What things are you trying to help them turn? The spinning babies website has a section on twins, but it's hard to find. you have to do a search. I would give you the link but our computer recently crashed and I lost all my bookmarks. Chiropractic adjustment (webster technique) has seemed to work for me with both pregnancies now (I say "seemed" because I was trying lots of different things - hard to know which worked or combo - but the flipping happened both times right after an adjustment). Good luck! Here are some good head down vibes:
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Oh I am SO with you. This has been such a different experience than my singleton pregnancy. I feel like I am almost completely incapacitated. I'm a really independent person who really values being able to do things for myself, and I'm having to rely on DH for almost everything now.
Are you still on bedrest? Is there a point where you'll be given the go-ahead to start doing more? If I remember correctly, you're due about the same time I am, right? (I'm feb 23rd) I haven't been officially put on bedrest, but was just told to "lie down and take it easy" if I start having too frequent ctx, and put on pelvic rest. Just "taking it easy" has been incredibly hard for me, and I'm counting down days to 36 weeks when I'll feel like I can start getting a little more exercise again. 9 days to go!
Oh my gosh, you guys.
I hate to come on here and do nothing but complain, but I am SO WORN OUT.
I'll be 33 weeks tomorrow. I had an u/s this morning and they are estimating Baby A at 4 lbs, 8 oz and Baby B at 6 lbs. I know u/s estimates can be so inaccurate, but that sure would explain why I can't breathe after just walking across the room! Ironically, both of my boys are head down and would be in perfect position for a vaginal birth, but alas, they'll be repeat c-section. (Both of my older girls were C-births.) I'm sending lots of solid head-down vibes to all of you who are working on positioning your wee ones!!
I'm on weekly ultrasounds now to keep an eye on their growth discordance and also our Baby B has some kidney issues that are right on the line between normal and not-normal.
Brambleberry - I am SO with you on how FRUSTRATING it is to be so incapacitated. Thankfully, my DH's job is really flexible and he is just so excited about getting TWO BOYS that he has been awesome in helping. But it really doesn't change the fact that I HATE not being able to do hardly anything. Trying to let go and remember it's only a few more weeks.
I had another ultrasound on wednesday. Babies are both still head down. A is weighing 5 pounds and B is 4 pounds 6 oz. They have been in the 35ish percentile, but now B has dropped to the 11th. I had to do a NST at the dr. office, which they didn't pass. So then headed over to L&D after eating and did another NST which they did pass. I have another NST scheduled for Monday and then again on Thursday. Honestly I'm not overly concerned about it. Those measurements are so hard to get now. And the tech I had did not do a very good job I feel. I wish they would just give me another ultrasound.
I had a pregnancy massage today and it was sooo nice! I wish I could get one everyday. I am right there with everyone else in feeling miserable and completely out of energy. I've also been getting so excited about meeting my two little ones! However I'm trying to think in terms of "what can I do now that I won't be able to do when they come?". Little things like going to the grocery store, getting a massage, shopping etc... I'm also going to try and squeeze in a pedicure this weekend hopefully. :)
Did you feel at some point in the pregnancy that you had to sleep with a belly band? I'm wearing one during the day but I'm starting to hurt still towards the afternoon. I've got a maternity support belt from a friend today. Just wondering if any of you had to wear the bands while you slept too?
I don't notice a huge difference when I wear mine anyway, and it's uncomfortable enough (bulky and scratchy) that I even take it off for naps. If I'm going to be on my feet for a while I try to remember to wear them and they do help, but not a whole awful lot. I try not to be on my feet too much these days anyway. I have a medela belt-type support, and a "best cradle" that has straps that go over the shoulders - it doesn't actually put much weight on the shoulders, I think the straps are mostly to keep the back support arranged properly. The Best Cradle is definitely more supportive than the Medela, but the straps that cross over the shoulders and across the chest show if you wear a wide-necked or low cut shirt, and it's harder to get on and off.
At night I'm comfortable as long as I'm laying down and using my body pillow, but I have to be careful to support my belly with one arm when I turn or get up to pee, or I get terrible round ligament pain. I have a Theraline pillow which I mostly like - it's really supportive, but hard to arrange. It should work well for a twin nursing pillow too.
Thank you for that detailed explanation! This isn't my first, second, or even third pregnancy, so this one feels like its on a fast-forward progression. I'm thinking I am going to need to buy a pillow for this pregnancy for when I sleep. I'm still trying to figure out which pregnancy pillow I want. I am quickly realizing that this is a whole different ballgame.
I have the Best Cradle, too, but find it way too uncomfortable for sleeping in. And I do hate how the across the chest straps show with pretty much all maternity tops!
If I had a more flexible, less restrictive belly band, I can see how wearing it at night might help with comfort, kind of like how wearing a lightly supportive bra to sleep in helps with breast tenderness and soreness.
Yep still on bed rest here.... go back to the MFM doctor tomorrow. My regular OB stinks.... didn't even check me for dilation on friday, though I've checked, and things are progressing. I've allowed myself to be on my feet more since we hit the 35 week mark. My belly is so big and I can't breathe anymore.
Sorry that everyone is so uncomfortable, I'm not too uncomfortable yet at 22 weeks, but I have a long way to go!
So i'm feeling really frustrated and in a total funk today... I had another scheduled NST yesterday at the hospital. They tried for over an hour to find 2 heartbeats and eventually had to bring in the on call doctor and the ultrasound machine. He was able to see both hearts beating which was such a huge relief. I was really starting to get freaked out. Anyway come to find out babies have gone from vertex vertex to transverse and breech! At 34 weeks! My doctor tried to reassure me that if they can flip once they can do it again. But now I feel paranoid about going into labor. I feel like this ticking time bomb. And my kids are driving me nuts today. UGH...rant over. Sorry guys, just one of those days...
I'm feeling like I"m already having Braxton Hicks. I get them with all my pregnancies, but not normally until 3rd trimester. So feeling them now was kinda a shocker. But it was after a day that I was walking around for about 3-4 hours. Probably shouldn't have done that.
I had a day of BH in first tri and a pretty intense day of BH in 2nd tri, at 14.5 weeks. Both instances seemed clearly linked to uterine growth spurts. I forget when exactly they started up for real. Maybe around 28 or 30 weeks.
rblakley - so sorry the babies flipped on you! I hope they do go back to vertex soon. I haven't had as much trouble with the NST as you're describing, but the last two times the nurses have had a really hard time getting a consistent reading on baby A. They'll get her for a few seconds and then she moves away from the monitor. She's a little behind baby B which makes it hard to get a good angle on her. Today we finally got enough good accelerations from her and just needed 6 minutes more strip, and suddenly my nurse had to run off to help with a delivery next door (it's a really small hospital). So my hopes for a reasonable length test were dashed, but I was glad to see that the nurses had their priorities straight.