Sorry for the delay with this posting, I have been dealing with a few new symptoms this week that I will talk about in my week 23 blog post. This week marks the 22nd week of our twin pregnancy, it’s such a blessing each week when I get to write this posts and express the health and safety of our twins. We are still going strong and keeping positive through this pregnancy and I am excited to share it with all of you.
NOTE: MY PHOTOS ARE TAKEN AT THE VERY END OF EACH WEEK, HENCE THESE TWO PHOTOS ARE TAKEN AT THE START OF WEEK 21. NORMALLY I TAKE THESE PHOTOS AS I JUST WAKE UP ON SATURDAY MORNING, VERY EARLY, SANS MAKEUP AND HAIR CORRECTIONS. I DO NOT HIDE FROM SHARING MY EXPERIENCES, NOR MY GROWTH PHOTOS. PREGNANCY IS NOT SOMETHING EVERYONE CAN DO, ESPECIALLY A NATURAL TWIN PREGNANCY SO I WANT TO SHARE EVERY LITTLE PIECE OF TRUTH THE ENTIRE PROCESS.
Month Due: June 2017
Twins Gender: Announced here.
Food: Food is still no problem, loving food. I’m guessing the twins are going to love spicy food as their momma does as it gives me no heartburn and I’m almost in my 3rd trimester. I toss Trader Joe’s sodium free chili pepper sauce on everything, I wish it was sold in bulk. Since we are in the last few weeks of our 2nd trimester, I am increasing my protein intake again. I’ve started to make protein pancakes and toss protein powder in my oatmeal every morning. Additionally, I am making certain I have my daily vegetable and fruit intake for the day (not a problem for me though).
Cravings: Still not really having any, minus my normal cravings I had pre-pregnancy. My favorite foods are spicy foods (sodium free, of course), banana nice cream (normal for spring/summer), fresh fruit and lots of munchable veggies such as cucumbers, sugar snap peas and etc. I’m also loving sweets still, which is a bit strange for me since I’m a salty instead of sweet person, but since I am reducing my sodium intake I assume it is a substitute.
Aversions: Nothing still…
Prenatal Vitamins: Still Rainbow Light Vegan Prenatal Vitamins and Vegan DEVA DHA. Additionally, I love to add nutritional yeast on just about everything for the protein and B12 content.
Symptoms: Braxton Hicks False Contractions are still going strong, no worries for now though. I’ve been told by my OB/GYN these start from the first day you are pregnant, it is just not felt at first. At first I was freaked since preterm delivery is a serious concern when having multiples, but thankfully I have learned it is good for the uterus since it is preparing for a natural delivery. My BH happen just about any time, no rhyme or reason, I could be sleeping, eating, walking, sitting, etc. Lately I have been getting them more frequently, so I wanted to confirm with my specialist this week first before doing long walks again. So I have been a bit more lazy, much to my dislike. Other than these, I have been having stomach tightness issues. The twins are growing and thus my stomach is growing and stretching to make larger accommodations. This means my stomach has been a bit more itchy than normal since the skin is stretching but I am applying tons of organic/natural belly butter and coconut oil after showers. My belly button has been incredibly sore, so I have been applying tea tree oil that I bought at a farmers’ market in the Tuncurry/Forester area, Australia. Other than these two pain symptoms, I have just felt full and sitting for long hours is more difficult. These three things are natural and I can live with them as long as the twins are completely healthy and happy.
Milestones: Still growing and making progress towards gaining the 1-2 pounds per week, as required for twins. For me, I do watch my weight to confirm I am gaining the right amount per week. Twin pregnancies are not the same as singletons, if one gains too little or too much, it can be a concern for low birth weight and/or early labor. There is just so much more of a caution from doctors which worries first-time mothers. I’m trying to make a good balance and listening to my body the best I can without going overboard as the doctors suggest. With that said, I have gained around 13-14 pounds, right on track for two healthy babies, according to my doctor. (Note: Your doctor may suggest more or less weight gain for your pregnancy depending on your body needs.)
I’m Excited About: We are excited for our ultrasound specialist appointment this week to find out the current status of our twins. These appointments always worry me, as I am constantly worried of the healthy of our twins. So as long as we find out the twins are doing good, I am excited. Plus it is exciting to see the twins growth over just four weeks time. If all goes well, we have 1 more appointment with a 4 week duration and then we will go every 2 weeks (so 4 in total per month, since we have 2 doctors) until we get really close. Although it does get expensive (even with great insurance), it is worth it knowing the current health of the twins at all times.
I’m Nervous About: The health of the twins is always a concern for me, new mother-to-be worries. Every time I get a pain or do something that puts a slight strain on the body, I worry about their health. So this means, I am excited about our next specialist appointment but it is a great concern for me at the same time. Additionally, I have been a bit nervous for getting everything setup in time before the twins birth. In California, parents have to have their own pediatrician come to the hospital to health inspect a baby before leaving the hospital. So this means we have to do interviews for pediatricians in the area before we enter the hospital. Additionally, we have to get the rest of the twins’ necessities purchased and ready to go by week 29 (everyone suggests this date as a precautionary for pre-term delivery and/or bedrest). So these are my main concerns with preparation right now. Probably pretty normal…
Exercise: Lately I have been feeling more of the weight of the twins in my stomach, so I have been walking less. The more weight in my stomach, the more BH I seem to get while walking, so I have reduced how much I walk daily. I am going to confirm if I can walk as I did before at my next appointment. Another new item I have purchased is a belly band, a sort of cradle style that many multiple mothers highly suggest, to assist with the weight of the twins. My OB suggested I get one before I start to have back pains (no back pain yet). I tried walking with this band a few times already, so far so good. Other than short walks daily, I have been trying to get as much natural exercise as possible while cleaning the house and doing non-straining yard work. Also, I have been doing yoga stretches and lifting very light weights.
Other thoughts and feelings: Right now I am washing all baby clothes and material items such as bedding. Additionally, I am sanitizing all items that go into our nursery such as used baby books and new pacifiers (since who knows how clean those are even when brand new). When the twins are here, I know I won’t have time to do such things as much, however I feel as though it is important. My question for you all this week, if you naturally hand dry all your baby clothes, what drying rack do you use? We have been looking around and trying to find the best solution for baby clothes (we have racks for our adult clothes but for indoor usage only). We live in the desert, so it would be very nice to sun dry everything but still withstand winds as we get a good amount here daily. Suggestions?
Note: If you have any suggestions for a twin pregnancy, I would love to hear your comments. Or just anything in general, advice is always accepted and appreciated. Books and medical professionals can only give so much information, personal experience is sometimes much better than anything else.