Twin Pregnancy-16 Week Recap

by Natalie on March 1, 2015

Hey there!  I hope you had a great week.

It was a rough one over here.  I knew if I typed that I was feeling better in my last post I would regret it!  I ended up feeling pretty awful on Sunday night and vomiting many times throughout the night…and it didn’t really let up until Thursday morning.  Luckily we got a quite a dumping of snow, so it was a little easier to be inside, mostly laying down on the couch ;)

Okay, enough of the bad.  There were plenty of highlights of the week, so I’ll get on to those!

Best Moments of the Week

The first highlight of the week was going to a doctor’s appointment on Thursday.  Right now we are on a monthly schedule, just as one would be with a single baby (aka.  “singleton” which I just learned this week).  However, at every appointment we will get to have an ultrasound, whereas those pregnant with singletons would usually just hear the heartbeat with a doppler.  So that’s kind of cool!  Both babies looked great and had really strong heartbeats.  They are currently on my right side, with baby A being up near my ribs and baby B being to the right of my bellybutton.  They were both moving like crazy!

The second highlight was that I got to meet up with my girl, Amber, on Friday for a late lunch.  She had been skiing for the week and we were able to align our schedules to get in an afternoon of chatting.  As always, it was so wonderful, and so hard to say goodbye.  It looks like we’ll be seeing each other about every two months from now through the fall, so there’s a lot to look forward to!

The third highlight was celebrating my niece’s 1st birthday!  She’s not an actual niece but the daughter of one of my best friends and I’m so excited we live in the same city to celebrate these landmarks together.  The party was really sweet and she was such a happy girl.

Food

I’m eating more food and while I’m still favoring bland, carby foods, I’m able to keep down a few more veggies.  I even whipped up my first green smoothie in months, and this one came out SO well!

Smoothie
 •1 cup coconut water
•1/2 cup water
•1/2 banana
•2 tbsp. chia seeds
•1 tbsp. hemp protein powder
•1/2 cup frozen strawberries
•1/2 cup frozen pineapple
•1/2 cup frozen blueberries
•2 cups baby spinach
•1/2 cup ice

I’ve had a few more specific cravings this week which have been funny.  It was a high of like 8° the last two days and all I wanted to drink was lemonade.  I’m pretty sure the clerk thought I was crazy checking out in a full on hat, scarf, and gloves, but it was totally worth it!  I’ve been doing like 2/3 a glass of lemonade and diluting it with water just to make sure I’m not getting that much sugar.

Lemonade

Roasted asparagus has also been in rotation and I may or may not have consumed nearly 2 lbs. of it myself over the past week.  I think I may have overdone it because looking at this picture now makes me feel a little gaggy!

Asparagus

Other odd cravings include:  Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal (I haven’t given into this one yet), french fries (I made some baked ones for dinner on Friday), and cole slaw.

Workouts

My goal was to get in two strength sessions over the course of the week and the closest thing I got to this was shoveling show two times.  I’ve been trying to be as active as possible, but to be honest, this week I was just in survival mode.  Maybe next will be better?  Fingers crossed.

Sleep

All of a sudden my sleep has been different.  I sleep solid as a rock from when I go to bed (usually around 9/9:30) until about 2AM, then I’m wide awake.  Like so awake I think about doing some work and mentally start to-do lists…if it wasn’t the middle of the night I’d probably get up and clean!  It usually lasts a few hours and then I’m out again.  So weird!  I sure hope this little bout of insomnia goes away here soon.

Here I am at 16-weeks:

16 Weeks

Let’s see,  I think that sums it up!  I hope you have a wonderful week and I’ll check in with you soon :D

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Twin Pregnancy-15 Week Recap

by Natalie on February 23, 2015

Hey, hey!

I hope you’re having a great week.

This one has been a little better for me sickness wise (though I’m afraid to type this because I’m sure when I do it’ll come back with a vengeance), but I’m definitely still feeling nauseated nearly all day, every day.  I’m keeping a bit more food down and I’m definitely growing!  My jeans won’t button anymore and I ordered my first few maternity things :)

It was a pretty busy work week for me this week as Monday was a payroll day and Tuesday we had a huge Marti Gras cycling and Zumba party.  Between those two days I logged about 19-hours between both CAC and FITC, and by Wednesday I was pretty much pooped.  The party was a huge success and it was my first real Fat Tuesday celebration complete with King Cake and hurricanes!

Thursday afternoon my parents got into town for a quick visit…so that was the excitement for the weekend!  We were slated to get like 16-24 inches of snow, but ended up with about 6-9, and ended up still staying in for most of the time.  I’m trying to convince them to extend their visit a few days, or weeks ;)

FOOD

I felt a little more into food this week and ended up picking up salad for lunch on two different occasions (same salad, same place).  It felt good to get some greens into my body!  I have still been into plain sourdough toast, soup, strawberries, scrambled eggs, and anything bland.

WORKOUTS

I ended up being on my feet a lot this week (nearly 8-hours on Tuesday) but had no (NO!) formal workouts.  I did get a few walks in with the dog but besides that, nothing structured.  My goal for this next week is to get in two strength workouts with as many dog walks as possible, however the weather is looking pretty cold and snowy, so that might just be wishful thinking!

FINDING OUT

The biggest thing on my mind this week was whether or not we want to find out the sexes of the babies.  Colin and I have always been on the “let’s not find out team” relating to one baby, but something about twins has changed my mind a little!  Tons of my friends have single babies so I have a strong picture of what that experience is like with a newborn, but I’m having a really challenging time picturing what it will be like with two little babies!  Part of me feels like finding out would help me mentally prepare (and physically prepare, of course) but part of me really loves the element of surprise in waiting.  Colin could go either way!  Our anatomy scan is scheduled for the third week of March, so we have a little while.  I welcome all advice here ;)

BOOKS

My aunt sent me my first baby related gift…books!  I’m currently making my way through them and so far they’ve been good.  I’m taking them just a few pages at a time so I don’t get too overwhelmed and that process seems to be working pretty well.

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WHAT I MISS

Sleeping on my stomach, coffee, and sushi!  And super hard workouts where my heart is pounding in my chest and I’m sweating like crazy.  My non-pregnant fitness friends, do a little extra for me this week!!

ADVICE

I’m finding out that advice for single babies is a little different than for twins.  I’ve talked to a few mamas of twins over the past week or so and their little words of wisdom have been helpful.  A few noteworthy ones:  if one baby wakes to feed wake the other one up immediately, consider starting the babies out in the nursery instead of your bedroom, purchase some duplicate items but mostly you’ll just need one of the bigger items.  The general consensus is that twins tend to be a little more patient and often can be self-soothe or soothe one another, which is good.  I’m trying to write down as much advice as I can so I remember!

A good friend of our family, who is a grandmother to twins, said that if there was only one thing to buy for them, it’s these sleepers.  She said they are life changing.  I’ve been reading reviews like crazy and honestly, I wish they were available for adults!!

Okay, I think that about sums it up.

Here I am at 15-weeks!

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First Trimester Recap

by Natalie on February 15, 2015

First of all, I’m totally overwhelmed by the number of people who reached out congratulating us on our big news.  I feel extremely fortunate, loved, supported, and encouraged.  Thank you SO much!

If I could use one word to describe my first trimester experience it would be:  SICK.  The term “morning sickness” is the most inaccurate descriptor I’ve ever heard.  Try unrelenting projectile vomiting all day long!

Around 6-weeks it came on like a freight train.  Each morning began with about 45-minutes of consistent vomiting followed by laying on the couch sipping ginger ale trying to keep it down. This was well before we knew it was twins and in retrospect I suppose it makes sense to be so sick with double the hormone levels (especially for someone who’s used to having lower-than-normal hormone levels!).  By the 7th week I was clearly losing weight, could barely keep toast or a banana down and was literally miserable.  I called the doctor and she gave me a list of things to try:

·Zofran
·B-6 and Unisom
·Seabands
·Acupuncture
·Protein with every meal or snack <–haha!
·Ginger anything-gum, tea, drops, cookies, soda, etc.

I tried everything and the only thing that remotely helped me keep some food down was the Zofran.  As my friend, Elisa, explained to me when I reached out to her for some much needed advice, “It’s not magic but it does take the edge off.  It’ll help you not throw up but you’ll feel like you have to throw up all the time”.  Um, I couldn’t have described it better myself!

I quickly learned that I had to take it first thing in the morning before moving or doing anything else or I’d throw the pill up.  My insurance only covers 24-pills per month and each additional pill costs $12 so I didn’t want to waste a single one!  I also have to eat something pretty soon after taking it…but not too much or else I’d end up vomiting.  Ahhh, the morning dance ;)  I do have to say, though, while it has been pretty rough, every time I felt such horrendous sickness I did get a sense of relief to know that my hormones were strong and the baby(ies) were a-okay.

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Workouts

My workouts during the first trimester were few and far between.  I was lucky to get three workouts in a week…and I use the term “workout” rather loosely.  I had been teaching two BodyPump classes up until last week and then my third was usually a 45-minute walk.  To be honest, I could barely muster up the energy to do even that.

Also, for the first time, I’ve been counting teaching classes as “working out”.  I teach about 10 classes per week where I just coach.  I demo a few moves then walk around, correct form, and motivate/encourage my class.  I guess I’ve never really realized how much energy I expend doing this until I had almost no energy left to give!  I tried to be extra careful and if I felt drained from teaching, I would take the next day completely off.  It’s been quite the lesson in listening to my body!

I’m hoping the second trimester brings a little more energy and the ability to workout a little more often-even if it’s just walking.  My OB cautioned me with twins that overexercising can lead to preterm labor and since it’s already a high-risk pregnancy, I need to be extra careful.  I plan to err on the side of too cautious.

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Food

I’ve had some major food aversions during the first trimester and some very specific food cravings!  I can usually stomach anything super bland:  saltines, toast with butter, pasta with butter, baked potatoes, cooked carrots, canned pears, canned green beans, popsicles, scrambled eggs.

The foods I can’t stomach are former loves of mine:  peanut butter/almond butter, chocolate, most veggies, most protein (chicken, fish, etc), yogurt, salads, smoothies, sweets.

Colin’s had to do most of the grocery shopping because the thought of walking into a grocery store was enough to make me throw up!  And Whole Foods is one of my favorite places on earth ;)

Last week he picked up a loaf of sourdough bread and I have had this exact sandwich for lunch every day since!

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[Scrambled Egg+Avocado]

I’ve also been drinking a ton of flavored coconut water diluted with water…which has been a lifesaver.

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Over the last week or so, I’ve entered that stage of “is she or is she not pregnant”.  I’ve caught people doing a double take at my stomach or kind of staring.  This is mostly at the gym where I’ll wear something a little tighter, but all of a sudden my hoodies (I’m in workout clothes 99% of the time!) are looking a little tight in the midsection too.

I also don’t have the “pregnancy glow” everyone is always talking about.  This is likely due to being slightly dehydrated but everything is so dry-hair, skin, nails, lips.  My skin is pretty broken out too!  Hopefully in the second trimester I’ll experience this so-called glow?!

Here I am at 14-weeks:

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Okay, I think that rounds up the first trimester!  The weekly posts from here on out will be a little more structured and not quite so long :)

And because I think this is the cutest thing ever, I leave you with a picture of Ivy waiting for Colin to get home from work.  She’s so sweet!

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Have a great week!

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