Monday, November 14, 2011

21 weeks in, 20 pounds up

I'll be the first one to tell you that weight gain in this pregnancy is not a negative concern for me. I have always had trouble gaining, and so I'm trying hard to make sure I gain enough to support a twin pregnancy and the ability to nurse them afterwards. I will say though that I am keeping a close eye on it, to make sure the numbers keep going up.
I usually don't worry much about checking the scale, but since being pregnant I am checking it weekly, making sure the gain is steady. I think I'm gaining weight at a good pace and in a (relatively) healthy way. I eat a lot more, period, and I do eat a lot more breads, cheeses and sweets than I do not pregnant. I also make sure to get a ton of the building blocks in me: milk, meat, fruits, veggies and whole grains. So, suffice it to say, no one needs to worry about my weight gain.
I've been so fixated on making sure to gain weight, rest up, carry on with home duties and eat regularly, that it has caught me by surprise how different it is to actually carry extra weight. With Abby, I gained 25 lbs and already at 21 weeks this time I've gained 20. My doctor assures me this is great, and I feel like I'm doing a good job to support my babies' growth. (Right now they each account for one pound!)
I still have quite a ways to go, but I am feeling the need to slow down much earlier than I did with Abby. After a day on my feet, my leg muscles feel like they used to after a long distance run. They are accommodating extra weight and loosened joints. I have to sit down when I get tired or else my belly tightens with braxton-hicks contractions and my pelvis feel like I've been kicked. Twenty extra pounds is heavy!
I'm having a hard time relinquishing and sitting down when I know there are things to do, or when Abby wants me to dance with her (again!). I spent so many weeks sick at the beginning that I don't want to go back to being dependent, tired and helpless. But my body sends such clear signals, and I know it's all relative and short-term, not to mention what my babies need.
I also get time to slow down and feel immense gratitude for a husband who takes such an active role in this pregnancy. I think last time it was all a little foreign to him. And now, we've been on such a difficult road to achieve this, he sees how lucky we are every day. He is so helpful, and almost reads my mind knowing when I need water, when to eat, when I need to sit down and rest. He's amazing and it makes me love him so much more, feeling that involvement and support.
So there's my 21-week update. Now it's time for bed, me and these baby girls who kick-kick away.

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