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!
How far along? 21 Weeks
Total weight gain? 20 lbs
Maternity clothes? Sneaking by with my one pair of maternity jeans still. More because I’m cheap rather than skinny. I haven’t needed maternity tops or dresses just yet, but I’m sure those days aren’t far ahead of me. In my medium tops I can still pass for not being pregnant, but if I put on a size small shirt it’s like “Oh hey baby, hey!“. I’m still eagerly awaiting the first comment I get from a stranger about my ever-growing belly! Although I might cry when it actually happens depending on how it’s worded and how all these extra hormones are affecting me that day.
Side note on clothing…like my shirt? My fellow twin mom at church lent it to me for my pregnancy. It says “My pod has two peas”. I just love it!!!
Sleep? My daytime is still your nighttime and vice versa. It’s a hard schedule to deal with. I don’t envy you night shift workers one bit, and that’s coming from someone who has always been more of a night owl than an early bird! It’s just extremely hard for the stars to align well enough for me to actually get decent sleep during the day. No matter how many lights I turn off and curtains I close, it’s still too light for me. No matter how much I try not to schedule too many activities and appointments during the day, they still have to happen. And no matter how much I want my phone not to ring, I still have to keep it on for work. It’s just difficult to function for an extended amount of time on such broken sleep.
Best moment this week? Ruby’s visit was a breath of fresh air! And having Joy and Lisa over one night Ruby was in town was a bonus! We all knew each other from Arkansas (or prior) so it was fun to catch up all together. There’s just something about those deep friendships that keep surviving through major life changes and moves to new states. You know the type – where they’ve stood the test of time and you just know at this point that you’ll be friends for a lifetime.
Miss anything? Sleep, of course. Not missing any foods that are off limits or anything though.
Movement? Yes! Matt has felt them a few more times now as well. We have been feeling someone over on the left side finally, which is fun to know that they are getting big enough to occupy more space. Apparently they’re each about 10.5 inches long now! Yowza!
Food Cravings? Not experiencing any of those weird pregnancy cravings I hear about. I mostly just decide what I’m going to eat based off the logic of “everything else sounds bad right now, this will do.”.
Anything making you queasy or sick? All the usual things for me still… eating too much, eating too little, smelling the fridge or microwave, cooking or thinking about how things are cooked, not getting enough sleep, etc.
Symptoms? Nausea/Vomiting (My one week vomit-free stint was very short-lived), Insomnia…or as we like to call it here in The Krampy Shanty “insom nom nom nia”, back pain, and nosebleeds (These have been off and on my whole pregnancy and are apparently pretty common for some ladies because of the increased blood volume during pregnancy).
Stretch Marks? Nope!
Looking forward to? Our anatomy scan this week. Uncross those legs, Baby A!
Verse of the week? “Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” Romans 5:3-5
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