So far my 3rd trimester has been filled with a few ups and downs but for the most part it’s been going well! It’s great knowing that I am in the home stretch and that our new little girl and boy will be joining our family soon. As of today I am 30 weeks and 5 days and the twins have hit more new milestones and I’ve had yet another trip to the hospital.
Twin Pregnancy Update
How Far Along? 30 weeks and 5 day as of today. Measuring at 43 weeks if I was carrying a single baby. This is right on track for a twin pregnancy. Although I look, and feel like a duplex!
Maternity Clothes? I’ve been in maternity clothes for a while now. I’m most comfortable in sun dresses as they don’t put any pressure on my expanding belly. I have outgrowing just about all of the things I had used when pregnant with the boys as this is the biggest I’ve ever been in a pregnancy! I’m still keeping an eye out for a few inexpensive things to wear during the hot summer months.
Weight Gain? I’ve gained 16 pounds total as of this past Tuesday, but most of that is the babies as their total weight is 7 pounds 10 ounces. As I mentioned in my last twin pregnancy update not gaining a lot of weight until the baby starts to puts on weight isn’t unusual for me. So seeing that scale go up is believe it or not, exciting for me as I know they are growing and getting bigger. Although during the hot summer months I do tend to put on water weight as well.
Morning Sickness? It’s has been gone for quite a while. Although, it has been replaced by heartburn and Tums have become my new best friend.
Food Cravings? I’m still craving anything sweet like crazy. I’ve been trying to drink extra water instead of giving into my sugar cravings. Although I have allowed my self to indulge in something small now and then.
Food Aversions? My food aversions thankfully seem to be a thing of the past.
What I Miss? Sleeping all night long. It seems like I’m getting up every 90 minutes to pee, and I can’t get out of bed by myself anymore which means I’m having to wake Heith to help me get up. I feel bad for the guy, but then again I guess it’s just part of being a Dad!
I also miss my independence. I’ve lost some of that now being so big and it being hard to move. I’m relying on Heith more and more for things like helping me get up, helping me put on my shoes, and occasionally helping me get dressed. When you can’t reach your feet to put on your shoes you also can’t reach your feet to put on your underwear! When your husband will help you put on your maternity underwear that looks more like a circus tent you realize just how much you are loved.
What I’m Looking Forward To: Being able to move easily again and having my body back. Our goal is still to hit 37 weeks, which is August 14th. Although I don’t I think I’ll make it that far and Heith is predicting the date will have a 3 in it leaning more towards the 3rd than the 13th for the twins arrival. It’s a tradition we’ve had since I was pregnant with KC and Heith hasn’t been more than a few hours off in his predictions. The twins have been pushing and stretching a lot and I feel like we are all running out of room. KC has even made the comment, “Mommy your tummy is getting fatter every day!” To be honest, I think he is right!
Milestones: At 30 weeks the twins are about 17 inches long. Baby Girl weighs 3 pounds 14 ounces and Baby Boy weighs 3 pounds 12 ounces. The twins eyes can now distinguish between light and dark. They are practicing their breathing as well. They are continuing to gain weight and grow as expected and both looked great during the ultrasound we had yesterday.
Movement: The babies are still moving quite a bit, but it is starting to slow down a little compared to previous weeks. They still make my belly jump with their little pushes and kicks. KC loves to see my belly “dance” when the babies are kicking.
Hospital: I was in the hospital again this week. On Tuesday evening I started having contractions which didn’t stop even after drinking a large glass of water and laying down. So, we left the kids with my in-laws and Heith drove me to the hospital.
After getting checked in we went up to the OB floor where I was hooked up to monitors to measure my contractions and the twins heart beats. They also ordered an ultrasound and an IV of fluid (although I wasn’t dehydrated). The monitors and the ultrasound showed that the twins were doing fine although my contractions were coming every four minutes. They eventually gave me a shot of Terbutaline in the arm to stop my preterm labor. It thankfully worked as it has in my previous pregnancies and the contractions slowed to a stop. After spending 6 hours in the hospital, we were finally able to go home at one o’clock in the morning.
Worries: As in my previous two pregnancies, I’m starting to have pre-term labor issues. The stress from Grandma’s death hasn’t helped matters much, but the stress is starting to ease now that her funeral is over and Dad and I can take a little time to finish dealing with her estate. Even though the pre-term labor has started I wouldn’t call it worried as I’ve dealt with the issues in the past. I am aware that these issues are here to stay and am doing my best to listen to what my body needs throughout the rest of my twin pregnancy.
What I am worried about is Baby Girl’s position. She is currently breech and if she doesn’t turn head down then it will be an automatic C-section. Baby Girl seems to like that position as she has been in it during almost every ultrasound we have had. I’m really hoping to avoid having major surgery and hopefully she will cooperate and turn into the correct position before I deliver.
The Boys: KC still amaze me every day. As I have mentioned in a previous post Heith is on short-term disability and because of that along with my pregnancy we have been asking a lot more from KC. He has never complained, is always willing to help out. I am just so proud of how mature he has been through this whole process. KC has even taken a cue from his Dad and is watching me to make sure I don’t over do it. He still loves talking to the babies, and feeling them move and kick inside me. His newest expression of love for the twins is to give my tummy raspberries. He thinks that the babies can not only hear it but feel it as well. It’s so much fun to watch him belly laugh whenever he does it. When KC feels one of them kick he gets a huge smile on his face and his eyes sparkle with excitement.
AJ is still having fun poking my belly and counting the babies. We are spending a lot of time cuddling, and reading books together. I want him to feel secure in my love for him and let him know that no matter what he will always have special time with Mommy. Our favorite book is still, I’m A Big Brother.
I know that no matter how much we try to prepare the kids for the twins arrival it will be a huge adjustment for our family. I just hope that we are doing enough to prepare the boys for all the changes both exciting and yes frustrating that will happen very soon.
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