At our last growth scan, the twins were 2.4oz each – in terms of vegetables, they’re around the size of eggplants or aubergines depending on where you’re from! Towards the end of week 28, I’ve really started to feel the extra weight I’m carrying around with me – people who comment on my bump are a mixture of ‘blimey you’re carrying neat for twins’ to ‘crazy you’re so big already.’ I’m not a great fan of people telling me I’m big and that I’m going to get bigger but I keep putting it down the fact that I was a very small size 6/8 pre-pregnancy and they’re just a bit shocked that the human body can stretch so much.
As I mentioned above, I’ve been so fortunate and lucky so far but things have started to catch up with me now. Each day it feels like my world is getting a little bit slower, I’m assuming this happens to single pregnancies but perhaps a little bit later on. There is so much I want to do before the twins arrive but I’m simply unable to do a lot on my own now. Especially since the new house is getting to a stage where I want to clean and tidy but it takes me so much longer than it used to!
To sum things up, I’m tired easily, breathless, unable to reach my toes and bend to get my socks on but possibly worst of all to me very achey.
Speaking of socks, I had been provided with a lovely pair of NHS compression socks as swelling, varicose veins and fatigue is extra common in a multiple pregnancy… as they aren’t the most attractive of things the lovely people at Venosure sent me a pack to try and they are fantastic! Plus with this rubbish weather we’ve been having they’ve been incredibly warm. So far, I’ve had no signs of swelling etc so they’re obviously doing the trick!
Again we’ve now pretty much moved all our stuff to our new farmhouse (though Jay is still on doing bits and pieces of restoration work to it), so my Mum is not far away from us now filling us with wholesome meals packed with veggies and making the most delicious fruit salads for me!
I touched on this above – the bump is definitely bigger and getting mixed reactions from people. However I finally jumped on the scales as the curiosity was killing me. At the start of my pregnancy I was a healthy 5ft 3 and 45kg / 7 stone and last week I was weighing 8.5 stone which considering the fact I’ve got two babies, a placenta, amniotic fluid and a lot more blood in me, I assumed I would have been heavier. Truth be told, though I was curious as long as the twins are healthy and I am, I really don’t care about my weight.
I’m now back at my aquanatal classes and really enjoying them – it feels so good to be floating in the water. Aside from this I’ve just tried to be as generally active as possible, stretching and then going for walks in the fields as much as I can.
This past week my sleep has changed considerably. I’m now up two or three times a night to the bathroom and that combined with feeling really uncomfortable means I haven’t slept anywhere near as well as I have been.
We have an appointment on Jay’s 30th birthday with our consultant who’ll be discussing the plans for the next few weeks and possible delivery dates! So that’s really exciting and a lovely thing for Jay on his birthday.
I’m also really looking forward to a baby shower which my Sister-in-law and Mum are planning for me – I’ve been told when it is and where but other than that I don’t know any details at all!