As of 32 weeks, I spend a morning a week at the hospital for non stress tests ( where they hook me up to a machine that measures each baby’s movements, my contractions, and my blood pressure for an hour), a weekly doctors appointment to check everything else, and an appointment at the hospital every 3-4 weeks, for a growth scan (which measures the babies growth along side each other to make sure I don’t have one giant baby that is stealing all of the nutrients from the other baby). I’m not quite sure how anyone has a full-time job while pregnant with twins. At my first appt, baby a, who was up all night kicking, decided to sleep through the non stress test, and failed. They then had to do an hour-long ultrasound to make sure she was breathing and swallowing- sure enough, she was. Oy. She failed again this morning. I know she’s in there, she kicks me and moves around all day long, minus the one hour a week that I’m hooked up to that stupid machine. So it begins!
How far along: 33 weeks + 2 days
Total weight gain: don’t worry, i’ve made up for the week i lost weight, i’m now up 4 lbs- 21 lbs total.
Maternity clothes: same old. running low, as only a few things are still fitting me and comfortable to wear in this heat.
Stretch marks: still in the clear. the nurses every week tell me how lucky i am to have a huge white belly with no stretch marks. lucky is relative, i guess.
Sleep: not so bad. up every hour to go the bathroom, but falling back to sleep pretty quickly. averaging about 5 hours a night.
Best moment of this week: catching up with friends that i don’t usually get to see, and having the time to relax.
Miss anything: being able to reach my feet. it’s actually become pretty painful to bend down.
Movement: all day long.
Food cravings: regretting almost every meal larger than a handful of pretzels. eating a ton of blueberries and watermelon- i loooove summer.
Anything making you queasy or sick: getting a lot of random nausea, especially at night.
Have you started to show yet: i’m giant.
Gender: still a girl and a boy. i’m pretty sure that won’t change.
Labor signs: tons of braxton hicks, mostly while walking and trying to sleep.
Belly button in or out: still out.
Wedding rings on or off: they’re off and tucked away for me to forget where i put them later.
Happy or moody most of the time: happy, but ready to be done.
Looking forward to: organizing the rest of my house over the next week.