After several hours of waiting, I finally had my growth ultrasound this afternoon. The results from the ultrasound are fed into another computer where they are analyzed by a different program that the doctors like better, so it takes a few hours after the ultrasound to find out the results. But, I am happy to say, that the results are finally in! The purpose of the ultrasound was to check growth and to also do something called a biophysical profile or BPP. The BPP looks at baby movement, whether or not the babies are practicing breathing like they are supposed to at this stage, heart beats, and amniotic fluid. All five babies scored 8 out of 8 on this part. The babies also appear to be growing just fine. Before I list the estimated baby weights, let me just give the disclaimer that these are just estimates and have the potential to be off by a bit. They measure the babies head circumference, abdominal circumference and femur length and then the computer program uses these measurements to come up with the estimated baby weight. According to today's ultrasound, the babies estimated weights are:
4 lb 11 oz
4 lb 12 oz
4 lb 12 oz
4 lb 8 oz
5 lb 9 oz (yikes!!!)
I was told that the last baby had a large head, so that could be throwing off the measurement just little bit. Looking at the weights is actually kind of scary! Considering I have five babies in there, these weights seem HUGE! Especially since they have 5 days and 11 hours more to grow (not that I am counting down or anything). It is no wonder that I sometimes feel like my tummy is going to split open :-)
When I started this journey, I did have some aspirations to break the quint gestational age record. Over the past couple of weeks, however, I gave up on that idea and decided 34 weeks was plenty. If these estimated baby weights are even close to the actual baby weights, I do have good shot at breaking the quint birth weight records. The current record for the heaviest quint birth weight, all combined, is 21 lb 1.2 oz. The heaviest quint birth weight for a single baby is 5 lb 1.6 oz.