A lot of people have been asking about my due date, so I’ll address it. There is no real due date, but if I were having a singleton it would be June 30th. The average length of pregnancy for triplets is 32 weeks, so that puts my “due” date right around the first week of May. If I make it to my 36th week, the babies will be considered full term, and most likely not spend anytime in the NICU. It’s highly unlikely though, due to my size and the fact that it’s my first pregnancy. 90% of triplets do not make it to 36 weeks. So, I’ll probably have them sometime between May 1st and June 1st.
Ah, pain. I saw the doc again this week. I told him about my back and abdominal pain, and he said “already?’ and gave me a look that said I better buck up. Ok, maybe I’m being whiny, but the pain is like a of couple knives twisting in my back and radiating through to my stomach. I can’t help it. I can barely commute at this point. Or sit through a class or meeting. He said not to worry about the upper right abdominal pain, it’s just the girl squeezing her head under my ribs and stretching them out. Ok…nice to know…According to the triplet connection forum, I am not alone in having a lot of pain early on, and that brings me a surprising amount of relief.
The only solution to those pains is lying down. Period. I’ve tried everything else. I even bought a bean bag chair for good measure. I was convinced the bean bag would give me the right amount of propping, and coupled with the heating pad, be the perfect remedy to my back pain. I was very optimistic about this solution, but it didn’t totally work. To be fair, it’s still the most comfortable place for me to sit, and a good purchase. I would recommend the bean bag to others expecting. And at least I can lie down for relief, and that’s WAY better than nothing. It just means I can’t work as much as I would like.
The amazing insomnia and mysterious hip pain prompts me to further investigate techniques of comfort. My giant snake pillow was not a good purchase, just fyi for anyone considering buying a 6-foot wrap around body pillow. It’s too thick and I end up in weird positions that I can’t remain in. I also don’t know why my hips hurt so much, but after lying on either side for about 20 mins the pain is too much, so I switch to the other side. Back and forth all night long. This must be why I’ve always slept on my stomach. I can’t sleep on my back because I can’t breath – it’s like someone is sitting on my chest. My final plan is to purchase a rocking recliner, as I heard that’s worked for my aunt. I figure it’ll go to good use before and after the babies are born.
Ah, appetite. Another surprise about being in my second trimester has been the loss of appetite; never having a craving, never feeling like eating, never enjoying a bite. I thought it would be the opposite, so it feels really strange. The doc said it’s because the girl is very high and pressing on my stomach. If I followed my appetite I’d be skinnier than ever. So I just eat like it’s a chore that needs to be done–like putting laundry away–one piece at a time. Since we usually eat at the same time, I often ask my husband if he’s hungry, and if he says yes, I consider eating. If he says no, I figure I’m good. I’ll join the chorus on what I eat: fresh stuff and uncomplicated stuff. Fruits, veggies, carnation instant breakfast, cheerios and raison bran. I consume at least three of the four options every single day. Jason bought a blender so we could make protein shakes–an easy way for me to stay on top of nutrition–and I’m looking forward to using it!
Things are going well at school; I’ve finished my master’s thesis and have two studies unfolding next quarter. Everyone has been extremely supportive at school, and I am very optimistic about continuing in the program.