WhoooHoooo! We finally found a great house to rent and are moving into it. I am beyond excited to have our belongings back, to get into a routine as a family and to have more space. I am incredibly grateful to my parents who let us move in with them for a bit while we got on our feet, but I think everyone is ready to have their own space again.
I’m not very big yet, but big enough that I am avoiding lifting boxes just for safety reasons, not to mention its really hard to move a box when there’s a belly in the way! You don’t realize that most people carry boxes or heavy items against their torso until you’re protecting that area.
I think Matt, my sweet hubby is slightly annoyed with the bossy way I want boxes unloaded into our home. However, I know he would be even angrier if I was attempting to lift them myself so, I he’s just going to have to appease me. As we move carloads of boxes from the storage shed to the house, I tell him which boxes to bring to which room. He wants to just put them all in the garage, but I’d rather him just bring them to their end destination so I can unpack them there. I want to be useful and to be unpacking! I can’t get the boxes from the garage to where they need to go so I need him to bring the boxes to the room where the majority of the items in them, belong.
I have a really hard time not lifting the boxes myself. I’m normally so physically strong and independent. Having to ask for help with physical tasks is really challenging for me. It makes me feel whiney, lazy and pathetic. Its hard because I know that I “could” lift and move most of the boxes if I tried, it would just be straining to the pregnancy and I need to take care of my babies and body.
I just experienced heartburn for the first time ever. Owey, boy was I uncomfortable! I ate a normal sized dinner about four hours before bedtime. I felt a little too full after eating but that’s to be expected during pregnancy, all the organs are squished tightly into the abdomen. My husband and I went for a short walk after the baby went to bed and then we got ready to go to sleep also.
I woke up several hours into sleep with an awful pain in my upper stomach. I had to get up and walk around but it kept hurting! Standing up straight and tall seemed to ease the pain a little but it was still there stabbing me just under the rib cage. I just kept pacing at the foot of our bed trying to make myself burp. I felt nauseous and in pain. Each tiny burp relieved the pain slightly and I sensed that if I could get this whole gas bubble out of my stomach that the pain would go away.
I did a stretch that I learned during my prenatal yoga teacher training that is suppose to help with heartburn. It kind of helped…. You kneel on the floor facing the wall about 6-8 inches from it and place both hands on the wall about eye level. Then press the chest towards the wall at the same time sitting the buttocks back towards the heels without moving the hands. It helps create some space in the abdomen and opens the chest. You’ll have to see for yourself if it helps! I’ll defiantly try it again if I find myself in this unfortunate situation in the future.
After being up for more than an hour and a half, stretching, pacing, burping, desperately trying to make it stop, it finally eased up. Oh and I took some of the baby’s tummy tonic tincture. It contains fennel, ginger and peppermint which are all safe for pregnancy. Peppermint is not normally an herb advised for those prone to heartburn because it loosens the esophageal sphincter, but because I was trying to get myself to burp, loosening that was part of what I was aiming to achieve. The other herbs are super calming and good for tummy troubles so I give all of that a thumbs up.
This week marks the halfway point for a normal pregnancy. For twins, it’s a little past halfway since most twin pregnancies give birth between 36 and 37 weeks. 20 weeks is traditionally the big appointment that most parents look forward to because it’s when they get to find out the sex of their baby; although this is starting to change with the recent development of the blood test for fetal sex.
We did not find out what sex our babies are because my husband wants to wait until the birth. I was super bummed about this at first, but now I’m excited for the surprise. I NEEDED to know the sex of our first baby but this time, we have baby equipment, it just might not be for the right gender. Regardless, there are certain blue things that we just won’t replace even if we wind up with two girls.
Everything went smoothly with the ultrasound (this was also the first visit we saw the OB who will be delivering them and who delivered our first son). Baby A (who is on the bottom) is measuring a few days behind my due date and Baby B (who is on top) is measuring a few days big. My OB asked about the possibility of two separate conception dates since they measured almost a week apart from each other, but I assured him that wasn’t the case.
I remember him telling me in my first pregnancy that the first trimester ultrasounds are the most accurate at fetal dating. When I had my first ultrasound this pregnancy, when we were still living in Boston, both twins were measuring exactly the same size. This means that since then, they have just had slightly different growth rates. He said that we will just keep an eye on the little guy and make sure that he doesn’t fall behind too much.
Baby A also had a brain cyst in one of the lobes which could point to one of the Trisomy disorders and we did not do any fetal or genetic testing so we don’t know our risk factors. It is most likely a variation of normal development because the baby has no other visible markers for the disorder and apparently those are normally very obvious. In a normal baby or one affected by Trisomy the cyst should dissolve on its own by 28 weeks gestation.
Once the ultrasound was over, I bombarded him with questions.
How long will he let me carry them before inducing me if I haven’t already gone into labor naturally? 38 weeks max was his answer. I was a little surprised since one of my friend’s doctors let her go all the way to 39 +5 but I knew that was super long. His reasoning was that the risk of one twin being stillborn spikes drastically after 37 weeks.
What happens if one of the twins is breech? He was totally ok with both babies being breech as long as they are frank breech with means butt first. That was shocking news to me and it must have showed because he proceeded to explain. He said that I’m a second time mom and he already knows my pelvis can accommodate a nine pound baby (Sterling was 8lb 14oz) and the twins will likely be under seven at their max. He said if need be, I should have no complications delivering a pair of breech twins vaginally.
He went on to explain that he would prefer me to get an epidural in the case that the he has to reach in and pull out or flip the second baby around. It is said to be a very painful procedure but one that I’m thankful he will preform if needed because it could drastically reduce the chances of me having to have an emergency C Section. Baby B can be very unpredictable and often will flip around once the first twin is out or floats up to the top of the uterus and only the bottom part contracts causing them to get trapped up high. He said, epidural or not, if he needs to reach an arm in and get the other twin, he’ll do it so I need to be prepared for that.
Decisions, decisions…. I’ll let you know what I decide!
I am ecstatic to inform you that my sciatica has finally let up a little and given me a breather from the intense pain I was in almost all last week. I will also inform you of what has helped me find some relief.
The very first thing that helped, I did out of absolute desperation. One of my coworkers suggested a castor oil pack. She has been preaching to me for three years now how amazing castor oil packs are for pain and inflammation but up until now I haven’t had a reason to try it. It sounded messy and I didn’t own any of the supply’s so I was hesitant but again, this was a last-ditch effort to feel better.
I sucked it up and bought a bottle of castor oil, a little folded square of fleece/wool fabric and some saran wrap. I got home and filled a little bowl with castor oil and stuck my fabric into it. Surprisingly it didn’t absorb very easily. It took some effort to get the fabric to become fully saturated with oil. I then heated the bowl with the soaked fabric still in it in the microwave. I stripped down and had my poor husband help wrap it onto me.
Bless his heart, he is so patient with everything I make him do. He never complains about helping me, he generally looks somewhat confused by whatever it is that I am requesting help with but he complies to the best of his ability.
As I stood naked in the shower (just for easy clean up and so oil wasn’t all over our floor) holding the soaked cloth to my left SI joint, he wrapped me in clear saran. It was such a messy process! The SI joints are very inconveniently located for this; the oil was running down my butt crack and down the back of my leg.
The instructions from my coworker were to sleep with the pack on and take it off in the morning. I had to lay down a towel under me on the bed to protect my sheets and I only lasted about 3 hours before waking up and cutting it off. I saved the cloth for next time in a glass container in the refrigerator (I was relieved to find out they are reusable!). I wiped off my body and limped back to bed, grouchy that I was still in so much pain.
In the morning when I woke up and started walking about, I wasn’t limping or feeling any pain! I was walking completely normally! By 10 am the pain had returned but whether it was coincidental or was the magic of the castor oil pack, I was a happy gal. I do have to admit that is the only time I have used it. It was just so messy and I couldn’t sleep very well with it on. I will however pull it back out if the pain escalates again.
The other big thing that I contribute my pain management to is half pigeon stretch. This is a yoga pose that is a very deep hip opener and stretches the piriformis muscle. I use to do this pose all the time in my daily asana practice but it somehow has slipped away from me recently. I came across this pose as being beneficial for managing sciatica while doing a Google search for things that might help. I was skeptical but I have been diligently doing both hips every day and I have been almost completely pain free for about five days now.
The last thing that I am doing to ward off the sciatica is to wear my belly band whenever I’m on my feet for an extended period. This was a suggestion from my OB’s office that might help. It makes sense that my sciatic pain is coming from my relaxed, unstable joints and over the course of the day, my babies sink lower into my pelvis causing outward pressure. The belly band helps keep their weight lifted and supported. I use it when I go on my morning walk and when I am working which is only two, eight hour days a week, but it is on my feet the whole time.
I somehow missed taking an official front and side photo of my 19 week bump so the best I can do for you is this bathroom selfie!