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Hey! I thought is would be nice to have a thread for those of us expecting multiples since there seems to be a bunch of us lately (4 or 5 in my DDC alone)! We can discuss questions, thoughts, concerns related to carrying more than one baby in our belly . Any comments from experienced multiple mamas are welcome!

Anyone interested?

My name is Melinda, I am almost 20 weeks and just found out about 10 days ago that I was expecting b/g twins. I have 2 toddlers at home. We are pretty excited and slightly overwhelmed .

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I had thought about starting a thread on the pregnancy board. This is a great idea! I'm Miriam, 24 weeks along with my trio and all are doing very well. There is a period of shock attached with finding out about multiples, but I can say that it soon wears off and then you can't imagine having only one. It took me a couple of weeks and dh still has his moments.

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Maybe we should move to the pregnancy board? Would that get more of us involved?

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20 weeks pregnant with b/b twins!

I'm Cassandra and I have a 22month old DD at home. I'm glad you started this thread here, because I never check the Pregnant forum!
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yeah, our little thread may get lost in the pregnancy forum.

First question....have you changed/modified your birth plans at all once finding out about the twins (or more) or are you sticking with your original plan for the most part?

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We changed. I found that a c/s is done for triplets because the monitoring equipment gets confused with all the babes and often they are small and have problems (G-d forbid!) So I nixed the idea of a natural birth with a midwife. We are also having more u/s now.

I am still going to cd and bf although the pressure is unbelivable from friends not to cd. They think I'll make it 3 days and then go to sposies.

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Hey there I am 13.5 weeks pregnant with twins, we will find out their sex at our 20 week u/s, not something we planned on doing for a singleton! We found out at 7.5 weeks so our natural CNM plans turned sour very quickly. I am currently with an OB and not liking it at all. I would really love a homebirth but DH just doesn't feel comfortable, argh. It is turning out to be a totally medicalized event, in the OR, with nine million people present, but they won't let my doula in! Apparently only they get to pick who the nine million people are and one more would simply make it too crowded . Has anyone found a way to have a natural twin hospital birth?

Congrats everyone and looking forward to getting to know y'all!
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Miriam-I must have overlooked your trio instead of twins earlier . Yeah, you would be hard pressed to find someone willing to deliver 3 naturally from all that I have recently read. WOW, three! Very cool.

Thankfully, my oldest is currently potty learning or I could possibly have 4 in cloth . It is amazing that some people think that BF/CD more than 1 newborn is next to impossible. They obviously don't know our dedication to things that are important to us .

My birth plan is basically the same. I was planning a midwife attended unmedicated vag delivery in a hospital and I still plan to do this. As long as baby A is head down for delivery, they are willing to deliver baby B breech, I believe. I have a long list of questions for my next appt in 2 weeks.

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Midwestmama- I am so jealous that you found a CNM who takes twins! Here it is a combination of "high risk" and being a teaching school they only let the OBs handle twins, grrr!
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Hi Everyone!

I'm Anna and Rich (my husband) and I are currently 25W1D with Identical Twin Girls. We also have a 15 month old, girl too! I am loving that our house is going to be complete with four women!

Our girls were diagnosed Monoamniotic at about 17W, and we are considered high risk because of that. Basically, they are swimming around in the same amniotic sac and they are at a constant risk for cord compression during the pregnancy. We chose 26W as viability, and I will be having daily non-stress testing until 34W or the until the girls show heartrate decels that require delivery.

I SO wanted a VBAC too, especially since this is our last pregnancy! I breastfed R until she weaned herself during this pregnancy, and we've cloth diapered her from birth. I plan to go it the same route with the twins.

Miriam - I think I must have the "crunchiest" Peri on the block. When I told him we wanted a vaginal birth, he informed us that he strongly encouraged moms of triplets to go for vaginal, but wouldn't risk it with us. I was impressed! We had a hard enough time finding anyone that would let us VBAC when we thought we had a single... I was literally shocked that he was all for higher multiples to attempt vaginal!

Nice to "meet" you all.
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Hi there! I'm Paula and 33 weeks tomorrow with b/b twins. You know, we found out at 5.5 weeks and I'm *still* adjusting. We have one older son, 3.5, who is as excited about meeting his brothers as we are. I'm on modified bedrest as contractions started at about 31 weeks that were a bit worriesome. Luckily, we're pretty much out of the danger zone and I can start moving around again.

It's a wild and hard ride, and as much as I'll miss it, I think I'm pretty much ready for it to be over. The next stage, however, scares the bejeebers out of me!
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Hi y'all. i'm lurking, since my twin pregnancy ended 2 weeks ago today , but wanted to chime in and tell y'all congratulations, and that diapering 3 isn't all that hard. i just have to wash every day.

best of luck to all of you!
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Jenn- I need to work out all of the details with my midwife (I saw another midwife right after my sono b/c mine was delivering a baby), but I didn't get any indication that I would have to switch to an OB (fingers crossed). They may have to have an OB closeby, but I think the midwife can actually deliver if things are going ok.

Hi Anna and Paula!

You guys reading any twin books? I got the three rec. in the sticky in this forum.

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Reading Elizabeth Noble's book and I read Barbara Luke's book when we first found out we were having twins. I am waiting on Mothering Multiples to arrive, and we're both reading the Sears Premature Baby Book.

We also bought two of the "mainstream" twin books to see milestones and have a week-by-week glance at what's going on inside this huge belly!
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I LOVE Barbara Luke's book and also the Sears one. I am waiting for the new MM to come out. I've started reccomending both to people having twins or trips (found 3 of them since I got pg!)

Midwestmom, I never thought to ask the peri. I asked the OB but I'll see my peri tomorrow and find out. Maybe I'll luck out and if he says yes, I'll go for it.

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Originally Posted by midwestmom
yeah, our little thread may get lost in the pregnancy forum.

First question....have you changed/modified your birth plans at all once finding out about the twins (or more) or are you sticking with your original plan for the most part?


For anyone interested, I have a "fill in the blanks" birth plan for twins and some triplets at my web site: www.karengromada.com/ under "articles." It accommodates surgical births too, and includes preferences for postpartum/initiating BF as well.

Someone asked about unmedicated hospital birth with twins... I had an unmedicated birth with my twin sons many moons ago. It can be done, but it may take time to interview to find an OB care provider, etc.

For whoever asked about MM, the revision is at LLLI being laid out. Hopefully, it will be available very soon. I hope you find it helpful!

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Thanks for the link!

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Hi ladies, I am 5 weeks pregnant. Through using a pendulum/muscle testing, I think I am carrying twin boys.

Anyway, those of you who found out you were carrying multiples early on, how could you tell?

BTW, my symptoms with this pregnancy are more, my pg test came back stronger earlier, and I have already gained 5 pounds-- yikes! I should add that I have an 18-month-old already too.

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Okay obviously I am reading the twin books wrong . I really want to get my hands on Karen's book but haven't yet... I liked that Luke's book emphasized nutrition and diet although I thought the rest of it was a little scary, in fact I retitled it "Everything you didn't know that could go wrong in a twin pregnancy, and the high odds of it happening to you." and Noble's book is similar and her anti-dairy take is a little extreme. Likening the recommendation of eating dairy to elective c-sections, um hello? Not the same... Anywho maybe I just shouldn't read the books!
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See, I'm the opposite. I read her book (and watch those stupid multiples birth shows on TLC) and it just makes me more determined not to go that way. Also, I just look up the medical stuff as needed after a quick read through and use the nutrition sections so much more.

Cajun Mom, I hate to tell you, but I had no pg symptoms except tiredness and a fish adversion until the end of the 1st trimester. Also, my HCG and prog was always smack in the middle of normal and even though I started getting a belly at 5 weeks, I didn't actually gain any weight. It was more like stuff was shifting around. We were under the care of an RE so once I had my bfp I had blood tests twice a week. We had an u/s at 6 weeks to check the pg and they were discovered. I also fasted for Yom Kippur (26 hours no food or water) the day before we found out there were 3 and had no problems with it. In fact, it was one of my easiest fasts! Good luck getting a good OB and I hope you get the pregnancy you wish for!

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Such a good idea to start this thread...I'd been searching Mothering for something like it!
I'm currently 16 1/2 weeks with twins, which we found out about around 14 weeks. We don't plan to find out the sex beforehand--at my earliest appt, they gave a reasonable guess that the kiddos are identical.
My pg symptoms were pretty much the same as with my DD--nearly nonexistent! I was just a touch more tired on a couple of days and had a couple of days of feeling a little queasy. Only in the past week or so have I gotten markedly bigger than I did when pg with DD (I look now like I did at 20 weeks with her).
As far as birth plans go, I have the same ideals, but I've accomodated for a lot more "what ifs." I have decided to go outside our military medical system (thank goodness), since none of the midwives are authorized to see me now (and the hospital's pediatric unit is a joke). I'm fortunate to be able to choose my OB and have chosen one on the strong recommendation of a number of friends--he is very accomodating, informative and natural-birth-friendly. He's also one of the few docs in our town who attends all of his patients' deliveries. He also delivers at our town's only hospital with a Level III NICU. So, I'm anxious to see what the future holds!

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I was careful when reading Noble (not done with this one) and Lukes books not to freak myself out and just used the info that was the most helpful to me....mostly the nutrition stuff. I soaked in the positive and looked at the warnings/complications as something to work hard to avoid. I am just starting Mothering Multiples .

I was VERY sick from week 6-11. VERY sick. I didn't have m/s with my first 2 pregnancies. I was growing faster but not gaining any more weight than my singles. I have REALLY blossomed in the last 2 weeks per everyone at work.

Caitlin320-I will be anxious to hear what you find out!

Thanks to Karen for checking in with us newbies. Please do so frequently .

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Yeah, it is so much fun when you show up to lunch with friends and they say, "Wow, Miriam, you are HUGE!" or "You get bigger every time I see you."

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At least when total strangers comment that it looks like twins in there b/c of my huge belly, I can say- THERE ARE!

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I love to just say "no" when strangers ask me about twins. Depending on how I feel and how they ask/react I tell them or I just leave it. Like the woman who told me that I would soon just want it to end. :

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and if one more person asks me with bewilderment in their voice if I am going to BF twins.......I may freak out on them. I have been asked this alot in the last 2 days.

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Hi everyone,

I am 30 weeks pregnant with twins. I found out at my 20 week ultrasound and I'm still shocked. They are # 4 and 5. I wanted just one more baby. HA! (DH didn't want any, ooooopss!! ). For the first few weeks after finding out, I was so anxious about the birth. My midwife is unable to be my primary provider. She did however suggest an OB in the office and offered to attend the birth. But the doc and I have already bumped heads. I do not feel too comfortable with the doc right now, but I have put to rest some of my anxiety, because I have trust in my body. The main problem I have is that if BOTH babies are not vertex at the onset of labor they will perform a C-sect. HOW RIDICULOUS! Major abdominal surgery for postion reasons only. I have tried looking for other providers, but pretty much get the same story. I have had 3 non-medicated vaginal births, can a breech delivery be THAT bad????

Well, good luck to everyone!!

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I'm lurking here, but thought I could answer a couple questions.

Jenn-

I have b/g twins, they are 14 months today. I delivered naturally. Although had to have an epi since the risk was so high. This was in case one needed turned (which my son did after his sis was born) and in case of an emergency c-section. Things went pretty well. I delivered at 37 weeks after 6 wks bedrest. The babies were 6 lbs 3 oz and 6 lbs 11 oz. About 20 minutes apart. My son was exhausting to deliver since he was last, after all it is giving birth twice in one day!

Mia-

I learned to never say never! First we didn't want any more, so we sold everything. Then decided to try for "just one more"! HA!

Good luck to all of you and if I can be of help to anyone just let me know.
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Mia-I just recently found out about my twins too and the sono tech (I haven't had a chance to ask my midwife yet) says that in their office, they will deliver baby B breech if baby A is vertex. I have also read this alot in the research I have recently done. I would specifically ask about this possibility. Congrats on your twins!

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Oh my gosh, I am so glad I found this thread! I have been visiting another twin message board, but not really clicking with the girls there. They all seem to think their doctors are God and are totally ok with all the interventions they are being offered. Not me!

I am 30 weeks pregnant with twin boys. I have a 23 month old son at home. I am really excited about the twins, but not so much about the medical "care" I have been receiving. Does anyone else feel like they are being treated like a time bomb about to go off? It's like they are just waiting for complications to happen so they can treat them.

My doctor (I couldn't find a midwife willing to deliver without an OB present) did at least say he is willing to deliver twin B breech if necessary, so that's good. But he is telling me he wants me to have an epidural in case he needs to perform a breech extraction or a c-section. Is anyone else hearing this?
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