Kanika Chadda Gupta

Pregnancy

Soon to Be Party of Five!

It has caught us by surprise that after our twins, I am now expecting baby #3. A lot of friends have warned, advised, and damn-near scared me about what it’s like having three kids under the age of two (the twins and our littlest one will be 18 months apart), but my husband and I are bracing ourselves for the adventure that lies ahead. 

Here are a few checklist items we got started on since we found out the good news:

Organizing our Hand-Me-Downs. Since we have boy-girl twins, we already have every single piece of clothing (blue or pink) along with toys and essentials for each milestone from newborn on up. Whew! I organized the twins’ clothes in separate bins (I love these Container Store Long Underbed boxes), which I labeled (0-3 months, 3-6 months, etc.). Easily being able to find what we need will be super handy when our baby arrives.

Be Prepared for Anything. Since this isn’t my first rodeo, it’ll be interesting to see the nuances of this baby’s needs vs. our twins how our twins were at that age (e.g. will the child take to a pacifier or not? Will he/she sleep through the night? Will he/she take to breastfeeding?) I am prepared for anything. Our twins are already so different, whether they’re gravitating to various toys (Suhana loves books, Krish likes playing with his toy basketball and soccer ball) or soothing mechanisms (Suhana likes to be held with her hair stroked and Krishie prefers his pacifier and falling asleep being rocked in the glider), so we know baby #3 is going to come with his/her own personality and preferences.

Go On a Couple’s Getaway. We aren’t doing a babymoon since we don’t want to the leave the kids for too long, so my husband and I are doing a mini spa retreat over a weekend. I can’t wait to relax, indulge in prenatal massages, and relish our adult conversation which won’t be centered around questions like, “did you remember to order the size 5 overnight diapers for next month?”

Book a Family Vacation. We are booking our very first beach vacation this summer prior to the baby’s arrival. Our twins were only 6-months-old last summer and weren’t quite sitting up so we avoided taking them to the beach. (Can you just picture them doing tummy time in the sand. No thanks!) So this year, I am very excited to be taking them on this trip where they’ll to explore unchartered waters (literally!) and we enjoy quality time as a family. 

If you all have any tips on what else to do prior to baby #3 arriving, please leave them in the comments below. Any advice is welcome! Thank you for you good wishes!

Will I Ever Get a Good Night’s Sleep?

 

You are tossing and turning and hate that you can’t sleep on your stomach anymore. You undoubtedly wake up 5 times a night to pee. You have probably even contemplated dragging your air mattress into the bathroom. I’ve been there. It gets better. And as everyone says, your broken sleep pattern during pregnancy prepares you for the sleepless nights to come when your baby (or babies!) arrive.

Since I was giving birth to twins, my bump grew fast. However, I wasn’t as uncomfortable as friends suspected. I didn’t get swollen feet. I didn’t experience morning sickness. I wasn’t nauseous. (Okay, I’ll stop rubbing it in.) My point is that discomfort isn’t inevitable. I made sure to continue working (paying close attention to my posture while sitting at my desk), went to the gym three times a week, and took naps when I could. My work outs actually made it easier to fall asleep since I was so tired by the end of the day. When I slept, I put a small wedge pillow under my belly and a regular pillow in between my knees. I had spurts of restful slumber, which happened to be in the early mornings from 5:00 am onward, and the most vivid dreams. They were surreal. Find what works for you whether it’s a full-body pillow or smaller pillows scattered throughout the bed.

Above all, keep a positive attitude and you’ll breeze through each week. You are creating a human life (or multiple lives) inside you – organs are forming, tiny little limbs, the works! So allow yourself to rest whenever you feel tired and stay hydrated. It works wonders.

Just Breathe

 

How many weeks pregnant are you? Whether you just found out the big news (after peeing on every single brand of pregnancy test out there. Yes, that smiley face is looking back at YOU!) or if you’re in your third trimester and are ready to pop, please take a second to BREATHE.

I’ve suffered from asthma ever since I was nine years old, and when I became pregnant with twins, breathing got so. much. harder. Instead of overdosing on my Ventolin inhaler, I met with my physical therapist who taught me breathing exercises to strengthen my lungs. I ended up having a c-section so never did experience the “hee hee hoo” of labor, but this regular practice will be useful when push comes to shove. Literally.

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