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post #21 of 59
here's mine @ 24w3d - excuse the sweats, i'm on bed rest

i'm in my 26th week now and need to take a new one, it has definitely grown!!!
post #22 of 59
Hang in there mamas!!! For most people, the second trimester gets better
My first trimester was spent parked on the couch reading the Harry Potter series (for the first time!). I had NO energy, but I got a lot more in the second trimester. Everyone is different, but I would get as much "done" in the second trimester as you can (while taking it easy). If you think you're big now....... And yes, please, let's have some more BELLY SHOTS!!!! You mamas who have posted yours are Beautiful!!! I especially loved seeing Suzy Q's, then scrolling down to the singleton pregnancy to see what a difference! I will NEVER think a full-term singleton mama has a big belly ever again!
post #23 of 59
When my hubby comes home from his meeting today.. I'll ask him to attach the scanner/printer to our laptop so I could scan and post the 3 ultrasound pictures and also a picture of my belly.
post #24 of 59
god this thread is making me so happy that my twin pregnancy is but a distant memory...

I vaguely recall the following: sheer EXHAUSTION, morning sickness 24/7, and crazy emotions. It did get better in the second tri, but by the third tri I was miserable and felt like there was no room left in my body.

And I "only" went to 34w. There are plenty of mamas on here who went to 38, 39, even past 40 weeks!
post #25 of 59
Guess I will be joining you all! : We found out at our dating u/s Monday that we are having DZ twins. We didn't use fertility treatments. I am now 9w5d, and it turned out to be such a huge shock. I had suspected from the early onset of my m/s and a very dark 10dpo HPT that we may have twins. However at my first appt (5w2d), she told us that we only had one pg. You can imagine our shock. And now, I am somewhat petrified. My OB is supportive of vaginal birth but not optimistic, and my plan of a natural birth seems to be flying out the window. I am still trying to wrap my head around the prospect of having two babies. My 5yo DD is absolutely thrilled, and we have a great family support system. I look forward to sharing this amazing journey with you all.

Brandy
post #26 of 59
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Guess I will be joining you all! : We found out at our dating u/s Monday that we are having DZ twins. We didn't use fertility treatments.
Brandy
Congrats! Just FYI, though, there's no way to know for sure at this point that your twins are DZ.

Lex
post #27 of 59
Congrats, Emptytank!
post #28 of 59
Welcome, emptytank, and here's to next year's FULLtank.
It will take some time to have that news sink in. I laughed, I cried, I told everyone, I cried some more, I got excited..... and I did this litany over and over..... WELCOME!!!
post #29 of 59
Hi mamas,

I am expecting twins in June. 15 weeks with fraternal.We are thrilled. Our twins are our ivf babies due to unexplained secondary infertility. The first trimester was scary. Nausea, constipation, fatigue. As you all know. Now I feel great. I am cooking and cleaning eating. YAY.. The twins will have an older sister Kaelen. She will be 11 by the time they are here. They will also have an older brother Drew 9 with Asperger's syndrome. We are exploring our options as far as birthing plans go. I would like a hb but will probably end up in the operating room.. Our anatomy scan is Jan 8th.. I am counting down the days.
post #30 of 59
KJ: Also ivf babies here. Our anatomy scan is January 5. I can't wait!
post #31 of 59
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Congrats! Just FYI, though, there's no way to know for sure at this point that your twins are DZ.

Lex
I think I'm confused then. I thought you could tell if twins were MZ or DZ, but not necessarily if they are fraternal or identical if they are DZ.

Doesn't DZ just mean there are two placentas? I know identical twins can have two placentas sometimes, so you could have identical DZ twins and identical MZ twins, but fraternal twins are always DZ (barring major medical conditions)...

And it's possible that those two paragraphs made absolutely no sense. I tried though.
post #32 of 59
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I think I'm confused then. I thought you could tell if twins were MZ or DZ, but not necessarily if they are fraternal or identical if they are DZ.

Doesn't DZ just mean there are two placentas? I know identical twins can have two placentas sometimes, so you could have identical DZ twins and identical MZ twins, but fraternal twins are always DZ (barring major medical conditions)...

And it's possible that those two paragraphs made absolutely no sense. I tried though.
"DZ" is shorthand for "dizygotic" which is the more scientific word for "fraternal," meaning "two zygotes." MZ=Monozygotic ("identical"), and means "one zygote." Dizygotic twins will always have two placentas (though they can fuse together and look like one placenta on u/s), and Monozygotic twins can have one OR two placentas, depending on when the zygote splits.

HTH!

Lex
post #33 of 59
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KJ: Also ivf babies here. Our anatomy scan is January 5. I can't wait!
Great!!! Good luck. I can't wait to hear all about the little ones.
post #34 of 59
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Originally Posted by lexbeach View Post
"DZ" is shorthand for "dizygotic" which is the more scientific word for "fraternal," meaning "two zygotes." MZ=Monozygotic ("identical"), and means "one zygote." Dizygotic twins will always have two placentas (though they can fuse together and look like one placenta on u/s), and Monozygotic twins can have one OR two placentas, depending on when the zygote splits.

HTH!

Lex

That makes sense. Thanks for clarifying!
post #35 of 59
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Originally Posted by lexbeach View Post
"DZ" is shorthand for "dizygotic" which is the more scientific word for "fraternal," meaning "two zygotes." MZ=Monozygotic ("identical"), and means "one zygote." Dizygotic twins will always have two placentas (though they can fuse together and look like one placenta on u/s), and Monozygotic twins can have one OR two placentas, depending on when the zygote splits.

HTH!

Lex
Wow! My OB told us they were fraternal, but MZ could make sense too. She only saw one pg at our 5 wk ultrasound, but she didn't really look around alot either. When will we know for sure? I am still very new to this whole idea of twins.

Thanks for the welcome ladies, and KJRSMR thank you so much for the hope that you've given me. I haven't done anything but eat, heave, and sleep for weeks now, and I was afraid I was seeing my life flash before my eyes. I have never felt so drained in all my life.

Brandy
post #36 of 59
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Originally Posted by emptytank2000 View Post
Wow! My OB told us they were fraternal, but MZ could make sense too. She only saw one pg at our 5 wk ultrasound, but she didn't really look around alot either. When will we know for sure? I am still very new to this whole idea of twins.

Thanks for the welcome ladies, and KJRSMR thank you so much for the hope that you've given me. I haven't done anything but eat, heave, and sleep for weeks now, and I was afraid I was seeing my life flash before my eyes. I have never felt so drained in all my life.

Brandy
Hang in there mama. The best is yet to come
post #37 of 59
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Originally Posted by emptytank2000 View Post
Wow! My OB told us they were fraternal, but MZ could make sense too. She only saw one pg at our 5 wk ultrasound, but she didn't really look around alot either. When will we know for sure? I am still very new to this whole idea of twins.

Brandy
If you find out the sexes, and the babies are b/g, then you can pretty safely assume that they are DZ (I think there are very rare cases of b/g MZ twins, I don't really understand the science of it). Otherwise, you won't know until the babies are born. If they have different blood types (as my twins do), then you'll have your answer immediately. Or if they look strikingly different (as my twins do), you can also probably assume that they are DZ. But many mamas don't know for sure one way or the other until they do genetic testing on their twins to find out. MZ twins don't always look exactly alike, especially when there is a weight difference, and mamas can often tell their own babies apart easily, making them doubt a MZ status.

When we found out our twins were b/b, the doctor told us that there was a 33% chance that they were MZ. I always suspected that they would be DZ, though, since we used clomid to conceive them.

Lex
post #38 of 59
congrats to the newly pregnant mamas! :

lex - i just noticed in your sig too that lena is pg. congrats! :
post #39 of 59
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Originally Posted by lexbeach View Post
(I think there are very rare cases of b/g MZ twins, I don't really understand the science of it). Otherwise, you won't know until the babies are born. If they have different blood types (as my twins do), then you'll have your answer immediately. Or if they look strikingly different (as my twins do), you can also probably assume that they are DZ. But many mamas don't know for sure one way or the other until they do genetic testing on their twins to find out. MZ twins don't always look exactly alike, especially when there is a weight difference, and mamas can often tell their own babies apart easily, making them doubt a MZ status.
I believe the boy/girl MZ twins happen when you have a male zygote, but when it splits, one of the babies loses his Y chromosome, resulting in a baby with only one X and no Y, making it a girl with Turner's Syndrome (female, but sterile, with a few other health issues). It's very, very rare.

I'd agree that MZ twins can look different because of weight. Also because of face shape - they lie differently in the uterus sometimes, which can affect skull shape. And, well, they're two different people. I find mine look more and more different the older they get, the more themselves they become, if that makes sense.
post #40 of 59
I'm 13 weeks pregnant with triplets, due June 23. I have two daughters, ages 10 and 8.

I feel that I'm doing pretty well. The nauseua has lessed significantly in the past two weeks. Some trouble with keeping to a normal sleep pattern. I do best if I nap during the day, but am not able to sleep through the night. Just following what my body is telling me, hoping that it will give my babies the best.

Birthplans - was planning a natural birth and midwife before I found out I was having triplets. Now I have MFM and may end up with C-section.

Adina
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