Thought you were going to see something perhaps? Sorry, no photographs to share or to show. Did not the photographs here shock you? They shocked me; they're still trying to resuscitate me, now.
I have been teeter-tottering on just how much information to share here, because I want to be real and I want to be helpful to moms or moms-to-be who are looking for details or sharing experiences.
I'm 38 weeks with twins today. I'm still pregnant; the babies are still camping out inside my body. Between Tuesday and yesterday, most if not all of my mucous plug came out; I'll try to spare you the long, stringy, sticky details. Nausea has come back strong, accompanying acid reflux, attempting to form a big bang of a most unwelcome party. To add to the party favors, my right side has been cramping strong, like a person who has been working too hard on a cardiovascular workout. And, when I stand too long, my lower extremities swell. I'm on the verge of having hemorrhoids. I shall attempt to spare you any more details. I have PUPPs, leaving me with extremely itchy skin all over my body. Can't walk for long periods of time; read the bit about standing too long. Need I say more?
Don't get me wrong, I am thankful I've been able to carry these twins this long without any complications or difficulties - without high blood pressure, without an incompetent cervix, without gestational diabetes, without preeclampsia, etc. I am thankful the babies have been growing well, amniotic fluid levels have been decent, etc. I am not overlooking any of that or neglecting to appreciate the significance of that.
I am just saying, if I'm keeping it real, I have crying moments, where I'm not feeling strong. But, babies, stay as long as you need. I'm praying the damage to my body isn't irreversible. And, I'm praying and hoping for a smooth, healthy, natural delivery of each of the twins.