Considering most twin pregnancies don't make it to 40 weeks, I could be over halfway. I read in one of my many books last night that the average twin delivery in the U.S. was 35.5 weeks. Ummm that's not that far away. Of course, the longer I am pregnant, the bigger the babies, so that is the ultimate goal.
On with the show...
Half way stats
Weeks along: 20 and a few days as of this posting
Weight gain: ~20 pounds (whoa) My Mom told me that Mariah Carey gained 70 with her twins. I can't imagine gaining another 50!!!!! That would be some serious eatin'.
Symptoms: Starting some back pain, getting some pelvic area pain and pressure after running, and on a positive note, I am starting to feel some little pokes and pops from my inhabitants. Mr. BKL even got to feel a couple on Christmas day. I am such a softie it made me tear up.
Running status: Still running but continuing to get more difficult and much slower. 3 miles at a time is what I aim for. Last week I had one run where 2.5 was as struggle. Because of the pressure and pain I am starting to feel, I am wary about continuing much longer. I am ordering one of these bad boys because I want to see if it helps. My heart and lungs feel great, but the pressure in the pelvic region and back after does not.
Eats: I met with an RD this week and she would like me to focus on more small meals throughout the day as well as my calcium intake. The month of December was a little too free and loose when it came to desserts and indulging, so I am trying to shape back up and focus on the good stuff. It's hard to want to eat fresh veggies when they look so sad in the grocery store. January in Minnesota doesn't exactly provide the bounty that summer does. I've been eating more frozen veggies and things like applesauce for fruit. She also mentioned maintaining my lean muscle mass. I agree. I need to do some more lifting and if I can't run soon, it will be my workout of choice. I won't be busting out the back squat PR's, but I think a 20 minute routine with dumbbells and body weight would be a good fit.
Cravings: None really. I think I experienced a true craving for fountain Diet Coke a few weeks back. It was strange because I used to swim in fountain DC's, but quit the habit about 3 years ago. Cereal and milk also always sound good. And, Mr. BKL teases me about my recent affinity towards sandwiches.
Clothing: I still have two pairs of non-maternity pants that I can wear to work. One I like to call my "magic pants" that I bought for $20 at Vanity in college. They were always big on me, but somehow they are still working and continue to be one of my favorites. The other pair is my Old Navy pants with elastic waist. I guess those barely count because of the elastic. Most shirts are still a go. I notice a lot of them becoming shorter in the front, so that will have to stop soon since I loathe too short shirts. A lot of regular tops out there today are pretty maternity friendly. I can't imagine being pregnant in the late 90's/early 00's with the belly shirts and low waist bell bottom jeans. *shudder*