I don't know how those of you pregnant with multiples do it. I really don't. You have my sincere admiration.
The aches and pains of pregnancy have really caught me by surprise. I expected to be uncomfortable, but I thought that didn't start until much closer to delivery. I wasn't really prepared for how weighty my stomach already feels, how my hip bones would feel as if they were rubbing against bone in their sockets, how my legs would cramp at night. I am not complaining, really, I am just worried about how much worse this is going to get.
Any discomfort is worth it for the health of this baby and I mean that with every fiber of my being. That being said, it is the fear that comes with the aches and pains that gets to me. Shooting pain when I roll over in bed at night - round ligament pain or the placenta detaching from the wall? Cramps in my legs - lack of potassium or a clot in my vein that will cut off blood supply to the baby? Yes, yes, I know. Normal aches and pains are part of a healthy pregnancy and I can't worry about every single one. And I don't. But the stronger, sharper pains do worry me, even when I reason with myself that they are normal, too.
As I told my husband last night, I can't imagine being pregnant with multiples, as I imagine those feelings would be even more intense. And I fear for the near future - if I can barely bend to tie my shoes now, what will I be like when I am near term? Oh, well, too late to worry about that now. Slip on shoes, here I come.