I’ve nannied for several sets of twins and although twins are a blast (and a shit ton of work), the mothers would always talk about how incredibly hard the pregnancy was. When I became pregnant with my own set of twins (ironically enough), I was prepared for the worst. That being said, it didn’t really get hard until the past few weeks- the bitter end.
Whether you’re having one, two, or three babies, let me tell you how to kick pregnancy’s ass and not let it get you down!
- Drink a GALLON of water a day!
No ifs, ands, or buts, on this one. This is a non-negotiable. Water not only carries oxygen and essential nutrients to your baby(ies), but it also prevents:
- Edema (swelling)
- Dehydration that causes preterm labor
- Joint pain
- Constipation & hemorrhoids
I bought a 64oz hydroflask at the beginning of my pregnancy and aimed to drink it by 3:00pm, then refilled it and drank the rest by bedtime. I also kept a glass of water by my bed overnight and drank a glass first thing in the morning. Yes, you will pee all day and night long, but that happens during pregnancy anyway. Better to pee like Seabiscuit than dribble each time, right?
I worked out my ENTIRE pregnancy. I took it easy around 30 weeks because twins can be born early if mom is too active, but I started right back up again at 34 weeks since that’s out of the danger zone of preterm labor. I walked uphill/downhill 2-4 miles a few days a week, did zumba twice a week, worked my arms and legs with 8-10lb weights, and did standing ab work until it started being more humorous than helpful. Exercising during pregnancy is not about staying trim or losing weight. It’s about keeping muscles strong and flexible for labor & delivery, increasing circulation, and getting oxygen to your baby(ies). This also helped counteract joint pain, headaches, digestion issues, constipation, and muscle stiffness throughout.
I saw/see a chiropractor during my pregnancy to widen the pelvis to avoid breach babies, but it also helps to avoid carpal tunnel and other joint issues. Your spine being properly aligned prevents a heap of other issues during pregnancy, but you’ve got to go regularly. I have started to experience pelvic symphesis (which SUCKS), so I’ll likely increase my visits this week.
I smile politely when someone says, “You’re eating for three, have a cupcake”, but inside I’m shaking my head and rolling my eyes. I’m not eating for three-I’m eating enough to nurture one adult and two fetuses. I did NOT indulge in junk food and increase calories during my pregnancy. I did however increase protein drastically and eat fruit like it was my job. In the first trimester I was nauseas for a few weeks and only bean & cheese burritos or bread with butter could ease my tummy at meal times, but I still ate a ton of fruit and drank cold pressed juices with greens. Once the nausea was over, I focused on nutrition again. My typical day includes:
Breakfast: 2 eggs and a gluten free waffle with peanut butter, large glass of organic whole milk
Snack: yogurt and fruit (berries, kiwi, banana, or an orange)
Lunch: I ate Trader Joes meals often or stopped at Whole Foods for a protein, grain, and greens
Snack: Apple & babybell cheese
Protein shake: Shakeology, yogurt, cottage cheese, whole milk (40g protein)
Dinner: Always a protein!
Did I allow myself Taco Bell, pizza, and treats every now and then? Of course! But, I never ate more than I would normally, and I didn’t indulge habitually. Pregnancy is not a time to forgo nutrition for fun.
I slept like a boss during pregnancy! If I had to be up at 7, then I went to bed at 9:00pm. I always made sure I could get at least 9, hopefully 10, hours of sleep. If I felt tired, I laid down. My non-pregnant self always pushed back tiredness to get shit done, but pregnant me wanted to sleep and knew it was legitimately what my body needed.
Now that I’m 35 weeks with twins, which is full term, I’m ready to go. I feel like shit, I’m tired of being pregnant, everything hurts, and it’s go-time, but…everything before now has been a cakewalk so I think that’s pretty good! Personally, I think I kicked pregnancy’s ass!