Originally Posted by RAF
That is amazing that you only measured two centimeters above and didn't seem to have many symptoms. Out of curiosity, how big were your babies at birth? And did you feel more movement or movement in many different places at once compared to your single pregnancies?
Baby A weighed in at 6'4 and was born vertex. Baby B weighed 7'2 and was breech. I didn't feel movement until 21 wks! I always felt it right at about 18 wks with my single babies so it really kind of scared me. The dr kept saying it was normal and that they probably were facing into each other and kicking into the other and not out into me. I don't know how reliable that is since it didn't seem very believeable to me but I suppose some of it was true since they truly did face each other the entire time. At 21 wks I finally started feeling movement though it was no more then I would've expected with a single. It wasn't until the very last 2 wks that I began to be able to tell the difference between them and who was doing what. Early on I probably would've just thought it was 1 active baby but there wasn't so much movement that I would've thought 2 at that point.....another reason I stayed worried through the pregnancy knowing there really were two. Ugh! I wish I'd just enjoyed it more. Baby A stayed vertex the entire pregnancy but B flipped right up until the day i delivered. He was breech most of the beginning of the pregnancy and then he flipped at 34 wks and then back again to breech a few days later. My dr said it was impossible for them to turn after 36 wks since it would be very painful for me and physically it just wasn't possible with such limited space. He really didn't know what he was talking about!!! LOL!!! At 39 wks we went in and B was beck to vertex and at 39 wks 4 days when I finally went into labor he was back to breech again. It wasn't painful for me.....just a lot of movement. I think it's funny that he's the one that kept turning and he was the bigger of the two! LOL! Somehow I get some gratifcation when the dr's are even proved wrong! LOL!
I'm 5'7 and was 144 pre-pregnancy. I topped out at 194 exactly. With my singles I usually only gain about 25-30 so that was a really big thing I probably would've taken note of the most that something might be up. And as for measuring, I usually only top out at 38 cm in fundal height for a single so 42 was really big for me....or it seemed that way. But, my drs didn't know if it was because it was my 4th pregnancy and I would've measured normal for a single now or because it truly was twins. There were some weeks in there where I measured exactly with my weeks during the twin pregnancy. They always said not to worry and that the babies were growing great. Due to being cared for by the medical profession I had TONS of u/s's and stuff. I said in another thread, but I'm not sure who all saw it, but both dh and I would absolutely love to be blessed with twins again. THey have been such an incredible and miraculous blessing to our entire family and I'd love to do it over again just to enjoy the pregnancy. The medical profession scares you into tactics and a bunch of stuff that is not neccessary at all. I stayed scared most of my pregnancy and fought like never before to have them naturally. It was truly waging war. I researched and educated myself enough about it to know that the babies were not in danger and that I could very capably birth them naturally. My dr threatened to take us to court for endangering both baies because I would not consent to a c/s at 38 wks. So, he terminated my care and from 38-39 wks I had no dr. At 39 wks the backup dr for the midwife we use now lovingly took me in and delivered my boys completely naturally. I would love to be pregnant wih twins again just to embrace the pregnancy and love every minute instead of staying scared and fearing for the babies the entire time. Every midwife we interviewed from that point on our 1st question was if she was comfortable with twins since once you've had a fraternal set your chances increase by 70% of having another frat set. Knowing it is a real possibility for us at some point though I'd do a UC in a heartbeat with them if I had to.
One of the ladies on another Home and water Birth board I stay on had a UC and surprise twins in Dec that she birthed both footling breeches. In the medical field that would've been an immedicate c/s!! She had them at 35 wks 1 day and they weighed 3 and 5 pds. She took the little one to the hospital who ended up in NICU for a week or so for breathing difficulties but they are fine and she came home this week. The point, she got care when it was needed and both babies were born naturally w/o a c/s and into a much more peaceful environment without q ton of interventions that woul'dve been forced on her. She was able to hold both and love on them before taking them in. In the hospital they would've been rushed off and she probably wouldn't have seen them for a few days. Your body is just meant to give birth and when messed with it just screws the whole process up!!! LOL!
Sorry for the long post. I'm pretty passionate about this after having lived through what we did with my twin pregnancy! I truly pray we get the chance to do it over again oneday and experience the blessings of twins again. It truly has been a life changing experience for our little family.