May 14, 2015 – 16 week checkup at Kaiser

I just wanted to check in real quick, it seems like it’s been a while. Things are going really well, Rachel’s nausea seems to be lessening – she still has some discomfort, but it’s not nearly as bad as it was during the first trimester. This is good, because we leave for Hawaii next Friday! 🙂

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***note: the picture above is from last Friday! (15 weeks)***

We went to Kaiser this morning for Rachel’s 16 week sonogram/checkup with Dr. Spivak. Rachel gained 2 lbs. since our last visit and currently weighs 153 lbs. So far so good! Dr. Spivak said that her blood pressure and weight gain were good. She also mentioned that we shouldn’t worry about how much weight she gains. “Singleton mothers gain approximately 25 lbs, while twin mothers average around 35”. What she said about triplet mothers didn’t sound right – she said “that as long as Rachel gains between 35 and 45 lbs. that would be good enough since the babies won’t weigh more than 5 lbs. at birth”. Everything that we have read recommends a weight gain between 50 and 70 lb. as the goal we should shoot for. All I can say is EDUCATE yourself and make an informed decision on what is right for you. Triplet pregnancies are very uncommon and most doctors don’t have a lot of experience in this area. We got to see the babies again as Dr. Spivak did a quick sonogram. There is still no ‘conclusive’ evidence as to the sex of the babies, however they all seem to be healthy and growing at about the same rate!

Rachel experienced her first contraction on Monday and said it felt like a rolling sensation. “like the babies moved”. Dr. Spivak said that contractions were normal at this point in the pregnancy and that we should not worry as long as there are not more than 4 contractions in a 1 hour time period. She also said to call if we experience 5 or more in a 1 hour time period or 4+ contractions in consecutive 2 hour time periods.

That’s all for now – next check in will be from Wakiki beach!

Aloha

Paul & Rachel

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