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post #161 of 335
2 weeks and 1 day post c-section and I just want to offer some encouragement to other first timers out there. I didn't plan on a section and I was terrified of having one until the moment I gave my doc the go ahead to start prep. But the bad reactions I had were all in response to drugs given to me while trying to labor. The surgery itself went great and recovery has been much better than I ever imagined. Yes, get help that first week! But everyday is measurable improvement and I can do everything I want or need to now with my babies. If the hospital doesn't offer it ask for an abdominal binder. The one they gave me is the same style as the expensive name brand from Brooke Burke. It went from barely fitting to too big in 10 days. So I'm glad I saved the money for a smaller and more flexible one for further along in recovery. My most vivid memory of the whole experience is staring into my first born's eyes and hearing the soft whimpers of my second baby as both were held up to my face. May everything go as well for you ladies. I so look forward to seeing the adorable baby photos.
post #162 of 335

momma-bear, thanks for that post. i needed to read that this morning. 

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2 weeks and 1 day post c-section and I just want to offer some encouragement to other first timers out there. I didn't plan on a section and I was terrified of having one until the moment I gave my doc the go ahead to start prep. But the bad reactions I had were all in response to drugs given to me while trying to labor. The surgery itself went great and recovery has been much better than I ever imagined. Yes, get help that first week! But everyday is measurable improvement and I can do everything I want or need to now with my babies. If the hospital doesn't offer it ask for an abdominal binder. The one they gave me is the same style as the expensive name brand from Brooke Burke. It went from barely fitting to too big in 10 days. So I'm glad I saved the money for a smaller and more flexible one for further along in recovery. My most vivid memory of the whole experience is staring into my first born's eyes and hearing the soft whimpers of my second baby as both were held up to my face. May everything go as well for you ladies. I so look forward to seeing the adorable baby photos.

 

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momma-bear, thanks for that post. i needed to read that this morning. 

 

Thank you thank you thank you. I really needed that, too. I am really terrified and I know it's coming at me quickly. I cannot wait to see the babies for real, I'm sure I will not even notice the surgery once I see them for the first time!

post #164 of 335
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mrandmrs, how was your anatomy scan? Congrats on your boys smile.gif

jess, so glad everything is looking good and that you are feeling better about the c-section. I know my one Aunt has 6 c-sections (the 5th one for twins) and had great experiences, so that's what I try to think about in case I need to have one too.

2babies2kidsmom, I'm sorry that your babies are staying stubbornly breech greensad.gif As far as laying down flat, don't they prop up the right side with a wedge/pillow a bit to prevent that during a c-section? Maybe one of our experienced Mom's can chime in? I can still lay on my back for quite awhile before I start to feel anything, so I hadn't really been too worried about it, but I can understand your concern!

momma-bear, thanks for the encouragement for sure and I'm glad recovery has gone so well for you! I'm still hoping to avoid a c-section, but if my girl stays stubborn, it will be good to fall back on comforting words about them for sure.

It really is getting close for a few of us, I'm getting so excited/anxious! DH and I figure we have 3-5 weeks left most likely, it's going to go fast. I have a few more things I want to get done, but not really anything I need to get done, how are you all doing on that front?
post #165 of 335

my anatomy scan was good, thanks for asking about it. they couldnt get clear photographs of the babies' hearts and one foot (seriously?) so we have to check back in on them in 4 weeks, which is fine by me. the babies were extremely cute, placenta positioning was good, cervix looked good, blood flow looked good, all the important bits in the appropriate spots, so no complaints from me.  

 

i can't believe how many babies we have "on deck." i can't wait for our spring crop! 

 

oh, and i had my first glucose tolerance test today. i feel like c-r-a-p and the babies are flipping out and they have been for hours. blech. 

post #166 of 335
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jess, so glad everything is looking good and that you are feeling better about the c-section. I know my one Aunt has 6 c-sections (the 5th one for twins) and had great experiences, so that's what I try to think about in case I need to have one too.

It really is getting close for a few of us, I'm getting so excited/anxious! DH and I figure we have 3-5 weeks left most likely, it's going to go fast. I have a few more things I want to get done, but not really anything I need to get done, how are you all doing on that front?

It's funny because the more people I tell about it, the more people tell me they had c-sections, and it becomes more "normal" and less scary, I guess. I think almost everyone I have talked to has had a good experience, maybe not the preferred experience, but it wasn't traumatic like I'm imagining.

 

We are pretty much set. We still need to get the car seats in (oops!!) and wash all the baby bottles. I need to call about a breast pump and lactation consultant and a belly binder for post c-section. I need to set up a meal plan drop off thing (all of our friends and coworkers want us to set something up) and talk to the family/close friends who want to visit right away about what we think we can handle. I am SUPER excited to not be pregnant anymore!

 

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my anatomy scan was good, thanks for asking about it. they couldnt get clear photographs of the babies' hearts and one foot (seriously?) so we have to check back in on them in 4 weeks, which is fine by me. the babies were extremely cute, placenta positioning was good, cervix looked good, blood flow looked good, all the important bits in the appropriate spots, so no complaints from me.  

 

i can't believe how many babies we have "on deck." i can't wait for our spring crop! 

 

oh, and i had my first glucose tolerance test today. i feel like c-r-a-p and the babies are flipping out and they have been for hours. blech. 

 

Same thing happened to me about the hearts, and I had to go back in 4 weeks as well. There's several angles they want of the hearts, and if they aren't flipping around enough then you have to go back! The second time I went I made sure to have a bit of coffee beforehand to get them jumping :P

 

LOL @ "spring crop"!!! :)

post #167 of 335
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mrandmrs, so glad everything went well! Yeah, with twins it seems there is always something they can't get as good a look at as they would like. For me, it was my boy's spine, they didn't think there was anything wrong, they just couldn't get the picture they wanted of it so they got it the next time I came back for a growth scan, no biggie. Maybe something with the hands & arms too, but again, not like they couldn't see them, just not the picture they wanted. Sorry about feeling like crap after the GTT drink. I had the same experience with babies movements being over-the-top after it too!

jessmn, yeah I can see that for sure. I'm not so worried about the c-section itself, more about the recovery and missing out on another vaginal birth which was awesome for DD's birth. And it's my last birth, so I kinda want it to be "perfect" as it is my last chance, but we'll see! We just did the car seats last weekend, though I had already tested them since I wanted to put three across and had to make sure they fit. That's awesome that friends & family want to do meal drop offs for you! I know there are at least one or two free websites that let you organize something like that. I hear you about being excited to not be pregnant anymore, carrying two babies is really not so fun here at the end.

I'm back to wearing my maternity support belt, at least for the work day, and it is helping some. I know I can make it to the end, but ugh I'm just getting tired of this huge, heavy belly! Thank goodness it is Friday, looking forward to many naps this weekend.
post #168 of 335

Quinalla: I have not been able to ask my doc about being propped up with a pillow yet.  Will do next week. 

 

Also I'm going to ask her about the fetal scalp probe.  I've recently read in a couple places that it's pretty routine to monitor Baby A that way.  The more I read about twin birth the more freaked out I become.  It seems to me that with a singleton you can read through enough information and use common sense to get a good idea of what is true.  But with twins it is so much harder!  For example, is it really true the rate of stillbirth increases at 38 weeks for twins?  I didn't even know it increases at 40 weeks for singletons.  How much of an increase are they even talking about?!  I guess I can at least be grateful that this is not my first birth so my OB is willing to "allow" me to do some things differently (no offense Jess!)  than the usual hospital policy.  Speaking of which, they finally called me back and said I can't have a second support person in the OR for a vaginal birth.  Come on!  My second support person is my sister-in-law who is an l & d nurse at that very hospital!  As if she is going to get in anyone's way?!  But I guess it might not matter anyway, if my baby girl doesn't flip soon. 

 

Has anyone tried Pulsatilla to get babies to flip?  I am thinking about picking some up and trying it at the very last minute, since it seems there could be some issues with it.

 

Thanks for letting me vent ladies.  It's nice to have a community where others are going through the same thing. 
 

Jess, when is your c/section scheduled? 

post #169 of 335
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Quinalla: I have not been able to ask my doc about being propped up with a pillow yet.  Will do next week. 

 

Also I'm going to ask her about the fetal scalp probe.  I've recently read in a couple places that it's pretty routine to monitor Baby A that way.  The more I read about twin birth the more freaked out I become.  It seems to me that with a singleton you can read through enough information and use common sense to get a good idea of what is true.  But with twins it is so much harder!  For example, is it really true the rate of stillbirth increases at 38 weeks for twins?  I didn't even know it increases at 40 weeks for singletons.  How much of an increase are they even talking about?!  I guess I can at least be grateful that this is not my first birth so my OB is willing to "allow" me to do some things differently (no offense Jess!)  than the usual hospital policy.  Speaking of which, they finally called me back and said I can't have a second support person in the OR for a vaginal birth.  Come on!  My second support person is my sister-in-law who is an l & d nurse at that very hospital!  As if she is going to get in anyone's way?!  But I guess it might not matter anyway, if my baby girl doesn't flip soon. 

 

Has anyone tried Pulsatilla to get babies to flip?  I am thinking about picking some up and trying it at the very last minute, since it seems there could be some issues with it.

 

Thanks for letting me vent ladies.  It's nice to have a community where others are going through the same thing. 
 

Jess, when is your c/section scheduled? 

 

I didn't know that about stillbirth, either. hm. What are the circumstances that would increase the likelihood of a stillbirth? (Maybe I don't want to know...I'll just worry.) My doc said he would induce/c-section at 39 weeks, and then it ended up being with scheduling that I'm going in at 38 weeks 3 days for the c-section if they don't want to come before then (That'll be April 24th). I have noticed recently at my twice-weekly NSTs that the nurses always make sure to tell me before I leave I should be keeping notice of at least 10 movements every 4 hours. They seem to move plenty but it still makes me paranoid because they're always reminding me now!

 

That sucks they won't allow another support person, especially a L&D nurse at the same hospital. ha, that's crazy. At my hospital I have to ask the anesthesiologist the day of the surgery if I can have a second support person. I plan on telling him/her that I have high anxiety about the surgery and it would be much lower if my doula was able to be there as well. We'll see, my OB said it just depends on the anesthesiologist. 

 

I haven't heard of Pulsatilla, sorry!

 

Oh, edited to add that my doula said they would prop up my right hip. Haven't heard that straight from the OB, though.

post #170 of 335
Im just on my phone so this has to be quick. Our MFM told us there was a brand new study that showed the rate of stillborn babies in multiple pregnancies at 38 weeks to be the same/similar as singletons at 42 weeks. I was kind of angry that she was talking abt that so out of context (we were there for a nuchal scan) so I don't remember if she said what the rate was. This was about 2 months ago, so I think it's pretty recent.

Does anyone on here see an MFM regularly as part of their normal prenatal care? I don't, but I wasn't sure if I should be or if multiple mamas normally do.
post #171 of 335
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Im just on my phone so this has to be quick. Our MFM told us there was a brand new study that showed the rate of stillborn babies in multiple pregnancies at 38 weeks to be the same/similar as singletons at 42 weeks. I was kind of angry that she was talking abt that so out of context (we were there for a nuchal scan) so I don't remember if she said what the rate was. This was about 2 months ago, so I think it's pretty recent.

Does anyone on here see an MFM regularly as part of their normal prenatal care? I don't, but I wasn't sure if I should be or if multiple mamas normally do.

Huh I'm going to ask my OB on Tuesday, now I'm all paranoid. Bah!

For me, I saw MFM for a while because at around our 20 week ultrasound they had a growth difference of close to 20%. So they monitored that through MFM followed by a perinatologist appt. Once it evened out, though, I stopped seeing the perinatologist after ultrasounds. I doubt my doc would have sent me otherwise...he has pretty much treated me like a singleton pregnancy the whole time.
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jess, i chose not to worry about it when the mfm told me that and i would encourage you to do the same. i don't think the added stress or worry is going to help the situation. it seems like other risk factors would affect things more, e.g. those statistics include situations like mono/mono twins, which have more potential complications than your di/di twins. but definitely talk to your ob and let them reassure you. 

 

thanks for the info about your mfm experience. our twins were the same size at the big anatomy scan, which was a big relief. i know that size discrepancies often show up then. i guess i'll just keep believing that as long as things look OK, they probably are. 

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Mrsandmrs, I don't see MFM (not even sure what that stands for), just my regular OB and her partner (a midwife).  But I also haven't had any growth discrepancies or any other complications. 

 

Jess, I am not sure why the stillbirth rate would go up, but what Mrsandmrs said makes sense. 

post #174 of 335

I just met the OB who my midwives recommended for the backup when I give birth (supposedly he really just stands there unless they ask him for consult, so that's good).  But he's suggesting twice weekly nonstress tests starting at 31 weeks.  Does that sounds crazy?  I feel like finding childcare and heading over there twice a week will stress ME out....

post #175 of 335

april, how far along are you?  Does he have a medical reason to do this or is it just routine?  I asked my OB about the NST and she said they would only start doing them if something looked wrong.
 

post #176 of 335
I started weekly NSTs around then because I'd been having a lot of Braxton hicks, then it switched to twice a week around 34 weeks I think. Definitely a time suck because they only had certain appointment windows for twins - Tuesdays and Fridays at either 10:30 or 2:30! Totally sucked figuring that out with work!
post #177 of 335
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2babies2kids, My OB said they would monitor both babies from the outside during labor, my water didn't break until pushing with DD, so I'm not wanting them to break it early for that and I'm not a fan of that monitoring type regardless. I also don't have to give birth in the OR, even for baby B, so that's good. I thought th statistic was slightly better outcomes for 39 weeks vs. 40 weeks for twins, but maybe I'm remembering wrong. Honestly, the differences are so minor in most of those studies, it isn't something I generally worry about. I am sorry they are not allowing a second support person in the OR, I'd be pissed though I know it is common.

Mrandmrs, huh, hadn't heard that study yet, wonder if they looked at different twin types. I'll have to see if I can find it. My OB always sends twin moms to a MFM for ultrasounds and that sort of thing since they have a better machine and she likes to have a relationship between mom and MFM in case of a problem. Honestly, it has seemed overkill to me, but oh well.

Jess, let us know what your OB says!

Aprilv, seems a bit early without any reason, not sure when my OB would have started it routinely, but once their growths showed up 17% apart, she started me at 33w4d, she did want to start doing them at the end at some point, but even she admitted without reason it was just them being overly cautious and doing something to do it.

I've felt really good this weekend, it really is nice to be able to do walking when I want, get outside, lay down and/or nap when I'm tired, etc. I felt hiccups in my pelvis eatlier todat, so I'm hoping baby girl is head down finally. I can't tell what position she is in otherwise. We got the stroller put together, so I'm feeling pretty good about being ready. Been really hungry this weekend and eating well, so I'm expecting to have nice big babies at my growth scan Wednesday.
Edited by Quinalla - 4/15/13 at 7:13am
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It's nice to hear everyone else's experiences. I'm 37.5 weeks and have not done ANY non-stress tests. My midwife said that unless we get to 39 weeks, she doesn't see the point. I've had ultrasounds every four weeks, though I am obviously doing weekly checkups with the doppler now. That said, both my babies are head down, the same size, di/di, and I've had an uncomplicated vaginal birth before. So, I'm pretty low risk as far as twins go. We actually switched our backup OB because the first one we interviewed stressed me out so much. The new one is super chill, and will hopefully not actually need to do anything!

 

In terms of stillbirth, a brief lit review shows that the risk of stillbirth past 38 weeks is significantly higher for mono/di twins than di/di. Not sure how either compares to singleton risk. I'm going to ask my midwife about this when we see her on Tuesday. She has said that we can go to 40 weeks IF everything still looks okay, though I don't think I'm going to go that long anyway.
 

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2babies2kids, My OB said they would monitor both babies from the outside during labor, my water didn't break until pushing with DD, so I'm not wanting them to break it early for that and I'm not a fan of that monitoring type regardless. I also don't have to give birth in the OR, even for baby B, so that's good. I thought th statistic was slightly better outcomes for 39 weeks vs. 40 weeks for twins, but maybe I'm remembering wrong. Honestly, the differences are so minor in most of those studies, it isn't something I generally worry about. I am sorry they are not allowing a second support person in the OR, I'd be pissed though I know it is common.

Mrandmrs, huh, hadn't heard that study yet, wonder if they looked at different twin types. I'll have to see if I can find it. My OB always sends twin moms to a MFM for ultrasounds and that sort of thing since they have a better machine and she likes to have a relationship between mom and MFM in case of a problem. Honestly, it has seemed overkill to me, but oh well.

Jess, let us know what your OB says!

Aprilv, seems a bit early without any reason, not sure when my OB would have started it routinely, but once their growths showed up 17% apart, she started me at 33w4d, she did want to start doing them at the end at some point, but even she admitted without reason it was just them being overly cautious and doing something to do it.

I've felt really good this weekend, it really is nice to be able to do walking when I want, get outside, lay down and/or nap when I'm tired, etc. I felt hiccups in my pelvis eatlier todat, so I'm hoping baby girl is head down finally. I can't tell what position she is in otherwise. We got the stroller put together, so I'm feeling pretty good about being ready. Been really hungry this weekend and eating well, so I'm expecting to have nice big babies at my growth scan Wednesday.

Jess,

 

Quinalla, wow I'm so impressed you don't have to give birth in the OR! That will be a much nicer environment than the OR (from what I understand, anyways).

 

I hope your baby girl is head down! I always get hiccups around my panty line on my right leg, but I know Baby A is tucked just so. If I ever felt them lower then I would believe he flipped! Good luck at your growth scan!

 

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It's nice to hear everyone else's experiences. I'm 37.5 weeks and have not done ANY non-stress tests. My midwife said that unless we get to 39 weeks, she doesn't see the point. I've had ultrasounds every four weeks, though I am obviously doing weekly checkups with the doppler now. That said, both my babies are head down, the same size, di/di, and I've had an uncomplicated vaginal birth before. So, I'm pretty low risk as far as twins go. We actually switched our backup OB because the first one we interviewed stressed me out so much. The new one is super chill, and will hopefully not actually need to do anything!

 

In terms of stillbirth, a brief lit review shows that the risk of stillbirth past 38 weeks is significantly higher for mono/di twins than di/di. Not sure how either compares to singleton risk. I'm going to ask my midwife about this when we see her on Tuesday. She has said that we can go to 40 weeks IF everything still looks okay, though I don't think I'm going to go that long anyway.
 

 

KnittingTigers, I didn't realize you were 37.5 weeks! I'm 37 weeks today! :) Sounds like you have had a great pregnancy. I will be waiting to hear any news about the birth of your little ones!

post #180 of 335
Yes, Jess, I think we're up next! I am nervous about the birth, and about having two newborns, but also so excited to meet them. And, excited to not be pregnant anymore. I have gained so much weight this pregnancy, I'm having trouble just moving around. I think perhaps I took the Dr. Luke recommendations a little TOO seriously. On the other hand, I've grown some nice big babies, so I guess that's the point. My last pregnancy felt very easy. This one has not, and I think that the 70(!?!) pounds I've gained have something to do with that.
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