Week by Week Twin Pregnancy: 16 Weeks

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

16 week twin bump
We started our fortnightly scans on Friday and what a lovely afternoon it was meeting our girls!!! All through my adult life I had assumed when I became pregnant, I would want a surprise. This was obviously when I assumed I would have one baby at a time. And when I found out I was pregnant, I told Jay I didn't want to know... then after the shock of my life finding out we were having identical twins, I decided I'd had enough surprises. So it was as if Twin 2 knew we wanted to know because as soon as the doppler touched my tummy yesterday, she moved straight into position and even Jay had realised before the midwife had time to say!

How Big are the Babies:
Our two little twins are each the size of a pair (that's top of the head to rump - not including the legs as someone had to explain to me) and weigh around 100g, which is about the weight of two bags of M&M's. In the coming few weeks, the babies are expected to grow significantly - I'd already gathered this as I've had what I'd describe as a feeling a bit like period pain however is actually round ligament pain and all my midwives have said is nothing to worry about - it's basically growing pains as I'm stretching!

Tiredness and a bit of cramping as mentioned above, and I still need that massage but not a whole lot else if I'm honest! Despite the desperate need for a massage which I'm sure Jay is sick of hearing about how achey my shoulders and back are, I do feel like I've been really lucky during pregnancy so far.

Ps. I'm still definitely not glowing.

Nothing new to really report here either! I have been eating three regular meals a day and snacking on lots of fruit. I have avoided eggs without the British Lion stamp and have been cooking all my meats through. I have also been trying to include all the things I usually dislike myself. For example nuts, I cannot stand them but I've been forcing myself to have a little every few days as I personally feel or should I say hope that the babies will be able to tolerate them once born. Please look up your own advice on this and don't take mine - I am absolutely no expert when it comes to this, it's just my own theory.

Weight Gain:
Absolutely no idea. I haven't bought those scales I was going to, nor have I checked anywhere else. To me my bump looks quite big in this week's picture but I think the twins just decided to say an extra special hello on Sunday when it was taken as the last couple of days it's not been as prominent.

I started a new contract back in January, working full time at Durham University, this has meant I've been much more tired on an evening and haven't felt like doing as much. So instead I've been going for a walk each lunchtime, even when it's been super freezing cold!

I've also been doing my pre-natal pilates as and when I can on a morning or evening but if anyone has any suggestions for good pre-natal workouts, I'd love to hear them?

I'm not going to lie, I originally photoshopped this week's photo and edited out my eye bags! I was going to use them but then I thought heck no, this is the truth and the real me... I'm not glowing, I feel exhausted and look it. So this is the un-photoshopped 'my eye bags are bigger than my bump' picture.
On a separate note the dreams just get more and more obscure each night! Thankfully at the moment I'm only getting up once to go to the bathroom usually around 3/4am and then falling straight back to sleep. My only problem is that it's never enough and I even find myself day dreaming about when I can go to bed or take a nap!

Other Notable Things:
We got to watch the twins for absolutely ages during the scan while lots of check were done on each of them. It's so funny seeing them interact with each other - I've seen single baby ultrasounds before and they're cute but it's fascinating watching twins and realising they're very aware of each other already. They were quite obviously reaching out and touching each other which made my heart feel all fuzzy.

Twin Pregnancy: Gender Reveal

Sunday, 5 February 2017

We're delighted to reveal we're having identical twin girls!

I will never know how we managed to keep this a secret all weekend! I cannot wait to start collecting outfits for their wardrobe, please feel free to send me any links and recommendations for lovely twin girl fashion.

Week by Week Twin Pregnancy: 15 Weeks

Sunday, 29 January 2017

When I first found out I was pregnant with twins, I was only seven weeks. I was also exhausted and in quite a bit of pain. People don't tell you about the tummy cramps you get and symptoms are often (but not always) twice as worse when you have twins! Though many people have told me I shouldn't search the internet for information, I personally feel more comfortable knowing both the positives and negatives. Other than your standard NHS scanned leaflets and quite a bit of information on American websites, I didn't really find that much... so I thought a week by week summary would be a nice keepsake to have here but also really useful for anyone else who's expecting twins!

How Big are the Babies:
Our two little twins are the size of Naval Oranges, measuring around 10.2cm and weighing around 71 grams each! I haven't until this week actually had any sign of a bump - no one actually believes that I'm pregnant with twins when I tell them. However yesterday they finally made an appearance and I waved goodbye to my abs for the foreseeable future.

I don't want to jinx anything but I feel like I'm getting over the exhaustion slightly. I have been taking several naps and having to lie down quite a bit during the day as well as having 8-9 hours on a night! I might as well have gone into hibernation over winter however this has started to ease and though I'm very tired at the end of the day, I'm no longer taking naps.

I haven't had ANY morning sickness at all throughout my entire pregnancy however I ate a red apple the other day and within ten minutes I wasn't well. I'm not sure why because I was fine again straight after but for whatever reason, it seems the red apple didn't agree with me. Other than that no symptoms at all but I massively crave a decent massage - pregnancy massages come at a bit pricey cost so I'm trying to wait till I get really desperate to book one.

For a while during the first trimester, I went off meat! Being a farmer's daughter I was raised on meat and can usually think of nothing better than a Sunday dinner or a big juicy burger however I couldn't go near it. I could smell meat from a mile off and couldn't even walk down the aisle in Sainsburys. Jay lost quite a bit of weight over Christmas and this possibly had something to do with our new vegetarian diet. However it's back!! Though I'm still not a great fan of cooking smells, I'm back to my normal diet. I've been having a healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner and then snacking on fruit and/or yogurt throughout the day.

Weight Gain:
I haven't actually been weighed since my first community midwife appointment despite all our other meetings and scans. During the office slimming weigh in, I slipped on the scales for a nosey and provided they're right I've put on 6lbs since the start of December. I'm going to get myself a set of scales so I can always use the same ones to see though.

Even when I was utterly shattered in my first trimester I tried to stay as active as I could and it was very very hard. I had fallen asleep while eating several times so encouraging myself to get up and move wasn't the easiest. However I did do go for walks and some swimming, plus pre-natal pilates.

Now I'm feeling a little bit more energetic and with the days becoming brighter, I'm hoping to keep this up with extra walks and add in some more swimming. I've found a pre-natal aqua class that I'm also going to join soon as well.

My absolutely favourite thing to do right now - though I'm dreading not been able to lie on my back anymore. I generally wake up once or twice throughout the night to go to the bathroom but I haven't any trouble getting back to sleep yet. My parents bought be a giant maternity pillow for Christmas so I think I'm going to dig that out in the coming weeks and give it a try - sorry Jay. I have also been having the most random dreams including sleep talking and sleep walking - these are far too funny and definitely warrant their own post (or a book deal) as they've had various friends and family crying and rolling with laughter. Pregnancy is weird.

Other Notable Things:
We have our next scan this coming Friday and from then on I'll be scanned fortnightly, all the way through to the end of the pregnancy. Our consultant told us that the guidelines in the UK now state for Mo Di twins that you should be scanned fortnightly up until 26 weeks but luckily for us Durham don't do that and continue to monitor the babies all the way through. Even though it was only a couple of weeks ago since we last say them, it feels like it's been ages and I can't wait to see how much they've grown and make sure they're ok.

Honest Reactions I Never Expected

Thursday, 26 January 2017

I briefly touched in my last post about how at first I felt a little sensitive around the fact I was pregnant and then even a little more sensitive when I found out it was twins. This blog has always been a very honest place and (I'm sorry future children should you ever read this) quite frankly I didn't feel ready... even if I was 'the correct age' as people kept reminding me. I was actually pretty terrified.

Now I won't name names or be name calling as there were quite a few people who reacted in ways I never expected or could have imagined. Please don't get me wrong, there were lots of people who said lovely things too! However at the time when the news was still sinking in for myself, 'You're going to get so fat!' or 'You'll never be skinny ever again!' or 'Twins??!! Rather you than me!' didn't really help.

Perhaps we should have hung onto our news for a little bit longer but despite the fact I was terrified, we were still excited. These comments, I'm sure were intended to mean well and it just took me a couple more weeks to be comfortable enough to come up with some decent come backs.

Once I started to get over the shock that there were two little lives growing inside me, I started to realise my body and the changes it would face (whatever they were) was no ones business. I also came across a great post by Kate who'd experienced similar issues during her pregnancy and it filled me with confidence that someone else felt the same! Once the news came out on my Instagram, I'd already started to feel a lot better and amazingly lots of Mums and even a couple Dads got in touch to wish me well and offer their support. Funnily enough the theme of their messages was quite often more than not to not listen to any negativity.

And so I chose just that. I downloaded the Positive Pregnancy app, carried on living the healthy lifestyle I always have, eating a good diet, exercising still but more gently and realised that this was probably a lot more beneficial to me and the babies than anyones opinion about my body.

So a massive thank you to everyone who was kind, supportive, listened to me cry down the phone (sometimes for over two hours) and who came round to see me for a decaf cuppa! And to everyone else, I'm not going to get fat but yes I'm sure my waist will expand (so are my boobs hoorah), yes I might not get back to my pre-pregnancy weight but who the heck cares and YES actually, rather me than you!