My sister is pregnant again and this is wonderful news. I got even BETTER news today as she invited me to her ultrasound and we saw on the monitor not one but TWO miniature people! That's right, she's carrying twins! No wonder her pants, even her old maternity pants, aren't fitting right! After we got over the shock, the tearing up, the hugging, and jumping up and down (me only), she started thinking about more practical things like cribs and car-seats, vitamins and how many calories she should be eating now that we know she's growing two people instead of one.
If you've never been pregnant you don't know how tiring it is, how much energy you're burning literally sitting and doing nothing, or at least it looks like you're doing nothing. By the end of 12 weeks your body has been burning enough calories to get the average person up Mount Everest every day. Every. day. Some women lose weight their first few months because they're the most important; in the first 12 weeks you're literally building a complete human being who, over the next 6 months, just needs time to grow and mature. This is why when ob/gyns tell women of any size to restrict their eating so as not to put on 'extra' weight during pregnancy I get a little foamy at the mouth. Pregnant women need calories and vitamins and nutrients by the bucket, MORE, not LESS.
Pregnant women get to revel in a certain kind of freedom that non-pregnant women don't get; the freedom to be fat, to eat what they want because of 'cravings', to not worry about being a sex-symbol 24/7. These women are also, paradoxically, under an enormous amount of pressure to lose their pregnancy weight as soon as possible (hurry up and be a sex symbol again!), to let nothing past their lips that might not be 100% nutritious for the fetus, and to give up thier bodily autonomy and integrity during labour and delivery. You, dear pregnant lady, are just the house in which a potential person is growing. You must do everything you can to ensure that wee tiny potential person has the absolute best start in life so help you gods or you're a BAD MOTHER. /sarcasm.
Yeah, no. I hope my sister's pregnancy goes smoothly and quietly and her delivery (on Christmas!) is quick and easy. Has anyone got any experience with twins during or after pregnancy they can share? These are the first ones in our family so we're a bit in the dark. Thank you and have a lovely Tuesday, I know I am.