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Poll Results: How long was your TWIN pregnancy?

 
  • 1% (3)
    28 or fewer weeks
  • 5% (9)
    29 - 30 weeks
  • 7% (12)
    31 - 33 weeks
  • 10% (18)
    33 - 34 weeks
  • 18% (31)
    35 - 36 weeks
  • 29% (49)
    37 - 38 weeks
  • 22% (37)
    39 - 40 weeks
  • 4% (7)
    41+ weeks
166 Total Votes  
post #21 of 89
My twins were born 2 years ago (today!) at 29 weeks gestational age. I had been hospitalized with PTL 2 weeks prior and had run through magnesium sulfate, terbutaline, nifedipine, and indomethecin, all of which eventually failed to prevent me waking up at 2:30 in the morning bleeding (which turned out to be my version of "bloody show" - way more than I expected that to be), contracting, and dilating. They put me back on mag sulfate and I still went from 2+ to 6cm in about 3 hours. At that point they couldn't stop it anymore so I labored and came out with one vaginal birth, one medically necessary c-section.

Lilly and Kate spent 9 weeks in the NICU. Kate spent another 2-3 months on supplemental oxygen at home. As of today they are healthy 2-year-olds, completely caught up developmentally, though they are still quite small for their age.

I would not wish a preterm birth on anyone, but it does happen and I wanted to make it clear that there can be wonderful outcomes even from a pregnancy that ends like a trainwreck.
post #22 of 89
I made it to 36w5d and then I was induced due to protein in my urine and BP was 150/100. During my induction my BP was almost back to normal. In hindsight I wish I'd avoided the induction but as inductions go mine was pretty good. Natasha weihed 6.5lbs and Nathan weighed 5lbs.
post #23 of 89
My first set, identical girls, were born at 38 weeks 3 days and weighed 7 lb 12 oz and 6 lb 9 oz. I had used some blue/black cohosh to encourage labor. Hindsight is 20/20 and I would not do that again.

My second set, fraternal boy/girl, were born at 39 weeks 1 day via c-section after spontaneous labor and a homebirth transport for a potential prolapsed cord (which never did prolapse). They weighed 6 lb 10 oz and 6 lb 15 oz. I think they were smaller because I was under more stress with that pregnancy. My singleton weighed 10 lb 3 oz so I make 'em big too.

And unfortunately I can only vote once for the poll. I voted for the 39 weeks since that's the farthest I went. But how discrimantory against those of use with multiple sets of multiples!
post #24 of 89
Born at 32w5d although I first went into labor at 28w, then again... I was on bedrest quite a while - I've actually forgotten how long.

4lb 15oz and 4lb 6oz
post #25 of 89
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by two_sets_of_twins View Post
But how discrimantory against those of use with multiple sets of multiples!
Hmmm, how to make up a poll about that... :
post #26 of 89
34w2d, induced with cervidil due to IUGR for baby A from TTTS.

They were 3lbs 10oz and 5lbz 10oz.

They have always had a size discrepancy, right now they're 37lbs and 42lbs.

ETA: They were in the NICU for a week, but it was just to learn how to suck and swallow. Other than that, they were perfectly healthy. They were caught up developmentally and socially and size by about 1yo.
post #27 of 89
38w3d

6lb 12oz and 7lb 12oz (MZ, so I'm wondering if there was a bit of TTTS happening since there was that much difference in weight)
post #28 of 89
40w 2 days and they were each 8lbs 15.2oz
post #29 of 89
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Originally Posted by *Lindsey* View Post
38w3d

6lb 12oz and 7lb 12oz (MZ, so I'm wondering if there was a bit of TTTS happening since there was that much difference in weight)
I am curious about this too (my MZ girls, born at 37 weeks, were 5.6 and 6.2 -- 12 ounces isn't a ton but they sure looked different at birth!) and wondered if any TTTS mamas know. Could it just be different placement in the monochorianic placenta? Or different connection with the cord? My bigger girl is still bigger, has more hair, gets her teeth first, etc.

And I wanted to say thanks to the mama who said that good outcomes can still happen even with very early twins. I remember when I was pregnant with the girls, I was reassured both by stories of those who cooked their babes to term, and by those who survived NICU and got through it all OK.
post #30 of 89
40 weeks 3 days (going by ovulation, if I went by my 14 week u/s it would have put me at almost 42 weeks. Thankfully I ignored that one!)

8lb 2oz & 7lb 15oz
post #31 of 89
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Originally Posted by LoisLane View Post
I am curious about this too (my MZ girls, born at 37 weeks, were 5.6 and 6.2 -- 12 ounces isn't a ton but they sure looked different at birth!) and wondered if any TTTS mamas know. Could it just be different placement in the monochorianic placenta? Or different connection with the cord? My bigger girl is still bigger, has more hair, gets her teeth first, etc.

And I wanted to say thanks to the mama who said that good outcomes can still happen even with very early twins. I remember when I was pregnant with the girls, I was reassured both by stories of those who cooked their babes to term, and by those who survived NICU and got through it all OK.
I have always wondered about this, too, since mine were exactly a pound different at birth. While I generally realized that u/s weights are notoriously unreliable, every single u/s I had during the pregnancy (monitoring for ttts) showed my boys to be within 1 oz of one another, even up to three weeks prior to birth. The u/s tech was the most experienced/respected one in our area. My smaller son caught up in weight by the time they were 2 mos old and there has not been more than an ounce difference in their weights since then! So, I've always wondered if they developed ttts (or my baby A developed iugr), which triggered premature labor.
post #32 of 89
I delivered at 30 weeks 0 days, started preterm labor at 27 weeks, no contractions but I was diliated 1cm. On bedrest for 3 weeks. Went in on my 30 week mark and I was 4cm! Still wasnt having contractions. I was admitted to the hospital, put on all the meds, still no help. Finally got a contraction monitor hooked up and I was in full blown labor, contractions coming less then a minute apart (I still wasnt feeling them!), and I was 9cm. So I had an emergency c-section that nite. Baby a was 2 lbs 14 ozs and baby b was 3 lbs 3 oz. They were in the NICU for 52 days, and have suffered no ill effects from being born early. They are 22 months old, developmentally normal and actually a little big for their age!!!
post #33 of 89
34 weeks
Baby A: 4 lbs 2 ozs
Baby B: 5 lbs 0 ozs
post #34 of 89
Planned c-section at 39.1 weeks (due to positioning and cord issues) - never had any labor and they showed no signs of coming at that point.

They both weighed exactly the same: 7 lbs 4 oz. each
post #35 of 89
40w3d; 7lbs2oz and 8lb even.
post #36 of 89
I just had mine a few weeks ago! I had PTL at 34w1d, it was stopped w/ Terb. and I was put on Procardia until 36 weeks. Babies were born at 37w2d, weights of 6lb 11.5oz and 6lb 15.5oz! We went home in 24 hours! OH, and both were vag. delivered, but #2 was a rough delivery.
post #37 of 89
39 weeks home waterbirth

I was told my several MW's that theya re seeing multiples mommas followed by MW carrying routinely to 39 - 39, 40 weeks plus. I had read the Ob literature which all said "about half of twin gestations go full term" and they considered full term 36 weeks, rather than 37. But the Mw said that's not what they find. Of course it's skewed b/c Mw who are caring for MOM's wouldn't have moms with higher risk factors (like TTTS, or low lying palcentas ect)

Also I did follow the protien reccomendations by Barbara Luke and Elizabeth Noble once I found out it was twins. We should poll that too!
post #38 of 89
Mine were born naturally at 37w1d and weighed 5lb9oz and 5lb13oz. We had a bout of pre-term labor at 29 weeks that had the whole mag.sulfate and 10 day hospitalization, but in the end, they chose when they got out...
post #39 of 89
Mine have separate birthdays. I voted 33-34 weeks though Baby A was technically 32 6/7. Baby B went 33. I also want to say that despite my best intentions, plenty of protein, and a desire to homebirth my babies I did end up with PROM. It was a terrifying day for me. I ended up in the hospital on mag, went to 10 centimeters in a couple of hours and delivered vaginally. My boys spent 4 weeks in the NICU They just turned 2 and are doing well, although Ira has recently been diagnosed (?) at risk for developmental delays (he's a late talker). Still, things are going a lot better than I would have imagined possible the day I went into preterm labor.
post #40 of 89
Does anyone know what is the average gestation for twins with spontaneous labour (ie, a stat that doesnt include planned c/sec)?
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