The Great News: Everything looks good with the babies. They are kicking around like crazy and just generally being cute. The ultrasound tech was so thorough and pointed out everything she was looking at. I mean everything- it appears that Twin A is our little boy, while Twin B is all girl! Of course, that information was quickly followed by, "You can't hold me to this 100%, but I've never been wrong before!". No worries- we're just glad that they appear healthy at this point!
Now for the Not-So-Great News: My cervical length is 3.3 cm. This is okay, but not fabulous. It's a tolerable starting point and I am very thankful for that, because it could be worse. However, my doctor has advised me to cut back on my work hours. My schedule consists solely of 12-hour shifts right now, and he strongly suggested that I not work more than 8 hours/day. For the past week, I've been having Braxton Hicks contractions during the latter part of my shift. I thought it was too early for those, but apparently it is not. He is concerned that I am over-doing things a bit, and research shows that healthcare workers who work 12-hours shifts have a much higher incidence of pre-term labor than those who have shorter hours. So, I've talked to my boss and we are going to work out a schedule that makes everyone happy.
Overall, things are still looking good. I knew that I'd have to cut
back on work during this pregnancy, but I definitely was not prepared for it to happen this early. In the grand scheme of things, I know that a few months of of working is nothing. After everything we've invested emotionally and financially, we have to take every precaution and I'll do anything to keep these babies safely tucked away as long as possible!
|She does have legs, I promise!|
|The Little Man, Baby A|