Just got back from my first appointment with my new OB. I liked her a lot - it was a fairly brisk first meeting, but she covered all the bases in terms of things I had immediate questions on. She reiterated what I already knew about twin pregnancies, which is that they are almost always premature and that deliveries are almost always by C-section. However, she said that other than some additional monitoring towards the end, I will generally be treated the same as any other patient.
She also said it was fine for me to exercise - pretty much anything (except extreme sports) as long as I wasn't gasping for breath. I'm happy about that, but I'm not sure I will jump fully into it. I think I may start to work myself slowly up to elliptical machine, bike and yoga. Not sure if I have the guts to try running. We'll see.
Best part of the appointment was getting to see the little bubs. They are both doing great. Baby A measured ahead at 9 weeks, and has a heartbeat of 179. Baby B measured right on the dot at 8 weeks 5 days, and has a heartbeat of 173. Here is the latest pic - because of their position, it was hard to get one picture that they are both clear in, but this is the best one she got:
A'int they cute? They look like 2 little peanuts.
My next u/s won't be for nearly a month - we'll be doing the NT scan at 11 weeks. I could have asked for one more u/s in between (and still might, if I change my mind) but we are going to be traveling to see my family in Seattle in a couple of weeks anyway so I'm thinking I might just hold out until the NT scan.
I'm planning on surprising my family with the news in person. It's a little sooner than I would like to break the news (will only be 10 weeks by then), but my parents are taking a couple of long trips right around the end of my first trimester and I want to be able to tell them in person. I am, however, going to tell them to keep it between the family for now, until we're okay to go public. My sister, BIL and my little nephew are also out there, so I'm hoping it will be an all-around joyful celebration!
Thanks to everyone for sharing their experiences, tips, etc. re: dealing with pregnancy symptoms. My goal in the next week is to slowly resume exercise, in the hopes that this will give me some more energy. I also want to eat as healthy as possible, or as much as my nausea will allow. Right now I'm eating like a 3rd grader - apple sauce, crackers, and fruit make up an alarming amount of my daily diet. I need to work in some more proteins and veggies if I can.
Off to eat some more applesauce before dinner!