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post #21 of 30
Originally Posted by ithappened View Post




how much help would you say? for example daily, a few times a week, full time?

it seems like the hardest part of the day is dinner time.  if someone could come by at least 3/4 times a week, preferably every afternoon, fix dinner, do a couple loads of laundry, tame the dish monster, then you'd be doing well.

post #22 of 30

i used (and still have) the my breast friend pillow...it was like a table top for the babies and i could football either one of them and have full use of my hands to read, browse on my iphone, take pictures, etc...it was kind of a hassle to get in and out of it...like i felt trapped underneath it once it was on...and i found i didnt use it in the middle of the night because of that...i just stacked one baby on my top breast and side nursed the other...but since you spend so much time nursing early on...just make sure you have lots of necessities w/in reach...

post #23 of 30


I love all the questions! Twins are challenging, though it's true that they're absolutely double the joy as well. You're in for a wonderful experience.


1. I ended up induced after carrying to term, and the induction brought on a very slow labour. This isn't the typical labour scene for someone who goes into it naturally. In hindsight, I would have argued the induction, and I'd never advise it to others- though at the time I was a very big, very pregnant lady and the summer was hot...


2. This was my first pregnancy, and I'm not proud to say it, but I threw on a whopping 75 lbs! I was a little tubby in the end, babes were an awesome size- both a healthy 6lbs 9oz at birth.


3. I can only dispense advice I've been given: with multiples technically you're more "at risk" for pre-term labour at any time. With that said, I had bags packed out of fear at 28 weeks, and the babes didn't come until my induction 10 weeks later. Lay low- if you have any contracting/unusual cramping, lay on your side and take it even more easy!


4. I didn't purchase a maternity belt.


5. I nearly exclusively tandem nursed for the first four months. I liked nursing one at a time, though this took a huge amount of time. Tandem nursing afforded me the opportunity to keep the boys very in sync with one another, which optimized my napping time. I was given a "My Brestfriend" Twin Feeding Pillow which made this very manageable!


6. I don't have any other children, and even at that I felt the need for help. This is a doubly exhausting job, which is completely manageable if you're prepared for it. I would strongly recommend hiring a postpartum doula or "mother's helper" for early on. If you can't find local listings in your area for people working under these titles, post an ad on a job bank website with exactly what you expect for help. You deserve the rest!



post #24 of 30

Wow! I just had a quick read-through and realized how many ladies did a tremendous job carrying their little ones to term! I love hearing about multiples and their moms thriving! All great stuff.   :)

post #25 of 30

1. Emergency C-section (HELLP syndrome).


2. I gained about 65 pounds, and the babies weighed 8 pounds each.


3. I didn't have PTL - I'm no help.


4. No maternity belt.


5. My boys are identical, and were completely on the same schedule for the first few months - they even pooped at the same time, every 3 or 4 days! So I nursed them together. It helps that I have little breasts (I grew into a A-cup while pregnant). I didn't use a nursing pillow, but I did use foam bed pillows on each side, and nestled us into the corner of our big sectional couch during the day. Dh was a huge help early on, helping us get situated, but it didn't take me long to figure out how to make it all work. I'd set up a big water jog, a sandwich and some snacks, the phone, and the TV remote, and we were all set!


6. The twins were my first (and last).

post #26 of 30

http://www.infoocean.info/avatar3.jpgone thing I'm very thankful for was my twins being my first kids, but others here can help you with this one.

post #27 of 30


Ooh, I can respond now!


1. With twins, if you had a vaginal delivery, how long was labor until the first was born and then the second? 


Once active labor hit, it was 1.5 hours before my first was born, and her brother was born 29 minutes later. 


2. How much weight did you gain versus how big were your babies? 


I gained about 50 pounds, and my babies were 9 pounds, 2 ounces, and 8 pounds, 14 ounces. I gained about 50 pounds with both of my prior singleton pregnancies and they were 8 pounds, 12 ounces, and 9 pounds, 10 ounces. 


3. How common is pre-term labor and is it easy to stop? What was the general time in pregnancy for the pre-term labor?


I didn't experience preterm labor. I *did* have a lot of Braxton-Hicks contractions, much more than I did with my singletons, and I gotta wonder how often that ends up interpreted as preterm labor. 


4. Did you buy a maternity belt and is it even worth it?


I kept meaning to buy one, but never did. I can't imagine it'd take away all of the discomfort, or even enough to make a substantial difference.


5. How easy was it to nurse both babies exclusively? 


I had my babies three weeks ago and we've done nothing but breastfeed since. I think it helps tremendously that I went into labor spontaneously and they were full-term (39 weeks). I also gave birth at home, so there was no interference in any way from "well-meaning" medical personnel.


6. How did you deal with an older child? 


This is the hardest part. I have a 4.5 year old and a 2.5 year old. It's been very helpful to have another adult (and sometimes kids) come over to occupy and/or distract them. They've been taken to the park or outside, or, at the very least, someone else is around to intervene when they start getting too wild or to serve them lunch/dinner. My second was born when my first was a year old, and I employed a lot of TV as a distraction for her; the same is happening now. I try to not to feel too guilty about it; it's temporary, and better than me losing my marbles, which leads to me being a very unpleasant mother. 

post #28 of 30


Originally Posted by tipper View Post


I gained about 50 pounds, and my babies were 9 pounds, 2 ounces, and 8 pounds, 14 ounces. 

You are amazing!  Wow!

post #29 of 30
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Sorry I haven't been on here lately. I've been trying to organize my entire house plus do tons of yard work. I never really had nesting with DD but it seems to be on overload this time. Given me plenty of contractions but I'm trying to slow down with this terrible heat. Thanks for everyone's responses. I'm past 32 weeks and time is flying. Just trying to make it to 37 weeks, which is my goal!


pammysue-My sister looks like she's going to be having her baby early with a case of pre-e so I might have more people on hand when I actually hit term at the beginning of May. I'm hoping she and her baby do well of course but it would be nice for there to be a few weeks between her son's arrival and the twins coming.


AndreaJay-I agree that being pregnant when it's hot is very exhausting. I think that tandem nursing is going to be the way to go just so I have time to myself/taking care of older DD. I know she's going to be jealous even at her young age and I really want to make sure she feels like I care because I do!!


nd_deadhead-Great sizes of twins! I hope my girls sync up too, that would be a huge help I think! I do think I'm going to need a special pillow because I still feel like I don't have the hang of breastfeeding my DD much less 2 floppy newborns.


tipper-I commented on your other post but congratulations again! Those are some big twins! I hope mine bake as long and I get my homebirth as well. I definitely think that I'm going to have to use the tv as a babysitter for a while until I can get past the newborn stage. I'm so nervous yet starting to get excited about the challenge as well.

post #30 of 30


1. With twins, if you had a vaginal delivery, how long was labor until the first was born and then the second? I'm hoping for a quick labor, obviously, since my first was 24 hours with my singleton.


induced at 1pm, began pushing at 9pm, Baby A born at 9:31pm and baby B born at 9:41pm.  So, about 8.5 hours - 9 hours total. :)

2. How much weight did you gain versus how big were your babies? I gained 25-30 lbs with my singleton and she was 8 lbs 11 oz so I'm hoping that since I've already gained 30 lbs the twins will be at least 6 lbs each at full term.


I gained 50 pounds.  Baby A was 6 pounds 9 oz.  Baby B was 6 pounds.

3. How common is pre-term labor and is it easy to stop? What was the general time in pregnancy for the pre-term labor?


I had it a lot.  I was hospitalized 2 times, first at 22 weeks and again at 24 weeks.  The other times, I was able to stop it at home.  Push the fluids!!!!  and rest rest rest! (and more fluids)

4. Did you buy a maternity belt and is it even worth it?


yes yes yes yes yes!  I got mine from babies r us.  I would not have survived without it. I also saw a chiropractor who specialized in pregnancy and because of her, I was up and going for walks the day I delivered at 36.5 weeks.  


http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=10813242 <---the belt I got


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