Monday, January 20, 2014

28 Weeks - 2nd BIG Milestone




Today, I'm 28 weeks into my quad pregnancy! Why is this so exciting? Well, other than viability which happened at 24 weeks, 28 weeks is when actual viability SKYROCKETS!!!! Ninety percent of babies who make it to this stage of gestation survive.  We know we aren't out of the woods yet, as long-term complications are still a possibility which is why without my doctor pressing, I have really begun to take it very easy.  For several weeks now, it's been pretty rare for me to leave the house unless it's for doctors appointments or to eat. I still make it a priority to go to church on Sunday because I feel like that has what a) made this pregnancy possible and b) has sustained me and this pregnancy for 28 weeks so far!  We usually make this day our day to do errands and as I can feel my body slowing down, I have realized I also need to slow down.

I've really had to humble myself and decide what is more important, getting a few odd glances riding in a wheelchair, or keeping these babies inside me and growing for even a day more. I've decided that each day is important to them and even though we've viewed the pregnancy as a "one day at a time thing", now, even more so, it's all about each day that I can keep them inside.  


Cruising Wal-Mart in the "go-go cart"


My belly is growing tremendously! It's now 54.5" around!  Every time Adam and I go in public, we get a lot of questions about "will that baby be born any minute" or "any day now, huh" or my favorite was when a neighboring table at a local restaurant offered to deliver my baby for me if it happened in the next few minutes. 

At my 27 week appointment, my doctor told me I'm still doing great and that she was going to let me keep doing what I am doing until something changes because she doesn't want me in the hospital around a lot of sick people as that could only cause more issues for me. (I have a feeling there's a lot of flu patients in there.) She also sent me to do my 2nd 1-hour glucose test of the pregnancy. I passed the first one early in, but it was time for another. The nurse called me two days later to tell me that I had passed the glucose test (no gestational diabetes) however, blood work did indicate that I was slightly anemic now so I've begun a supplement to help with that. 

The next milestone is 32 to 34 weeks. Babies born now generally have an excellent chance of survival, without any major long-term complications, though they might not have full lung maturity (which generally occurs between 33 and 37 weeks) and will need to spend time in the NICU.  Some babies born at this stage may require oxygen to help them breathe, while others may need to be fed through a nasogastric tube (which runs through the nose into the stomach). “Super-twins” (triplets or more) almost always spend time in a NICU, but if you can get past that 32-week mark, chances are excellent that the babies will be healthy.

So now we start the 29th week! I see the doctor weekly so I'll have an update later in the week in regard to how we're all doing. I have another growth scan scheduled next week at 29 so we'll definitely have a fun update at that time. In the meantime, I'm working on another post that talks about all the things we go through as mothers for the well-being of our babies! I'll admit, not until I became pregnant, did I realize just what all my own mother has gone through for me!

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