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post #61 of 82
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Originally Posted by Zevy View Post
nah, 'term' for twins is closer to 38 weeks. Twins actually develop faster than singletons and the placenta start to break down faster.
We see this stated all the time here. Do you have some new research to back up this opinion or is this just something you were told? Again, my twins (and many here) were born well past 38 weeks with beautiful placentas and healthy babies.
post #62 of 82
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Originally Posted by Intertwined View Post
We see this stated all the time here. Do you have some new research to back up this opinion or is this just something you were told? Again, my twins (and many here) were born well past 38 weeks with beautiful placentas and healthy babies.
I agree. I asked my OB this past Monday about the placentas beginning to die at 38 weeks and he nearly laughed in my face. Where did this idea come from?
post #63 of 82
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Originally Posted by Zevy View Post
nah, 'term' for twins is closer to 38 weeks. Twins actually develop faster than singletons and the placenta start to break down faster.
I don't think so.
post #64 of 82
momofsteele, are you doing this weekend? Hanging in there? You must be so excited/ready!
post #65 of 82
Thread Starter 
Well...here is the update: I am dilated to 2.5 cm and 90% effaced. I lost 1 and a half pounds in a couple of days. My blood pressure was within okay ranges so they do not have to induce me for that so far. I asked my OB if I could just sit at a 2.5 for like 2 weeks or something and he said "yeah you could but I really don't think you will". So now I am getting really concerned because I REALLY don't want anyone else to deliver me and he is going out of town for 5 days starting this Thursday which is in 3 to 4 days! I don't know if I should try to do stuff to put myself into labor before he goes if I can...or just try to "keep my legs crossed" until he gets back and hope that I don't go into labor while he is gone. I will be 36 weeks on Monday and the babies weight "estimates" are right around 6 pounds. I don't know what to do! I don't want to be one of those people that asks to be induced with pitocin just because my doc is going out of town, but I'm kinda OCD and freaking out about the idea of another doctor that I have never met delivering my babies when I have built such a good relationship with my OB ya know?
post #66 of 82
I would rather have a doctor I don't know deliver my babies (and I speak from experience because I did have to do this, and it was a traumatic premature birth, too - having zero to do with the doctor and everything to do with my body and the babies) than be induced at 36 weeks. Some may consider that term for twins, but it's not. The babies will probably do OK, but they'll do better, be healthier, and nurse better in another few weeks. Hang in there and try and outlast your doctor's vacation.
post #67 of 82
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Originally Posted by OGirlieMama View Post
Hang in there and try and outlast your doctor's vacation.
from another preemie mama (one at 36 weeks and twins at 32 weeks) you got this far. DO NOT induce
post #68 of 82
If the induction fails (because that is VERY early--twins or not) are you going to be OK with a c-section birth? Some women are OK with that outcome and some are not OK with it. Early induction raises the chances of needing a c-section. I know a Mama who just tried to induce her babies at 38 weeks (for pre-e which was absolutely medically necessary) and it failed. She had to do a c-section after no progress for 24 hours. I also recently attended an induction at 39 weeks and again, FTP and c-section were needed after over 24 hours.

FWIW, I've seen OBs time and TIME again try to predict when a birth will happen and more times than not, they are wrong.

I'd also like to point out that unless your OB is really cool--he's going to come in and catch and then leave shortly after. You labor will be managed mostly by a nurse with a few visits from the resident on call or a laborist depending on your hospital. Your doctor will be called for decision making and then possibly come visit after office hours if you haven't delivered yet. It's what I see most often from hospital births.

This is the time when it's hardest to hunker down and wait it out. I wanted those babies OUT at 36 weeks til about 37 weeks. I was just. so. done. I had to wait until 39 weeks to meet my babies. I've VERY glad that I did because the weight on my Baby A was off by a whole pound. She was only 6 pound 6 ounces.
post #69 of 82
I agree with previous posters that the longer you wait, the better with twins. However, I also know what it's like emotionally these last few weeks when you just don't think you can possibly get bigger or more uncomfortable.

I also have had babies with someone other than my care provider and really, in the grand scheme of things, when you only see them for a total of 30 minutes to one hour, it just doesn't matter that much. {And I KNOW your care provider and appreciate how amazing he is!} It's mostly the nurses you deal with {which is a crap shoot of who you end up with} so it's important to have someone there to advocate for the kind of birth you want whether it's a doula, friend, sister, etc., preferably someone who is not as emotionally involved as say, a husband.

You are doing amazingly well and have overcome many obstacles to make it this far. You're going to thank your body later for carrying these babies to term when you get to bring home big, good nursers from the hospital.
post #70 of 82
You have my vote for waiting to go into labor naturally. It's too early to think of it, IMHO. I had preemies, too, and I really think that every single day counts towards the health of your babies. Hang in there, mama! You're doing a wonderful job!
post #71 of 82
Thread Starter 
So...for those of you who have been following my thread, here is the update:

THE BOYS ARE HERE!

Last Tuesday night (the 20th) I went into labor and started having REAL labor contractions (at 37 and 1). I was at 3.5 centimeters and basically 100% effaced when I left the office. Contractions continued all night consistently every 7 to 8 minutes. By morning I decided I should start getting ready to go to the hospital at least to be checked and see where I was at. As the contractions got WAY stronger and closer together and I was having small gushes of fluid...I decided it was probably gonna be sooner than I thought. Long story short I "stalled" getting into the hospital, and by the time I got there, I was a 6 almost 7. So, they put me in a room where I hung out for the next 3 1/2 hours before it was time to start pushing. Baby A: Malakai Elijah was born at 6:09 pm weighing 6 lbs. 15 oz. and was 19" long. Once he came out, Baby B's water broke on its own and he decided to flip transverse (when he was head down in perfect position). Well...it took about 5 minutes, but the doctor was able to grab a leg and pull him out breech so we didn't have to do an emergency C-Section. The nurses at my "not so natural" hospital were all amazed and were asking him questions afterwards. I guess every other doctor would have just gone straight for a section. Of course, pretty much every nurse on my way into the hospital and throughout my stay was shocked when they found out I was planning a vaginal delivery when it was twins. I was like...are you kidding me? What, just cause I have two babies instead of one?! Anyway...Baby B: McKade Parker was born 7 minutes later at 6:16 pm weighing 5lbs 14 oz. and was 18.5" long. Both beautiful healthy babies! I could not have asked for a better doctor or birthing experience. It went just as I had hoped (especially in comparison to my first).

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_JvvDJQlCP0.../babys%2B1.jpg

And thank you everyone for all your support along the way. For those of you who are still pregnant...just so you know, I am sad that I'm not pregnant anymore. Now that I am not in the constant pregnancy pain...I realize what a special blessing it was to carry those little babies; and every time I look at my pregnancy pics now, I kinda miss it. Hang in there girls!
post #72 of 82
YAY!!! Congrats to you and welcome to the little boys!

ETA: And so adorable!!!
post #73 of 82
congrats on the boys hun.
post #74 of 82
Cutest babies ever! Wow! Congratulations, mama! You did it!
post #75 of 82
Aww, so cute!! Congrats!

Just think, if you'd been induced, your little guy would've been so tiny! I'm glad you waited and I'm sure you are too. If I'd seen this post before, I'd have shared this: I sat at 8cm's for days and days, dilation is defintely not indicative of labor for me!
post #76 of 82
Congrats on your beautiful boys.
post #77 of 82
They look so good! Congrats mom_of_steele!
post #78 of 82
You did it!!!!!!

Congratulations on the birth of your BEAUTIFUL baby boys!!!!
post #79 of 82
Congratulations on a wonderful birth!

Enjoy your two new little ones. I adore the spiky newborn hair!!
post #80 of 82
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone! They are so cute and so much fun (although very difficult to keep up with the nursing and diapering AND get sleep) I love them!
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