Pip and Pop can now suck their thumbs, wiggle their toes, produce urine, and breathe in the amniotic fluid. Their little systems are developing! They are also growing lanugo, which is a thing, peach-fuzzy hair all over their little bodies to help keep them warm.
Bloody noses. Tired. Lightheaded/Dizzy. Headaches. My nipples HURT, especially when they get cold. This is why I can be seen wearing a fleece vest around my house. In August. In Texas. The nausea and vomiting seem to have returned, but it's very mild compared to what it was a few weeks ago.
How I'm Changing:
I'm growing. Daily. I still think I look more along the lines of fat than pregnant, but obvious belly protrusion is happening.
What I'm Eating:
The toddler eating continues. Hot dog cut into mac and cheese? Delicious! PB&J? For sure. Fluffer nutter? Why thank you. Healthy salad? No way. I'm still pretty anti-chicken. I tried a chicken flauta at a Mexican restaurant and it tasted awful. I smelled chicken salad at my Mom's and almost lost my lunch. I have tried to cut back the Gatorade, but the first day I didn't drink any (still was super heavy on water to stop dehydration though) I noticed I was swollen and puffy again. It was particularly noticeable in my upper abdomen. Apparently I still need Gatorade in my life.
My biggest issue now is quantity. Dr. Barbara Luke's "When You're Expecting Twins, Triplets, or Quads" recommends gaining 24lbs in the first 24 weeks of a twin pregnancy. To do this you need at least an additional 300 calories a day (and for many women more like 1,000 a day). The book says to put yourself on an eating schedule and eat every two hours, hungry or not. I can't do the forced feedings. No matter how hard I try, forcing myself to eat when I'm not hungry doesn't work for me. Since I'm not eating a meal every two hours, I'm a bit concerned by how little I eat at each meal. 1/2 a slice of pizza - full. 1/4 of a BBQ sandwhich - full. Less than 1/2 a burger - full. The so uncomfortably full I can't eat feeling actually reminds me a lot of my bad OHSS days when the free fluid was pressing on my stomach making it small.
Bloody noses still continue, but I've been in really good spirits this week!
I think I am starting to feel a bit of my energy returning. This is probably just wishful thinking though. Especially goven how much I still sleep!
Full sized meals.
Belly Button Watch:
No change. Still an Innie!
What I'm most excited about:Next ultrasound is Thursday and I'm excited to see Pip and Pop again. It's been three weeks -- who ever knew that could feel like such a long time! I'm also thrilled to have officially entered the second trimester as of last Thursday.
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