I also want to clarify things a bit. The main reason I am relieved about currently having triplets instead of quads is that I feel less like a science experiment. It was a really weird, alien feeling, knowing that there were 4 babies growing inside of me. (I'm just being completely honest.) When you say "triplets" to people, they get it. Quads are so rare that it immediately makes people think of ART (which is true) but I'd like to only let selected people know. I may have referred to the babies as aliens...
We have one more ultrasound with the RE next week on Thursday. I still need to make a regular OB appointment. I don't know why I'm slacking! But I think they'll see me pretty much right away too.
There are also still a lot of risks with this pregnancy. We will find out more about the identical twins in the coming weeks, but if they share an amniotic sac, there is a major risk of Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome, where nutrients are unequally passed between twins. If one twin has problems, it can affect the other since they share the same placenta. (Don't quote this summary. This is only basic, basic research which has formed my current understanding. Still need to read more.)
We are still hopeful that nature will decide our course, but we will still look into selective reduction in order to insure the best odds of a healthy pregnancy and baby.
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Symptoms: Nausea has been horrible this last week, but either I'm getting used to it, adjusting my eating, or it's getting a little bit better. I still feel some degree of bad, usually combined with a headache, most of the time. Still no puking though.
My tastes have definitely shifted towards healthier foods (for the first month I was craving hamburgers and hot dogs. Now it's mostly fruit and peanut butter and jelly.
I get muscle spams in my abdomen when I cough if I'm laying on my side. It's weird. I'm feeling definite changes in my abdomen. My muscles are tight and I feel the need to stretch a lot.
My boobs actually seem a touch less sore (or I'm getting used to it). But they're definitely larger (though not a cup size yet.)
I also feel less like I'm bloated, and more like I'm just bigger. It's annoying, but more comfortable I guess.
And I'm really, really tired all of the time.
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I'm also at an insurance crossroads. Insurance really has been such a bitch! I first switched as of January of this year to the plan that included infertility coverage up through IUI. BUT...I had already started with my RE and we just continued through him (out of pocket) so there was really no point in switching.
Now...I'm laid off (as I mentioned here and here). Last year the school district extended health benefits through the summer (although I was not affected last year). I kind of assumed they'd do the same this year, but they are not going to. My benefits end on June 30th.
THIS IS THE ONE SUMMER IN MY LIFE THAT I HAVE ABSOLUTELY HAD TO HAVE HEALTH COVERAGE.
If I do COBRA, it's $900 a month. FU school district and health insurance companies.
I can switch to my husband's insurance, but technically you are supposed to enroll 1 month before the plan becomes effective. Luckily he works for a small company and can get benefits started on July 1st. It will cost about $550 a month. BUT I have to switch hospitals again. It'll be back to my old HMO system which is familiar, but it's just frustrating that I'm going to have at least one appointment with 1 doctor, then switch to a new doctor. But at least I have a husband and I have that option. So many of my single friends are going to roll the dice...
There are only 2 doctors in my region that do selective reduction. So I'm sure that won't be covered either (if it's necessary). I guess we'll see though.
I'm planning for our kid to be a golf tour pro. They make a lot of money. : )