I am 19 weeks pregnant with mono di twins due in december. I have had 10 children all natural and without the slightest complication, the last was a HB and went well. I want a natural (non induced) HB and I know the stress I will receive but nonetheless I really want to avoid hospital (unless medically necessary) Just want to here from any positive mums out there who have been there and done that successfully and also did you carry to term all allow induction?
I had my mo/di twins at home - they were my HBAC.
My birth story is on the naturally parenting twins site, along with some others. There is a pretty good community of us actually.
Here are some youtube videos: http://naturallyparentingtwins.net/videos
I had my monozy twins at home with a midwife. My others were all UC and the twins were going to be until they were 33 weeks. We didn't find out until 30 weeks that there were even two in there, so we debated UC vs. attended home and in the end went with the midwife. No regrets :) Birth was one of my quickest, actually, and we estimate they were 38.5 - 39 weeks. Both about 6 1/2 lbs and healthy.
You can do it momma, go with your gut!
Peaceful, homeschooling, UC/HBing, select vaxing, breastfeeding, intactivist mama to a bunch of small people.
Thank you for the positive responses, I have had the required meeting from the supervisors this morning and they aren't happy with me considering a home birth but nonetheless will support me in my decision to home birth. I t is a relief to hear but I'm still quite apprehensive as to how many professional medics I have to explain to. Wow I pray all goes great, thanks for your positive responses it shows that a few strong women can change the pattern of our changing future for the better.Keep the replies coming, Im so encouraged
So I'm pretty sure I'm going to have twins again...two sets of December twins. I will probably have them unassisted too - though you will probably beat me to it. My first set's due date was Jan 1, this time it's Jan 2. I had them on Dec 7.
Yep, you'll definitely beat me then, unless you make it to your due date! I even had my singleton a week early (8 lbs and 20 inches), so I definitely don't expect to go to my due date with twins. I expect an update, hopefully with birth story! (And I'll share mine, of course - I plan to get a video.) :)
yeah definitely, I probably will go to my due date, i have with my singletons but who knows twins might be different.... who am I kidding..I will probably be a 40 weeker! oh how I pray the weeks would speed up for a bit ;)
Hi there Jeani, congrads on your twins, mine are girls (or so they say) found out at about 19 wks seems so far away now lol but boy have I grown since then. I might have anova US nearer 36 wks juz to check wat position they are. Well so far HB is going ahead and I'm getting excited to meet the twins and over excited about being able to get up with out help lol. Hope all is well with you and yours let us no wen you find out.
Ah, I guess no twins this time. It felt like it for a while, but then a few days went by and I could finally definitely tell it was one baby.
Anyway, I found out the sexes of my twins (mono/di girls). I didn't ever want to find out gender for any pregnancies, but I wanted to when I found out I was carrying twins, and they were my first. If I were having twins this time I wouldn't find out the genders. My last was a surprise, and this one will be, too. :)
I have another question: do/did any of you have a 'backup doc'? I'm here in ohio and 'laws' (or really lack of licensing, etc) makes it difficult to go the direction of a HB but w a foot in the medical world so to speak. I am thinking about making an appt w the ob practice with which I birthed my daughter and whose OBs are known to be the most 'progressive' in our city (within the system, I am automatically termed high risk here, which makes it mandatory to be seen by an ob and not a cnm). I am nervous. I don't know why, the worst is they say no, they don't support my decision to HB and so will not take me on. But I would like to have a backup, if for no other reason than to have someone who will perform USs when I or my midwife would find it beneficial and not have to pay out of pocket..we really cannot afford that. There are other reasons, too, of course. Has anyone had to go through this process? I feel like I need to go in with a tough shell and be prepared to hear all the reasons why they think I shouldn't have a HB and I haven't really had to deal with any of this yet. Most of our friends and family are entirely supportive or just keep their mouths shut;) any advice or encouragement is welcome!
I birthed at home with my twins! :-) They have one older sister. They were fraternal, and in their own sacs. My midwife was so wonderful: when we found out it was twins she said "you know, people freak out about twins, but it's really simple. One baby comes out, and then the other baby comes out." :-) I birthed in a tub. My first baby was posterior, and that was really hard with lower back pain and a longer labor. But I think it was long and difficult just like some posterior babies are: not in a "twin" way. I didn't think much about the fact that I was birthing twins: I was just laboring. My second baby slid out so easily- I barely pushed at all. I was holding Mae, and Natalie was born and then handed to me, and there they were. We didn't have to cut their cords right away, and I just moved to the sofa and put them to the breast.
Obviously you need a midwife experienced with twins. There was a second midwife and a birth assistant present at my birth also. In my third trimester I ate 120 grams of protein a day, and rested a LOT. I drank NORA tea, to keep my BOW strong and to help minimize bleeding after birth. I carried to 38 weeks, and my babies were 6.12 and 5.14.
Random sidenote: I have a chiropractor that I trust and love, who helped me SO much during my pregnancy. He also helped my little daughter after birth- she didn't latch well and she seemed to have a headache or something. She was very sensitive to light. It may have been that she was crammed under her sister in the womb. Being adjusted (which was just some slight pressure applied with his fingertips) helped her a lot.
Best of luck to you!!
As far as diet goes, my MW also is pushing me to try to get in 120g of protein daily in already. I am SO thankful for her helping stay on top of my diet, but I'll admit, and I'm sure I'm not alone, getting in that much protein without adding powders or bars into the routine is so difficult for me! Not to mention eating upwards of 3000 calories! I'm already finding eating to have become a full time job, and not always one I enjoy. Any advice or suggestions??
Wow- your midwife situation sounds really ideal. :-) I wish all women could be as well supported. Yeah- the eating was really intense. I actually wasn't sure I was having twins until I was 7 months pregnant. I started suspecting at 4 months, but we didn't confirm until 7. So my protein goal was 80 grams until the third trimester, but I was SO sick until 5 months that I have no idea how much protein I was getting- there were days when microwave burritos were the only things that would go down. Once I ramped up the protein at 7 months, it actually felt much better to be eating that much. You may find that it's easier later in pregnancy to meet your goals, once your babies are growing like crazy.
I will say that once I was aiming for 120g a day, veggies fruit and grains became a slight bonus I fit into my diet here and there- you just don't have a ton of room in your tummy for that stuff if you're eating that much protein. Dress up stuff like greek yoghurt and eggs in different ways to keep them interesting for you. I would keep a pot of rice in the fridge, and just help myself to a bowl of rice and raw nuts several times a day. I would add honey or seaweed and soysauce, to keep it interesting. I went for the highest-protein nuts: I ate a LOT of sunflower seeds. You have to have really easy snacks like that ready in your third trimester, in case you want to rest and sleep all day. That was me: I needed to be able to grab a quick snack and get back to the sofa. I ate literally all day- my jaw would hurt sometimes. I ate once or twice in the middle of the night. It was crazy. But balance your goals with listening to your body. And when I felt I might have had a low-protein day, I totally used a fresh smoothie with some protein powder added. I didn't want to do tha tevery day, but sometimes that was the easiest way to feel good and get more food down. Maybe if you really don't want to use protein powder you could make smoothies with nut meals and nutritional yeast added. Tropical Smoothie's peanut butter smoothie was my friend. I made such a noise at my dauther's preschool about how helpful they were that people started calling me when they were out and about, and asking if I wanted them to bring me one. Reach out as much as you can for little helps like that, because I found that even just keeping myself fed and rested was a full-time job in third trimester, let alone keeping up with my then-four-year-old. You literally might be too worn out to make yourself a smoothie. It takes so much energy growing twins!
Pregnancy and newborn-hood were SO much work- you've got 10 kids so I'm sure you know to give yourself so much credit for the hard work you're doing. I struggled with second-guessing myself and feeling guilty ("do I REALLY need to lay down again? Can I really not help my husband with dinner?") Looking back I feel total confidence that I really was that tired- I don't know why I struggled so much with listening to my body. It's so wonderful having twins, though!! You know how crazy wonderful it is to watch your baby grow up and blossom into who they are? Watching two people growing up at the same time is overwhelming- it's so awesome! We've never worked so hard, but it's obviously so worth it.
All my best!
Jess definitely feeling that tired thing lol. I get up in the morning and sit down most of the day, hubby has ended work until two months after they are born YIPPEE! ok.... sorry I sounded to over excited, I av just bin so tired but the bending down to pick things up has actually bin my worst nightmare, I'm starting to wonder if I will ever come back from that? hehe. I tend to eat chicken like crazy everyday like from the first trimester, and Im feeling milk and grinded peanuts with chocolate milkshake powder, just dont ask I av no idea why
jeanigirl- Congrads on your scan to be, praying all goes well, and I have no idea on laws where you are, Im a uk girly and here they av to go with what the women wants, even though you still av to fight like rocky to get it. I would go with your god given instincts, its a shame us women have to go through these great length especially wen women are pregnant and not standing trial, WE HAVE BIN GIVING BIRTH FROM THE BEGINNING OF MANKIND! no it has to be said lol. Well just look at the protein as a drink more than a meal. If you like me at the mo a milkshake girl then just add your favs like crushed almonds maybe try other nuts or seeds like sunflower seeds or flack seeds, pecan nuts etc. Doesn't have to be loads just a glass every so often and with a meal. before you know it you'll be as proteined up as a professional sports women.
Almi- congrads on your singleton, being that alls well and blessed. Sending God vibes to all. healthy pregnancies everbody.
I am meeting with my doula nxt wk for my first antenatal with her, she's my weapon while in labour so I can just relax with hubby. I originally wanted a independent midwife but her and her team was something cant really afford at the mo, so many expenses so little time.I av a private scan booked for 3 wks time I will be 34 weeks then , just to check on the babies presentations and the placenta blood flow, not sure if i will bother with measurements as they are always way off, or are to me any way.Hope alls well.
I'd love to hear another update!
jeani girl, twin boys how lovely! glad to hear your all healthy, my back hurt in the first trimester but after that it has stopped (praying it doesnt return) I am 32 wks and 3 days I cannot get comfortable anymore because my belly is to big lol I find it difficult to get into bed let alone lay on it . I have been getting alot of braxton hicks and softning pains of the pelvis which are half scaring me because I wouldn't want the little girls to have any problems due to preterm labour. But God will see us through, he wont give us more than we can handle....As a matter of fact we twin mamas cud be classed as the gladiators of life. I am having a scan nxt week but I av a feeling that they are head down anyway. I just want to make it to 37 weeks atleast, so I can birth at home and so they are cooked that little bit longer, Ideally I would love to carry full term. Dont know how much mine weigh but I shall find out nxt wk. I just never wanted any of the religious scans they were offering. Well apart from my pelvis playing up a little and lack of sleep, its not so bad just if I don't drink loads of water and rest periodically my feet swell and hurt. Its nice to hear everything is going well and you sound excited still. gosh they will be soon here, it doesnt seem long wen you look back. Thanks for dropping in, pls feel free to update as much as you like.
Hope everyone else is well too! Happy thanksgiving to all!
hiya jeani yes still waiting and yes 39 wks now and looking forwards to meeting my healthy chubby babies, had pelvic pain as well still is about the same now, just a weight thing carrying twins, just bin resting and eating lol. Well its great to hear that your 25 wks already, boy does time seem to fly.... I pray your well and happy christ's day to all. I will update once my beautiful little twincesses are born.
hey all great news! I had my beautiful babies born at home on the 1 december at 402am and 408am only 6 minutes apart twin 1 weighed 8lbs 1 and 1/2 and twin two 6lb 13 and we all are so blessed no problems whats so ever the labor only lasted 4 hours from beginning to end. I'm praying for you and yours and just no that you and those beautiful god blessed babies will truly be great.