Growing Concern

Posted: September 13, 2007 in Uncategorized

I was literally stunned at what the ultrasound tech found yesterday at our monthly growth scan. As it turns out, our little twins are more than a pound different in weight. It is called Discordant Twins. Baby A is 1 lb and 15 oz (+ or – 5 oz) and Baby B is 2 lbs and 11 oz (again + or – 5 oz) according to the tech’s measurements.

It was bad enough that I had to wait an extra 25 minutes while she finished her lunch, but was then instructed to lay on my back with my legs out in front of me (which is a new form a torture that I had never dreamed of). My chiropractor had told me to avoid doing this at all costs. I explained how bad my lower back was and told her that I would try.

So, the scanning started. Normally I cannot take my eyes off of the monitor but I literally thought that I was going to be sick. I broke into a cold sweat and thought that I would pass out at any minute. And for some reason, the scan hurt. I don’t know what was different. I have had dozens of scans and never once (including the internals) ever hurt. The tech finally asked if I was okay and I told her that I didn’t think so. She told me to roll over on my left side, not offering any assistance, of course and I nearly rolled off the table. She did her best to finish the scan and then placed a towel over my belly and told me she had to go to speak with one of the doctors. Keep in mind, I have yet to actually meet any of the Perinatologists that are “caring” for me.

Dr. Mushmouth came in and walked over to the ultrasound machine. I guess it was a new machine since neither the tech nor the doctor had any idea how to scroll through the pages. I glanced at the estimated weights and my jaw dropped. Baby B had always been a little bigger than Baby A but to see more than a pound difference shocked me. Dr. Mushmouth pulled out his blackberry and started to do some calculations, humming here and there, adding in a few are “you sure on that”, and the occasional “that’s odd”. He told me that B was big. Really big. I am not exactly a waif myself, and did tip the scaled at 9lbs 1oz when I was born, but having one baby who is measuring normally and one really big baby is scary. The bigger B gets, the less room that A will have to grow. There is something called Intrauterine Growth Restriction that they are concerned about. I don’t know if that means that they are going to deliver me early or what. I have a call into my regular OB’s office and am awaiting a call back but for the first time in a long time, I am SCARED.

The perinatologists want to see me in three weeks again rather than 4 weeks, which has been my routine. I see the regular OB next week. I am trying not to focus too much of my energy on this and pray that Baby A is a fighter.

Prayers would be appreciated…

  1. The Town Criers says:

    Hey, sweetie, I’m sending prayers. And letting you know I’m here if you ever want to talk. Our twins were IUGR and had a large weight difference (4 pounds 2 ounces to 2 pounds 15 ounces). Both are healthy and well now and the same weight, but were born prematurely. If you ever want to talk, you can reach me at

  2. Amy says:

    I hope everything turns out well for you and your babies.

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