After learning very early on in my pregnancy that I was expecting twins, I tried to rack my brain to see if there had been any signs or symptoms where I could have predicted this result.
Oddly the only strange indicator was that I had really bad light headedness in the early stages and the fact that I seemed bigger than normal. These were the only indicators that where different, but they didn’t really mean anything. Naturally your body will grow bigger quicker after your first pregnancy, your body remembers. I’ve had light headedness before, its usually a low blood pressure thing. Although I should have factored in that twins run in my family and my husbands. So there it was….. there had been a sign there all along, I just didn’t take notice!
According to Dr Google I was in for a real treat, apparently in a twin pregnancy its common to feel very fatigued and sick. I had been quite sick during the first trimester of my first pregnancy and I wondered if it would hit me the same this time round or would it hit me worse? I tried to remind myself that no pregnancy is ever the same and hoped for the best.
Much to my delight I made it through the first trimester only vomiting once! I felt nausea at times for a good few weeks, experienced food aversions and of course fatigue, but I honestly felt much better this time round than with my first pregnancy. Take that Dr Google!
I went to my first midwife appointment when I was around 10 weeks. It wasn’t until I picked up a brochure in the waiting room about having twins, that it really hit me that I WAS HAVING TWINS! I was so overwhelmed with all the information. I knew things would be different, but I didn’t realise how different. I think it was more the fact that any multiple pregnancy and birth are deemed high risk from the get go. It was a lot to take onboard.
I learnt that being full term for a twin pregnancy is 38 weeks, not 40 weeks like a singleton pregnancy and that 50% of twin births are pre-mature. Basically multiples run out of room real quick and this seems to result in many of them entering the land of the living a lot sooner. I guess I don’t need to worry about going too far over my due date.
Day naps have become a thing, I had never really been able to nap before, even when I had ME/CFS. I started feeling movement which was more like a rolling sensation from about 8 weeks in, “oh hey there babies”. After my 12 week scan I learnt where both babies were positioned and from then onwards I had a fair idea on who was making which movement.
I went back to Uni for the summer semester and I was really hoping to make it through the semester. I didn’t last long, the reading material (there was a lot of it) put me straight to sleep. Oh well, that was that…. goodbye for now my BHSc, see you in a few years….maybe!
Once I entered the second trimester I started to feel better, I had a surge of energy from around 14 – 16 weeks and then it was back to feeling fatigued, I guess that’s only natural if you have a toddler on top of any pregnancy. Hormones are… lets be honest ALL over the show! It does feel like I’m on a rollercoaster and my poor husband probably feels like he’s walking on egg shells at times.
From around 17 weeks I started getting regular movement and fatigue was staring to increase even more. A recent blood test indicated that I was low in iron and reality proved that I just can’t keep up with a two year old…Sigh!
But here we are at the end of week 20, the halfway mark or in my case just slightly over. We are now well into the 2nd trimester! With any luck the genders of our little babes will be revealed to us at our next scan, which is coming up very soon.
Bye for now