Thursday, April 10, 2014

My Twin Pregnancy - TRIMESTER 2

For my 2nd trimester, I was still dealing with all day sickness but I learned to manage it a little better. Our anniversary is in October and we had a nice trip to DR planned but due to my constant sickness, we had to cancel that was no fun :(

But once 19/20 weeks hit, the sickness started fading away...THANK GOD!! And I was able to finally experience all the great feelings and energy everyone constantly talks about having during 2nd trimester.  Also around the same time, I felt the twins first flutter in my stomach! Amazing feeling! AND we also found out our babies were 2 girls!! We honestly thought it would be a boy and a girl but we were happy either way!

My goal was to finalize nursery design and get that done before my energy ran out as well as figure out my plans for our baby shower. Yes, I took on the responsibility of decorating my own baby shower.  I know I know Im crazy lol

Highlights of Trimester 2:
* Morning sickness/all day sickness finally went away around Week 20
* Felt first flutter 
* Found out we were having twin GIRLS
* Energy
* Cravings: None really... except slushies and cold stuff
* Weight loss
* Started working on nursery
* Started planning baby shower

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

My Twin Pregnancy Journey - TRIMESTER 1

Hey guys!
So I know its been quite awhile since I last blogged. In my mind, I just knew once I got pregnant I would blog up a storm but things didn't quite go that way.  So I figured since Im about 2 weeks from my due date, I would chronicle a little of my pregnancy now.

TRIMESTER 1:  The first 6 weeks were great. I didn't have much of an appetite though.  After week 6......everything for me went downhill in terms of feeling good.  I was "lucky" enough to go thru all day nausea and sickness.  It was the worst. I figured I would get morning sickness a little ....after all...isn't that what you always hear about being pregnant ...but nothing really prepared me for how bad I felt.  I kept waiting for it to end...and it just kept coming at me.

I tried Zofran (a RX prescribed by my doctor) which helped but gave me bad migraines so I stopped using it. I also tried Diclegis but that didnt really work either so I just stopped altogether.  My all day sickness finally let up around 20 weeks so that was 14 LONGGGGG weeks of feeling awful and not really being able to keep much food down. Some days/nights I threw up 4-5 times.  Honestly, sometimes I would look forward to throwing up because that meant I would at least get a little break from the non stop nauseous feeling.  I ended up losing about 15 lbs during that time too. 

I also had to deal with awful non stop indigestion that kept me up at night. Tums (which normally work for me) didn't do anything to help it. I tried ginger tea and products but nothing really helped... some nights it would literally last for hours until I finally dosed off to sleep.

I felt so bad for my hubby because he wanted to help me so bad but there was nothing he could physically do. However, his emotional support was so great and I am so thankful for him. Every time I would get up in the middle of the night to throw up, he would get right up with me and pat my back. So sweet :)

During the first trimester we also found out we were pregnant with fraternal twins!

Here is a pic of me 12 weeks pregnant at the Black Girls Rock taping can see I had a tiny little pooch which wasn't noticeable by most people but I could tell :)

So the highlights of Trimester 1 were:

* Finding out we were having fraternal twins
* Morning/All Day sickness
* Awful indigestion
* Frequent urination

Asbestos Awareness Week

Last week Heather reached out to me about sharing her story on my blog.  At age 36, she was diagnosed with mesothelioma just 3 ½ months after her first and only child, Lily, was born. She was given just 15 months to live unless she underwent a drastic surgery to remove her left lung. Miraculously, she beat the odds and is still here eight years later.
Asbestos is not banned in the US, yet it’s the only known cause of mesothelioma. She was exposed to asbestos through her fathers work jacket when she was just a little girl; her diagnosis came about 30 years later. Once diagnosed, most patients die within 2 years. She is one of few survivors who openly share their story and work to spread awareness regarding the dangers of asbestos.
Please check out her site to learn more about mesothelioma and the dangers of asbestos.

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