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Week 29

Written by Kate • February 4, 2015 •
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Week 29

29 weeks

Kate at 29 weeks

After all of my struggles to gain weight in the middle weeks from weeks 18 to 26, I find myself easily gaining one pound a week. But I can also feel how big the babies are getting so I think it may be all them. From Dr. Barbara Luke‘s book, When You’re Expecting Twins, Triplets, or Quads 3rd Edition: Proven Guidelines for a Healthy Multiple Pregnancy, I got the idea to measure my bicep from week to week to measure if I’m getting bigger all over.  So this morning, I measured my right bicep again and I’ve dropped over .5 inches from my arm. And it looks like my rear is slimming out (maybe not but it looks that way to me!).  So that’s good news mostly because I worry about preeclampsia and high blood pressure and I’m hoping that baby weight gain and my weight loss will help me in that area. We shall see!

About this picture, this is me really pushing my belly out to stretch my back and Dion snapped a pic of it. So I look extra big. Bonus!

This week I went back to the internet to read twin pregnancy blogs. I wanted to see how uncomfortable the final weeks were and what to expect. In the main, they were very helpful and I saw that the swollen feet and Braxton Hicks were quite common and that high blood pressure can happen in any week. I also found that although there were scary moments, like real contractions, with the doctor’s help you can be treated and make it to week 37 or 38 despite earlier problems. It does seem clear that it gets super uncomfortable there at the end! I also learned that the rule of thumb is that each week of earliness equates to 3 days in NICU. So if I gave birth in week 34, I could reasonably expect the babies to spend 12 days in the NICU before coming home.  AND it appears 34 weeks is the cut off where you can expect the babies not to have any long term problems due to their early arrival, like with their vision and other issues.

As a side note, I also felt like there was a lot of apologizing in some of the blogs for simply relating what their true fears, concerns, and thoughts are. I was happy to read about their fears and concerns as it makes me feel less alone when my fears come up.  As a first time mom, some of my concerns are just about not being able to give either baby my full attention like you can with a singleton. And I would love to carry them in a sling after birth but apparently that’s not really feasible after a month or so, mainly due to their weight and size I believe. But it seems like most twins don’t have any memory of that time frame and instead have the traditional complaints about their adolescence and the fascination most people have about twins (I researched it). Finally, I sometimes wonder what the heck it is I’ve signed on for and what kind of bomb did I set off in my otherwise tranquil and settled life.

I feel Baby B a lot of the time. I think it’s because she has a lot less room than her brother so I feel her hiccups and her movements so much more than her brother’s. I feel Baby A in the morning and late at night. I discussed this with my doctor and it seems like A is in just a bigger space so it’s harder to feel him at any given time. In the past, he has really pushed back when I’ve been sitting in a position that allows for my thighs to push into my belly. But I’m rarely in that position any more because it hurts my legs to sit in a normal chair for too long so I’ve moved to the sofa or to an exercise ball. The exercise ball helps my back stay strong.

With the cold, the snow, and the freezing rain, I have been kind of hibernating indoors and have not pushed being outside. So I’ve been able to ride my stationary bike for 5 days this week, between 30 and 40 minutes each time. I just feel better for it. And I know exercise helps with blood pressure so I’ve been keeping with it.

Each morning I wake up and the babies feel like they are curled up in the middle of my belly to protect themselves from the tossing and turning I do, moving from left side to my right. But after about 10 minutes, they seem to relax out of the tight balls they must get into. I say good morning to them and feel them kick. I am then pretty much very hungry so I eat first thing, which isn’t that normal for me. I used to have two cups of coffee before eating but that’s no longer an option. My belly, each morning, feels great- light and like I could carry it around all day. But by mid-afternoon, I start to feel the strain of the weight of my belly and if I don’t pay attention, I get what I think are Braxton-Hicks until I slow down. For me, it’s a tightening across my lowering belly and while it doesn’t hurt, it’s not comfortable either. It feels like it’s wrong so I slow way down and the tightening disappears.

I had another 2 week check (at 29w and 6d) and their heart beats were excellent. His was in the mid 150s and hers was in the high 130s. My BP was good 118 over 69 – I made sure to exercise today which shows in the numbers! I also got switched over from zantac 2x per day to one nexium per day. The zantac doesn’t really do it and I need to take between 2 to 6 tums a day, in addition to the zantac. So he said to try the nexium.

For the first time, at today’s appt with the 4th of the 5 OBs in my practice, my doc said that he would prefer to do a C section if A is down and B is transverse. That was news to me and the 1st of the 5 I met said she’d be happy to try vaginal in the L&D room if A is down and B is transverse- because the OR is just across the hall. I really do want to deliver vaginally because it’s good for the baby and while it’s likely long and painful compared to a C-section, it takes weeks to get over the C-section and I want to have that bonding time with them without lots of pain meds- if I can do it. However, both twins are heads down so this may be a moot point. Today’s doc reiterated that I won’t go past 38 weeks so my plan is to go on some long walks in week 37, to get things going naturally- if it comes to that.

I’ve come to realize that I only have at most 9 weeks left in this pregnancy, my first and probably my last. So I want to slow way down and enjoy the remaining weeks. I will especially miss the movements, knowing they’re with me and pretty much everything I do is with them in my mind.

 

29 Weeks Pregnant With Twins

BEST MOMENT OF THE WEEK:  Baby B had the hiccups twice this past week. It is so cute!

CRAVINGS:  Sugar/sweets. I have wanted baked goods all week.

TOTAL WEIGHT GAIN:  25 lbs

WHAT I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO:   Getting the crib set up but it’ll have to wait until Dion gets back from Paris

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