Having reached a stage where the babies appear to be thriving quite well in there, we’ve turned to all sort of extraneous thoughts in this phase. A flurry of activity occurred on week 29 when himself and I decided it would be a good time to start thinking about names amongst other things. Convinced by stories from current mums of twins, we felt sure the boys would arrive unceremoniously at week 32, so kicked into action with the naming book, buggy buying and choosing ergonomically sound baby car seats. Whilst the specialists were busy telling us to leave the medical worries to them ( oh and by the way, go and get some blood tests for gestational diabetes as you ARE over 40 after all), we turned our thoughts to nursery building and getting birth plans in place .. just in case. As with everything having the word ‘baby’ attached to it, it seems the consumer market for all accessories pertaining to this area is a complete minefield of expensive choices and possible cons. Pushchairs seem to be equipped with so many more add-ons than they did ten years -ago. Hand brakes, i-pod docking stations and multi-purpose baskets are the thing of the moment. I half expected twin overhead mud-flaps and two speed airbags to go with the item by the time the sales people had exhausted themselves of all other possibilities. Double pushchairs are particularly difficult to choose as they are generally quite heavy and cumbersome, but all have positive attributes in different ways. Whichever ones we were to choose, it had to be safe, easy to push and easy to pack away. Anything aside from that would be a bonus. Similarly, we were told early on not to purchase any car seats from e-bay related sellers as they would inevitably be unsafe. Always use a well-known supplier for your initial form of baby car seat; it will be their introduction to the world of travel so has to be up to the job.
As for progression with the bump, by week 29 we could tell the babies must be increasing significantly in size; all the baby bulletin apps have run out of vegetables to assimilate the babies growth with. We are now left to height, weight , head and abdominal circumference charts to monitor healthy, steady growth and hence reasons for my silhouette now even making Mr Greedy look like a chipstick. By weeks 30-31 the psychological benchmark of reaching the last chunk of 10 weeks heralds substantial optimism and by week 32 we are told that if the babies are born now, they have a very good chance of survival without too much serious medical intervention. My sense of philosophy kicks into play at this point as it appears there’s been a design flaw in the practicalities of latter stage pregnancy. For instance, why has mother nature allowed fingers and toes to puff up so badly that clumsiness completely takes over dexterity, we drop everything on the floor , but then the ginormous bumpage actually hinders us from picking it all back up from the floor again? Attempts to retrieve said items can take as much as 10 minutes or so at times, accompanied by much grunting and huffing…most attractive.
Week 33 .. and the idea that babies lay on the fat at rate of half a pound a week seems to be bearing much fruition. The bump is now so big, I can’t bend in the middle to get into my car; let alone drive it. All my failsafe choices for airy maternity clothing suddenly feel like lycra bodysuits and the kicks have become infinitely stronger as the babies muscles are clearly gaining strength by the day. At a sneaky private scan just for added reassurance, the sonographer delights in telling us both babies already have a good head of hair, but one possibly has a ‘monk’ shaped hairdo thus far. As long as he acts as purely for us, we couldn’t ask for more!
With all the talk of early arrivals (between 50 and 60% of twins arrive after week 32), attention now turns to an imminent birth. But the question is, which is safest all round for twins?
© Tess Egerton 2013