Pregnant with Twins

Fitness guru Kristin McGee reflects on the last days of her twin pregnancy.

Pregnant with Twins

I’m inching towards the due date of my twin boys, and I have no idea what to expect. I’m 36 weeks now, and the doctor said these little boys could come pretty much any day now. I do know that I won’t make it to full term; my doctor has scheduled me to come in at 38 weeks to be induced if they haven’t arrived before then. With twins, things can get much more complicated after 38 weeks.

It’s already shaping up to be very different from my first birth; Timothy was born a little over three years ago, exactly one day after his due date. Labor was about seven hours and I delivered him naturally.

For this twin delivery, my doctor insists on using an epidural so that if I have to go in for an emergency c-section, my body is prepped. But my baby A (the one closest to the cervix) is head down and he’s a bit heavier than baby B, so I fully plan to have a vaginal delivery. I have faith I can do it; though the most important thing for us is of course to get them out safe and healthy.

My twin pregnancy has been great, albeit more complicated and uncomfortable than my first with just one. And as a fitness expert, I just wasn’t prepared for the way this pregnancy was going to challenge my body.

In the beginning, the nausea was crazy! My hormones were double, and I felt really sick the entire first trimester and threw up quite a bit. I got my appetite back during the second trimester, though! In fact, I think I ate more than I’ve ever eaten in my entire life. My attitude has been, “Bring it on!,” and I have no problem ordering pasta or baking brownies. Thankfully, I am active, listen to my body and, for the most part, gravitate towards healthy foods.

I’ve been energetic throughout the pregnancy and mostly felt great doing yoga and Pilates and teaching. I know that physically, every woman carrying twins can feel completely different. But I personally have enjoyed walking, doing light stretching, some Pilates arm and leg work, kegels and breathing exercises. I haven’t been doing any real cardio this pregnancy, and I do get winded much easier. Now, in the final stages of my third trimester, I really have scaled back, which is really hard for me! I’m very Type A and love to be moving and doing things. My husband kept asking me when I was going to finally stop teaching. I finished with my private clients and classes just this past week. Now it’s time to try and relax and put my feet up. I have yet to pack my hospital bag -- maybe I am in denial or just know my body well enough and feel they still have a few more weeks to bake. Or since it’s my second birth, I’m less stressed out about it. After all, I already went through it, and I know all I need is some lip balm, comfy grippy socks, and a few toiletries (ok, and two onesies and going-home outfits!), and I’ll be fine. Or maybe, my mind is not there just yet.

I really want to use these last few weeks to spend time with my son. I worry quite a bit about how he will feel when his twin brothers arrive. We have such a special bond, so I spend as much time as I can with him, like walking him to and from school. I know things will likely change for us when the babies arrive. But I know he’ll be a wonderful big brother too. So now, we wait.

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I never wanted to be a mom. It wasn't something I ever thought would happen until I fell madly in love with my husband—who knew very well he wanted children. While he was a natural at entertaining our nephews or our friends' kids, I would awkwardly try to interact with them, not really knowing what to say or do.

Our first pregnancy was a surprise, a much-wanted one but also a unicorn, "first try" kind of pregnancy. As my belly grew bigger, so did my insecurities. How do you even mom when you never saw motherhood in your future? I focused all my uncertainties on coming up with a plan for the delivery of my baby—which proved to be a terrible idea when my dreamed-of unmedicated vaginal birth turned into an emergency C-section. I couldn't even start motherhood the way I wanted, I thought. And that feeling happened again when I couldn't breastfeed and instead had to pump and bottle-feed. And once more, when all the stress from things not going my way turned into debilitating postpartum anxiety that left me not really enjoying my brand new baby.

As my baby grew, slowly so did my confidence that I could do this. When he would tumble to the ground while learning how to walk and only my hugs could calm him, I felt invincible. But on the nights he wouldn't sleep—whether because he was going through a regression, a leap, a teeth eruption or just a full moon—I would break down in tears to my husband telling him that he was a better parent than me.

Then I found out I was pregnant again, and that this time it was twins. I panicked. I really cannot do two babies at the same time. I kept repeating that to myself (and to my poor husband) at every single appointment we had because I was just terrified. He, of course, thought I could absolutely do it, and he got me through a very hard pregnancy.

When the twins were born at full term and just as big as singleton babies, I still felt inadequate, despite the monumental effort I had made to grow these healthy babies and go through a repeat C-section to make sure they were both okay. I still felt my skin crawl when they cried and thought, What if I can't calm them down? I still turned to my husband for diaper changes because I wasn't a good enough mom for twins.

My husband reminded me (and still does) that I am exactly what my babies need. That I am enough. A phrase that has now become my mantra, both in motherhood and beyond, because as my husband likes to say, I'm the queen of selling myself short on everything.

So when my babies start crying, I tell myself that I am enough to calm them down.

When my toddler has a tantrum, I remind myself that I am enough to get through to him.

When I go out with the three kids by myself and start sweating about everything that could go wrong (poop explosions times three), I remind myself that I am enough to handle it all, even with a little humor.

And then one day I found this bracelet. Initially, I thought how cheesy it'd be to wear a reminder like this on my wrist, but I bought it anyway because something about it was calling my name. I'm so glad I did because since day one I haven't stopped wearing it.

Every time I look down, there it is, shining back at me. I am enough.

I Am Enough bracelet 

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May this Oath Bracelet be your reminder that you are perfect just the way you are. That you are enough for your children, you are enough for your friends & family, you are enough for everything that you do. You are enough, mama <3


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