Yesterday I ambled, ok waddled, past a cafe and noticed a woman openly staring at me. I wasn’t close enough to hear her, but she very clearly said to her partner “OH MY GOD”. When she looked back at me, I laughed. Then I held up two fingers and mouthed ‘twins’. She gasped and I laughed some more. Now that I am heavily pregnant with twins, I’ve become an object of intrigue. This pregnant with twins thing is absolutely no joke. I’ve carried three single babies, two of them weighing four kilos, but this twin thing is a whole different struggle. If you are, or have ever been pregnant with twins, you’ll sympathise with this list!
You know you’re heavily pregnant with twins when:
- you are waddling through Big W and children openly point and stare at you. Sometimes adults do it too.
- you’re constantly asked by strangers when the baby is due. This starts VERY early in the pregnancy.
- you greet your friend, who you haven’t seen for a few months. She gasps and covers her mouth with her hand at the size of your belly.
- you rarely leave the house because it’s became all too hard.
- leaving the house is particularly challenging because you don’t have many clothes that fit.
- the only shoes that fit are flip flops.
- putting your undies on has become a form of exercise.
- you can’t hang a load of washing on the line in one session. Half way through you need to sit down for a rest.
- there’s a stool in the kitchen to sit on when you cook.
- you are constantly short of breath, even when resting.
- you are the heaviest you have ever, ever, been.
- walking or shuffling even short distances makes you feel like cardiac arrest is imminent.
- you need to pee every 15 minutes.
- it hurts your knees to lower yourself onto the toilet because you’re carrying so much extra weight.
- you wash your hair once a week, at best, because standing in the shower that long is exhausting.
- you gave up on any form of maintenance to the lady garden a very long time ago.
- getting comfortable is a constant struggle.
- sleep is a challenge. The only way you can roll over is by waking up and doing a ten point turn.
- you wake up multiple times a night to wee.
- your upper back and shoulders are constantly sore because you have to stretch your arms past your giant belly to do simple things. Like turn the tap on and off to clean your teeth.
- you have extreme baby brain, which means you do things like put textas in the fridge. Or leave the house forgetting to shut the front door. Come on in burglars!
- the things you once enjoyed now feel very much like chores.
- you’d nap every single day if you could.
- you need a crane to lift you out of the bath.
- anything that is on the floor is totally and utterly dead to you.
- you thought you felt like a whale when pregnant with one baby but comparatively that was a walk in the park.
- you realise every aspect of your life has been upsized. Bigger clothes, bed, car, house, pram.
- caring for your older children becomes near impossible. They watch more TV than they have ever watched in their lives. But you’re too knackered to change it.
- other twin mums start to confess that, unlike singletons, twins are ‘easier out than in’.
- you google things like ‘delivering placentas with twins’. Seriously, I needed to find out the order!
- both your babies move at the same time you feel like your whole body is wobbling.
- even though you have a gigantic stomach, you still can’t quite believe there are TWO babies in there.
- you worry about having enough love for two more little humans, and loving them equally.
The struggle of being heavily pregnant with twins is real! Do some of these things sound similar to being heavily pregnant in general?
Linking up with Kylie from Capturing Life for #IBOT