I am now into my 20th week of pregnancy and while to some it may seem like it is flying by, many days it is a slow crawl. Twenty weeks is a big milestone across the board because it means you are half way through (normal gestation is 40 weeks) and here in England it also means your anomaly scan. This detailed ultrasound scan, checks the physical development of the baby, or in my case babies, looking in detail at the baby’s bones, heart, brain, spinal cord, face, kidneys and abdomen.
Yesterday the baby girls were not cooperating and after three scan attempts (broken up by walks and missions to go get food) the sonographer sent me home to come back another day when the girls are in a better position. The good news is they got about 75% of the measurements they needed and from what they have seen so far everything measured normally and they did not spot any of the 11 rare conditions they were looking for.But enough about that. There are a standard list of questions many answer in a pregnancy update so I am going to give them a go in my 20 Week bumpdate:
Oh, hello bump! It is now visible in nearly every outfit which is to be expected by a 20 week bumpdate, especially with twins. You can see the growing progression in my pregnancy highlights on Instagram and also in the photos above. The babies are each the size of a banana so this does not come as much of a surprise.
ANY RECENT PURCHASES FOR YOU OR BABY?
I had originally not planned on buying many maternity clothes but now that is a bit of a joke as 70% of my wardrobe no longer fits. Over the past month I have purchased quite a few maternity clothes. I purchased the dress I am wearing in the shots above – an Amazon Essentials Maternity Dress – as well as a few other pieces I have really liked:
My Mom has also been great and has picked out a number of adorable onesies (they call them baby grows in the UK) as well as sleep suits include the Woombie Air.
There has been nothing I have especially been craving and definitely nothing I like now that I did not like before. The only thing I get sudden urges for are strawberries but that comes and goes.
A good amount. :/ It is hard for me to not compare my body now to what it looked like a year ago or even a few month ago on our honeymoon. I keep having to remind myself that I am growing two humans and that my body is doing amazing things and I need to give myself some grace. While weight gain trends are well documented for a normal (singleton) pregnancy there is far less data for twins. Based on one chart I found I am three pounds over the range of a 20-week twin pregnancy but my doctor said I am doing well, so I am going to go with that.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT PREGNANCY SO FAR
To be honest, it has been rough. But baby clothes are adorable- they are so cute and so tiny!
While most women are done with morning sickness by the end of the first trimester mine has continued up until this point. The midwives think I will sadly have it the whole time so that is a bit of a bummer. In the last few weeks this has been complemented by heart burn and round ligament pain along with exhaustion and sinus pressure.
WHAT’S ON YOUR TO DO LIST?
My parents are hosting us a baby shower next month when they are in town so we are getting ready for that celebration. If you have any suggestions of must have items we should add to our Amazon UK or John Lewis registries we are all ears!
The symptoms I described above are not fun and I hate making plans and then having to cancel them because I feel ill. However, I have to remember this is not for forever so friends, family, and blog readers sorry for the delayed responses and flakiness – hopefully I can make it up to you when the baby girls arrive!
Do you have any other questions from about my 20 week bumpdate?