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Old 07-09-2005, 08:26 AM - Thread Starter
 
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My midwife said that I am measuring at 17 weeks pregnant instead of 13 weeks like I was so sure of! She thinks that what I thought was a light period in April was actually spotting. I am nursing and so my periods have been lighter since returning. But...when I got home I looked on the calender where I keep all my NFP info and I am almost sure that I was correct about when my last period was. I am sure that the first day was April 2. It did last for only 3 days but I had spotting on April 27 and 28 (which I think was implantation). I remember thinking that my period may be starting and when it didn't, that was when I started suspecting that I was pregnant. I should have taken that calender to my appointment yesturday. I forgot all those details when they said my uterus measured bigger. I highly suspect that my first due date is the correct one and that I am pregnant with twins, though part of me wants this to be a single pregnancy after all I already have 3 little guys and the thought of 2 more overwhelms me!

I read the signs of twin pregnancy and while I didn't have all I did have a lot:
1.) Larger, faster weight gain
I don't have this sign.
2.) A large for date uterus.
Yes
3.) Measuring large for gestational age
Yes
4.) Severe morning sickness
I never have bad morning sickness but nausea was a bit worse for this pregnancy than the others. I didn't throw up but felt like I could at times and just felt yucky all the time. With the others it was not quite as intense and tended to come more in waves.
5.) Fetal movement early in the pregnancy
yes
6.) Your care provider hears two or more heartbeats as early as ten to 12 weeks.
no but the article went on to say that it depends on how the baby is positioned and it is not uncommon to be preg with twins and not hear the 2nd heartbeat until later in the preg.
7.) Abnormally high results from an AFP test
I don't take this test.
8.) Extreme fatigue
I have been feeling tired but not more so than for the other pregnancies. I did really increase my calorie intake and also my intake of fruits and veggies (especially leafy greens) because of nursing while preg so that could be why I am not overly tried. I am eating very healthy.
9.) Water retention
No prob with this.
10.) Exaggerated pregnancy symptoms.
Not really
11.) Predisposition to having twins.
I am 35, and I have several cousins who have had twins. Also 4 years ago my brother and his wife were preg with twins and miscarried on of them so I would say that I have a predisposition for twins.

I did and net search on twin pregnancies and of course most of the info that I got was mainstream. Talking about all the complications, etc. I had homebirths with my last two and I think (I'll need to confirm this when I find out for sure I am preg with twins.) that my midwife delivers them at home if both babies turn like they should.

My questions:
How many of you all had twins naturally and at home? If you had to have them at the hospital how did you make that experience as natural as possible?

For those of you who had older children and twins, did you have a nursling when you found out you were preg with twins. How did this effect nursing through pregnancy? Did you tandem? How did that go? I would love my toddler to be able to self-wean like his brothers did.

I had some more questions but can't think of them at the moment.
Thanks so much.
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Old 07-09-2005, 09:29 AM - Thread Starter
 
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OK, I should have lurked on this forum a bit before posting my questions. I got most of them answered by reading the threads below. But if you all have anything to add feel free to do so. :LOL
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