Twin Tracker: 20 Weeks

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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!

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How far along? 20 weeks

Total weight gain? 19 lbs

Maternity clothes? Still primarily functioning with my 1 pair of maternity jeans. I’ve been so sick I don’t get out that much, so it’s not like I really have to wear a ton more than the gym shorts and t-shirts I’m guaranteed to be found in at home. I had a friend give me some cute maternity dresses that I’m excited to wear down the road as my bump rounds out even more. I did try one of my belly bands for the first time this past week though! I liked it except when I had to use the little ladies’ room. It was a lot of work to get everything put back together in all the right places. And for pregnant women who pee every 2 minutes, this could be a big problem.

Sleep? Still suffering from some bad insomnia, so my sleep schedule is all kinds of messed up.

Best moment this week? When Matt felt the babies move!! It was the most adorable thing watching his eyes light up as he felt them wiggling around. Melt my heart!

Miss anything? There are lots of people I miss. Especially my mom and brother. It would be so fun to live close to them and get to experience all this with them. They are one of the main reasons for me doing these little updates!

Movement? All the time, we have some little wiggle worms on our hands! It was fun at church this week during the Sanctity of Life sermon to feel them moving all around.

Food Cravings? Mostly just aversions, but I did have my signature Jimmy John’s veggie sandwich with salt and vinegar chips again this week. I don’t know that I’ve had a real “craving” for that, but it seems to be my go-to when nothing else sounds good, so I’ve eaten it a lot throughout my pregnancy.

Anything making you queasy or sick? The same ole, same ole that I mentioned the last two weeks along with meat. I have gone through phases off and on where I’m practically a vegetarian during this pregnancy. This week I’m back to getting really queasy at the thought of eating meat.

Symptoms? Nausea (I made it a whole week without throwing up, yay!!), insomnia, and back pains  – which are getting worse all the time. I can’t sit in the same position for more than about 30 minutes without a whole lot of pain, to the point of feeling nauseous from it. And while it’s been fun getting to be out and about more these days, if I’m out for 3 or more hours, then I’m pretty much shot for the rest of the day. I’m on the couch with my heating pad and back rubs from Matt. It’s hard to feel so helpless when it comes to preventing the pains, but it’s still worth it for my littles. I’m just ready for them to be here!

Stretch Marks? Nope!

Looking forward to? Ruby’s visit!!! My college roommate is coming to visit this weekend and I can’t wait to see her. Matt and I were originally told to plan around my travel being restricted after 30 weeks, but then we got the surprise news of an early restriction just after Christmas. We had 3 big trips we had to cancel, and me visiting Ruby in Baltimore was one of them. I’m glad she was so easy going about the whole thing and just decided to come here instead! I’ve already warned her that most of our time will be spent just resting and relaxing on the couch, but she’s totally okay with that. It’ll be so nice to see her, even if we are just watching Netflix together and chit chatting.

Verse of the week? For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.  Psalm 139:13-14

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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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