Being pregnant with twins so far has been the most amazing, scariest, strangest, physically demanding thing I’ve ever done in my life up to this point — and I’m only 20 weeks in. Well technically, 19 weeks and 6 days to be exact. My appetite has picked up tremendously over last two or so weeks which is a night and day difference between how I’d been feeling over the course of the pregnancy.
Weeks 1 – 7 were smooth sailing. I remember I was in the grocery store picking up something for dinner one day, while talking to my husband on the phone, and coming to the realization that I hadn’t started my cycle yet! Naturally like I’m sure every other woman has done when thinking she may be pregnant – I bought two pregnancy tests because I mean, can you REALLY just trust taking one?? Sure enough they both were positive and the very next day I called my OB and excitedly made my first appointment which was set for when I entered into my 9th week!
By week 8 you couldn’t tell me that I didn’t have a severe case of food poisoning! I’d been feeling perfectly fine all week and even a little over that weekend but by Monday morning I was a complete wreck that couldn’t keep anything down and on my way to the ER. After a few tests the ER doctor advised that I had Hyperemesis Gravidarum which is a big fancy word for severe morning sickness. I was really no stranger to this as I’d experienced it before with my oldest daughter and it literally lasted all 9 months. It was at this point that I just KNEW I was going to have another daughter and the medication Zofran became my very best friend!
At my 9 week appointment we were SO excited when we were ushered into the room that had the ultrasound machine and were going to be able to see our baby for the first time. Imagine our surprise when the nurse says “Well no wonder you’ve been so sick, you’ve got two in there!” and us really taking a look at the monitor and realizing what we were seeing. I’m fairly certain my husband went to slight shock. I literally laughed until tears flowed down my face and I was almost certain I was going to pee my pants. Of course for our last pregnancy we’d go out with a BANG!
“Thank God for my husband and older children…”
Weeks 10 – 17 have been a whirlwind. I’ve had days where I’ve felt empowered and strong and capable of anything!! And then I’d have days where I’ve felt helpless and weak and unsure that my body would be able to handle what it takes to grow two babies at the same time. Thank God for my husband and older children who have been the biggest help on those uncertain days.
Now, still with the help of Zofran sometimes, I’m having way more good days then bad days AND have been fully able to enjoy my fried whiting, mac n cheese, black-eyed peas, chili cheese kielbasa, kosher pickles, Kookaburra wings from Outback Steakhouse, collard greens w/hot sauce, lemon pepper chicken wings, grapes, apple slices, and pineapple cravings that have completely taken over my life.
Surprisingly enough, I’ve been losing weight so far with this pregnancy…let’s see if that’s changed since my last appointment weigh-in when I go back to the OB this upcoming Monday!