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Hi!<br><br>
I'm new here and almost 18 weeks along with twins diagnosed on early ultrasound at 9 weeks ish. I have an ultrasound on Friday to do the anatomy scan, and we've heard two heartbeats during prenatals, so I'm pretty sure we're a "go."<br><br>
I have 4 older children (7, almost 5, 2 1/2, 15 months) and am due in April. I'm done with the panicking and am embracing the insanity at this point, if that makes any sense. Ah well... God has a sense of humor. Got pregnant the day after my son's 1st birthday. With twins. And I hit 36 weeks on April Fools Day. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
I had a question about how you tell twin positioning. I'm generally quite good knowing what singletons are doing, but twins are confusing the living daylights out of me! If I had to guess, I really think one keeps hiding behind the other one so that one is close to my spine and the other is more outwards, and it makes it hard to be able to determine positioning and to get that second heartrate. When I can feel two backs, I can get two heartbeats pretty easily. When I can only feel the one back (but at way too high an elevation from my belly, if that makes sense?) I can only get one heartbeat.<br><br>
I've got a history of pregnancy loss, and this is driving me absolutely up the wall. Have other people who have been pregnant with twins or more had trouble getting some heartbeats some of the time? And is there anything I should be doing to encourage good positioning for labor? I gave birth to an 11 lber, and a 10 lber with 17 1/2 inch shoulders. If I didn't get a c-section for that? I sure as heck don't want to get one for some dinky little 6 1/2 to 8lbers. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
Any other advice for a pretty experienced mom but one with no experience with multiples? Thank you in advance!
 

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Welcome <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/banana.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="banana"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/banana.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="banana"><br><br>
I'm pretty impressed that you're over the shock already <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
I had no idea where my twins were at any point during my pregnancy, other than when baby A was kicking me in the cervix <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/angry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="angry"> (she was breech from about 24 weeks on). It's still pretty early on and despite the fact that you probably feel about 8-9 months pregnant, there is room in there to flip about still!<br><br>
I was also never fully sure that we were getting two different heart beats with the doppler as ours were always so close together in number.<br><br>
I always suggest that people watch this <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7E-wULAaD50" target="_blank">video</a>, as it is VERY inspiring in terms of natural birth of twins/trips...<br><br>
I'd also start lining up some help for the first few months...or as long as you can get it!! For me that was KEY in surviving and being able to exclusively bf two babies.<br><br>
It's an awesome journey mama <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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Congratulations!!!! Your older children are almost the exact same ages that mine were when I was pregnant with my twins. Mine were 6, 4, 3, and 17 months when my twins were born.<br><br>
When I went into labor both of my babies were breech. They were born at 39 weeks at 6 pounds 6 ounces and 7 pounds 6 ounces at home without incident (well, unless you consider a slight footling presentation an "incident" but it was fine in the end <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">).<br><br>
We did occasionally have issues getting a heart beat since for a long while Ben was snuggled behind Claire in the back of my uterus. I consented to having a few more scans than we normally would have with a singleton. All was well every time we saw them. Figuring out positioning in the end was a NIGHTMARE! Too much baby squooshed in my little body! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> We ended up having a final scan the day before I went into labor to make sure Claire wasn't footling <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> She wasn't....yet. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
Good luck! Welcome to the board!
 

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Welcome! Yeah, embracing the uncertain is pretty par for the course, with multiples.<br><br>
I remember one night, towards the end, calling at 11 pm all in a panic because I was absolutely positive that DS hadn't moved, all day. Turns out more than half the movements I'd thought were DD2, were really DS, because of the positioning. It can be very confusing, especially in the first half of the pregnancy, when they still have a lot of freedom of movement. At the end, at least I could identify each one's head and backside, from the larger, harder lumps that those made.<br><br>
Are you checking the heartbeats yourself? That may be an exercise in driving yourself bonkers, honestly. I think that there's a point, especially with twins, when you have to just eat well and have faith, KWIM?<br><br>
And yeah, they can still turn, even pretty late, even when you're as big as a house and you feel like there can't possibly be any room left for them even to wiggle their toes. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> DS was frank breech until the day before he was born, and sometime in that last 24 hours, he turned transverse.<br><br>
My best advice, for somebody with older kiddos, and multiples on the way? Learn some meditation techniques, calming techniques, or learn to embrace total chaos and enjoy it. Those early months, with two newborns in the house, and a toddler too, were like running the last mile of a marathon, every single day, and all night, for months. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> But it's worth it, every single second of craziness.
 

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I'm listening more than I generally would because I've had 4 friends in the last month miscarry, two in the last week alone. I know that there is nothing I can do either way, but it is completely spooking me. Especially with one late loss mixed in there, it's just freaking me out!<br><br>
In terms of my expectations, I'm looking at this saying that 1. Thank God I'm having twins at 25 and not at 40 with a bunch of young kids who aren't all that much older and 2. Thank God I've successfully grown an 11 lber, because that gives me confidence that I can go full term with healthy weight twins without a high chance of complications on my side.<br><br>
I am expecting the first 3 months to be extremely challenging, second 3 months to be high intensity but at least more interactive and for the fog to start to lift between 6 and 12 months old. I'm not expecting it to be easy to have twin toddlers, but at least by that point they will assimilate better into the existing horde of barbarian offspring. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I am *hoping* to be able to have my twins at home, because I'm a home birthing kind of lady. I'm too lazy to go to hospitals unless I really need to be there.<br><br>
You know, this was the ONE ULTRASOUND out of my entire marriage that my husband didn't go to. I am convinced that if he had just been there, I would have had another singleton pregnancy. THIS IS CLEARLY ALL HIS FAULT!
 

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Some women seem to be able to figure out where their twins are, others have no idea. The Spinning Babies website (<a href="http://www.spinningbabies.com/" target="_blank">http://www.spinningbabies.com/</a>) may help you figure out where they are. It also has suggestions for helping them find a good position for birth. But, remember, you've got two in there. It's different than having just one. I think Llyra is right, at some point with twins you just have to have faith that you're doing your best and so are the babies. My twins have been vertex-breech for a few weeks now, it's not what an OB would call ideal but it is probably the best position for these babies. Good luck!
 

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I am almost 33 wks pregnant with twin girls. I can tell the position of the babies but I have always been able to with my singletons too.<br><br>
Right now baby A is posterior and vertex. She has been vertex since before 20 wks but only switched to posterior in the last few weeks. I thinned out quite a bit when she moved because her little bum isn't making my tummy jut out quite so bad. I feel her kick all the time.<br><br>
Baby B was transverse across my tummy until 21 wks. I could tell when she shifted to vertex because I wasn't so wide. She is on my left side and faces her sister. I can feel her bum and spine along my left side. I also don't feel her kick as much because she kicks towards the inside of my belly. I also have an anterior placenta there that cushions some of her movements.<br><br>
It sometimes worries me that I can't feel Baby B as much but they are constantly punching at eachother so at least I do feel some movement from her and it is reassuring. Even at this stage in the game is can take quite a while for us to pick up both heartbeats at a prenatal appt. They are always moving just enough for us to only pick up on it for a short time.
 
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