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Maternity Fashion

When I first became pregnant I was hell bent on not spending a ton of money on maternity clothes. The way I saw it, why would I go and buy a bunch of clothes that I would only wear for such a short period of time? I figured I could get by in my own leggings and flowy shirts and I would be just fine.

Isn’t that hilarious?

I was able to mostly get through the first trimester in my own clothes. I definitely did not need to buy any shirts. I did buy one pair of maternity jeans at Old navy and I hate them. I never really liked jeans pre-pregnancy so that really wasn’t surprising. Early in my pregnancy my friend Alicia loaned me some black maternity leggings she wore in her pregnancy and some shirts, so I figured I would be set, at least in the beginning.

I am now at the point where I need to be in maternity clothes every day. I have bought a few shirts from the maternity section at Target, and I wear leggings constantly. I bought one pair from Target but they kept rolling down my stomach and after a few washes looked blah. The black leggings Alicia loaned me are amazing and never roll down, and after many washes still look great. They are David Lerner leggings and even though they are pricey- they are worth it. I even bought another pair this weekend because I know I will wear the crap out of them the next 4 months!

I bought my baby shower dress from Pink Blush Maternity, but was able to get it 30% off on Zulily.com! That site is great for deal on maternity clothes, and I search it every day looking for any good deals. I still don’t want to spend a fortune on maternity clothes after all.

I am also looking into comfortable shoes for winter lately. I have been living in sandals all summer and most of fall but with no support and my back starting to ache 24/7, they weren’t cutting it. Now I am in my Toms all day.

Basically, pregnancy is hard- I am just aiming to be comfortable at this point! If anyone has any suggestions on comfy maternity clothes, please- help a sista out!

Happy Halloween! xo

 

 

 

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21 weeks

So I passed my glucose test, so I don’t have Gestational Diabetes. It was a bitter sweet moment getting the results. Part of me kind of hoped I had it, because it would then explain the high amniotic levels. But GDs comes with its own set of possible complications so I am happy that I passed the test. 

I also received the results from my 2nd trimester genetic tests. It was negative for any markers on Downs, Spina bifida, and neural tube defects. All of that coming back normal definitely did make me feel better. 

I am still concerned about the amniotic fluid levels, but I won’t know more about that until my bext scan, which is November 7th. 

Matt and I had another appointment with our regular OBs Monday too. I met with a new (male!) doctor who I liked immediately. He was really nice and understood my concern about the babies. When I told him I was stressed because of the googling I had done he was like “nooo, please don’t google!” He said “Email me, if you have questions and we can talk about it instead.”  I felt better than I had in weeks leaving the appointment, and felt like I had found my Dr Stephens of my OB office! πŸ˜‰

Physically things are getting a little tough! I’m 21 weeks today and up 17 pounds. It’s starting to take a toll on my back and by the end of the day my lower back and hip pain starts acting up. Sunday I had my first pre natal massage and it was AMAZING. I asked them to stay focused on my back and even though they couldn’t give me too much pressure, just to lie there and have someone rub my back for 70 minutes was The Best. 

I also have started to feel the boys move & kick. At first I wasn’t sure that’s what it was, when I first felt it! It feels like I am being nudged from the inside it’s so weird. Matt got to feel a few days ago and he was SO excited and happy. It was a wonderful moment. 21 weeks in, there are times when I still can’t believe that I’m pregnant. I catch myself in the mirror (looking SO PREGNANT lol) and its so weird but I am so thankful to have made it this far. 

I will do another post when I know more from our next appointment. Hopefully everything turns out great this time! 

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Week 20 updateΒ 

Today I am 20 weeks + 2 days. I have been feeling pretty good, despite some minor back aches in the late afternoon and constantly feeling like I have to pee.

At 18 & a half weeks we went to our first anatomy scan at the periantologist. Everything looked great, babies were both measuring 10 oz each and 9 inches in length. After the nurse did all the measurements and the doctor came in. She told us that everything looked good, but that they could not see much amniotic fluid in baby A’s stomach. She said it could just be that he had recently peed, and since everything else looked fine she assumed that’s what it was. We still asked what the worst case scenario was and she said that the baby had a defect where his esophagus isn’t connected to his stomach and is having issues swallowing, and would need surgery after birth to repair.

Of course I freaked out and my doctor said it was more than likely fine but to come back in 4 weeks to check. She also sent me to get my 2nd trimester genetic screening blood test. I spent over a week doing what I do best- obsessing over the worst case scenario. I read EVERYTHING on the internet about not being able to locate amniotic fluid in the stomach. To my reassurance, i did find that in most cases, it’s that the baby has emptied his stomach. 

I still wanted further reassurance and begged for an earlier ultrasound. After some mild persistence, they called me yesterday and said I could come in today- yay! Matt and I were stoked.

Upon going into the ultrasound the tech found baby A’s stomach right away- relief. She did some more measurements and then left. A new dr came in and said that yes, they were able to see more  fluid in baby A’s stomach but it was still a small amount compared to baby b’s (way to burst my bubble, lady)

She then asked me if I had been tested for Gestational Diabetes yet. I said no, and she said I should go and do that test ASAP. She said both babies have a slightly elevated amount of amniotic fluid. The normal range is anywhere from 2-8 cm’s and baby A has 8.3 and baby B has 8.5, so only a little. 

She said this could be caused by GD’s, OR a  defect in the babies OR could be absolutely nothing. 😐 I tried really hard to keep my cool and we asked a lot of questions. The defect would be the swallowing issue which she doesn’t think it is since both babies have elevated fluid levels (and baby B’s stomach is normal and full of fluid) She said if my test comes back normal for GD’s that all we do is monitor, and go from there. I have another appointment scheduled for 2 weeks out, but she said if I absolutely can’t wait that long she will see me in a week,  but- the bigger the babies get, the easier this is all to pinpoint.

Matt asked if me drinking a ton of water could cause excessive fluid levels and she even said that yeah, that could. So basically right now I just do the test, and go back for more monitoring. I am praying that this is nothing.

I was/am upset. The dr knew I was and she told me that she understands that this is stressful, and from what she can tell this was a long awaited pregnancy. I started crying, because it’s true. All I ever wanted was to be pregnant, and now here I am, with uncertainty hanging over me. 

I’m trying to stay positive, I know that this was something I might  deal with if I had twins- that’s why they are considered a high risk pregnancy. All I can do is get my glucose test and hope for the best! If everyone could please send good vibes to Noah and Zayden we would appreciate it! I’ll update with my diabetes test next week πŸ’™

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Hello 18 weeks!

I just realized today that I did not write a 16 week blog post! Oops! My sisters wedding was during that time and we were on vacation! 

Anyways tomorrow I am 18 weeks. I can hardly believe how fast this pregnancy is going. Knowing the genders and the names of the babies makes it all more real now. I am looking pretty pregnant and I enjoy it and also am self conscious of it. Since I am having twins I am bigger than someone would normally be at 4-5 months along and I feel like people loooooove to tell me how “pregnant” I am already. For now I am just really trying to embrace the bump and accept that…I’m about to get a whole lot bigger! πŸ˜ƒ 

Sleeping has become more difficult. I get up costantly at night to pee. I have a giant pregnancy pillow that is my haven- poor Matt. Luckily we have a big bed or he would for sure have to sleep in our guest room! 

I am eating as healthy as possible ( I’d still rather eat carbs more than anything) and still sticking to my 30 minute walks five times a week! I’m happy to stay active and I do think it helps me a lot. I do want to get into prenatal yoga here when it starts to get much colder. 

We have our first anatomy scan next week and we are really looking forward to that. I am also anxiously awaiting feeling Zayden & Noah kick and move for the 1st time. Hopefully anytime now πŸ™‚ 

Here are some recent photos of the bump that are from my sisters wedding weekend: 

My SIL, Heather and I. A friend let me borrow this dress- thanks Tif! 

Matt and I at the wedding πŸ’™πŸ’™