Part One: the not so fun side of twin pregnancy.
Service to say I’ve been a terrible pregnant blogger. Many factors such as first trimester exhaustion and nausea, lack of intriguing updates like with TTC, second trimester craziness (trips, gender reveal, moving, baby shower, doctor appointments and work), and now…well who knows.
I haven’t wanted to bombard the feeds with my constant and persistent pains and ailment rants. Who wants to read that all the time? Not even me. I try not to complain and for the most part I deal with it all fairly silently. But I’m breaking the silence to give you a true update on my pregnancy the past few weeks up until now.
I guess I’m headed into the Third Trimester as of today, at 27 weeks. It both relieves me and scares me. It’s all gone by so quickly and just a month ago I was starting to finally enjoy being pregnant. I am still enjoying it for the most part but I’m now having a lot of new ailments I didn’t see coming and they’ve all happened really fast and intensely. So my worries of the coming two months are based on physical changes not the babies upcoming arrival.
Since our moving fiasco started over two weeks ago I’ve had a lot of bodily changes that have been less than pleasant. While moving (lightly doing things on my part due to helpful family members and my inability to do much anyway) I started swelling in my hands, feet and legs. One day it was so bad I could hardly get up to walk to the restroom because it was so painful. I stayed in bed that whole day and felt ill from the swelling and exhaustion of moving, it was the first time in my pregnancy I broke down and sobbed like a child. Kate even called in sick that day because I didn’t want to be alone.
Since then the swelling has progressively become more and more persistent, albeit less intense than that one day. Most days I wake up and within 30 minutes of being on my feet they are throbbing and nearly twice their normal prepregnancy size, my hands soon follow suit and start to ache and pulse from the blood flow. I can no longer wear my wedding ring for fear they will have to cut it off one of these days. If I’m on my feet any longer than an hour nonstop my legs become increasingly sore and will swell as well. It sometimes gets to the point that just walking around a store to get groceries makes me want to cry.
I’ve worked two days in the past two weeks due to all the stress and physical pains of moving. The second day I worked, just a few days ago, I barely made it 6 hours and that was with sitting on a stool the majority of the day between customers. When I got home I nearly collapsed from exhaustion (of doing nothing?!) and the swelling in my hands and feet was really bad. I took yesterday off to recoup and rest with my feet up all day and took a nap. I’m still tired today and having a very hard time wrapping my head around going to work again today and tomorrow. I have a flexible schedule, thank goodness, but it still bothers me to not be working more often. We need the extra money, that’s what it comes down to.
If I’m already feeling this way at 27 weeks what does the next 9-10 weeks of this pregnancy hold for me? Should I be taking early maternity leave? Is bedrest in the cards for me soon?
Another ailment I never saw coming is pelvic pain. I’m not sure how to describe it since it changes almost daily depending on how active I am. Some days it feels like my pelvic bones are breaking and separating from each other. Other days it’s a nagging pain that goes from dull to sharp over time. It shows up more frequently after I’ve been active during the day; walking, bending and kneeling, sitting and standing a lot, etc. I notice it the most when I go to sit down toward the end of the day. The birthing ball I’ve been using does help relieve that pain and pressure but only for so long. Most of the time I have to lay down on my back with my legs in an butterfly pose position or on my side with my Snoogle between them to relieve it.
I’m a fairly petite person naturally. I’m 5’4″ and fluctuate between 120-135lbs on average. I’m now 170lbs, up 30lbs from prepregnancy where I was heavier than normal anyway due to stress and fertility medications, I think all the added weight on my small frame is starting to cause most of these ailments I’m speaking of. Duh moment, yes but I just didn’t think it would affect me like this.
All the added weight is creating a lot of pain in the arches of my feet. If their not swollen and in pain they are in pain because I feel like I’m holding 100 extra pounds and my arches are becoming flattened from it. I know it’s only 30 extra pounds but to my feet it feels like 100.
Wherever the babies are placed now with their growing little bodies is also now making my siatic spaz out frequently. I get intense shooting pains from my lower back through my butt and down my leg. My left leg to be exact. Sometimes I just have a lot of numbness and painful aching in my left thight above the knee. My hips are starting to feel the weight as well. If I pivot my hips just the “right” way it send a shock through me and I want to cry. If it happens too many times the pain stays until I go to sleep and wake up the next day. I think the babies (or maybe just baby boy) are sitting on a nerve or an artery and that’s why this keeps happening.
Braxton Hicks! Well I guess the other day when I said I hadn’t been having them I was lying. I looked them up on you tube and found a video from a birth educator that summed them up in a whole new way. She described them as feeling like “weird fetal movements” sometimes mistaken for the baby or babies stretching and them feeling their back, butt or head become pronounced on one side or part of the uterus. Ding ding ding! I’ve been saying for weeks now that that is what was happening. The kiddos were just stretching or moving weirdly and it wasn’t painful but uncomfortable and sometimes takes my breath away. My stomach gets rock hard mainly to one side and I think it’s the babies butts or head. Nope their Braxton Hicks contractions.
I have them all day everyday for over a month now and I know I’ve been having them for months, but hey are just now becoming more noticeable and frequent. Out of curiosity I timed them for an hour yesterday. I had 5 in one hour. Average duration per contraction was 26 seconds and average time between them was 5 minutes. In reality and not in average terms if have one then another 5 minutes to 20 minutes later, so there is no real rhythm to them at all. They are not painful at all either so I know there’s nothing to be worried about. I only timed them out of curiosity and because I wanted to become more aware of them now that I know what they are.
For the next few things I’ll bullet point them because their more annoyances than real ailments.
- Butt rash (WTF by ass is so stuck together from being larger anyway plus the new weight that I have what looks like diaper rash between my cheeks, ew and so not cute)
- Painful vagina ( my last agin all check was so fucking painful it made having sex sound even less appealing. Even my vagina is swollen!)
- Anxiety (this one takes the cake on the annoying side of things and is leaning towards more of an ailment some days because it’s so severe)
- Constant need to pee and poop (sometimes only a few drops of peer every few minutes sometimes a full bladder every few minutes! The pooping is really annoying cause I have a hard time reaching to wipe now and I’m starting to miss the days of constipation)
- Exhaustion/Restlessness (Both at the same time most days. I wake up and I never seem to be fully alert or energetic, this started a weeks ago, I know feel the need to rest constantly and sometimes with urgency!)
- Charley Horses (Fuck these! Seriously, they hurt so bad and I get them at least one a day after sleeping or laying down for a while. I’ve learned how to manage when they happen but sometimes the pain afterwards lasts for hours!)
- Spider veins all over my thighs and ankles (this is just a stupid annoyance)
Well folks, that’s all the crappiness of this gals twin pregnancy as of the past two weeks to a month. Looks like the boundless energy and constant feel-goodness of my brief and partial second trimester has faded. Onto the next trimester and hopefully it will pass as fast as the past few months did and I can meet these babies soon. But not too soon!!
Part Two: what comes with the third trimester, will be coming to you soon.