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extreme exhaustion during twin pregnancy

post #1 of 19
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Hi mamas! I've been lurking on this forum since I'm expecting twins in April. I was wondering...is it normal to be painfully exhausted, even by the 16th week, when expecting twins? I have two other children, ages 3 and 1, so I know that may have a lot to do with it. But in both singleton pregnancies, I was feeling much more energetic by this point in the pregnancy. I am so tired it actually hurts to do much more than make dinner.
post #2 of 19
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Originally Posted by jkg View Post
Hi mamas! I've been lurking on this forum since I'm expecting twins in April. I was wondering...is it normal to be painfully exhausted, even by the 16th week, when expecting twins? I have two other children, ages 3 and 1, so I know that may have a lot to do with it. But in both singleton pregnancies, I was feeling much more energetic by this point in the pregnancy. I am so tired it actually hurts to do much more than make dinner.
Yes, normal in my experience. It was really distressing: I felt like I was at the end of the pregnancy body-strain-wise and I was so early (didn't even know it was twins yet). It was very different than my other pregnancies and although it was a relief to know I was pregnant with twins and could thus explain the differences, I was rather fearful of what that pain and fatigue would grow to over the pregnancy.

The good news: it was constant more than an increase over the gestation. Try to imagine being 36-40 weeks pregnant and heavy for the whole term. It was a big, long plateau.

post #3 of 19
We learned that we were having twins at 16 weeks, and I had been TIRED for a long time before finding out. And my sacroiliac joint was a mess. It was like my body knew it had twins to carry and went completely loosey goosey immediately. Walking was hard, but I could bike and do yoga. Even swimming didn't feel great.
I read all of the Harry Potter books in the first trimester. Let's just say that's a LOT of laying around on your backside!!! My DD1 was 3 at the time, and I could hardly keep my eyes open to watch her. I think that's where the tv watching began
Be kind and gentle with yourself, and know that it is HARD WORK for a body to grow TWO babies at once. Rest as much as you can, and take great care of yourself. Welcome to the twin world!!!!:::
post #4 of 19
sounds normal to me! I spent a good deal of my twin preg parked in a chair outside watching the kids play. I also developed the talent of passing out on the floor for 2 solid hours while the kids played around me....regularly.

Whatever you do, don't feel guilty! It may look like you are doing nothing, but boy is your body working!!
post #5 of 19
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Originally Posted by herdingkittens View Post
sounds normal to me!


Yep, but it is SOOO worth it when you finally meet your sweet babes
Even my nearly 9 year old who really had to work hard during the pregnancy was saying all that fades into the background once the babies are here. Bless his sweet heart

I also found it didn't exactly get hard incrementally, it was just hard all the way through, but I can smile about that now, and you will too
post #6 of 19
Sounds like my pregnancy. There were days that getting off the sofa to do anything required too much energy! I felt so much better after my babies were born.
post #7 of 19
yup ....
one thing I found that helped is getting plenty of protein, and I also felt better when I took my iron supplements,. I had mono when PG with my boys, which didn't help matters!

good luck!
post #8 of 19
coming from a different direction here...
i found that daily exercise (assuming you are perfectly healthy, keep listening closely to your body and of course, in moderation) helped my energy levels INCREASE and also greatly helped with postpartum energy and healing.
post #9 of 19
Hello mamas,

We are expecting twins as well. I also have a hard time getting off the couch to do household chores. I have also just started promethazine for the nausea. I know it is all worth it and have a feeling that it is going to go by fast. (I hope)
post #10 of 19
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Thank you thank you thank you mamas!

I feel so much better knowing that I am not an oddity. Like I said, I didn't feel this ridiculously tired during my other two pregnancies at this point, so I was starting to wonder if this was normal. Thanks for the reassurance and encouragement!! The world of multiples is a whole new ballgame, isn't it?
post #11 of 19
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Originally Posted by DiannaK View Post
yup ....
one thing I found that helped is getting plenty of protein
Horray for protein!!!! The only thing that staved off morning sickness!! Sausage and eggs and cheese, oh my!
post #12 of 19
Be sure to watch your iron, are they testing it regularly?
post #13 of 19
I was so tired during my twin pregnancy. The worst part for me was having nothing to compare it to, and wondering if it was really the twins, or if I was just "bad" at pregnancy, since I had seen so many other people working out through their pregnancies, and basically acting normal. It made things between my husband and I kind of tough, because he comes from a family that doesn't take physical discomfort very seriously (funny, because his dad and sister are both doctors...) and that has rubbed off on him somewhat.
post #14 of 19
I was so tired. And for a long time. Maybe 22 weeks? I would nap under my desk at work and have my assistant on lookout for me. I couldn't keep my eyes open. Then it got better. And then at 34 weeks, I stopped working -- and napped, A LOT.

I can clearly remember the last Sunday before the babies came, I laid on the couch all day, thinking "this may be the last day i do this for yeeeeeaaaarrrrssss".

Enjoy!
post #15 of 19
I remember most of my twin pregnancy from the level of the floor. I laid on a mat a good portion of the day while my toddlers ran around nuts. I had good protein and iron intake, I was just wiped out!
post #16 of 19
Definitely make sure your iron levels are good. I was EXHAUSTED during my pregnancy but when it got really, really, really bad I was at about a 9.0 and that accounted for the really severe stuff.
post #17 of 19
Ditto here. Hydration, protien and iron. I loved the supplement Floradix. It's a chloraphil based iron supplement which you can't over dose on (unlike regular iron pills) and it doesn't cause constipation. All my MW's reccomended it for healthy blood productiona nd b/c twin pregnancies carry greater odds of anemia.
post #18 of 19
I remember being tired from about 8 wks on. I'd come home from work and take a nap, maybe wake up and eat and then go back to bed until morning. I took a trip to Vegas at 16 wks and just never recovered. I was exhausted all. the. time. On my lunch break I would line three chairs up next to each other (later I would use a fourth for under my belly!) and lay my winter coat over them and take a 45 min nap after I ate and would still be tired when I woke up. Funny how I was miserable then, but I look back on it with such fondness now!
post #19 of 19
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Originally Posted by jkg View Post
Hi mamas! I've been lurking on this forum since I'm expecting twins in April. I was wondering...is it normal to be painfully exhausted, even by the 16th week, when expecting twins? I have two other children, ages 3 and 1, so I know that may have a lot to do with it. But in both singleton pregnancies, I was feeling much more energetic by this point in the pregnancy. I am so tired it actually hurts to do much more than make dinner.
Girl,

I'm going thorough the same and exactly thing you're going through. It is so difficult to clean, prepare myself for lunch or even looking for something to eat, and cooking dinner for my husband and daughter is a very difficult task! I also do have a very hard time taking my dog for a walk so he could pee everyday. There are few times that I skipped altogether and my dog ended up peeing-pooping in the house.. which is not what I'm so proud of!

Being pregnant this time around is no fun at all. My first pregnancy with my daughter wasn't that bad.
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