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26 weeks pregnant and feelin' huge

by Nikki Montgomery

I'm 26 weeks pregnant with twins and I am feeling huge! I think at this point I'm as big or close to as big as I ever got with Mia. I am going to have to go out and get some new maternity shirts in the next size up pretty soon.

So far this pregnancy hasn't been too bad. It's been different and I've been more uncomfortable, but there haven't been any serious issues. I am hoping it stays that way. I don't want to have these babies early. And I don't want to go on bed rest. 

My doctor says that he won't put me on bed rest unless there is really something wrong because he says bed rest can lead to other problems, mainly blood clots. So I am going to keep going the way I have been until I'm told otherwise. I am taking it easier than I normally would though to make sure things continue to go smoothly. 

Dr. Keegan, my OB said that we'll have ultrasounds every 3 to 4 weeks maybe more as we get closer to meeting our babies. These ultrasounds are to keep track of the babies' weight. If they detect Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS), which is one twin stealing blood and nutrients from the other so one twin is significantly bigger than the other, they have to take the twins early to try to save them both. They also want to keep track of how the twins are growing to determine the best time to do the c-section because they don't want to do it too early if everything is going smoothly.

Dr. Keegan doesn't want to schedule the c-section any earlier than 37 or 38 weeks even though he's pretty confident I'll go into labor before then. On average twins arrive between 35 and 36 weeks. It sounds so far away! I can't imagine how much bigger I will be 10 weeks from now, but the longer the twins bake the better. 

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