Originally Posted by Erin11
Andrea- Did you deliver vaginally or need to have a c-section?? I am really scared that the babies will come early but I am also really scared of needing a c-section (emergency c-section or regular)
HI, I'm jumping in here, hope you don't mind! I had a scheduled c-section at 39 weeks and was terrified of it. It turned out to be a very necessary medical procedure for me and I healed quickly and painlessly from it. Really, it was not a bad thing and you can relax about a c if you need it and you have a great doctor, then be ok that it might save your babies lives (it literally saved my daughter's life, baby b).
Also, I was on a very high 176grams, yes 176 grams of protein per DAY twins diet. That's a lot of protein, but my babies did really really well on it although I gained weight like a pig from it. My ds was 6lbs.8oz. and my dd was 5lbs.8oz. If ever I felt contractions I laid down with a big 16 oz. drink of water for 2 hours. Never went food shopping without someone to carry the groceries, never went for a walk, never vacuumed the house, never walked up/down stairs, stayed on the main floor of our house the entire 3rd trimester, never just sat in a chair for more than 15 minutes (it restricts blood flow to the uterus), never stood up for more than 15 minutes(restricts blood flow to the uterus), never did any exercise that used the large muscles (again, restricts blood flow to the uterus). It was GRUELING, but really, I saw the pain and suffering of those families in NICU (my babies went for 2 days and it was really rough on us) and I was sooooo happy that I took my pregnancy so seriously and went full term on purpose. I never had high blood pressure, no complications whatsoever, and it was all to the very restricted life I led and also the 176 grams of protein per day was very important for me and for the babies to grow properly. Eat 2 eggs per day every day as part of your protein. That provides 12 grams of protein, but it also provides methionine which is important for babies brains and is very hard to have enough of for twins. Keep those babies inside you as long as humanly possible and even if you want to take a shower, if you are on bedrest, then just wait. The bigger your babies are at birth, the better for them and for you. I really hope you are doing and feeling well. Post here or email me. I will encourage you as much as I can! My twins are 25 months old now and really, they are A PLEASURE. But it was SOOO hard in the beginning. It gets easier the bigger they are and you really want them as big as you can get them inside of you. We used disposable diapers even though I wanted to use cloth. It was nuts to think of more work. I breastfed them after having to pump milk for 8 weeks straight to get them to nurse after the stupid bottles that NICU gave them. It was totally worth it hanging in to nurse them b/c it was so much easier for me than washing/making/sterilizing the bottles of formula and they didn't do so well in their little tummies from formula so the breastmilk in the bottles at first and then the nursing really was a godsend. HTH!