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post #521 of 670

Its not that much earlier really. But I'm not sure why, from what I've read it has to do w the fact that their lungs have fully matured and some studies indicate 37wks to be the peak of development for twins. There's some evidence that twins born after 37wks have lower APGAR scores, birth weights, etc. 5.5 lbs is the average weight for a full term twin. I think NICU time is usually related to lung maturity (if oxygen is needed, etc) and their ability to feed on their own. It looks like how far past 37wks a twin mom is 'allowed' to go is often dependent on the OB. Some will really push to induce by 38wks if you aren't already showing signs of labor.

post #522 of 670

I'm not sure if I've shared yet or not, but here's one from today at 32 weeks :)


32 Weeks

post #523 of 670

OMG ithappened!!  That means you'll be having those babies VERY SOON!!!  Just a few short weeks!!!


Tizzy - love the silhouette!

post #524 of 670

Tizzy, I LOVE your photo!

post #525 of 670

Here's the view from the top at 33 weeks tomorrow.  My shirt doesn't really look that linty in real life, I swear.  :)



post #526 of 670
Lilytiger - I had the same issue when I was videoing the dramatic elbows/knees/feet flipping everywhere. Every little piece of lint showed up lol
post #527 of 670
Thread Starter 

NICU time is determined by how well they do after birth, basically.  Some ages are going to be a NICU stay no matter what (anything under 35 weeks), but after you hit that 35 week mark it's more up to the baby.  I have seem 35 weekers go to full term nursery, and I have seen 38 weekers come to NICU.  It has nothing to do with weight, either.  Big babies can do badly and small babies can be fine.  If you get to 36 weeks you're probably in the clear.  At 37 weeks you almost certainly are.  You haven't mentioned any underlying health problems, so I'm guessing your babies are healthy and growing well in there, so they should come out at term and go right home with you.

post #528 of 670

I think with twins Feral at least here- they like to hang the NICU thing over you to make you aware of it but also to pressure you into things- at least it feels that way, esp at a 'learning hospital' which is so heavily attached to the medical school here.. its really unsettling at times

post #529 of 670
Thread Starter 

Yeah. they do that here too.  Which is why I'm not delivering at the hospital I work for, but at the one in the system that the NICU nurses consider the "bad and dangerous" hospital.  It has the lowest c/s rate in the state, doesn't even have an official NICU, and is staffed entirely by midwives.

post #530 of 670

yeah that sounds like the hospital I have birth to DS1 in.. I loved it.. Im really sad to not be going back there..

post #531 of 670

35/36w with fraternal twins


I just woke up, sorry for the look on my face but I'm always forgetting to take these so I thought I would while I still remembered.. I think Im about 36w today. . crazy !

post #532 of 670

Here I am at 8 weeks and 30 weeks.  I can no longer see my toes when looking straight down.



post #533 of 670

Here's me at 33.5 weeks.  Getting big.

(Ugh, I totally can't figure out how to flip this.  I hate technology.)




post #534 of 670

I haven't commented on here in a while, but I just wanted to say that you all look so great!

post #535 of 670

I think this may be one of the few pictures of me I didn't take. 30w3d


I think this may be one of the only pictures of me I didn't take. 30w3d...

post #536 of 670

RedTree - I absolutely love your green shirt :)

post #537 of 670

ah I love seeing pregnant women in exercise gear going out for a workout!

post #538 of 670

Okay, I put together me from 15-30 weeks. For some reason, 30 weeks pic (which is now) is kinda screwy looking... butttt hey. Andddd let's ignore my hair today. Hot mess. Lol.


post #539 of 670

I was just about to say I LOVE your tank today and your hair orngbiggrin.gif


Everyone is looking so healthy and beautiful.. what a good looking DDC I have treehugger.gif

post #540 of 670

Oh, well thanks! Lol. I didn't do my hair today (um, wayyyyyyyyyyy too hot!! Lol) so it feels like a hot mess to me cause it's supa straight. But FYI, if anyone likes that tank (and I've probably said this alreayd, but I really like them!)... I have them in like 900 colors, and I absolutely LOVE them all. So comfy cause of the ruching on the side. They're at Old Navy and they're inexpensive!




All you ladies seriously look so awesome! It's amazing to me to see the difference in everyone's bodies. Crazy!


Ithappened: I think we look almost the same belly size, but you have 2 sweet little babies in there... amazing!

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