Are you sitting down? Because you might want to.
I started to spot last night, and called the RE on call, crying. She said it was probably the hematoma and to come in Sunday (today) for an ultrasound. It didn't stop, and I felt terrified, so we went to our local urgent care and they did an ultrasound. The sonographer who said she'd been doing OB ultrasound for 20 years, didn't see the hematoma, and it looked like it bled out. She did, however, see something unexpected: a third baby. I told her she was wrong about ten times, and then my husband said, "I see it too." The look of shock on his face, while the sonographer giggled were quite a contrast.
An ultrasound at my RE revealed today that yes, in fact, I am carrying triplets. Apparently, one of the blastocysts we transferred split into identical twins. Holy. Shit. All babies are measuring at exactly 8 weeks (perfect!) and their heartbeats were all the same at 175. The good news is the twins are in their own amniotic sacs, which protects them from many complications.
We are in shock- and our thoughts are all over the place. Here is a sampling:
1. Obviously, triplet pregnancies are more risky than twins. Some of the complications: preterm labor, lower birth weight, preeclampsia.
2. Identical twins can have Twin to Twin transfusion. We don't yet know if they share a placenta.
3. We would LOVE to have all these babies. I stay at home and we have resources to hire a nanny when we need help. We can afford a minivan.
4. We only want a healthy pregnancy. If we are counseled to reduce the pregnancy by terminating the twins, we will, but we really do not want to. We COULD NOT reduce to twins, since they are in the same sac. If we had to reduce, it would most likely be to the singleton.
5. I want to embrace this and go with it, but we are taking the time to let it sink in. I am going to meet with the MFM doctor this week for more counseling. I am hoping they can help us make a really educated decision.
6. Our RE said they cannot counsel us, but that this situation is unique and could have lots of problems, or none at all.
We are so unsure of what is going to happen, but we are so thankful that all of the babies are doing well, and growing inside mommy. We so appreciate everyone's support and positive comments!