I lucked out with my twin pregnancy. I was mentally prepared for a tough time, but it never happened. I figured that, with twice as much baby, I’d have twice as bad morning sickness. But during my first trimester of being pregnant with twins I only had mild nausea and no throwing up! Unfortunately, the pregnancy symptom I had the most often was, ahem… gas… Sheesh, I’m embarrassed just writing that! I guess that’s a normal pregnancy symptom, but I didn’t have, er, flatulence or whatever you want to call it with my big boy! I’m too much of a lady for that kind of thing. Ladies don’t pass gas. 😉
Another thing I remember is that I caught a cold that never seemed to go away. The days seemed to drag on as my nose was in a never-ending state of stuffiness. I had weird cravings, too. My craving for anything citrus was out of control. I had to have lemon cookies, eat oranges and grapefruits, and I took strawberries topped with Cool Whip to work every day. No joke!.
Overall, the first trimester of my twin pregnancy was pretty mellow. We told our parents that we were expecting, but that’s about it. I wanted to keep the pregnancy a secret for the first 12 weeks just in case of a miscarriage. That turned out to be harder than I thought it would! At lunch in the teacher’s lounge, I recall some of my coworkers giving me “the elevator look” with obvious inquisitive looks on their faces. At 12 weeks I had a pretty good-sized pooch going on, and it was getting harder and harder to hide it. Other than the gut that grew earlier than I was hoping for, it was just your basic pregnancy (gas and all!).
My deepest sympathies go out to the many women who struggled to become pregnant, only to suffer their whole pregnancy with illness and medical complications. Whether it’s a twin pregnancy or a “singleton” pregnancy, there are a lot of rough pregnancy stories out there. I’m truly thankful that being pregnant with the twins wasn’t too hard for me.