On Saturday February 16th, I didn’t sleep much at all. I was waking up every hour having to pee and feeling very hungry. I had eaten a fulfilling dinner at 8pm and went to bed at 10pm. I couldn’t understand why I still was waking up super hungry. By 6am I couldn’t take it anymore… I was awake for the day. I continued eating little snacks every few minutes, and would throw up about half of what I ate. I started researching reasons for having extreme hunger pangs and food cravings during pregnancy. To my surprise, the biggest reason…. was if you are carrying multiples.
Throughout the day, anxiety and emotions about my hunger only grew stronger. Why could I not feel satisfied? I was so hungry but I felt like I couldn’t eat enough to feel full. I also couldn’t eat too much of too fast or I would throw up. I was miserable and was driving my husband crazy. Throughout the day, I couldn’t help but wonder if I was having twins. From what I had researched and learned about pregnancy, it is common to feel hungry but is also common to feel extremely hungry when carrying twins. Even though twins don’t run in mine or my husband’s family, I still suspected. Since I am best friends with a set of twins, I decided to text their mom, Marci.
Marci was very helpful in answering my questions about pregnancy, carrying twins and morning sickness symptoms. She suggested I eat protein along with carbs so I can feel fuller longer. She also expressed her congratulations and said she would be praying for the three of us.
Later in the day, I had to work at the dining center from 5 – 9pm. I ate dinner right before my shift, and I hoped I would be able to make it without eating for four hours. I stayed busy throughout my shift until about 6:30…. then the hunger pangs began. As my shift dragged on, my cravings and hunger pangs only intensified. I was feeling hungrier and dizzier by the minute. By about 8pm I became very dizzy. All I could think about was food, and my body just felt so weak and lethargic. What was wrong with me? Was baby really that hungry? Should I have snuck snacks in my pocket? By 9pm I was done. I clocked out of my shift and found my husband who was also getting off work. When I saw him, I lost it. I sobbed and cried in his arms. “I’m so hungry!” I wailed. Charles sympathized and took me to McDonalds. This was not the healthiest option, but we didn’t have a lot of groceries at home, and all I really wanted was a high calorie double cheeseburger. I didn’t care if I threw it up. I just wanted it. I NEEDED IT. After going back home and eating my food I continued to cry. I don’t know why I was crying, I just felt sad. I felt frustrated and overwhelmed. The food made me feel better, but by the way things were going, I was bound to feel hungry again in a few hours. I ended up calling my mom and freaking her out too. Since I called her crying she feared the worst, that I lost the baby. No that wasn’t the case (that I knew of), I was just a hungry, overly emotional pregnant lady, who suspected she was carrying twins.
The next morning I was up by 6am again. I woke up every few hours throughout the night hungry and having to pee. I guess this was my new normal. I started keeping goldfish crackers and peanut butter near the bed so I didn’t have to get up (or wake Charles up) to get me a snack in the middle of the night. Later on in the morning before going to church, Marci texted me. She said she woke up in the middle of the night and I was on her mind. She said she felt led to pray for me and baby. Seeing that text made my day. I was feeling awful, and to know that someone cared and was praying for me meant a lot, I was still so confused by these symptoms. Eventually, I realized I shouldn’t fret over it and just try to manage my hunger and emotions as best I could.