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lexbeach's Avatar lexbeach 04:02 PM 02-02-2003
Nope! I'm STILL pregnant! I'm actually just 36 weeks, so it's a good thing that the babies are still cooking. It does feel a , bit anti-climactic after having been on bedrest for all that time, though. Oddly enough, I'm actually feeling much better than I was a couple of weeks ago. The babies are still breech, but they've settled into a much more comfortable position, and I can walk (waddle) much easier now. I am also just kind of enjoying being pregnant. Bedrest was really no fun at all. We've gone out to eat a couple of times in the last week (figuring it'll be a while before we can do that again), and I LOVE getting to be out and about. I am loving feeling the babies move inside of me, and am already feeling a bit nostalgic about it, since this will probably be my last pregnancy. For a while there I was waking up every morning thinking "I cannot be pregnant one more day." And now I'm waking up excited thinking, "I could go into labor today!" Every night I think I am going into labor. My contractions always start in the early evening and get to be about 5 minutes apart before long. They are getting to be painful. I say, "I might be in labor," and DP says, "When you're really in labor, there won't be any 'might' or 'maybe' about it." I suppose she's right. I always wake up in the middle of the night and realize that, once again, the contractions have stopped. Oh well. The more cooked they get, the better! I am still feeling quite emotional, and don't like leaving my "nest" (except for those dinner excursions), or having visitors. I guess it could still be anyday. . . we'll see! It's immpossible to believe that they'll ever be born.

Kathy: How are YOU feeling? Are you into the second trimester now? I'd love to hear an update.

Best to all,

Lex

birdwomyn's Avatar birdwomyn 04:28 PM 02-02-2003
Lex,

I am at 12w 3d today.... Does that put me in the second trimester yet?

I think I have a head cold because my sinuses are SO messed up and I just feel icky -- otherwise, I am doing pretty good. The fatigue is just a tiny bit better.... I've never really had m/s to speak of..... Hopefully, I got my last progesterone shot this past Friday...... They have been making me feel icky each weekend....

I see my new OB tomorrow for the first time.... he is a maternal fetal specialist they are sending me to because of the twins and my age (37). They will do an u/s tomorrow and I am eager to see that both twins are still in there and doing fine -- our first (and only, so far) u/s was at 6w 4d and there is always the chance that one of the babies will not make it when it is that early... I will feel MUCH BETTER after tomorrow's u/s. Hopefully, we'll hear the heartbeats, too! (although I am prepared to not incase I have too much "insulation" for the sound to get through...)

DP has been unemployed for three weeks now, her severance pay ran out a week ago and we got the final pay check this past friday.... We decided to go ahead and take our anniversary trip this past week anyways, so she will start looking for work in earnest this coming week. We'll see how that goes. Since I am in school and doing national service through AmeriCorps, we were really dependent on her salary. She also had domestic partner benefits -- I've switched to my work insurance (which sucks compared to what we had, but it certainly is better than nothing!) and they have to cover the pregnancy since I had no lapse in coverage..... We are hoping she can find work somewhere with domestic partnership benefits again, but those companies are pretty rare here in Tulsa, I guess we'll just wait and see....

I can't wait to look pregnant -- right now I just look really fat.... I've been big all my life, so I have lots of extra padding and right now, I just look like I have even more padding. Ugh. My sister who had a baby in November is built like me and she didn't look pregnant until the very end.... up until then, she just looked fatter... (of course I didn't tell her that!!!) Maybe with twins, I'll show quicker.

I am glad you all are enjoying yourself and that you are more comfortable. You sounded pretty miserable there for a while. Hang in there and enjoy it as much as you can......

kathy
Hippie_Mama's Avatar Hippie_Mama 07:39 PM 02-02-2003
Glad to hear your still hangin' in there,Lex. Aaaahhhhh what a relief it must be to make it to 36 weeks.I can relate to what you were saying about going back an forth between feeling like ya can't handle the pain and pressure of growth any longer.Yet,at the same time trying to cherish every moment. Once they come into the world they grow and develope SO quickly! Not to mention, as long as they're inside of us no diapers to change,lol.I,too, believe this will be my last pregnancy.Do you find the downside to going out in public is people saying "you're huge!" and assuming you're due Now? I've heard that chiropractic care can be great for encouraging breech babies to turn.

Kathy~ No m/s lucky you! I am excited for you to hear your babes' heartbeats. I can relate to wanting to "show". However,in my case I went to not really looking pregnant to huge and uncomfortable.

DP and I still haven't figured out who's going to catch our "wonder twins" We went on a hospital tour last week.Since that one gave us a wierd vibe,we'll be checking out more this week. We have checked into having a homebirth...and can't find a midwife that will catch twns. This week I'll be calling some Ob's too.I amfocusing the majority of my energy on drinkig water,resting,and eating lots of protein. I figure those three things will reduce many of the scenarios I could worry about.

Linda
31 weeks today!
XM's Avatar XM 02:12 AM 02-03-2003
Hi ladies! I noticed my friend Mamacita had'nt posted to tell you the wonderful news, so I'll give you a head's up... she had a beautiful homebirth in December and both babies were over 8 pounds! She feels all that protein (150g/day) made such a difference.

They are beautiful, healthy babies and I will leave the rest of the story for her to share when she (eventually) has a chance to check in

XM
NaturalJoy's Avatar NaturalJoy 06:45 AM 02-03-2003
Lex, WOW on making it to 36w. You are doing AWESOME. I am at 33w3d and feeling HUGE. I can't sleep at all anymore. I troll the internet all night. The insomnia is driving me nuts.

My baby a is head down still and baby b has gone very high and transverse. I'm praying this doesn't open up too much space down below for baby a to go transverse as well. I worry about this all the time. So, as of now, I'm on for a vaginal birth. I hired a doula this weekend

I was surprised when my perinatologist told me last week that most of the twins in their practice that are born spontaneously (no scheduled section/induction, mom not on any anti-contrax meds) come at 35w. I had read so many times the average was more like 37w. My goal is 37-38 because I really want to be able to bring my babies home with me. My OB doesn't have guidelines on when twins should be born, he said there's much more risk of them coming too early than too late, so he doesn't set a number. But, like Lex, I've read several studies that say twins just do better when born before 38w. The placenta matures faster with twins and the risk of losing amnio fluid is higher sooner. With my son, my placenta was deteriorating at 41.5w and I had little to no amnio fluid left. So if the theory holds true, then sometime before 40w, that may happen with my twins. My peri does weekly u/sounds now to measure the fluids around the babies. I know many many sets of twins that have gone 40w and been fine, but I guess there probably is something to the studies that as a whole, multiples do better born a few weeks earlier. I'm just waiting to see how things go

Anyway, I just can't wait to meet my girls! We set up our crib this weekend as a sidecar to our bed and I get so excited lying there looking at it thinking...in just a few more weeks
Tigerchild's Avatar Tigerchild 07:42 AM 02-03-2003
We are expecting identical boys in July.

We found out two weeks ago that they seem to have Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome, which is actually just as scary as it sounds. But they are doing really well, and we are ready to fly out to get laser surgery to correct it if needed.

I pretty much know that they'll need to be taken at the first sign of our smaller babe having trouble, but I've made my peace with that. In this case, it's necessary.

I am just keeping my fingers crossed that we can beat the odds.
peggy's Avatar peggy 06:50 PM 02-24-2003
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hmg7500's Avatar hmg7500 07:10 PM 02-24-2003
Thanks for bumping this up, Peggy!

Hi all! My name is Heather and my husband and I are expecting twins in July or August. My actual "due date" is August 10, but I've heard that they tend to go out the window with twins... We also have a 19 month old daughter named Bailey.

I'm just over 16 weeks and we found out at 8 weeks that we were having twins due to me being hospitalized with Hyperemis Gravidarum. While there, I insisted on an ultrasound, just to make sure the "baby" was okay. Low and behold, there were two in there!

We still can't tell their sexes or if they are identical or fraternal yet. They both have their own sac, but that doesn't mean much... we have our first appt with the perinatologist, who will do all of our ultrasounds from here on out, on March 11. Hopefully, he'll bea ble to answer more questions for us!

Hope this thread is still jumping... I want to get to "talk" with other women in the same boat.

Heather
momofmany's Avatar momofmany 07:28 PM 02-24-2003
Heather,

My girls hasd separate amnions and chorions and are identical, so you're right - doesn't mean much.

Hang in there!

Robin, MOM to homebirthed Owen & Clara 12/21/02
Identical Twin Girls!
Stayathomemommy's Avatar Stayathomemommy 10:40 PM 02-24-2003
I am 33 week and feeling great!! i have almost 9lbs of baby between the two so if it were a singleton pregnancy i would be full term. my first was under 8lbs. but i dont feel like i am at the end which is good because i still have 2 months to go. I think it must be all mental because eventhough i look like i should be giving birth any day i know that i really shouldnt and my eyes are set at 40 weeks so i am not dissappionted when they dont come early. i just have a feeling i will be part of the 13% that go to 40 weeks or behond. but who knows.

who is still out and about? i go to playgroups dayly with my toddler and there is not sign of preterm labor or bedrest. i am just as active as before. i need to be with my husband deployed so i dont go crazy in the house.

stay positive everyone!!!
NaturalJoy's Avatar NaturalJoy 11:16 AM 02-25-2003
Today marks 36w5d for me! I am huge and uncomfortable but no bedrest or problems so far. It's just hard for me to be on my feet for very long, I need to lie down a lot due to severe back pain. So, I don't go out much, it just hurts too much!

I'm hoping next week these babies make their appearance! They are both supposedly around 6lbs so I have 12lbs of baby, an extra placenta, extra fluid, etc. and my belly is about as stretched as they come.

I'm ready to get this pg over with. It's really really really hard at the end
momofmany's Avatar momofmany 01:36 AM 03-05-2003
Joy,

As painful as it sounds, the more you move the better you feel! Try swimming and a massage!

Robin, MOM to MZ twins Owen & Clara 12/21/02
Stayathomemommy's Avatar Stayathomemommy 02:05 AM 03-05-2003
i am 2 weeks or so behind you naturaljoy and i have been getting a weekly massage. its the best i feel like i have a lot more energy and the back aches are fewer. i found someone who is inexpensive and knows pregnancy massage(thats important). Lucky me!

I am amazed at your babies weights. i hope to find out that mine are growing that well. i think they dropped a couple days ago and i think baby B has flipped head down like her sister. Hope i am right and that neither one turns breach.

Has anyone dropped yet?? i think they have more dropping to do but they are definately lower then before. ahh its great to take a deep, deep breath!!
Theo's Mama's Avatar Theo's Mama 05:10 AM 03-05-2003
Hey Stayathomemommy and NaturalJoy:

Hang in there, you are almost there. You have done really really really well just to get this far with your babies and it is really hard to hang in there. I second the swimming. I swam (floated) in a warm (ish) pool several times a week until I was put on bedrest. The best thing you can do now is spoil yourself and spend as much quality time as you can with your older child, who is soon in for a BIG change!

My girls are three months now, and we are really enjoying them, seeing them smile and try to talk to us.

Anyone want to see pics?
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Paige
Stayathomemommy's Avatar Stayathomemommy 10:40 PM 03-16-2003
Hi everyone!

I am 35w4d and eventhough i want to hold out to 37 or 38 weeks i feel like i will go any day. I had a textbook labor with my daughter and so it was very clear that i was in real labor. Everything is foggy this time. I've had a good amount of enery and the nesting urge is strong but the past two days i have been needing to lay down and sleep more and more.

Then today these horrible cramps in my ligaments at my groin. it feels as thought someone kicked the back of my knees and took me out! Laying down doesnt make it 100% better either i still feel the ligament aching and they still cramp. It just feels like labor but then i am probably way off.

does anyone else have these cramps? i know they are normal but could that signal the startings of labor. my mother said she never even had contractions but just cramps. I definately had contractions with my daughter so i feel like i wont know i am in labor unless i follow the same path my labor took with dd.

any thoughts?? how is everyone?
Theo's Mama's Avatar Theo's Mama 03:34 AM 03-17-2003
I had those pains in the groin and I don't think they are labor, just pain from all that weight. I had to go on bedrest at 35 weeks and they got much better when I wasn't walking around. If you think you're going to hang in there a while longer, see if you can find one of those support belts. I didn't use one, but many people told me it helped tremendously.

Good news! the insurance paid my $85,000 hospital bill, finally! We were sweating it for a while!
laralou's Avatar laralou 03:44 PM 03-17-2003
When I went into preterm labor it felt exactly like menstral cramps but stronger. If it gets stronger to a point and then fades away, it is probably labor. If it doesn't go away and is fairly consistant, it is probably the pelvis getting ready for labor.

When I was in the hospital at 34 wks after my car accident, I kept telling them, "I am having contractions." They kept brushing me off because it wouldn't show up on the monitor. Finally one time when they came back to check, they looked at the monitor and rushed out of the room (to call the doc). When they came back in, I said, "I told you so!" Trust your instincts!
JoDoula's Avatar JoDoula 06:24 AM 04-20-2003
I wanted to introduce myself also ( I also did on another thread).. I have been reading these twins threads like crazy, and I am getting such good info from all of you! I am 28, Dh is 30, we have two boys 7 and 4 whom we homeschool. WE had the shock of our lives back in Feb. when we learned we were having twins! We found out they are b/g, and are really excited coupled with waves of fear! I am a doula and childbirth educator, and we are having a homebirth with two wonderful midwives and a doula friend also. I love to hear the great weights on these babies! I am feeling well, but learning I can not walk very far anymore without that nasty pelvic pressure/pain. This is such a different pregnancy for me, but I am thinking positive thoughts of full term and healthy babies! Thanks for being here, I can not tell you how alone we felt at first having such a different parenting style, and then twins on top of that!
hotmamacita's Avatar hotmamacita 06:55 AM 04-20-2003
Hello. I recently had twins at home. (I think my friend XM gave y'all heads up about my story.) Yes, they were 8 pounds 3 ounces and 8 pounds 14 ounces and born at 40+ weeks. PROTEIN AND WATER!!!!!!!! Anne Fry has a good section on Twins in Holistic Midwifery.

Oh, I am being paged. I'll post more later.
momofmany's Avatar momofmany 11:43 AM 04-20-2003
I didn't find her section to have much info at all. If you're into medical literature (which I actually found very reassuring, despite what the docs gleen from it) I'll look up the name of this one book...

Robin, MOM to Owen & Clara
MZ girls born at home! 12/21/02
punky's Avatar punky 10:26 PM 05-14-2003
hi everyone,

i thought i had introduced myself here, but maybe not...i am currently 26 weeks pregnant with fraternal b/b twins, and have 2.5 year old fraternal b/b twins at home. nothing like lightning striking twice eh?

my first 2 were born at 38.5 weeks and weighed 6'12" and 7'11". the predictions are that these 2 will be even bigger, and i believe it because i feel huge!!

-krista
hotmamacita's Avatar hotmamacita 10:11 PM 08-05-2003
Punky-

Congrats.

How are you doing?
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