It’s been a long couple of weeks at my house. I was holding my breath trying to get to 20 weeks and when it came and went I found myself immediately looking forward to the next milestone.
20 weeks is the magical number when they’ll do something to stop your labor if you go into preterm labor. I’ve gone into labor twice right around 20 weeks so this was a big deal to me. But 23-24 is considered viability and that’s the point they’ll make an effort to save a baby if it’s born. Once I hit 20 weeks that 23/24 mark just seemed so far away.
So I’ve been holding my breath.
And in the meantime I caught a nasty cold that turned into a sinus infection + ear infection + pneumonia. I’m allergic to the only cough medicine I can take so this week hasn’t been my best. I’m hoping I’m on the mend now though and I can go back to mentally crossing off one week at a time.
How I’m Feeling Physically
Exhausted. Thanks to the pneumonia I haven’t been sleeping well at night. I cough most of the night so it’s been a few weeks since I’ve really gotten a good night’s sleep.
The coughing sets off Braxton Hicks so my stomach muscles are feeling pretty beaten up. I’m really hoping that the cough hasn’t caused any changes to my cervix. It was holding steady at the last check and while I know that in theory a cough shouldn’t mess with it, my body tends to do strange things. I’ll find out today if there have been any changes they are worried about.
No new weight gain. I haven’t had much of an appetite since I’ve been sick so I need to work on that now that I’m just starting to feel better. They want me to gain 20 pounds by 24 weeks. So far I’m up about 3 pounds . . . or at least I was. I think I’ve lost a few pounds being sick.
How I’m Preparing for Twins
There are a lot of things up in the air right now and I’ve decided that the best plan at the moment is to ignore everything until I can’t anymore.
It’s very productive.
The problem is, there’s not a lot I can do about most things at the moment and worrying about them is only going to make it more likely that I’m going to run into problems with the pregnancy. We did test drive a few cars the only full size van that feels driveable to me is the Nissan NV but unfortunately Dave Ramsey has brainwashed me and I really don’t want a car payment so I’m exploring other options. In the meantime I think I probably just won’t leave the house.
We may go out and look at some used cars this weekend that would work for us. Fortunately we have two cars we can trade in for one so we have some flexibility but cars that seat 8 are really expensive so we are going to have to hunt around for something that works if we don’t want a payment.
Our house will probably work while the twins are small. Since my toddler decided to give up her crib earlier than I wanted her to we’ve moved her crib into our bedroom and I think it will work as a double bassinet until the twins get a bit bigger. I’ve heard mixed things on whether you need one or two cribs in the beginning but for now that’s what I already own and that’s what I have room for so I’m going with that.
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