Ever since I found out I was pregnant, I’ve been listening to a great pregnancy podcast called Pregtastic. I was excited when they recently began a three-part series on twins. I thought, “This is perfect. Great timing!” Only the more I learn, the more I have to worry about.
Example 1: Mothers of twins are at a much greater risk for gestational diabetes. I had never even HEARD of gestational diabetes until I started learning about pregnancy. I learned that it’s something that happens in a small percentage of pregnant women, and it can often be prevented through healthy diet and exercise. I figured I didn’t have too much to worry about. Fast forward to me hearing that women pregnant with twins FREQUENTLY get gestational diabetes. In the group of 6 women discussing their twin pregnancies, two of them have it. Being diagnosed means a low carb, no added sugar diet and testing your blood sugar levels at least four times a day. Yuck!
Example 2: Apparently in a twins pregnancy, you’re supposed to intentionally put on weight during the first half of your pregnancy. This is because twins are frequently born prematurely, and you want them to be as big in size as possible if this happens. Now, I was kind of proud of myself for not going crazy with the sugar like I really want to, and for not gaining a ton of weight so far. My doctor has said NOTHING about my weight gain at this point, so if this is true, she has failed to educate me. My pregnancy is half over, and I’ve gained about 7 or 8 pounds so far, definitely not “the majority of my weight” as was expressed in the blog entry on the podcast. 😦
Example 3: The doctor on the first episode of this twins series said that she tells all of her patients carrying twins to be prepared to go on bed rest at week 28. PREPARED to go on BED REST??? WEEK 28??? REALLY???? This would be the final week of first semester in January if I were to have to do this. My goal is to keep working until spring break at the beginning of April. Again, my doctor has said NOTHING about this. I always viewed bed rest as something that happened to a few rare cases with serious medical conditions, not as a likely possibility.
I’ve decided that I don’t like learning about twins and the myriad of complications that can arise. This has only opened a whole new stream of worries in my head.