Happy New Year all! I hope 2018 is good to you. I always find the New Year sad and welcome at the same time. Sad as another year is over but, especially the last few years, usually quite glad to say goodbye to the year, and hoping that the next one is the one I got (and stayed) pregnant. Though with the passing years the hope faded. My heart goes out to all also having confusing or sad feelings at this time of year.
This year I really didn’t think (and not did the Drs or midwife) that I would get to 2018 and not have given birth after the last few weeks but here I am at 36+5 – waiting for the babies.
After my hospital scare I brought forward my driving test – I had to go to a different test centre and do a different test route than I’d practiced and not surprisingly I screwed it up. Big fat fail! I’ve rescheduled for March as truth be told I just didn’t want to get behind the wheel again after that. I’d like to blame it on the stress of that week (I took it 3 days after my hospital admission) and being so pregnant but I’m not sure how much difference that made.
I also stopped exercising after the scare – no more yoga, Pilates or barre classes. This was partly because of the Christmas period but also due to how uncomfortable I suddenly felt and not wanting to start labour before Christmas.
I really didn’t want the babies to arrive on Christmas Day but I was happy for them to come just after – they seem to have other ideas! By 36 weeks exactly I was not feeling too great anymore which was a shock after a relatively easy third trimester with twins. My legs and feet are quite swollen though not sore, and my lady parts feel like they’ve been kicked by a horse (though to be fair I’ve not been kicked by a horse there – so a more accurate description is probably that they feel like I’ve been doing too many watt bike classes!). The pain is probably as twin 1’s head has been engaged for a while now (they must be nearly as uncomfortable as I am!). I’ve also been having really bad period pains on and off for 2 weeks. But apparently they are not contractions and most likely related to the sheer weight of carrying 2 babies around. My belly feels very heavy now – and I’m still under the recommended weight gain for twins so can only imagine how other ladies must feel. My husband thinks it’s amusing that I’m now a bit heavier than him!
I continued to lose bits of my mucus plug for about 3 days after my hospital stay and then had a bloody show so thought I was definitely on for labour by Christmas Eve. But after a very uncomfortable day on Christmas Eve Eve when I forced myself to a tile shop to chose kitchen tiles – amazing how that focusses the mind as we got some – everything stopped. So I got a pretty relaxing Christmas Day but since then I’ve had on off pains and just been getting more uncomfortable and bored of waiting.
I’m rapidly heading for an induction which I don’t really want so I’m embarking on slightly desperate measures. I’ve started to express some colostrum which will be good for the babies if I’m having trouble feeding and also nipple stimulation may get my contractions started. I’m walking up and down stairs a lot and just about to go for another walk. But I guess unless your body is ready it’s not happening!
The good news is that the longer I stay pregnant the bigger the twins are likely to be and by now we’re looking at a very short hospital stay if the birth goes well. Estimated sizes at my last scan were 6.3lb/ 2818gr for twin 1 and 5.11lb / 2595g for twin 2. No wonder I’m a bit uncomfortable!
I’m excited and scared about the birth. And worried about the babies – the babies are ok at the last scan but I do keep poking them as I worry a lot when I don’t feel them – they must be getting very fed up with me! Their movements are different now – they don’t have the room to move in the same way. I can often see a foot poking through though. I’m looking forward to finally meeting them though the thought of being responsible for 2 tiny people scares the living daylights out of my husband and I!