Three become five

Angie Charnock, who is expecting twins. With her huband Neil and son Finley.

Angie Charnock, who is expecting twins. With her huband Neil and son Finley.

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Angie Charnock, 36, lives in Buckshaw Village, near Chorley, is married to Neil, has a four-year-old son Finley and is expecting twins. This week Angie and Neil celebrated their anniversary and a trio of mums-to-be of twins compared notes and ate cake.

This week my husband and I celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary – our last anniversary as a family of three! We had a rare child-free night and thought we should really take advantage.

Unfortunately, being heavily pregnant and with nothing to wear, our celebrations were distinctly less adventurous than they used to be. We did however have a lovely time (as your relationship develops quality time together is what matters and not what you do).

We had what will likely be our last fancy evening meal out for a long time and thoroughly enjoyed it – despite my limited free stomach capacity!

This pregnancy has gone very smoothly so far and I’ve come to look forward to my fortnightly ultrasound scans.

Unfortunately this week we had a bit of a scare. Twin two has started to slow her growth and I was suddenly faced with the prospect of steroid injections and an earlier delivery. Despite the fact I’m looking forward to meeting my girls – and I feel like a swollen beached whale – this threw me into a panic.

I really want them to cook in my tummy a bit longer to reduce any future health issues and also so they spend as little time in hospital after birth as possible.

My consultant remained calm, booked an extra scan, and hopes this is just a blip in measurements. I have been reassured by her calmness but left quite paranoid about ‘little twinley’ and worry every time she’s a little quiet with her activity.

Pregnancy is so stressful. I need to relax and enjoy it as this will definitely be my last!

Through the Facebook group ‘North West Twins & Triplets’ I have had a lot of support and made friends.

This week I met two other equally heavily pregnant twin mummies for lunch and we must have been quite the sight to behold, waddling down the road and enjoying our cake.

It really does help to share our woes and experiences with people who fully understand.

Between the three of us we are expecting the three main types of twins: mono-mono (identical twins sharing one placenta and one sac), mono-di (identical twins sharing one placenta but with a membrane separating their sac – me) and di-di (non-identical twins with two placentas and two sacs).

Who knew twins could be so complicated?

I certainly never did before our twin journey began.