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Looking for some words of support...I'm currently 26 weeks pregnant with my second set of twins. I'm exhausted, can't get comfortable at night (in part because my hips are killing me), and feel huge!! I feel so squished in the stomach I can't stand it. Any words of wisdom to help me get through the next 14 weeks? I don't remember being this uncomfortable so early last time, but I'm also a lot bigger this time around.

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Kara - posted on 01/18/2011

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I don't know why I never thought of this before but last night I was in so much pain I took 2 tylenol and had the best sleep ever..in fact I only got up once for the bathroom. And then I woke up with very little pain as well. i know this can't be an everyday thing..but it may help every so often.

Sarah - posted on 01/18/2011

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Hi Rebecca!
I had twin girls in August of 2010 and was huge and pregnant during one of our most humid summers!! I can so relate about the hip pain and being uncomfortable. I used a Snoogle body pillow to sleep, it was a lifesaver. It really helped me get comfortable at night. Hang in there...it's almost over!! I heard from docs throughout my pregnancy that everyday those babes stay in your belly, it is 3 days they ARE NOT in the NICU. That was always encouraging to me when I thought I could not possible go another week. Best of luck to you.

Addie - posted on 01/18/2011

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My twins b/g are almost 6. They were 7lbs 11oz (boy) & 7lbs 3oz (Girl) @ 39 wks. Remember that God says he will not give us more then we can handle. (I wish he didn't trust me so much sometimes though) ;) As I am sure you already know before you know it the ones you are carrying now will be in school before you know it. Good luck and prayers for the rest of this pregnancy!

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Lucy - posted on 01/17/2011

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I'm only 5 feet tall and both my boys were 5 lbs when I delivered. I found a warm/hot bath before bed helped alot. I also invested in a snoogie pillow, however if you are tall or have a long torso you may want the longer body pillow made by boppy. towards the end i found sitting on a heating pad also helped :P

AMANDA - posted on 01/15/2011

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rebecca have you tried eating a carb and protien loaded snack right before you go to bed.. thats what i do and im almost on my 21st week with my twins.. it seems to do the trick for me =)

i too am horribly uncomfy almost all of the time ans walking is always painful for me. it is the dead od winter here in connecticut so swimming is out of the picture for me but i find a warm bath, or a heating pad does help out some. also i was told to get a prenatal yoga dvd or go to a class and see if that helps. i just got my dvd in. ill let ya know if it helps at all..

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I started a prenatal water aerobics class this week and, for the first time in what seems like forever, my hip didn't hurt. It didn't hurt for hours after. So it looks like I am going to try to do a lot more swimming. Now if I could only make it through the night without waking up at 4 am hungry! ;-)

Ana - posted on 01/14/2011

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What helped me And my ginormous twins was a recliner And pillowsall around belly for support. Oh and spa. Not hot jus warm like a bath only u actually fit. It helped with my back.

Amanda - posted on 01/14/2011

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When I was pregnant with my set of twins, I bought a body pillow and that helped at night to sleep with for my hips and def my stomach. Also try a heating pad or pack on your hips while you are lying down (or maybe a cold pack if the hot doesn't work). The heat helped with my hips. I had 6+ lbs each girls, so into the third trimester one liked to get up in my ribs and that hurt, though no solution for that one if you have that issue. Warm showers help relax muscles that are sore and tense (like back, shoulders, hips..). Do you work and are you sitting alot? If so it helped me to get up and just move around and stretch. I hope this helps and good luck for the next 14 weeks!!!

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Oh, I feel for you, girl. I never was able to do the swimming pool thing and had 5 older children (incl a 2 and 4 yr old) but I think the "weightlessness" seems like it might help with the hip pain...I experienced this too and this is your second set of twins!!! I know "just hang in there" isn't much help, but each day you make it through is better for the babies and less time in the hosp. I continued to have hip pain for a long time...finally did chiropractic and they said that is very common and it helped a lot. I hope you have good support system and help but in any case I would not worry about taking some tylenol or what ever your dr. ok/s and just snuggle into a mountain of pillows and get what sleep you can. My twins are about to turn 20, as you already know they are worth it all even though it is very hard on our bodies...experiment with different things...position, pillows, heat, just do whatever you can and pray a lot...you are obviously a very strong woman and you will be fine. CONGRATULATIONS!!

Helene - posted on 01/14/2011

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To help support your pelvis and spine, strengthen your Transverse Abdominis, or TvA. This is your body's internal "girdle" and when contracted, compresses your abdomen.

Strength in the TvA during pregnancy prevents/lessens the severity of diastasis recti (abdominal separation) back pain, and pelvic instability.

Two great, safe TvA exercises for pregnancy can be found at:

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Also, to protect both your lower back and your mid line tissues, always use the "log roll" technique when getting out of bed, or when rising from the floor.

Log roll for pregnancy:

Sophie - posted on 01/14/2011

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My husband bought a memory foam bed topper for our bed when I was pregnant with the boys and it was the only way I could sleep. It somehow releived some of that pressure in my back. Good luck!

Candi - posted on 01/14/2011

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swimming pool. The water is AMAZING! It takes the weight off your hips, back and legs and just feels like bliss. I highly recommend it. I know that being seen in a swim suit may not be on your "awesome during pregnancy" list, but trust me, I would have gone CRAZY if I hadn't spent at least four days a week at tthe pool. And everyone is so excited that you're pregnant that they'll all want to talk to you, particularly if you go regularly. Oh, and the chiropractor is a wonderful idea. There are some massage therapists that do pregnancy massage, that might help. I never tried it. Still, though, water is your friend. Good luck!

Claudia - posted on 01/12/2011

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oh and according to the Doc @ 37 weeks with the second pregnancy...i was measuring 41weeks! glad it's over with, now if i could find a way for them to sleep through the night lol

Claudia - posted on 01/12/2011

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Hey Rebecca you are probably right...okay so my first set was born vaginal @ 39 weeks... Baby A weighed 6.12oz and Baby B weighed 6.8oz....I can't remember how much the second set weighed when I was 26 weeks but when they were born Baby A weighed 7.2oz and B weighed 6.12oz (csection @38 weeks)...I know you must hear this alot but hang in there Rebecca sending good vibes your way!! keep us posted = )

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@Claudia -- I had the first set at 38 weeks via c-section (the first out was breech). It was my first pregnancy and they were small -- 4 pounds and 6 pounds. I had another ultrasound today and these babies are in the 93 percentile for size -- they each currently weigh 2 1/2 pounds!!!! I think the fact that I am already full of 5 pounds of baby is a big reason why I am so much more uncomfortable.

Heather - posted on 01/11/2011

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I have heard going to a chiropractor is a great help. Also if you have (or can get) one of those giant exercise balls, I was told they are a ton more comfortable to sit on when pregnant than anything else... Never tried it, because I didn't have one, but that's what I heard...

Kara - posted on 01/11/2011

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I'm 31 weeks with twins and understand the hip pain. I bought a pillow mattress topper because my mattress is so firm and I of course use my adult boppy pillow. I have a few nights taken a tylenol and a benedryl before bed. I have heard many people going to a chirpractor for back/hip pain. I have also heard of yoga but that may not be so easy this late in the game.

Claudia - posted on 01/10/2011

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Congratulations!!! I truly know EXACTLY how you feel!!! I gave birth to my second set of twins on Nov182010 and let me tell you it was definetly harder this time which means its probably normal since you are experiencing the same as i did....I am curious when was your first set born? Mine were born in 2006...all I really can say is to hang in there try to find some time for yourself. use alot of pillows for your sides your legs etc...listen to some relaxing music throught some earphones if at all possible...drink some tea to help you feel a little zen....i don't remember it being that hard with the first set either, i don't know if that makes you feel any better but just know you will soon be looking back at these days and enjoying your new babies = ) curious...did you deliver vaginal or c section (first set)??

Melissa - posted on 01/10/2011

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Remember the twins will take everything you can eat and more. I was very sick when I had my son, and with my girls I finally figured out as long as I ate every 2 to 3 hours then I was okay. If I let myself get nausea it was too late and I would end up getting sick. Just remember, plenty of water, relax. Also ask your doctor about anti-nausea medication, although that made me feel really sleepy, so I ended up avoiding them at all cost since I was still working 12 hour days. If you have a maternity belt, I would wear it. It will go by quickly. Good Luck and all the best.

Ianina - posted on 01/10/2011

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Hi Rebecca!
Thanks for posting this...I know exactly how you feel. I'm 20 weeks now and some days I want this girls out. I can´t be standing anymore, my feet hurt so bad...laying in bed suck because of my hips, and sitting down doesn't help either.
we are almost there girl, remember that.
try to hit a spa if you have the chance, made me feel a lot better :)

Khadijah - posted on 01/10/2011

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Congratulations!!! Wow, your second set!! That is awesome! We all know exactly how you feel. By this time in my twin pregnancy I was swollen beyond repair and my ankles were the worst. I was exhausted all the time, cried when I was hungry, couldn't stand for longer than 15 minutes, and I slept the duration on my pregnancy sitting up in bed. With a combination if plush and firm pillows I was able to get a little bit of rest but all the sitting up and sleeping was killing my back in the morning. Its a very tiring time and honestly when I was at that point I didn't want to be comforted by anyone who had not experienced a twin pregnancy, and all I knew was that I love my babies sooooo much but I wanted them OUT!!! Haha

Try to hang in there. I reminded myself everyday that the longer my little one's were in me, the shorter their stay at the hospital. I am so glad that I toughed it out because only one of my girls went to the NICU and she stayed for only 3 days (short in comparison to some) and they both went home with me. Both my girls were very healthy weights (7lbs14oz and 6lbsand12oz) and I know that that was all do to me hanging in there. I made it to 38 weeks and 1day.
This will all be so worth it in the end!!

CHERYL - posted on 01/09/2011

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HI CONGRATULATIONS ON UR 2ND SET OF TWINS.UR PROB BIGGER AS UR ALREADY STRETCHED FROM UR 1ST TWIN PREG.I SUPPOSE U FORGET HOW UNCOMFI AND TIRED U GET.AND WITH HAVE TWINS ALREADY I SUPPOSE U DONT GET MUCH REST.JUST THINK U MIGHT ONLY HAVE 10WKS LEFT.AND IT WILL BE SOOO WORTH IT IN THE END. JUST TRY AND REST AS MUCH AS U CAN.FORGET ABOUT THE UNNESSERY THINGS UR HUB OR FRIEND/RELATIVE CAN DO THAT FOR U.COULD SOME ONE HAVE UR 2 OTHERS FOR AN HOUR MAYBE AND U CAN TRY AND CHILL OR GO 2 A SWIMMING POOL AND FEEL WEIGHTLESS.IF U NO WHAT I MEAN.SOZ IF I HAVENT BEEN ANY HELP.HOPE U ENJOYWHAT U HAVE LEFT. IM SURE UR A SUPER-SRONG WOMEN AND HEY U HAVE TWINS ALREADY SO U MUST BE!!

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