Twin Tracker: 18 Weeks

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So, I’ve seen lots of these little pregnancy questionnaires floating around out there. I honestly never thought I would be the girl to do one, but I would love to be able to track some stats about my pregnancy so that I can remember them in the years to come. Especially now that my travel has already been restricted, I figured this would be a good way to keep all my long distance friends and family in the loop!

If you notice that my symptoms don’t quite line up with your timeline, don’t worry! Apparently, twin pregnancies track about 6 weeks ahead of singleton pregnancies with respect to symptoms and measurements. At least that’s what my doctor says!

While a 25-35lb weight gain is recommended for a singleton pregnancy (assuming a healthy pre-pregnancy weight), my doctor has recommended a 40-50lb weight gain for my diamniotic dichorionic twin pregnancy. Those fancy words translate to ‘my babies need a lesson on sharing as soon as they exit the womb’. Not all twins have their own amniotic sac or their own placenta, but my uterus is hauling two of each! Bring on the weight!

I’ll try to do an update every week or so, but we’ll just play it by ear and see how I’m feeling! Here’s my first one at 18 weeks pregnant.

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How far along? 18 weeks, weren’t you listening? ;)

Total weight gain? 15lbs – Doc says 10lbs, but I’ll be using my home weigh-ins since I’m able to get a more accurate reading by controlling the outside variables – i.e. wearing the same outfit each time and weighing myself at the same time of day. Either way, I’m right on track for now!

Maternity clothes? Not really, no. I have one pair of maternity jeans that are definitely more comfortable than my regular jeans, but I’m still able to fit into (most) of my pre-pregnancy clothes at this point.

Sleep? Can I just laugh at this question? Ok, good. Yeah… sleep is not my friend right now. Here’s my sad and pathetic routine these days: Try to fall asleep for forever, eventually sleep from about 4:30am-5:15am when I have to wake up J to get her fed and ready for her Adult Day Program (read my ‘meet’ page if you’re wondering who J is). Fall back asleep sometime between 6:30am/9am, wake back up around 9:30am/10:30am to say goodbye to Matt as he heads off to work. If I don’t have any plans for the day (which I try not to), I usually sleep again from about 1pm-4pm. Shortly afterwards, J comes home and our evening routines begin. If she’s in bed by 9pm, sometimes I catch another 2-3 hours then. Like I said… sad and pathetic. (J is a special needs lady who lives with us, not Jasmine-the dog)

Best moment this week? Finally feeling well enough to go to church again! This week in general has been a diamond in the rough in comparison though. Hence me just now getting back to blogging!

Miss anything? Sleeping on my back. Well, sleeping in general.

Movement? Pretty sure I felt them last week, then this week I had a confirmation of that! Apparently they either really love or really hate chilly cheese dogs.

Food Cravings? Fried dumplings this week! I tend to crave whatever I see people eating on TV, and we just got started watching the show ‘The Big Bang Theory’ – they order a lot of Chinese food, so I blame them.

Anything making you queasy or sick? Anything I ate in the first 14 weeks or so is dead to me. Opening the fridge still makes me sick. And cooking… Matt is still our chef for the time being.

Symptoms? Insomnia, ligament/muscle pain in my back, nausea & vomiting (seems to be improving though!). I’m glad I started this questionnaire now and skipped the dark days of the first trimester or this list would have been no fun to read back on.

Stretch Marks? Nope!

Looking forward to? The moment when Matt first feels a baby kick!

Verse of the week? “For this child I prayed, and the Lord has granted me my petition that I made to him.” 1 Samuel 1:27, ESV

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Cara Kramp

Co-Founder at The Helpmates
Lover of all things sweet...my husband, our twins, our adorable cocker spaniel, and Reese's peanut butter cups. But I know none sweeter than the name of Jesus.

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8 comments to Twin Tracker: 18 Weeks

  1. dory Muir says:

    Cara, you and Matt are truly blessed….John & I remember you and Lee growing up next door to us in Jonesboro….and holding you with your pet, when your neighbor’s house was burning. We still try to keep in touch with your Mother and try to stop in and see her every year or so..! Always, take care… I enjoy your Helpmates blog. Continued good wishes to/for all of you. Always, take care, dory Muir, Cherokee Village, AR

    • Cara Kramp says:

      Thank you, Mrs. Dory! I remember that day too, you didn’t know I was holding my guinea pig at first! :) I miss y’all as neighbors, I’m glad you’re able to keep in touch with my mom. Thanks for all the encouragement!

      • dory Muir says:

        Cara & Matt,…you “kids” are awesome. Many thanks for the quick reply. Always, please take care…and I look forward to this fantastic journey..!! Always, Hugs & Love, dory

      • Cara Kramp says:

        Thank you! :) We certainly love them already. Can’t wait to meet them face to face.

  2. Karin Alvarado says:

    so fun!
    So glad you got to feel them move. I only felt mine once. Kind of sad!

  3. Candy Godwin says:

    Thanks Cara for taking the time to keep us all in the loop! I like the updates on your pregnancy and life in general!
    Praying for your continued strength and ability to do more of what you love.
    Candy

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