Twin Tracker: 29 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? 29 Weeks 1 Day… officially on bed rest as of 28 weeks 4 days.

Total weight gain? I’m guessing around 27-28 lbs, but I didn’t weigh myself this week. I also didn’t take a bump picture, as you can tell. I’m only allowed to get out and about for my doctor appointments, so I plan to just snap a quick photo each time I go in for my weekly check and shots, but I didn’t this week since I didn’t know I was about to be put on bed rest.

Maternity clothes? Mostly just gym shorts and t-shirts now that I’m on full outpatient bed rest.

Sleep? I am definitely sleeping, but it’s quite the crazy schedule. A few hours here, a few hours there…

Best moment this week? Finding out that our son, Baby B, flipped! We now have vertex vertex twins, meaning both babies are head down. This means that a vaginal delivery is no longer totally ruled out like we had originally thought since he was breech. It’s rare for a twin to flip so late in the pregnancy, so this was a nice little surprise! Monday morning I woke up and everything about my bump felt different. I took pictures of it and sent them to Matt at work saying “Something fishy is going on here… call me crazy, but I think our son flipped overnight or is transverse if nothing else. But my bump is shaped differently for sure!”… Then on Tuesday morning at our weekly appointment we found out that he did indeed flip! It’s still weird to me that I could tell based off the shape of my bump. I’m still not getting my hopes up about the vaginal delivery since we could very easily face an emergency c-section considering my markers for preterm labor, but it’s still nice to know that the babies are both in the best position possible.

Miss anything? A more routine sleep schedule. I’m having a lot of trouble falling and staying asleep due to my backaches and acid reflux.

Movement? Yes, but it definitely feels different now that both babies are head down. I have feet in my ribs on both sides!!! They don’t fight fair.

Food Cravings? Coffee ice cream, cucumbers with ranch and buffalo sauce, popsicles, peach tea. I still don’t think any of my cravings are pregnancy related, but this is what I’ve been eating a lot of this week.

Anything making you queasy or sick? Still just nauseous in general, but I get really sick late at night and early in the morning. I’m thinking it’s due to the acid reflux and being on bed rest doesn’t help that any.

Symptoms? Nausea/vomiting, backaches that make me nauseous on their own, acid reflux, preterm labor symptoms.

Stretch Marks? Nope!

Looking forward to? Tomorrow! Every extra day I can carry these babies inside the womb is huge for their development, so each time I get to mark off another week on the calendar makes me happy!

Verse of the week?  “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny?  And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father.  But even the hairs of your head are all numbered.  Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.”

Matthew 10:29-31, 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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