In the morning, Michael went back to TLC for the day 1 post-surgery checkup and everything was good. Then we rushed to Triangle OBGYN, and met Dr. Grana. She seems to be pretty nice as well, and she was surprised how well I am doing…the babies’ last ultrasound showed Baby A is at 58 percentile, and Baby B at 67 percentile, the sugar level test came back, I was way below the GD limit (which is not surprising), I am glad she said my condition is perfect (Dr. Gil has full confidence I will be able to carry them to 38 weeks). The only thing I am concerned about is that I’ve been carrying them low and they are deep in the pelvis already, I need to talk to Audrey more about that when she comes next Monday to figure out if the pressure can really trigger preterm labor before 37th week and if that’s a possibility, what I can do to prevent preterm labor. We scheduled for the next appointment in two weeks, when we will have our birth plan finalized and signed. But we were hesitant about doing another ultrasound in 2 weeks, Dr. Grana wasn’t too happy about it but she’s okay with our decision eventually so we scheduled for the ultrasound at 37th week, at that point I should be ready to birth soon anyway.
In the afternoon, we did ton of shopping at Whole Foods, and Grand Asia, Mom is already craving for rice, she really can’t live without rice even for a day! So we stocked up the fridge and later in the afternoon we attended our last session of our multiple classe. WRAL took a short footage of the class, and Bonny Reid sat in for Kathy tonight, we really learned a lot from her last time at her breastfeeding class. The last session we had two guest speakers from tmott, the first couple had water broken at 29th week and she was put on bedrest until her delivery at 32 weeks plus 4 days, same day I am at today! Although the bedrest doesn’t seem to be a fun experience, from what I read, the biggest problem with bedrest is the loss of bone density, 1 week of bedrest is equivalent to 2 years of aging of skeleton (same for bedrest due to other medical conditions). There was a case a pregnant woman went on a 6-month bedrest and broke her heel bone once she got off the bed. It is not proven it actually helps with keeping the babies in, what we learned from the real story though is that it’s better to take care of the body before a complication arise rather than trying to fix the problems. Plenty of rest and well-balanced nutrition are the best insurance to a healthy journey to full term. We really feel that the preventive care is so neglected in our culture and people often get caught in the mess of physical and financial trauma when its too late. From the real stories of Wendy and Emily, we did learn quite a few things that we won’t know otherwise, for example, a doctor can prescribe human milk that’s covered by insurance if the babies are premies and need to be bottle fed; tandem feeding is not a necessity; once babies are in NICU, they are under care of the NICU doctors not the pediatricians; tmott will lend out premie clothing; using a suringe to collect collostrium and pump milk no more than 30 minutes at a time, etc. Although my favorite part of the multiples class is the techniques used in managing labor!
I will also need to check out the website Bonny told us spnningbabies.com to learn how to have the optimum fetal positioning for easier labor. We didn’t get home until 10:30pm, Mom made a big pot of chicken soup, Chinese style, it was delicious and we are so fortunate to have her here!