The first trimester is over and we celebrated the end of morning sickness and nausea the best way possible – with a takeaway curry. I’m sure we have the best curry house in the world in our village. It’s the small things like that, that make me feel so lucky.
Of course, another reason to be cheerful and feel very, very lucky is that we’ve made it to the second trimester. Many times since finding out I was pregnant have I thought we were going to miscarry. This isn’t something I take for granted. I know how lucky we are to have got to this stage and God willing, we’ll reach the stage where the twins can be safely and healthily born.
The nausea actually wore off pretty much overnight at around week ten. During the last couple of weeks I’ve gone from not being able to even tolerate sipping water to being constantly, ravenously hungry. It seems I just want to eat ALL the time. I’m trying to eat plenty of veg and salads, although I’m prone to drizzling them generously with olive oil. You know how it is though. Sometimes, only Dairylea spread thickly on toast will do. Or Muller rice puddings. I tell myself that it’s because I’m craving the dairy from them. I am not a great milk drinker at all. Blame the school days of old when we used to have a bottle of milk at the end of the day. It was warm and often tasted like it had gone off, especially in the hot summer days where they’d spent all day sitting in front of the window with the sun shining upon them. Bleurgh! Even the thought is making me feel ill.
Anyway, my belly is popping well now. It did worry me to read that by 28 weeks I will be the size as a full term singleton pregnancy. Given how terribly humungous and uncomfortable I was at full term with my children, I can’t say I’m looking forward to it a great deal. On the positive side though, at least the end will be nigh at that stage.
What I am now looking forward to is the first reassuring nudges and flutters from my babies. I can’t wait to start receiving their signals. Baby morse code letting me know that they are ok and doing well in there.
And of course the beautiful bloom I’m going to get now that I’m in the second trimester. Ok, so I’m still waiting to get that bloom from my last nine pregnancies but I’m sure I’m due it this time around.
I’m sure I am.
But I won’t hold my breath.
Twin Pregnancy Diary is available to buy in paperback now.