Twin Pregnancy Diary – The First Trimester
Welcome back to my Twin Pregnancy Diary. I am going to try and record as much of my pregnancy as I can over the next few months so come along. For more information on why I decided to do this head over here.
The first trimester is one that isn’t documented a lot as it’s the time we keep our precious pregnancy a secret from the world, our own little secret until that 12 week scan. So I can record the whole of my pregnancy I thought I would come back to this blog post every week through my first trimester and fill in a diary entry. Then when I have shared our news with you all I can share this too. So here we go, my first trimester of my twin pregnancy.
Please note that I didn’t know I was having twins until 7 weeks so the facts and figures for the weeks before that I have put in at a later date.
4 weeks – I woke up on a Saturday morning full of cold and with painful boobs – my pregnancy symptoms with Little Man. Being the serial pregnancy tester I have been known to be, I sleepily did the test and went and tidied up upstairs. I came back to a positive! What a shock! I ran downstairs to tell G and so our new adventure started.
5 weeks – Nothing much to report for this week. Our news is sinking in and we have booked a viability scan for when I am around 7 and a half weeks. I haven’t felt any symptoms as yet and don’t really feel pregnant, in fact I am kind of wondering if I still am. At this stage babies were the size of sesame seeds!
6 weeks – The nausea has hit and I seem to have lost the ability to sleep. I am seeing every hour of every night which is very unlike me. I don’t know if it is the surge of hormones or if I am worrying about things. Feeling pretty rough this week though and really struggled with work! I am very very excited to have the scan next week, it will hopefully put my mind at rest and I can get excited. Babies were the size of lentils this week!!! Can I apologise for the bump pictures, I will make them more artistic soon, getting dressed is an achievement at the moment.
7 weeks – So we went for the scan. The sonographer was lovely, we had been chatting about how I had been feeling much tireder and sicker than my pregnancy with Little Man. After having a look round the sonographer very calmly told us that she thought we were having twins. I will do a separate blog post on how those few seconds felt but I think it’s safe to say we were shocked! She did an internal scan to confirm what she thought and sure enough there were two strong heartbeats. They are identical twins; they have their own sacs but share a placenta. What a crazy week, no wonder I have been feeling so poorly. We haven’t processed the information at all yet but I am feeling very blessed. My little babies looked perfect on the scan and are the size of blueberries!
8 weeks – This week has just been about getting our heads around the fact we are about to become a family of 5. We have decided not to tell Little Man for a while yet. The babies are the size of kidney beans this week, still so tiny! Symptoms wise I have been sleeping better but am needing more of it so have been pretty much going to bed when Little Man goes to bed. The nausea is still getting worse too.
9 weeks – The twins (still feels weird to type that) are the size of grapes this week. I am feeling very overwhelmed this week; feeling very sick and struggling with that but also really feel like I need some more information about having twins. I was given this big piece of news but don’t really know what to do next. I have a midwife appointment in a couple of weeks so hoping she can shed some light on things. I have read on the NHS website that we will have more scans, tests etc and the twins will be delivered by 37 weeks! This really has been a game changer.
10 weeks – This week has been really tough. My morning/all day sickness has gone crazy and I have had to have time off work to rest. It has been horrific and I have really struggled to look after Little Man with G being away and keep things as normal as I can for him. I am hoping this is the peak of the sickness.
11 weeks – Another tough week but I managed to go to work, I have some time off next week so hoping resting up will help. I am starting to think a bit further ahead now, we have been looking at bigger cars and rearranging our upstairs bedrooms to suit two more babies! The twins are the size of figs!
12 weeks – Yay we made it to 12 weeks and I have my scan in a few days which I am so nervous about but also cannot wait to get out the way. This week has been another hard going one, my sickness unfortunately seems to be getting worse which has really upset me however I know it will all be worth it in the end!! Bring on the scan. My babies are the size of limes now; they have grown so quickly!
So there we go, that is you pretty much up to date. I am editing this on the day I turn 13 weeks so will update you with that one next week then we should be in sync with my actual pregnancy dates. I hope this helps anyone going through a their first trimester of a twin pregnancy. I know a lot of people don’t know that they are having twins until they are 12 weeks but for those that do here we go.
These weekly updates are written (not always published) on the day I turn 13 weeks for example so I am talking about the week previous to that.