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? 27 Weeks
Total weight gain? 26 lbs
Maternity clothes? Yes and no. I have enough to get me through the pregnancy, especially after my sweet cousin gave me some hand me downs this week (Thanks, Jenna!). I’m still wearing a lot of my pre-pregnancy clothes too though. They stretch with me!
Sleep? Better than it has been, but still not the best. I have to wake up at about 5am for work, so if I have trouble falling asleep the night before, then I’m in trouble. On those days, an afternoon nap would be really useful…some days that’s an option and some days it’s not.
Best moment this week? Getting lots of good news at our doctor appointment! My cervix has maintained its length so no bed rest just yet, praise the Lord! Both babies are nice and healthy. Our son has started practicing his fetal breathing movements a few weeks early… that was exciting to hear, just in case he’s a preemie. Way to be prepared, Baby B! Mommy passed her gestational diabetes test with flying colors, and by flying colors I mean the custard that I ate beforehand without thinking. Still passed with a 98! Apparently my body is pretty used to sugar or something… I have no idea how that could be the case. But twin pregnancies are at higher risk for gestational diabetes, so I was pretty happy about passing! Still showing no signs of preeclampsia, something else that’s more common with twins. Continuing more frequent checks from here on out to monitor my symptoms of preterm labor, but overall a great report that exceeded our expectations!
Miss anything? Being able to sit, stand, or lie in one position for an extended period of time without my back hurting.
Movement? Oh yes, all the time! I feel Baby B more, but it’s just because of his positioning. She’s definitely moving a lot too, but her placenta softens her kicks.
Food Cravings? Nothing weird or out of the ordinary. I just continue to eat regularly no matter how nauseous I feel, no matter if it sounds good or not, and no matter if I know I’m going to throw it right back up. I think that’s how I’ve been able to keep my weight gain right on track, despite being so sick this whole pregnancy. Just toughing it out and doing what you have to do no matter how you feel in the moment. And our babies are nice and fat because of it! And so is their mommy.
Anything making you queasy or sick? Not really any specific foods, but on days that I’ve thrown up I tend to drift towards more bland foods that won’t hurt as much coming back up… just in case it happens again. I still am nauseous pretty much all the time, but it’s amplified if I haven’t slept well, if I smell something gross, or if I eat too much or too little.
Symptoms? Nausea/vomiting, a little bit of insomnia still but it’s getting better, lots and lots of backaches, nosebleeds, itching – mostly my back when I’m trying to fall asleep, and a few random labor symptoms that my doctor isn’t worried about.
Stretch Marks? Nope!
Looking forward to? There’s so much I look forward to, but most of all just having babies outside of the womb that I get to parent… what an amazing gift from the Lord!
Verse of the week? “Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises!” Psalm 98:4, ESV
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