Wednesday, December 17, 2008

22 Weeks

Yay! I made it to 22 weeks! For most this isn't a milestone, but for me it means my babies start having *some* viability. Of course, being born at 22 weeks is a very bad idea and the babies would have less than a 10% chance of survival, but less than 10% is better than 0%. And they each weigh about a pound (maybe a teensy bit more), which is excellent.

Speaking of weight, I think I gain all my weight in one day a week. I'll be going steady at 157 for a good solid 5 days and then BAM 159. It's rediculous! After watching the Biggest Loser finale last night, I was having visions of me at 200lbs and it ain't a pretty sight. But if I go on gaining 2lbs a week (or 3), by 32 weeks I'll be at 180+. And that's with the babies each gaining about 3oz a week till 28 weeks. After that, they start gaining more than 5oz a week until about 32 weeks. Then, it's about a half a pound a week until the end. So if the babies are gaining more weight, mommy's going to gain more weight. Ewww. As much as I want them to be born at 37 weeks, the fat girl part of my brain is going "dude, I want 'em out before I blow up like a blimp." :-) I seriously wish I could do something about my appetite. If I could be satisfied with three meals a day, I'd be fine. But right now I get hungry so often it turns out to be more like five meals--plus snacks. Oatmeal w/ banana & raisins for breakfast, a yogurt for lunch, maybe a bag of microwave popcorn for a snack, maybe some celery w/ peanut butter for another snack, maybe some tomatoes or an apple, a "Tasty Bite" Indian meal for supper, some chicken w/ kugel for dinner... It doesn't sound too bad on paper, but when you're getting no exercise and enjoy having a cookie or two for dessert, it's too much.

Anyways, enough of the weight complaints. I had a dr's appt today and so far so good. My fundal height is 28cm and growing (as you can see by the new belly pic I posted yesterday). I have an ultrasound scheduled for next week, so we'll get to see how my cervix is holding up. I'll be having my gestational diabetes test in a few weeks and possibly a fetal fibronectin test as well to see if I'm at risk for actually going into labor.

Speaking of going into labor, one of my IRL friends is! :-) She's been in the hospital for a few months (not pregnancy related), so we hope that giving birth will help her and maybe she'll get to go home soon! I can't wait to find out if the baby is a boy or a girl and how her labor went. I'll let you know when I know.


margelina said...

Congrats on your newest milestone. Hmmm...some women just need or do gain alot of weight during pregnancy, despite the recommended weight gain totals. Your body is going to do what it needs to really can't help it that you get hungry have TWO babies taking what you eat! It sounds like you are eating well. so as long as you aren't eating cake for every meal, I think you'll be fine! You are going to continue to be a beautiful prego no matter how much you gain. And, especially if you breastfeed the twins, it will fall off pretty easily in the end!

Monica Fayth said...

Congrats on making 22 weeks! Over halfway there :)

Don't worry too much about the weight thing. I know, I know, easier said than done. You've got two little ones growing in there. And it sounds like you're right on track.

nancy said...

Oh hun, don't worry about gaining weight. I hit 195 with both my 1st 2 pregnancies and I was able to lose it all without even trying. Your body will gain what it needs to if you keep eating right, which by your examples, you have been. Lots of small meals are really good for you!

Congrats on 22 weeks!

sara said...

Just wanted to say congrats on your milestone! When I was on bedrest after my cerclage I would celebrate my milestones by buying myself something new online either for myself or the baby. It gave me something else to look forward to as well. You are doing a great job and I can't wait to hear you're at 30+ weeks!