I recently read that Giselle Bundchen, a Brazilian supermodel, gained 30 pounds while pregnant with Tom Brady's baby. I too ONLY gain 30 pounds during pregnancy so why is it I'm not ready to strut down the Victoria's Secret runway 6 weeks after giving birth? Oh right, there's a 10" height difference and my babies force me to eat Thin Mints (frozen and by the tube), mini-eggs, cold cereal, chocolate-covered peanuts and other naughty carbs in massive amounts.
Despite the food fest, Trisomy 18 babies, even when born full-term and incubated in a pre-owned uterus, usually only weigh 4-5 pounds. Apparently, due to a brain that's not fully developed, a growth retardation occurs around 7 months.
This difference is noticeable. My tummy popped about 6 weeks ago and hasn't grown much since. My weight has increased by only 1 pound in the same time period. Allegra's movements only feel like swishes as opposed to the stretching and poking a bigger baby would do. And strangely, this baby doesn't give off the heat like my others did.
This time I may just gain less than Giselle's 30. So lucky.