Published on January 26, 2016

Wendt Worries

This pregnancy, I worry…a lot. I have worried since the day I found out I was pregnant. I didn’t with Tessa. I am sure I was so excited for my first pregnancy that I just went with the flow. Not this time. I worry.

What is there to worry about? I could write a book. Let’s start from the beginning.

Expenses

Double the diapers, baby food, clothing expenses, and car seats. Car seats…will they all fit in my car? Going from one to three kids in daycare. Four girls to pay for prom, college, weddings, etc. Some of these expenses are obviously more immediate than others. Ryan told me from day one, “We’ll be fine, we’ll make it work!” And we will. Just like we always have.

Tessa

Tessa in her big girl bed.

Tessa in her new big-girl bed.

Many changes are coming Tessa’s way. I worry that she’s going to get lost in the shuffle, especially with twins on the way. I worry she’ll resent moving into a smaller bedroom since the twins will need more space. I worry that she will think her older sister, Taylor, is giving the babies more attention. I worry we’ll all give the babies more attention than Tessa. I worry that Tessa will be sad. But Tessa amazes me. She is almost moved into her new big girl room. She tells me daily, ‘Mommy, I ‘wuv’ my new room!” She will give me a hug and say that was for the babies. She’ll ask, “When the babies come, can I hold them?” We’ve discussed needing to make sure we make one-on-one time with Tessa. Tessa will amaze me again and be a wonderful (and likely a little bossy) big sister.

Baby health issues

I was reminded at the beginning of the pregnancy that I’m older. I will be 38 when the babies arrive. This means health risks for everything. I worried until the results came back that there were not any genetic disorders. I don’t even know why! Neither of us have family history of any disorders. If something came back as high risk, we wouldn’t do anything different. I asked everyone if they did the testing. I did the testing with Tessa, and we had a false positive due to the time the test was run during the pregnancy. This probably aided in my worry. However, all is well, and I truly do not believe I’m ‘old’ to be having a baby.

My health issues

Gestational Diabetes (GD as I call it) is a complicated condition to control. No one wants it. And those with it don’t understand it 100% of the time. You can do everything by the book and still get a high blood sugar reading. Besides watching what you eat, you have to check your blood sugar and ketone levels, eat the right amount of carbs and protein, and possibly give yourself insulin. So far, I’m managing well. I have found it’s more common than I thought. People have responded to my journey with their own experiences with Gestational Diabetes. I meet with a Diabetes Educator once a month, and I find the support I have received is amazing. I also worry about getting high blood pressure. I have only gained three pounds so far, and am almost 27 weeks along. The babies are growing very well, therefore I’m hoping to maintain a low weight gain. I drink a lot of water, exercise, and make sure I rest. I just do not want to be put on bedrest and use that time off prior to the babies arriving. Wish me luck!

Baby movement

I would hear people say they could feel their baby early in their pregnancy, or that their significant other could feel them move. I was about 20 weeks when I asked the ultrasound tech, “Are they moving?” She assured me it was normal to not feel them yet, and that they were moving. I also thought I knew exactly where each baby was growing. Last week, I began worrying I couldn’t feel Baby B. move. The more I agonized on it, the less I felt movement. It was like watching a pot. It will never boil. She does in fact move. I think she was the one trying to kick me up my ribs this weekend.

I’m sure I’ve missed a few things I’ve worried about. I know most moms can relate, whether they’re having one baby or multiple babies. The worrying doesn’t stop once they’re born, either. This is only the beginning. I’m sure I’ll have grey hair before the end of this pregnancy!

About the Author

Mindy WendtMindy Wendt is a mom of twin girls who were born in April 2016! She and her husband Ryan also have two daughters, Taylor (15) and Tessa (4).

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