28 Weeks and still going strong with our vegan twin babies. We are just so blessed to be doing this well still and almost into week 30, hard to believe it is only 2 more weeks. Twins are such a blessing but there is always more caution as there are two living beings inside growing. Learn about my 28th week of this twin pregnancy and find out what I have been doing to keep so healthy throughout the entire process.
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Month Due: June 2017
Twins Gender: Boy/Girl
Food: Basically the same as normal, just a smaller quantity and quite frequently. When I say frequently, I mean just about every two hours. It is suggested for singleton mommas-to-be to eat every 3-4 hours, twin mommas-to-be should eat every 2-3 hours to keep the babies satisfied. A snack is not just a banana or apple, oh no, rather a banana with a full serving of peanut butter, a full plant-based protein bar and/or etc. One of my favorite meals right now is anything by Genki Husband on the grill, it’s getting rather warm here so it’s the perfect season. On the weekends we have been having one of our favorites as of late, homemade hamburger buns and Gardein Vegan Burgers (23g protein per patty). My OB/GYN wants to assure I eat as much protein as possible, instead of overdoing it on carbs to assure I don’t get full too fast. Of course there is always a good helping of fruit and vegetables at every full meal, usually snack too. As I am pregnant, I do not count calories because I would rather listen to my body for cues on how hungry I am, it’s not the time to diet.
Cravings: Still not really anything out of the ordinary.
Aversions: Nothing still…
Prenatal Vitamins: Deva Prenatal Vitamins, Solgar Vegan Prenatal Folic Acid supplement and Vegan DEVA DHA. All of my supplements are plant-based and 100% vegan, no fake ingredients.
Symptoms: When I heard I was having twins, I watched all of these online videos and read as many blogs as possible from twin mothers’, most of which most mothers had tons of symptoms and complaints about their pregnancies being so difficult. Thus far, I feel so blessed since I really have not had many symptoms, minus a few common sense ones. For instance, lately I have been taking a bit more time to sit down on chairs, as I have to rebalance a bit with the added belly weight and also assure I am not going to hit something around me. Another symptom has been an inability to lean on my back, as the weight of the twins overload the main vein in my back that pushes blood to my body. This is also why one is not supposed to sleep on the back. My last new symptom is hip pain, which only occurs when I am sleeping. I’ve read online this is probably due to an alignment issue when pregnant and laying on ones’ side. In my opinion, I sit so often now, I believe the pain is starting to wear down my legs, my muscles are looking very sad as of late. But I am eager to get back started after I heal from the birth of these two gorgeous babies.
Milestones: No appointments this week, our week off. Next week we will have two appointments, one for each doctor. We go to our specialist and he gives us information from his scans. Then we go to our OB/GYN and have another scan done and general overview of my current health. It’s so helpful to have two doctors since if one doctor does not give enough information, and I can’t find it on the internet, then I can ask the other one. My OB/GYN is generally very calm and takes a long time to explain anything we need, the ultrasound specialist is always very busy and is rushed more often than not to answer questions fully to our understanding. This was mentioned to our OB/GYN and he stated specialist are very busy and tend to not be able to explain as well as OB’s. We would not change having both professionals in our twin team though, they are both very beneficial and it’s reassuring to have them help us through the entire process. I think I got off topic though… Other than my twin belly getting bigger each day, I have not experienced any mentionable milestones this week. As for weight, I have gained around 20lbs in total, right on target.
I’m Excited About: Our next perinatologist and OB/GYN appointments next week. These appointments do get a bit taxing, as there are so many, however we love seeing the growth of the twins and being reassuring everything is right on track. We pray they are still on track and my cervix is staying on track.
I’m Nervous About: Every day I am worried about my cervix and if my estimates on my activity is too much for the twins to handle, or my cervix. Thankfully I do not have many Braxton Hicks Contractions anymore, so we hope this is a good sign. My tolerance for pain is a bit high, so I am told even though I do not feel anything all the time, one can still have them, even this far along. We just pray each and every time we go into the ultrasound appointment with the perinatologist that everything will be of good length.
Exercise: Still the same light exercise such as prenatal yoga, pilates and also light weight lifting of 6lbs.
Other thoughts and feelings: Lately we have noticed the twins are growing stronger as the movements have been felt, um, with more gusto. I love the feeling of them playing together in the womb, back and forth with each other. We see them playing together on the ultrasounds too, something that melts my heart each time. Something I am very thankful for also is Genki Husband being able to feel the movements, not just the kicks. It is one of morning routines to have him be kicked by his kids, it’s like a massage for him when he hugs me. So adorable! I just love he gets to share the experience with me and plays with his unborn children. We also like to lightly press our hands on my stomach and the babies will kick it away. Little games are so much fun!
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.