I’m going to give a tip to all of you out there who talk to pregnant people in the future. You never need to use the word “big,” as in “You’ve gotten so big!” Or, “But she’s having twins, that’s why she’s so big.” Seriously? I don’t know if people just don’t think this stuff through or if they honestly don’t understand that no one likes to be called big, not even if they’re growing two babies.
The pregnancy is still going well. I’ve gained almost 7 pounds so far. My belly is definitely getting bigger. For the most part, I’m still able to do everything I need to do. I feel tired a lot of the time, so I’m trying to get as much sleep as I can. I get heartburn occasionally, and it has picked up in the last week. I don’t know if eating all of the good food at Thanksgiving has contributued to it, or if it would be getting worse anyway. Yesterday I got it while eating a banana. So it’s hard to say.
I’ve started getting some back pain if I’ve been standing for awhile. And occasionally, my stomach hurts as though I’ve done a major ab workout, which I haven’t. Overall, it’s nothing too terrible yet, though.
My last doctor’s appointment was at 18 weeks. At this point, she recommended that I stop running. I told her I was only running for about 30 minutes, 3 times a week, and she just said, “It takes a lot of calories to grow two babies, and running burns a lot of calories. Babies of runners are born smaller, and twins are born smaller anyway.” Point taken. I’ve been trying to walk Nieve for at least 30 minutes instead, but I definitely miss running.
Today starts week 20, which is about the half-way point. In a singleton pregnancy, half-way would be at the end of week 20, but my doctor has said that the twins are coming out week 38 (assuming I don’t have problems with pre-term labor), so this puts us at the half-way point. It’s exciting and a little scary considering we still have so much to do.
One other important thing happens this week, the next ultrasound. If the babies are in a good position, this should tell us their genders. Of course, it’s only a guess. But it will be nice to know what we *think* they are.
And if you’re wondering about my names, one of my students helped me pick them out: Lebron and Kobe if they are boys. Venus and Serena if they are girls. If you think I’m being serious… well, don’t worry. 🙂
Here is a picture from Thanksgiving, still week 19: