnant with a singleton. I also included a picture from when I was pregnant with Cooper at 18 weeks. Again, I am much larger this time around. My doctor told me that I was going to be pretty large if I was able to make it to 40 weeks (which is highly unlikely for moms pregnant with twins).
I am feeling pretty good. Still take a daily nap with Cooper for at least an hour. I need at least 8 hours of sleep at night or I feel like I am dragging. I gained a bunch of weight in 4 weeks- 8lbs. I am not surprised. My total weight gain this pregnancy is 13lbs. I was told I needed to gain between 35- 45lbs. So I am glad I finally put on some weight. I want to make sure these twins are healthy! The twins have been keeping me pretty hungry. It is not unusual for me to eat a snack right before bed. Then wake up around 3am and eat a snack again (I have been known to have a bowl of oatmeal at 3am), and finally I eat a hardy breakfast between 6-7:30am. I snack between meals and I eat three meals a day. It is nuts how hungry I am. No real cravings. I have do not have a big desire to eat sweets with this pregnancy. With Cooper, I went through a box of brownies a week- no joke.