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? 26 Weeks
Total weight gain? 25 lbs
Maternity clothes? Still going strong with the few pairs of jeans, tops, and dresses I have. Most of my pre-pregnancy tops and dresses still fit fine. That being said, some of my old dresses are now shirts or tunics, but hey… whatever works! I think I have 2 pairs of pre-pregnancy jeans that miraculously still fit somehow. I don’t ask questions though, I just roll with it and thank the Lord that I haven’t had to buy a whole new wardrobe.
Sleep? I have honestly been sleeping a lot better this last week. It’s not perfect, but it’s better. I get about 7-8 hours a day most days now. Sometimes it’s broken into two big chunks, but it’s still a lot better than it has been.
Best moment this week? My baby shower thrown by several sweet ladies from my church along with a fellow Family Home Provider. Oh my goodness, they went above and beyond to make it special and I was just blown away. What a joy it was to see how loved Baby A and Baby B are already by all my local friends and family!
Miss anything? My anti-nausea medicines. At my appointment last week, my doctor said not to take them anymore. It’s not that I ever stopped feeling nauseous or stopped vomiting completely while on them, but they definitely helped a lot. Because my weight gain has been on track despite me being so sick, the benefits of the medicines don’t outweigh the risks anymore, so it’s just not really worth it. I’m sure if I complained or caused a big stink about it, she would let me take them, but I’m just going to try to tough it out like she said. But boy do I miss them!
Movement? It’s like a 24/7 dance party in there. I visibly see the kicks making my belly twitch over a dozen times a day now, and I feel them even more than that.
Food Cravings? Not any “I have to have that right now” cravings, no. I’ve been eating a lot of popsicles throughout the pregnancy though.
Anything making you queasy or sick? Cooking, opening the fridge and microwave, stinky smells, eating, drinking, being awake, you know… life.
Symptoms? Nausea/vomiting, nosebleeds, backaches, moments of blurred vision (apparently your vision can change in pregnancy….weird!!!), peeing a thousand times a day, etc. And at my last appointment, I did find out that I’m showing some signs of pre-term labor. So, we are increasing my doctor visits to monitor that and praying that these littles stay inside and keep cooking as long as possible. Grow babies, grow!
Stretch Marks? So far so good!
Looking forward to? My doctor’s appointment next week. We’re prepping for the worst and praying for the best!
Verse of the week? “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” 1 Peter 1:3-9, ESV
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