Besides our maternity doctor, we were required to have an OB because we were pregnant with twins. Because we were going to have twins, a midwife was out of the question. I have always been open to working with the midwives and a doula, but when it came time to choosing, I ultimately felt more comfortable with our doctor and an OB. This is just our personal choice, and it worked out well for us!
We met our OB at 15 weeks. We weren't really sure what to expect because we were still digesting the fact that we were pregnant, let alone with twins. I was finally feeling well (after 2 months of morning sickness 24/7) and just starting to show (more like I just had to wear baggy sweaters and I couldn't do my jeans up anymore). We went into our office and sat down for our consultation. He immediately asked, "So, what do you know about twins?" I felt like I was in school and being put through a test. We said a few things about our situation and twins, but not too much. Our OB then went on to tell us that our pregnancy was high-risk and listed some possible scenarios: birth defects, pre-term labor, gestational diabetes, c-section, high-blood pressure, one twin growing more rapidly than the other. I was shocked, terrified, depressed, almost sick feeling hearing all of this from our OB. I felt like the whole consult was sad and that we were only preparing ourselves for something horrible to happen. He told us that we would be closely monitored to make sure that both twins were within a pound of one another. If one twin didn't seem like he/she was growing at the same rate, we may likely have to deliver early. We were to see him once a month and our maternity doctor once a month. So, every two weeks we were going to be at a doctor's office, it would be like a full-time job (little did we know how many doctor and hospital visits we would make in the coming months).
As we ended the meeting, our OB told us that he wanted us to go to Calgary for a detailed scan at 19 weeks. He explained that the technology was much more accurate in Calgary and because we had twins, he wanted to check for birth defects and all-over growth. We were to wait for a phone call from the office in Calgary.
We left his office that day feeling overwhelmed, but so grateful. We had such a great team looking after us and the boys that we felt in good hands. We were excited for the second trimester and to meet our babes (on screen!) at 19 weeks.
Until next time,
mrs. + mama