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post #41 of 82
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we don't get anything like this monitoring as standard in the uk. i was offered steroids about 10 or 15 minutes before the births i knew it was imminent, so declined. maybe next time they'd give me the shot earlier, but who knows!!
How odd...my OB said that the most recent research has shown that steroid shots don't actually do much after week 34. He said at this point he doesn't see a reason to give me any, but that if I DID suddenly go into labor, there is a very small window to give them to me anyway (about 2 weeks then I guess).

And yes, it is kinda funny cause the OB and the nurse keep telling me how they can't believe how good I'm doing (other than the terrible discomfort lol). But as far as my good blood pressure and my cervix still so long and the weight of the babies being so good. They are like..."well, some people are just really good at growing babies, I guess that's why you are getting two cause you are growing them really well, no problem". As hard as it is sometimes, I have a feeling I'm going to "miss" being pregnant. I did with my daughter. So I guess I just better enjoy what I can (even though I'm getting beat up in my belly constantly!)
post #42 of 82
I know this is probably a silly question, but what do early contractions feel like? ...not labor contractions necessarily, but the type you are talking about.
post #43 of 82
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Well to be honest...mine feel like labor contractions now, not the really "painful" ones, but the ones at the beginning of labor where they are really strong all over the entire belly and I have to remind myself to breath etc. But a while ago they were more like tightening just at the bottom of my abdomen rather than all over, if that makes sense. And they weren't as strong back then. But seriously, now they feel just like when I first got induced with pitocin with my daughter.
post #44 of 82
Thanks, Mom_of_Steele. So you would definitely know if you were having contractions, right? Just the other day someone implied that I am most likely having contractions, even if I can't feel them. She said that your belly gets hard. The thing is that my belly always feels hard, so unless I'm having the longest contraction on record, I don't think I've been having them yet.
post #45 of 82
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Well, I have heard the thing about "having contractions and not being able to 'feel' them yet". I can't really remember the medical terminology as to why. It has something to do with the cervix or something...of course I wasn't really listening to the nurse much cause it was one of my "not so convenient" trips to L & D. And I was like "honey, I've been feeling them for months" Your belly is probably just hard because of being pregnant, some people have a tighter belly than others, but believe me...you will know when you are actually feeling a contraction!
post #46 of 82
I can definitely feel Baby A playing the drums on my cervix, so I think things are pretty sensitive in that area. Thanks for the reassurance :-). It's so nice to connect with people who can relate to the twin pregnancy experience.
post #47 of 82
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I know this is probably a silly question, but what do early contractions feel like? ...not labor contractions necessarily, but the type you are talking about.
In retrospect, my early contractions (which were preterm labor) felt like baby movement. Not like kicking, but like they were tumbling, or trading places. It wasn't until one night when they suddenly became regular that I realized they were contractions.
post #48 of 82
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In retrospect, my early contractions (which were preterm labor) felt like baby movement. Not like kicking, but like they were tumbling, or trading places. It wasn't until one night when they suddenly became regular that I realized they were contractions.
My pre term labor started really painfully- shooting labor pains really low- just like terrible menstrual cramps. When I went back into labor 12 days later (when I actually gave birth), I had the same type of contractions. I never experienced Braxton Hicks or whole-belly-tightening-and-releasing contractions the whole time I was pregnant.
post #49 of 82
How are things going mom_of_steele? I was thinking about you this week. Lo and behold those contractions crept up on me over the weekend. An experienced twin mama told me to drink lots (1 gal/day) of water and suggested I take a bath every evening with epsom salts. It seems to keep them down to a handful every evening. I don't know if it would help you, but it's worth a try.
post #50 of 82
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How are things going mom_of_steele? I was thinking about you this week. Lo and behold those contractions crept up on me over the weekend. An experienced twin mama told me to drink lots (1 gal/day) of water and suggested I take a bath every evening with epsom salts. It seems to keep them down to a handful every evening. I don't know if it would help you, but it's worth a try.
Geez...I'm so big and heavy right now that getting out of the bath would be a major ordeal for me right now, ! Well, my doctor still has me on the Nifedipine for the next two and a half weeks or so, then I'll just be on my own to deal with the contractions. I still get them...and some of them are strong enough that I have to kind of "brace" myself and "breath" through it, but the contractions are more like ten minutes apart instead of three minutes apart. And the strong ones are fewer and farther between. At my appointment the other day, I was about 50% effaced, but not dilated at all and had a cervix length of about 2.7cm long (closed). Both babies are head down, and baby A is WAY down so they say he will more than likely stay there, which would be good. So...other than the carpal tunnel in my left wrist/hand, the extreme pubic bone pain, the nausea, heartburn, lack of sleep, headaches, contractions, not being able to fit any clothes, etc...things are pretty good. Probably good for another week. Oh...and I TRY very hard to drink lots of water, however I get SO tired of already having to pee like a race horse every 2 minutes! It is so tiresome ya know?
post #51 of 82
Yeah, I definitely have moments when I wonder if I'll have to call for someone to help lift me out of that little tub... thing is, I outweigh everyone in the house now! Maybe I should think about putting in a lift or pulley system... Preggo Mama's Pulley Deluxe. It could be set up to help you get out of everything from the bath to the bed...

It sounds like you are doing well--pesky numbness, pain, nausea, etc. aside. I've been struggling to control pubic bone pain and carpal tunnel for weeks. Are these just standard for most pregnancies or do they seem to show up more with multiples? When it gets really bad I think, "I can't do this for another two months!" But then things improve and I tell myself it's really not so bad. And it isn't, considering these two little miracles I'm growing! Keep up the good growing, Mom!
post #52 of 82
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Are these just standard for most pregnancies or do they seem to show up more with multiples? When it gets really bad I think, "I can't do this for another two months!" But then things improve and I tell myself it's really not so bad. And it isn't, considering these two little miracles I'm growing! Keep up the good growing, Mom!
Well...I never had either of those things with my first pregnancy so I assumed it was a multiples thing, but I have had people tell me that their subsequent pregnancies had a lot more pelvic bone pressure/pain etc. So, I figure it's probably a combination of this being my second pregnancy AND it being multiples (especially since baby is is so low sitting right on my bone). The carpal tunnel thing I guess some people have when they are pregnant...my doctor said he has one lady that knows when her hand is numb, to take a pregnancy test lol. And some people will just get it in the third trimester...

The long and the short of it is...I'd say that pretty much ANY and ALL symptoms of pregnancy no matter how rare or odd...seem to happen more with the multiple pregnancy. And yes, some days are better than others...and if I think about it, my fears of how I would look and feel at this point are not as bad as it really is. I mean...it's do-able.
post #53 of 82
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Well...34 weeks 2 days and NO dilation at all (which is good for now I suppose) but now I am wondering if they will ever come out, lol. I really don't want to be induced. What is your opinions about how the doctors say that 38 weeks for twins is like 42 weeks for a singleton and how the placenta's can start to die after 38 weeks for twins? Is there anything wrong with hoping I go into labor by 37 weeks?
post #54 of 82
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Well...34 weeks 2 days and NO dilation at all (which is good for now I suppose) but now I am wondering if they will ever come out, lol. I really don't want to be induced. What is your opinions about how the doctors say that 38 weeks for twins is like 42 weeks for a singleton and how the placenta's can start to die after 38 weeks for twins? Is there anything wrong with hoping I go into labor by 37 weeks?
Well, my dr says I can go to 42 weeks with the twins. In fact, he still considers 37 weeks the bare minimum for term. : Secretly, I am hoping to go at 38-39 weeks, but as long as the babes are fine in there, I'll try and keep trucking along.
post #55 of 82
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Okay, I am 35 weeks today. The doctor says I am dilated to a "2" and am 75% effaced. He thinks I will be having them this weekend...but is hoping for monday since I will be 36 weeks at that point. Since this is my second pregnancy and I went in to be induced at a tight "1" at 42 weeks...I don't know how fast I can or will go from being a "2". Do you guys think that since I am at 2, I will likely have them this week? Or could I be at 2 for a few weeks?
post #56 of 82
You could def be a 2 for weeks. When I went to my peri after I went into pre term labor, they told me that they had seen women who had shorter cervixes make it for weeks. They were on bed rest. Take it easy and try to bake these babies for as long as possible.
To answer your earlier question, I don't think term is different for twins than it is for singletons. I think it's the same. Same kind of baby, just 2 of them, yk?
post #57 of 82
My twins were born at 39 weeks with big HEALTHY placentas!

And I was 3cm and 50% for about a week before I had them. Dilation is NOT a good indicator of when labor will happen. You could start labor tonight or still be hanging in here at 41 weeks.
post #58 of 82
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Oh man, don't tell me that lol. 41 weeks? I think I will die by then
post #59 of 82
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Oh man, don't tell me that lol. 41 weeks? I think I will die by then


Awww, chances are pretty slim. I think I only know of three twin Mamas who went that far. Just wanted to point out that dilation means very little on "when" you'll go into actual labor and it's TOTALLY normal to carry twins to 40 weeks even though we're told otherwise by the powers that be. You won't die, but you'll sure be sick of it by then.
post #60 of 82
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You could def be a 2 for weeks. When I went to my peri after I went into pre term labor, they told me that they had seen women who had shorter cervixes make it for weeks. They were on bed rest. Take it easy and try to bake these babies for as long as possible.
To answer your earlier question, I don't think term is different for twins than it is for singletons. I think it's the same. Same kind of baby, just 2 of them, yk?
nah, 'term' for twins is closer to 38 weeks. Twins actually develop faster than singletons and the placenta start to break down faster.
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