Wednesday, December 28, 2011

31 weeks

(Today's post will be all about pregnancy. If you don't feel like reading about that right now, I completely understand. Hope to see you again soon.)

Total Weight Loss/Gain: I have now gained 18 lbs from what I weighed the morning of our embryo transfer.  (Really, I lost 9 lbs in the first trimester and have regained it plus 18. . . so a total gain of 27 lbs.)

Maternity Clothes: All maternity all the time now. Even some of my maternity shirts are getting snug.

Stretch marks: No new ones related to pregnancy.

Sleep: OK. Getting up to pee almost hourly all night.  Ugh.  I am pretty tired most of the time and have permanent bags/circles under my eyes (which I doubt will be going away any time soon).

Movement: Both twins are active most of the time now.  Twin A's movements continue to feel uncomfortable, as it usually feels like he is kneeing me in the bladder or behind my pubic bone.  He is very low down there.  Twin B's movements are often visible from the outside.  (Twin A's might be, too, but I can no longer see that part of my belly, LOL.)

Cravings/Aversions: Still some smell aversions, no real cravings.

Gender: We are (still) having two boys.

Symptoms: Same, no real changes. Daily has helped, but not cured, my heartburn. I've started having some pain in my right hip (probably from lying on my left side so much), and I have lots of pulling sensations across my abdomen.  I've had some intermittent sharp pains in my groin which my OB thinks are round ligament pains.

What I miss: Being able to take a nice, deep breath. Getting up from a seated position without having to use my arms to push myself up! Being able to see my feet when I look down, being able to put on socks without assistance or pain.

What I look forward to: Meeting the babies (when they're ready), being able to eat and breathe normally again post-delivery.

Moods: Good.

Milestones: None. Counting the days until 32 weeks!

Medical concerns: I am managing my gestational diabetes with a small dose of an oral medication at bedtime and diet.  So far, the babies appear to be healthy.  They had a growth scan today, and their estimated weights are 4 lb 4 oz (66th percentile) for Twin A and 4 lb 8 oz (73rd percentile) for Twin B.  (There is a margin of error of plus/minus 10 oz.)  Very good!

Sex?: Nah.

Misc: I guess the fact that I'm now carrying approximately 9 lbs of babies accounts for my increased discomfort and ever-increasing belly size.  ;-)

I am really tired these days (I know, I've been saying that throughout, but it's getting more pronounced) but am feeling so grateful to have gotten this far with no real problems.  I am in the home stretch!

I have started having more Braxton-Hicks contractions.  They are more likely to happen if my bladder gets full (which doesn't take much, considering Twin A usually has a knee or a shoulder resting on it), and they generally subside within less than a minute or two and don't happen more often than a couple of times an hour.  My OB said that was fine at today's appointment, and she checked my cervix, which was still long and closed.


  1. I'm so glad to hear that everything is proceeding normally !!!

    I had the same bad heartburn and did not work for me but the Pep.cid AC (the chewable tablets) did ....

    And, I think I can help you with the sore hips ... my Dr. told me to use a really thick pillow and put it between my knees AND ankles when I was sleeping ... it was sooo comfortable that I still do it now. She said that with everything getting soft in the hip area the joints are taking a beating by being over extended. I added a pillow to rest between my arms as well ...

    Hope you have a great New Year !!!

  2. The sock thing is ridiculous, isn't it?? I mean, if all goes well, we'll be pregnant for another 2 months...there's just no way we can manage socks and (real, non slip-on) shoes alone.

    Hoping Baby A finds a more comfy spot!

  3. Wow! Your boys are huge! Yay! Do you think it's because of the GD ? Or with your management, it's not really affecting them? I'm getting a growth scan next week at 32w6d but I doubt mine will be as big as yours at 31w..:

  4. I have a growth scan next week and I'm curious to see how much my boys weigh....I thought they were closer to 3 pounds at this point, but yours are well over 4 now I am very curious!
    I was just diagnosed with gestational diabetes, so let me know if you have any tips!

  5. I loved reading your update on everything that's happening! The boys are good sized and I'm sure you're taking things as easy as possible.

    Yes, btw, I did notice that we had the same first beta number. I'm really working the universe to cooperate with me though on my Theory that I just have one!

    Hang in're doing great!

  6. Glad everything is moving along S. You are getting close! I already have achy hips, ouch. I know how uncomfortable it is.


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