I knew I had a few for most possible pregnancy complications, but I was hoping they wouldn't come into play. Lets see
Existing BP issue controlled by med
This put me at a higher risk for high blood pressure and gestational diabetes. I've been over every book and site on the subjects and there is nothing that can be done in advance and no way to predict in advance. I feel really great, but apparently I'm a mess on the inside.
My appointment yesterday was a bit frustrating. The higher dose of BP medication has resulted in only a small decrease in my BP. The doctor went back over the med specs and it can, for some people, take up to 14 days to show results, so it may still be okay. I have to go back next week to follow up on it.
But then, for the first time, there was sugar in my urine. Oh joy. The Dr and I went over everything I had eaten that day and it was nothing in my diet. She did say that with the volume of pregnancy hormones I have, my body may not be able to cope and I could be one of those who needs insulin to control it. So tomorrow I'll go for the 1 hour glucose test. Honestly, I'm expecting to fail and bracing myself for the 3 hour test. With the extra growth of the boys at this early stage, it's quite possible that I have GD, and have for a while. I guess it's a good thing I had a sugar aversion in the first trimester and no real taste for sweets now.
Anyway, from what I can tell, the boys are still fine. Definitely still growing. My next u/s is on March 5 so I'll know more then. I see the OB on March 10th. Again, I'm feeling really great.
I'm 22 weeks now. Each week counts. At 22 weeks, there is very little chance for survival (69%) and only palliative care would be offered. At 23 weeks the rate of survival is more than double (20%), palliative care is recommended, but medical intervention is possible. And so on. The Women's Hospital put out the stats and guidelines for micro-premies over the Christmas holidays. They highlighted a great success story on the cover of a girl born at 23 1/2 weeks who was celebrating her second birthday. She is the exception and not the rule. My ultimate goal is of course the full 37 weeks. But each time a problem crops up, I need to remind myself that they may come sooner and try to educate myself on the details. I'm living week-by-week right now, hoping for the best, preparing for other situations.