Sophie Guidolin twin pregnancy photo wearing a black dress and holding a sunflower

Pregnancy blog #4! 23 weeks in!

Ahhh… what a crazy couple of weeks it has been! In pregnancy terms, a week is like a month! Haha Everyday that I wake up, my stomach is bigger than the night before! The girls kicks are getting super strong now, and I was even able to film twin A's kicks last night on video! (super cute that it isn't just me who gets to experience it!) This week we got all of our reports back from the morphology scan, had our meeting with our obstetrician and were able to get some more answers to a few things that we had been wanting to know. As I work long days on my feet in the gym, I have now been told I need to scale this back quite significantly as I am already having braxton hicks every night. At our next appointment I will get my cervix checked to make sure it is all okay! I am now taking an iron supplement to help with my shortness of breath and hoping desperately that it works, as at the moment I can't talk without puffing! haha My bump is still relatively small, and in the morning barely noticeable. However, with every week I am growing and the babies scan has indicated the babies are of normal to above average size so I am not really fazed. I have gained 5 kilos to date so far, 22 weeks in. This week we started organising some ideas for the nursery and started looking at cots we like! Now THIS is exciting! Rose gold & coral everything for these little princesses! I am aiming to get back into pilates next week, after a crazy couple of weeks at work, which saw my own fitness pushed aside. A question that I am getting asked lots about, is whether I plan on breastfeeding the twins. I have always been open and honest about my life and what I am going through, and this is no different- even if it is something I hold very closely to my heart. I am VERY pro breastfeeding and both of my sons were breastfed exclusively. However, since that time (7 & 8 years ago) I have had to have 2 full reconstructions, meaning my nipples were removed twice. This dramatically reduces the chance of successful breastfeeding, when the nipple is removed and then placed on a reconstructed breast, damage to the nerves, milk ducts, and breast tissue may limit your milk flow and diminish sensation in your nipples. Nerves are vital to breastfeeding because they trigger the release of prolactin and oxytocin, two hormones that affect milk production and letdown. So, with this I am seeing a lactation consultant to see my possibilities of breastfeeding so that I can prepare early on if we are unfortunately not able to. Please, know this is a decision that I am not making lightly, nor something that is in my control. Thanks for following my journey and I will update again soon!

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