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01-09-2014 08:05 PM
mrsandmrs It's okay, erin. We're glad to have you. Congrats!!
01-09-2014 02:20 PM
eaustin Oh no! I guess I didn't pay attention to the year! This is an old tread:)
01-09-2014 02:14 PM
eaustin Hello!

My name is Erin
You and maybe your partners age at the birth?
I will be 36, hubby 37
Are the babies Mono or Di or what combo of both?
Di/di
What number of kids will is be for you?
4&5!
Sexes? Will you be finding out?
Will find out Jan 30th
EDD and or planned birth timing?
6/27/14 edd
State you live in?
Austin, Tx
Anything else you want to share?
Twins-what a surprise! I am terrified of having five young ones as I feel we are already crazy with our 3 girls (ages 2, 4, & 7). It is exciting though, and I'm sure everything will fall into place. My previous deliveries have been natural with the last two being home births. I am planning home births for these little ones as well, but trying to keep an open mind to the possibility things might have to change. I am 16 weeks now and feeling very daunted by the path that lies ahead-feeling so very pregnant already! I am happy to have found camaraderie here:)
10-09-2013 12:49 PM
lilacvioletiris

The one older doctor that knows how to deliver breach babies told me last week he won't do it. I don't think the hospital I am at is very open to breach either. At this point I am praying my other baby turns vertex and it will be a none issue or that like you said, the baby will flip itself around once the other baby is out of the way. I have heard of the opposite happening were the second vertex baby turned breach after the first was out, so this configuration seems fine to me. Anything can happen in delivery.

 

Well day 2 of the GD meal plan is going better.  Yesterday I didn't pay attention to the carbs in the veggies and proteins I was eating and it seemed to keep my blood sugars high. At supper I paid attention to them and took a 10 minute walk after supper and my sugars were fine. Today I have been paying attention to all carbs and so far my sugars have all be in the correct range.  We will see how supper goes.

10-09-2013 10:55 AM
Yelena22z

Good luck with the GD.  Focus on eating lots of protein and healthy fats and hopefully it will resolve / be controlled.  Never eat a carb without a protein/fat at the same time.

 

Regarding baby positioning.  Only A needs to be head down.  Baby B often "swims" around after A is out and changes position.  But even that being said, its easier for doctors to deliver the second baby if he/she is breach!  After the first comes out you are streched nicely...doctor may shove in his/her hand up there and grab the baby out by the foot. This is what happened to me and seems like the norm (watched some videos that showed the same)....unless baby B stays head down and comes out on his/her own.   Make sure your doctor agrees with this or try new doctor!!!

10-08-2013 03:55 AM
lilacvioletiris

did my diabetes education yesterday. The only "earth shattering news" was that for gestational diabetes, I am not supposed to eat fruit or drink juice or milk at breakfast. I guess that is when pregnancy hormones mess the most with insulin. Basically they said eat dinner for breakfast. Carb counting is the other big thing, but I had been doing that already. 15 grams of carbohydrate is one carb exchange and my dietician gave me how many carb exchanges I am supposed to eat at each meal and snack. Learning how to take my blood sugar was a trying experience. It is a tiny needle of which I am thankful, but it still hurts. Thankfully my fasting blood sugar was well below the max value this morning it was an 86 when it is supposed to be less than 95. When I did my test for gestational diabetes, I had a fasting blood sugar of 96. Having to report twice weekly for the rest of the pregnancy is just an annoyance. Like I need another thing on my plate. That and I have to do my blood sugar fasting and one hour after breakfast, lunch, and supper.

09-28-2013 01:50 AM
lilacvioletiris

I am hoping that diet and exercise will control my GD too. Currently the headdown baby is the one most likely to come out first, so that is good. One day at a time.

09-27-2013 05:51 PM
mrsandmrs I'm sorry to hear about that. Maybe/hopefully you can control your sugar with your diet and not need insulin? I hate needles too, so I really empathize with your feelings about it.

Which baby is head down? My doc said it was okay to deliver vaginally if baby a were head down, because a breech baby b can be turned after A is out of the way. Might be worth a conversation with your doc if A is head down. Good luck!!!
09-27-2013 04:50 PM
lilacvioletiris Well, I ended up driving myself. I probably should have had someone drive me.

Went out to eat, ordered, then found that I forgot my wallet in my swim bag from yesterday. Thankfully I had my checkbook so I had to drive to the grocery store and got food.

I am bummed because the results came back that I had four elevated blood sugars. My fasting was 96 when the cut off is 94, then at one hour it was 205 and the cut off was 179, then at at two hours it was 245 when the cut off was 154, then at three hours it was 162 when the cut off was 139. I cried a bunch this afternoon because I hate needles and having to do blood sugar measures several times a day is not something I look forward to.

The ultrasound showed that one baby is head down and the other is breech. Hopefully the breech baby will go back to head down. They are 2 pounds 13oz and 2 pounds 10 oz at 28 weeks.
09-27-2013 10:23 AM
mrsandmrs I was told to eat normally before the test as well.

I would recommend having someone drop you off and pick you up. After fasting for 15 hrs (12+3) drinking 100 grams of sugar and getting 4 blood draws, I felt unsafe to drive. I can't believe they let people drive themselves.
09-26-2013 04:24 PM
rynkat I'm another one who failed the 1 hr and then passed the 3 hr. There is hope. I wish there were more standard instructions on exactly what to do with your diet prior to taking the test. The nurse at my OB's office told me to limit carbs for 3 days prior to the 3 hr test since I "probably had GD" (she didn't really have a clue about things) but I read a lot of contradictory instructions elsewhere. I ended up eating normally and fasting 12 hrs ahead of time. My results were perfect. So much stress to get there though.

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I wasn't told to limit my carbs, just eat "normally" for 3 days then fast the night before. I talked to my sister who said she also failed the 1 hour then passed the three hour test so her is to hoping.[/quot
09-26-2013 12:00 PM
lilacvioletiris I wasn't told to limit my carbs, just eat "normally" for 3 days then fast the night before. I talked to my sister who said she also failed the 1 hour then passed the three hour test so her is to hoping.
09-26-2013 11:42 AM
esenbee2 I failed the 1 hour and passed the 3 day strict carb limit diet, fast overnight, 3 hour test. The blood draw for my 3 hour was horrendous. I had crazy bruises for 3 weeks after.
09-26-2013 07:35 AM
lilacvioletiris

I will definitely be talking and getting up to get a drink ( I learned that I can drink water during the test) and getting up to use the bathroom because I am drinking water :) I want to make sure they can get the blood out so being hydrated is really important. The phlebotomist had a tough time on the one hour. Checked both arms, then finally went with my hand. I hope I pass the 3 hour tomorrow. I am been basically following the diabetic diet from Dr. Luke's book so I was surprised that I didn't pass the 1 hour. I am hoping the "fasting" makes the difference. Is it a larger amount of sugar I have to drink? I hope that first hour test is better than what I got on the GD screening test.

09-25-2013 03:09 PM
mrsandmrs

I failed the 1 hour test at like, 17 weeks. then i passed the 3 hour fasting test, although it was possibly the worst experience of my life. i decided if i failed the 1-hour again later in my pregnancy, i would just refuse the 3 hour and ask to be treated as if i were diabetic. when i had to take the 1-hour again at 28 weeks, i passed it just fine, even though they had a lower cut-off than the earlier test. (i switched practitioners at 20 weeks, so a lot of things changed). apparently like 80% of the people who fail the one hour go on to pass the three hour, so i hope that you fall into that category. i also walked a lot during my 3-hour test, which apparently helps you metabolize the gross sugar syrup better. good luck. GD testing seems to be extra stressful with multiples. 

09-25-2013 12:09 PM
lilacvioletiris AFM, I failed the one hour GD test. I had a blood sugar of 189 when it is supposed to be under 130. Boo! Now I have to take the 3 hour fasting test. I haven't fasted for 10 hours this pregnancy. I often wake up and eat a nighttime snack greensad.gif With twins I always seem to be hungry.
09-23-2013 03:37 PM
lilacvioletiris

This morning I drank my "glucola" for the gestational diabetes test, sat for an hour waiting for the sugar to course through my system and I managed not to throw up! Sugar has not been my friend this pregnancy - gives me a tummy ache every time I eat something sugary. I felt so bad for 2 other ladies who where there for 3 hour gestational diabetes tests. I sure hope I pass. Phlebotomist had a hard time finding a vein to get blood from and there was a lady across the way who had all sorts of vials that needed to be filled and it wasn't going well. I had my phlebotomist close the curtain around my "chair" so I didn't have to watch the agony on the other side of the room.

 

Hit up a sale at Motherhood Maternity then it was back to my town to get the oil changed in my car and the headlight fixed so DH isn't driving to work "half dark" when I take his car.

 

I have done some baking to warm up the house while I respond to emails from teachers. It is 63 degrees F inside and 57 degrees F outside.

09-18-2013 03:46 PM
lilacvioletiris Ememers, that is so exciting that you are getting two boys. Hope the brain cysts subside. I hadn't heard of that before. I didn't do the Materniti21 test so I have no input on that.
09-18-2013 11:39 AM
mrsandmrs

congrats on a good ultrasound, ememers! we seem to specialize in twin boys around here. we did the MaternitT21 test with our twins. Did you have any questions about it? 

09-18-2013 11:02 AM
ememers

Just had our anatomy ultrasound.  I am currently just shy of 19 weeks and both babies were measuring around 20 weeks.  I was super rushed at the end and didn't hear the estimated weights, but I have a follow-up appointment tomorrow and will ask more questions then.  The sonogram took 2 hours and I was late to pick up my older DS at preschool, so I just had to get the highlights and get out of there!  Things look good for both babies, definitely each have their own placenta and sac.  Both showed some choriod plexus cysts (benign cysts in the brain), but they should resolve by 30 weeks or so.  

 

Did anyone do the MaterniT21 test with twins?  I am having blood drawn for it tomorrow.  It seems like one of the only newer genetic tests (blood draw only) that has good reliability for twins.  

 

Oh, and they are both definitely boys! 

09-14-2013 04:02 AM
lilacvioletiris

That is so cool that your little boys arrived safe and are eating well. Congratulations mrsandmrs!

09-13-2013 10:36 PM
mrsandmrs I can't believe i forgot to update this forum. My twins were born august 13, at 36 weeks and 4 days. I had a scheduled c-section for 37 weeks, but baby a broke his water early! Baby A was breech, despite acupuncture, chiropractic / webster technique, moxa, spinning babies & everything else. It was a real lesson in the things you can't control ( like everything with twin parenting, I'm finding). So I had a c-section. Baby a was 4lbs 7 oz and Baby B was 6 lbs 1 oz. My boys were born screaming, thank goodness. We skipped the nicu & made it home in 2 days. Breastfeeding has bern challenging, but they are a month old now and we have not had to use any formula. Everything had been different from what I expected, but it is amazing. I'm so tired and I feel crazy most hours of every day, but it gets a little better every day. It helps that they are so freaking adorable.



09-07-2013 07:35 PM
lilacvioletiris

Welcome bantam! It is really exciting expecting twins.

09-07-2013 06:23 PM
bantamchick I'm also expecting Di Di twins 14th feb 2014. Very excited and happy to be having twins as it was not expected! I am 37 years old and these will be my husband I and i's 3rd and 4th child. Haven't asked the sex yet although the doctors know as I had to have an amnio due to low papp a. FISH results were clear but still waiting on full panel. So far so good health wise- still have a bit of morning vomiting but otherwise all good. Anxiety is my main problem, worrying about both twins making it I guess, just hoping soon I will be able to relax and enjoy the pregnancy x would love to connect with other mums expecting twins x
09-06-2013 04:05 AM
lilacvioletiris

Welcome ememers! I am having two boys as well sometime in Dec as long as I can keep them on the inside. I would totally recommend Dr. Barbara Luke's book "When you are expecting twins, triplets, or quads: proven guidelines for a healthy multiple pregnancy". She discusses prenatal nutrition and ways to stave off preterm labor - things like drinking lots of water. I think I drink between 12 and 16 cups a day. If I drink less than my belly gets uncomfortable. It is my first pregnancy so I am not as aware of "contractions" per se, but I think I have started having Braxton Hicks contractions lately. I guess the best advice I have been given is "Don't stand if you can sit, don't sit if you can lay down." Getting rest periods through out the day to lay down has been crucial for me. I try to go to a prenatal swim class twice a week. Being in the water feels so good and I feel light. The exercise is important as well to get my body ready for labor. I am hoping/planning for a vaginal delivery of my twins. Right now they are both head down and I hope they stay that way. The babies sure like to stretch me out and somedays it is beyond painful - especially right around my belly button - there is a 2 inch thick by 5 inch wide area on either side of my belly button that just seemed to be on fire as my belly has stretched. It is getting better now, but every now and then there is a stabbing, fire brand like feeling. Then it goes away seemingly as quickly as it began.

 

Then there is the nausea and food aversions - actually during the first trimester it was taste and smell of food that bothered me the most - now it is nausea brought on by acid reflux that has brought on vomiting - I didn't vomit during the first trimester but now I vomit for no apparent reason probably once a week. So annoying. Dr. said with twins the relaxin hormone causes the acid reflux to be stronger/worse/earlier than with a singleton pregnancy. 

 

In Dr. Luke's book (p. 185-186) she does mention that weekly injections of progesterone beginning at around 19 weeks gestation reduced preterm labors by one third in women with singleton pregnancies and Dr. Luke said it may prove beneficial for women expecting multiples. Since you know you are at risk, it seems like something to consider trying.

09-05-2013 08:36 AM
ememers

Hi mamas!  Just found out that we are expecting twins, thought I'd join the discussion!

 

Name? (if you feel like it) Emily

You and maybe your partners age at the birth? me 32, DH 33

Are the babies Mono or Di or what combo of both? Di/Di, I think.  

What number of kids will is be for you? #2 and #3, we have a 3.5 year old son

Sexes? Will you be finding out? both boys

EDD and or planned birth timing? Due 2/14/2014

State you live in?  Just outside of Washington, DC on the Maryland side


Anything else you want to share?  The news came as a pretty big surprise!  We hadn't even heard the heartbeat yet and went in for an appointment just shy of 16 weeks (we were traveling over the summer, so went a long time between prenatal appointments).  The midwife thought I was measuring big (I had been feeling that way too) so she sent us for a sonogram.  It was schedule for 2 days later, so I basically didn't sleep for two days worried something was horribly wrong, but as soon as the tech put the probe on my belly two heads popped up.  They appear to each have their own placenta and sac and they are both boys.  I'm close to 17 weeks and now scrambling to find the right provider as my midwives won't do twins. 

 

I also have a history of pre-term labor with my son (I went into labor at 32 weeks, he was breech and was born via emergency c-section when they couldn't stall the labor).  The c-section was actually a better experience than I had feared, so although I would like to avoid one this time around if possible, I am no longer afraid of it (and the likelihood of finding someone in this area to support VBAC twins is slim).  DS spent a month in the NICU though, and I would very much like to avoid that if at all possible.

 

I have some questions.  Obviously I need to ask my OB but I'm still in between practices...

 

***I'm almost 17 weeks but still experiencing lots of "first tri" symptoms like nausea and food aversions.  Never experienced this with my son and I was expecting them to lift around the end of the first tri.  Do they stick around longer in twin pregnancies because of the double dose of hormones?  Did anyone else experience this?  When did it lift for you??

 

***I feel really sore a lot of the time, especially underneath my belly.  It gets better when I lay down, but I don't think it's really contractions, as my belly isn't hard at all.  Could I just be stretching, or could it be the c-section scar getting stretched?  I'm hyper-aware of pre-term labor risks.

 

***My midwife was recommending (even before I knew it was twins) weekly prophylactic progesterone injections.  There is some evidence they can help prevent pre-term labor.  Has anyone done this?  It hasn't been studied as much in twin pregnancies (like everything).  I'm not wild about the idea but am very aware that I need to do whatever I can to prevent pre-term labor.  

 

Hardest thing right now?  Getting enough food!  Lots of things that I normally love to eat turn me off these days, so I wish I could just eat air, but I'm working hard at getting enough calories and especially protein.  SO HARD!

 

Looking forward to getting to know the mamas on here!  Here's hoping we all get to bake our babies as long as they need. :)

--ememers

09-01-2013 09:20 AM
esenbee2 Great to hear everything is going good lilac!

It's been 3 weeks since they were born and I realized that I never shared their birth story on this thread.

Birth StoryAfter a day of laundry and cleaning the kitchen, bathroom, hallway wall and baseboards, my water breaks at around 8. I was sittig coloring with DD and I went to get up and it gushed. Called DSp to come home, called my doula, called my Dr. My contractions start about an hour and a half later. I took a shower, ate a little, waited for my mom to pick up DD, got food for DSp on the way, stopped amd got batteries for the camera. We got all monitored up around 11. Contractions were easy and I able to just breathe to get through them. My doula arrived and contractions picked up. I wasn't able to have remote monitoring because it didn't have the capability to do 2 babies. I wasn't able to have intermittent monitoring because they were 34 weeks. The belts weren't working properly and the nurse had to adjust them all the time. I was highly frustrated. I was denied my request to not have an OR delivery. I was very pissed. I hate doing this in a hospital that dictates everything. My doula ended up needing to leave to go to an ER because of being in a lot of pain, having fever and chills and shakes. She had a breast infection (can't spell that m word....) and needed an antibiotic. She did send in her backup doula, who was nice enough and really was very knowledgeable. She has the most experience in my area. We didn't really connect with her, but she still helped a lot. As contractions came on stronger and closer, it was sooooo hard to not give up. I yelled a lot more than I wanted to! I really didn't think I could do it. I felt like I needed to push, they checked me and I was 8. They were having me breathe through the pushing contractions until the Dr. arrived and the OR got set up. Pushing felt good so I pushed without telling them. I was hoping to pop out the babies in labor and delivery..... I got wheeled to the OR where they kept talking stirrups. I was VERY firm that it was not going to happen and I would birth sitting up. My Dr. got there amd checked me and I was clear to push whenever. Baby A came out in 2 contractions, so small and pale and needed to be wisked away across the room  but I did get to hold him for a brief second all naked and bloody  It took a few contractions for Baby B to come to crowning and pushing. They checked to make sure it was Baby B and not the placenta or cord. Baby B took more pushes and it was a lot harder (he was bigger). He came out in his sac and with their placenta! They had to hurry and cut the cord. I got hold him naked and bloody too before he was taken across the room. I got to hold them again all bundled before they left for the nicu. Baby A got an oxygen tube right away, Baby B was fine, but taken because he was premature. I didn't tear a bit, I got cleaned up and sent to a multi curtain "anesthia recovery' room. 3 hours later I got to go to the nicu to see them...


Fast forward to today, the boys have been home from the hospital for 6 days, after 16 days in the NICU. They are doing just great. Breastfeeding is going well and i have a crazy supply by pumping so much at the hopital. Even though I was instructed to only breastfeed 3 times a day and add in 1 a week. I think I'm going to reverse it and only do fortified breast milk bottles 3 times a day. That is how many they will have when I have to put them in daycare soon...
08-31-2013 08:27 AM
lilacvioletiris

Went for our 24 week  ultrasound to check on the growth of our boys.  Everything is right on path for a 24 week old baby which was reassuring.  Baby A was 1 pound 8 ounces and Baby B was 1 pound 9 ounces so they are growing equally well which is good.

 

I talked to the doctor about the "laboring" in the OR and found out that although the tour guide said I wouldn't have to go the OR unless I was getting a C section, the doctor said that will go to the OR once I get to the pushing stage of labor. When I asked her about the last natural birth she had attended, she couldn't come up with an example. She said the last few times she has been on call there were lots of scheduled C-sections.  Yeah, that doesn't make me particularly comfortable since I would like to avoid a c-section if at all possible.  Right now both my boys are head down, which is good.

 

Talked with DH about circumcision and he says he doesn't have any strong feelings one way or another on it so that makes me hopefully that we can agree that no circumcision is necessary for our boys.

08-22-2013 03:17 AM
lilacvioletiris

Craziest feeling having my baby boys kicking me on opposite sides of my belly - 23 weeks today, 17 weeks or less to go! DH and I decided on a doula for our birth. I am excited to have someone there to "mother me" while I go through labor and delivery. DH has such a hard time seeing me in pain and he truly has no experience with birth - except a traumatic video he watched when he was 8 while eating his lunch at school one day - some principal showed a video with lots of blood and noise and DH mentions it as a defining point in his fear of birth. I need DH to be calm and docile and having someone else there to remind us, "yep this is normal, this is what birth can be like" will be important for my mental state and for his.

 

Today I need to sort through the mounds of baby stuff that I have been receiving so I can put clothes for when my boys are bigger in the attic. Right now my front porch is a holding area for all things baby. My spare room has a bunch of stuff from the attic that I need to sort through and for the most part purge so I have room to put the babies :)

 

How many other pregnant mommies do we have left or have most people had their twins? How are things going?

08-20-2013 12:15 PM
Quinalla Sorry ladies for disappearing, just was so busy on maternity leave. If someone wants to start a new thread, feel free as I know I won't have time to keep it updated, but I'm glad folks were able to continue to chat here at least! Things are going great, just got back to work FT last Monday. Babies have their 4 month appointment next Monday and are adjusting well to daycare. Congrats to everyone who is new to the group or had their twins, I'll try and catch up with you all as I can!
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