I want this to be over, but know its best to just keep going if I can. Right now they are both est to be over 5lbs and my nether regions are showing it (Im all black and blue from the weight). They are both head down, Last check at 32+5 I was 1.5cm dialated and ctx every 3 mins. The ctx come everyday but havent developed any "real" rythm yet... Any guesses on when I should blow?? LOL. I guess Im just looking for some experienced moms to tell me its almost over.. I hate complete bedrest and the weight of these babies has me in tears. So please.. share your experience with me!
ETA: The estimates on twin B were accurate to within a few ounces but the measurements on my Twin A were off by a whole pounds. She was estimated to be 7 and a half and she was 6 pounds 6 ounces. I am very glad I did not have them when I hit the "done" wall at 36 weeks. That last 3 weeks really helped her, I am very sure.
Hmmm, there's a poll somewhere in the old posts if you do a search...
Be careful what you wish for. I was ready to be done done done, too. I was told my twins were 7 and nearly 8 pounds at my 36 week ultrasound.
A week later Twin A was 6-1/2 lbs and Twin B was 4-1/2. I totally thought I'd dodged the NICU, but B was taken in for observation because of her size and stayed 3 days because of apnea when she first nursed followed by jaundice.
So be glad for every day they stay inside! You can't really rely on the guesses they give at the end, especially with multiples. Much harder to accurately measure.
What's that old saying .... the longer you keep them in, the less time you'll potentially spend with them in the NICU.
I totally agree with Chantel .... I had prodromal labor (as she did) for weeeeeeks! All worth it in the end.
Try to focus on visualizing your babies growing inside you .... each bite you take making them stronger. Cheesy, but it helped me.
Catholic homeschooling mom of 5 - a teenager, a kindergartener, twin boys and a tiny princess. Follow the Adventures!
Hang in there.
Karen - spouse to dh for 11 years, mama to ds (Nov '02), dd (May '05) and ds and dd (Jun '08)
We were 36 weeks and 6 days, and delivered by c-section because I had cholestasis, and the recommendation at that time for maternal cholestasis was planned delivery at 37 weeks.
Those last few weeks carrying twins can be awful. But those extra few weeks are also when your babies are packing on the pounds and putting the finishing touches on lung development. Low birthweight babies, even ones born close to term, are at risk for a whole host of subtle developmental deficits.
So hang in there, mama! I was fully effaced and starting to dilate, with my singleton, at 31 weeks, but we made it to 39 before labor started. So contractions, and dilation, may mean very little when it comes to predicting your babies' birthday!
Im not too afraid of low birth weights for us as my family is known for large babies.. not to mention going 2-3 weeks over due (but then again.. none of them had twins! LOL)
My goal is 38.5 weeks ( for more reasons than one) and I hope I can make it.. I just wish time would go by as fast as it did during the 2nd tri! LOL
I was so ready to be done and would have been induced at 39 weeks if the right back up doc was on duty. Instead I waited and was induced at 41 weeks. It failed and they were born when they were ready.
8lbs 3 oz and 6 lb 9oz. No nursery/nicu time, but baby b always seemed undercooked to me.
Hang in there! Soon it will be distant memory!
Me. With 1 spouse, 4 kids, 16 chickens, 74 matchbox cars, 968,562+ legos, a dishwasher waiting to be emptied, a washing machine waiting to be filled and a lost cup of tea in the house.
hopefully no nicu time will be needed.
That being said - i was totally done....my pubic bone still hurts 4.5mths later....
Mum to 5 wonderful gifts!!
Who, ME!? It's so not easy but Mama I promise it was worth it in the end. I didn't have one second of nursing issues (or anything else, for that matter). Ok, Claire's mouth WAS really small and I have big ole nipples but it wasn't insurmountable. I can't imagine how fun that would've been if she'd been 5 pounds! YIKES!
FWIW - I home induced with castor oil at 39 weeks, and I'm split on whether that was a good idea. I got the home birth I wanted and two healthy babes, but they were on the small side and at least one clearly wanted more time.
Hang in there mama, I know how tough it can be to have that extra weight. Just keep your eye on the prize, it is soooo worth it!