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amyc1688's Avatar amyc1688 07:55 AM 02-05-2014
Oh and I also have to have an OB in the room with my midwife... But luckily they all have worked with each other for years. I met the OB just once and I am just hoping I won't need him.

eaustin's Avatar eaustin 09:04 AM 02-05-2014
thepeacefulbirthproject.org/2013/10/ancient-wisdom-and-research-agree-amazing-fruit-eases-labor-and-prevents-postpartum-hemorrhage/
I'm sure many of you have seen this, but posting just in case you haven't. I know the risk is much greater with twins, and I've had it each time with singletons-I'm trying everything!
Azadehhast's Avatar Azadehhast 10:25 PM 02-05-2014
Emelee, so grateful for the encouragement!! Very few people are telling twin mamas that babywearing and cloth diapering is possible, but of course they are! I'm also glad to see you nursed your toddler along with twins, because I will be doing the same, most likely, and there is so much opposition to it.
Have you other mamas checked out the forums on thebabywearer.com? They have a thread specifically for wearing twins, with lots of photos and tutorial links. We spent DS's first year car and stroller-free, lots and lots of wearing, and I can't imagine not wearing these babies a lot too, and seeing all these photos of mamas wearing two at once has given me such confidence. Totally possible!
eaustin's Avatar eaustin 05:21 AM 02-07-2014
I forgot about that website-will need to join to see more about it. Thank you for sharing:)
Laggie's Avatar Laggie 12:55 PM 02-13-2014

I'm 39 and pregnant with twins after IVF. My due date is September 9th, so I'm just 10 weeks and still nervous after two miscarriages.

 

I'm seeing a high risk OB, I had hoped to go with a midwife but with my age it wasn't possible. 

 

I hadn't realized that babywearing was even possible with twins, I'll have to check that out. 

 

I've had major morning sickness and am taking both Diclectin and Zofran right now, which keeps me from throwing up but I still don't feel well at all. I really hope the second trimester is better. I haven't joined my Due Date Club, since I've had to drop out of them twice before, I guess I'm nervous about it. I've had two ultrasounds and the babies looked healthy, but I'm constantly worried about miscarrying again. Especially after being so sick; we have two frozen embryos left, but honestly I don't think I can do this again. I've barely left the house since week 6.

 

I need to figure out how to relax and be happy about this pregnancy! I'm thrilled, but SO worried.


amyc1688's Avatar amyc1688 02:51 PM 02-13-2014
Good luck to you Laggie! Positive thinking!


My update this week, almost 35 weeks....u/s estimated the girls are 5lbs 4oz and 5lbs 6oz. !! So I have abt 11 lbs of baby and potentially 4 weeks to go
eaustin's Avatar eaustin 06:55 PM 02-15-2014
I have not experienced a miscarriage, and I'm so sorry you have:( For some reason, I was extra worried about it at the beginning of my current pregnancy, maybe because it felt more could go wrong with twins, but after our 12 week u/s, I started to feel less scared. I definitely felt much better morning sickness-wise by 15 weeks. I never experienced it with previous pregnancies, and mine wasn't bad enough to need medicine, but I hated it! Good luck and let us know updates:)

Amyc-glad all is well!!
bigfoot's Avatar bigfoot 11:44 AM 02-16-2014
Our twins are now 6 months-old and I wanted to jump in with additional words of encouragement on breastfeeding, cloth diapering, and babywearing! We are exclusively breastfeeding and cloth diapering. In fact we were prepared for both of us to breastfeed but my wife had oversupply. It's not possible for everyone but it is definitely possible! I was nervous about keeping up with cloth diaper laundry but it has been easy even with both of us now back at work. We started right away once the meconium passed, even with our four-pounder (the Rumparooz newborn covers are awesome). The babies lived in our Moby and Boba wraps in the early days (mostly one on each of us but sometimes both in one Moby). Now they are in carriers like the Ergo and Boba 4g or woven wraps. My wife is actually super talented at tandem carries!
amyc1688's Avatar amyc1688 07:47 AM 02-18-2014
Awesome to hear Bigfoot... We're trying for exclusive breastfeeding and cloth diapering with our twins. I'll be using disposables for first week or so but they are the gdiaper disposables so it's not too bad. I wonder if they will fit the newborns.. They say the girls are 5lbs + right now at 35 weeks but I wonder how accurate.


Overall everything's been good but my NST last night got me at high blood pressure. I had to stay for urine and blood work, so far it turned out ok but I don't have all the results. I was extremely exhausted yesterday and tried to tell them that's why but... They still threw around the induction word a few times which scared me. Although secretly excited bc I really want to see my babies! But I can wait hopefully. I will be 36 weeks Sunday and really hoping to make it past Feb!
Motivated Mama's Avatar Motivated Mama 07:55 AM 02-18-2014
I'm 12 weeks today and freaking out about my diet. I feel like there is no way I can get enough calories or protein. I'm still vomiting and I've lost 5 pounds. Are there any other twin mamas here who didn't gain or lost weight in the first trimester and everything turned out ok so far?
amyc1688's Avatar amyc1688 08:13 AM 02-18-2014
My first trimester I lost a few lbs.... But by. 20 weeks I had gained 20lbs at least. Back then I had a hearty appetite and cooked whole chickens, potatoes, gravy and squash all the time. Eat when you can don't stress but when you feel better eat a lot... You want to gain a lot early with twins incase they come early. But before 12 weeks your fine... Gluck!,,,,
eaustin's Avatar eaustin 01:01 PM 02-18-2014
By 12 weeks, I think I'd gained maybe 5 lbs tops, and by 16, I'd gained 10. At my 20 week appt, I think I was up to 25! I also worried about weight gain earlier on, but obviously, it seems ok now:) I bet you'll catch up:) I think my morning sickness ended by 16 weeks. To get some extra protein, I have protein bars or shakes. I hope you start feeling better soon:)
Laggie's Avatar Laggie 02:25 PM 02-18-2014

I'm 11 weeks today and it turns out I've gained 15 pounds. Holy Crap. I think it's mostly water weight though, because I've been drinking so much Gatorade and all the salt has me super bloated. I can't seem to drink water without puking though, so I guess I'll have to be marshmallow woman for awhile. That and the constipation omg.

 

Motivated Mama, I've been eating a lot of cheerios, toast, instant oatmeal. Sour/citrus fruit seems to help a bit too, like lemonade, oranges etc. Ice cream is good, and popsicles really help to get fluids when it's hard to drink anything. Have you looked at the info on motherisk? It has a lot of good tips and they have a helpline you can call if you're really worried: http://www.motherisk.org/women/morningSickness.jsp

 

I've been looking at strollers, and I'm wondering if I'll really want those infant car seats that snap right into the stroller. I've always hated it when people never take their babies out of the car seat, but with twins, will I need to have that option? I hate buying stuff that doesn't get used.


synepona's Avatar synepona 04:20 PM 02-18-2014

Weight gain wasn't something I struggled with ... before we knew there were two babies my very rapidly increasing weight was the first clue! I think I'm up 36lb now at 25 week. The app on my phone doesn't have a twin option and declares this 'excessive' :) I've never really suffered morning sickness, and just been able to eat when I was hungry, until I wasn't anymore, and it seems to be working out.

 

When I couldn't drink water, I could do lemon water, or some juices, which were less salty than Gatorade etc. but I often chose Perrier :) especially over Christmas/New Year's when I couldnt' have any of the really 'fun' holiday drinks!

 

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I've been looking at strollers, and I'm wondering if I'll really want those infant car seats that snap right into the stroller. I've always hated it when people never take their babies out of the car seat, but with twins, will I need to have that option? I hate buying stuff that doesn't get used.

I've never been a baby-bucket-seat user, but for the twins, we did get them. The logistics of getting 2 babes, plus diaper bag, purse, toddler etc in & out of the house, car, parking lots etc, didn't make sense easily with out them. We're not the types to stay home all week, and wait for DH to be home for us to go out and do things. If I expected to only be out and about with 2 adults, I might not have gotten them. The stroller issue ... I'm not happy with *any* of the options! We have a double chariot for walks from the house, but it will not fit in the limited trunk space we have left over after all 4 kids will be in the vehicle. I think I'm getting a double Joovy frame stroller (the TwinRoo), for the first few months to a year. And then we'll figure out what will work best longer term, and I'll sell that at one of the big twin club sales. Ideally, the babes will stay in their infant carseats until I'm ready to turn DD FFng, b/c the logistics of 3 convertible seats RFng in my vehicle is just about impossible!


eaustin's Avatar eaustin 02:50 PM 02-19-2014
We have a double bob, which is big! I have one infant seat attachment which I've never used, so I guess we'll start with that and see if we need a second. I was thinking of getting a used phil and ted for places we'd need a smaller ride, but it doesn't look like much fun for the kid in the bottom seat. The joovy looks like a good option without the bulk, but not sure we could get away without jogger wheels.
synepona's Avatar synepona 07:36 AM 02-20-2014
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We have a double bob, which is big! I have one infant seat attachment which I've never used, so I guess we'll start with that and see if we need a second. I was thinking of getting a used phil and ted for places we'd need a smaller ride, but it doesn't look like much fun for the kid in the bottom seat. The joovy looks like a good option without the bulk, but not sure we could get away without jogger wheels.


Can you put 2 infant seat adapters on a double BOB? That was something I kept reading about many of the jogging type strollers -- that you can only put one adapter on.

Our Chariot is like this one: http://chariot.thule.com/en/ca/products/sport-series/cougar/cougar-2-_-10100928 but older, and we'll be adding 2 infant slings to it (hoping to find them used, as they are 80$ish new, and only useful for 4-6mth), or at least one infant sling, and then DD can ride in the other half, while the 2nd babe is in a sling or wrap.

We only need jogger wheels for things from home or camping, so the Joovy would be for in the back of the car for stores, walking the city block from a parking spot to MIL's house, or down the paved road past 10 houses between my parents' and sister's homes.

 

We may be moving with in a couple months of the birth - either before or after - and that may completely change the stroller needs/wants/use, but at least the Joovy is not expensive, and I'm sure we can sell it once we're finding it's usefulness outgrown.

 

I've also looked at the Contours Options LT, the Chicco Together, and the Baby Jogger City Select. I love the BJCS but not the cost. The Chicco is nice in that nothing needs to be removed/altered etc, it's just compatible with our carseats right out of the box. The Options LT is nice b/c it can be both the frame stroller OR a seated stroller OR a combo ... but we just don't use a stroller that often, or we didn't with DS or DD, so we're holding off on deciding which one might be the actual best fit for us.


amyc1688's Avatar amyc1688 09:19 AM 02-20-2014
idk if i posted this but i love our chico cortia together stroller. its not a jogger but im sure itl do fine for what we need. im not a big fan of taking babies shopping or snything, im not even a big shopper...so itll be for little walks with my mom or to the ice cream shops in the summer (New England ice cream mmmmm) and i love that itl hold the girls way beyond car seat use...not that i imagine my children sitting still. we do go to outdoor concerts a lot with brother in law being musician so its an awesome buy for us!
eaustin's Avatar eaustin 10:09 AM 02-20-2014
@SynEpona, you are right- only 1 car seat will fit in bob:( didn't even think about it! As the joovy is so cheap, I bet it's the best for logistics you are thinking of. We've never used stroller much for anything besides walks, but I guess I need to think about getting into libraries, dr appts, restaurants (haha-those days may be over for awhile! ), etc. Definitely would prefer something more compact. Lot's to consider:/
Azadehhast's Avatar Azadehhast 08:57 PM 02-20-2014
I lost weight in the first trimester, about 10 pounds, and I've really struggled with eating and gaining since. I Found out it was twins at 29 weeks, and I was really nervous that if it was twins, they would be tiny, but they both measured slightly ahead of dates! By 20 weeks, I had only gained 15 pounds. Now I'm 34 weeks, I have gained 40 pounds from the low point (seriously, I'm gaining about a pound a day right now!)! I'm the size of a house, but in perfect health, and don't have much longer to go. I don't really like powders and bars, but once I started taking a protein powder twice each day, I gained 6 pounds in 2 weeks, then 6 in 9 days, and I can really feel it when I miss taking it for a day. The extra really helps and the powder doesn't add bulk to my always full stomach. It's been really good for me.
Motivated Mama's Avatar Motivated Mama 04:10 PM 02-21-2014
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I lost weight in the first trimester, about 10 pounds, and I've really struggled with eating and gaining since. I Found out it was twins at 29 weeks, and I was really nervous that if it was twins, they would be tiny, but they both measured slightly ahead of dates! By 20 weeks, I had only gained 15 pounds. Now I'm 34 weeks, I have gained 40 pounds from the low point (seriously, I'm gaining about a pound a day right now!)! I'm the size of a house, but in perfect health, and don't have much longer to go. I don't really like powders and bars, but once I started taking a protein powder twice each day, I gained 6 pounds in 2 weeks, then 6 in 9 days, and I can really feel it when I miss taking it for a day. The extra really helps and the powder doesn't add bulk to my always full stomach. It's been really good for me.
Do you take the powder in a shake? I bought some whey protein powder and added it to a peanut butter banana smoothie. It's ok. I'm still having trouble eating in general. I don't mind the protein bars too much either. I'm generally just trying to eat more.
eaustin's Avatar eaustin 08:02 AM 03-07-2014
Hi all! Just wanted to see how everyone is doing. I'm 24 weeks now and have had a couple hard weeks. It seems I have some sort of infection and waiting on results. That coupled with some other un- pleasantries going on down there, I am doubting my ability to push these babes out! At first, it looked like I could be leaking amniotic fluid, so I'm relieved and hope an easy treatment will make everything better. With this scare, I now realize I have to get some major things off the "to do" list-I've done no prep at all yet! Part of this is because our kitchen is torn apart and concentrating on finishing our mini remodel when hubby is home on weekends-the simplest things seem to turn so time consuming! On top of this, I've lost 5 pounds in the last 3-4 weeks, now only up 20 lbs at 24 weeks:( I put off our next u/s until the end of the month, but now worried I should go in earlier.
amyc1688's Avatar amyc1688 06:44 AM 03-09-2014
hi everyone! my twin girls arrived March 2nd, 37 weeks on the dot! its been a crazy ride, i wanted to update you all! They are PERFECTLY healthy, 5 lbs 13 oz and 5 lbs 11 oz. Currently exclusively breastfeeding ... which is getting easier. i had eventually developed severe preeclampsia, so my midwife couldnt deliver with me.... soooo sad, and i was shipped off to the much dreaded boston hospitals where i was roughly induced, although my cervix didnt budge....total of 1cm maybe..... ended up w a c-section bc of it all, i did not push it bc i knew those ugly drugs would harm my babies at that point more than a c-section. i cannot beleive this is how it ended for me, but its def a lesson learned, the final outcome of two amazingly strong and healthy 37 week old twins is what i worked so hard for.... and it is what i got!!1 i love them soo much they are amazing =!
synepona's Avatar synepona 07:44 AM 03-09-2014

Congratulations AmyC!


eaustin's Avatar eaustin 07:49 AM 03-09-2014
Yeay!! Congratulations! ! Glad they are well and I hope your recovery is smooth. Sounds like it was quite a scary time and I'm so happy you are all safe:)
Motivated Mama's Avatar Motivated Mama 07:38 AM 03-10-2014
Congratulations Amy! You sound very at peace with your two healthy babies despite the birth experience. That's encouraging. smile.gif

AFM - I am 15 weeks tomorrow. I met my OB/GYN a little over a week ago. She is very laid back and is leaving it up to me to decide how often I'd like to see her versus my midwife. She is confident that my pregnancy is basically like a singleton pregnancy, just with two babies. Being my 5th and 6th, with 4 healthy vaginal births, almost all 1-3 weeks over my due date, placentas delivered within 5 minutes of birth, short labors (4-8 hours), etc. It helps that the twins are di-di. I had an ultrasound at 13w3d and won't have another one until the anatomy scan at 19w6d. She's not super worried about my weight gain thus far (nada) and says to just eat like I've been eating. It will be better now that I'm not so sick. Overall, everything was super reassuring and I am much more at peace now. Still really tired though.
Azadehhast's Avatar Azadehhast 12:20 PM 03-24-2014

Hi again, twin mamas! It's been so long since I've checked in here. 

To answer your question about protein powder, Motivated Mama, I mix it into a fruit and yogurt smoothie in the morning and use the chocolate powder with milk in the evening. The chocolate tastes a lot like chocolate milk, and it goes down nicely, and in the smoothie, I don't notice it all. 

 

Mamas, I am still pregnant, 39 weeks tomorrow. I just cannot believe I have carried these babies this long. I've had BH ctx for at least two months, and some more real contractions for three or so weeks. I'm dilated to 5 cm now, and the first baby is low, low, low, -1 station. I've been trying to "naturally" induce for nearly a week, get regular contractions going for several hours, then lay down to put DS to sleep, and everything stops. SO frustrating! I'm typically very hands-off when it comes to birthing, but the rates of stillbirth for twins past 38 weeks scare me! My body is sooooo ready (and my mind!) and I'm just going crazy with the waiting and worry and trying to relax. We all are in great health, babies heart rates and growth is strong, my BP is remarkably low, and so we are still planning our homebirth. But I'm starting to feel like the risks are stacking up: vbac, twins, now going past 38 weeks. FYI, I've tried castor oil, the breast pump, various positions, sex, two cervical stretches by MW, acupuncture, homeopathic black and blue cohosh. Today DS and I are dancing/jumping. I labored for 49 hours with DS before the C/S, 28 hours just to get to 5 cm, and here I am already there and can't get to the actual laboring. This is just SOOOO crazy to me. Come on babies!


eaustin's Avatar eaustin 09:29 PM 03-24-2014
You're so close!! I know how hard it is to wait:( I've heard of at least 4 people around here that had home births with twins over 41 weeks, and all was well. My belly is now bigger than any of my 42+ week singletons, so I have no idea how I will pull this off, and how incredibly uncomfortable it must be at the end! I still have 3 mo to go:/ hang in there! Sending good vibes your way, and can't wait to hear your news!!
Motivated Mama's Avatar Motivated Mama 09:30 AM 03-25-2014
Azadehhast - I hadn't heard about the risk of still birth past 38 weeks in twins, but I never really looked either. I imagine it's similar to going past 42 weeks with a singleton, which I've done and everything was fine. Hang in there! I plan to make it to 40 weeks myself. wink1.gif I want newborn sized newborns. I can't imagine anything less than 6 pounds and haven't had anything less than 7lb6oz myself. Of course, she was the one who went past 42 weeks so I suppose gestation has nothing to do with size in my case. My biggest baby was 8lb15oz.

AFM - I'm 17 weeks today and had a prenatal visit. Got to hear both heartbeats loud and clear. The anatomy scan is scheduled for the 14th (3 weeks). I can't wait to see them again and find out the genders. I'm thinking boy and girl. I stopped being sick around 15 weeks and have put on 9 pounds in the last month. All my previous worries seem to be absolving themselves and I'm feeling really good and excited now. love.gif
eaustin's Avatar eaustin 06:52 AM 04-10-2014
How's everyone doing??
I'm 29 weeks now and feeling much better than I was during my last post. Infection is gone, our last u/s was great, passed gd test, and have started 2 week appts. now I really need to buckle down on positioning. I feel like I'm entering the homestretch, but know I still have so far to go!
Azadehhast's Avatar Azadehhast 09:04 AM 04-10-2014
Twin mamas, I'm just popping in to say, our twins were born, Saturday and Sunday, April 5 and 6th. We have a little girl, named Wren, who was born after 12 hours laboring at home, and a boy, Forest, who was born after 12 more hours labor, hospital transfer for heart decels, and c-section. They are so perfect! Wren weighed 7 pounds and Forest 7 pounds 8 ounces, and they were born spontaneously at 40+ 4 and 5. Recovery for me has been a bit tough so far, but we are settling in well, our babies are nursing fabulously, and big brother is adjusting as well. Life is good!




I hope you all are also doing well!
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