Twins and Multiples

Being pregnant with twins, triplets or more can bring its own set of pregnancy experiences with it. If you've had a twin or multiple birth, share your story with us! Were your pregnancy symptoms more intense? How did you prepare for your babies' birth? Impart your words of wisdom to future moms of twins, triplets, and even quadruplets.


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am i having twins


reading kellys story really got me thinking, my husband's mom is a twin just like kellys husband and i to dont know what that means for me i did infact have 2 abortions but i dont think that will effect any thing i'm now 9 weeks when i was 5 weeks i had a ultrasound but we didnt see nothing at all after that i havent had a ultrasound yet i guess i'm just very scared and curious.

any thoughts?

shakari






twins wonder

I am now 8th month pregnent and desperately waiting to feel my babies in my arms.My husband is away and so the whole period of being pregnent has not been enjoyable for me.I am eager to joi him soon after I have babies.Pray to God that they complete their term and are born perfectly healthy.

aanchal






discovery at 29 weeks, twins have separate birthda

I got pregnant when my 4th baby was only 6 months old. I felt crummy right away. My back hurt much sooner and I couldn't eat much because I was always stuffed. I had planned to have a home birth and was going to midwives, avoiding an ultrasound due to the costs.

When I was about 4 months along, a friend called to tell me she had a dream that I was having twins. I went the the midwives soon after and told them, so they checked for an extra heartbeat but didn't hear one. I was measuring normally.

The next month I was talking to my 2 1/2 year old about my tummy. I said that I had a baby in my tummy. Did she have a baby in her tummy? No, she said, she had TWO babies in her tummy. She had never even heard of twins before, as far as I knew. Weird!

Again, my midwives didn't hear a 2nd heart beat, and I was measuring normally. When I went in for my 28 week checkup, I was very uncomfortable and feeling large, although I had only gained about 15 lbs. My measurement had gone up 8 in the last 4 weeks instead of only 4 (meaning that my uterus got really large all of the sudden). So we scheduled an ultrasound for the next week.

I was excited, because I thought my due date must be off by a month. Nowhere in our families had anyone had twins. At the ultrasound, I asked the tech what the two round things were on the TV screen. She said, "two heads." At which point my husband asked if there were two bodies, and I burst into tears thinking that I was having conjoined twins.

I ended up delivering at 38 1/2 weeks withOUT an epidural and actually walked to the OR while I was about to have the babies. It was close to midnight. I told my midwife that I wanted both babies to be born on the same day. I'm sure she rolled her eyes.

Ava was born at 11:55 PM, and Therese was born at 12:06 AM, making them 11 minutes apart and having separate birthdays. They were 6 lbs and 5 lbs 14 oz. We found out after we got the placenta report that they are identical (they didn't look alike for a long time due to their head shapes).

Overall, I gained 25 lbs and was able to start working out at 5 weeks postpartum. I lost all of my weight in 10 week by lifting weights 3 days a week, aerobics 3 days a week and watching my calorie intake. I nursed them for 5 weeks total. Considering that I then had 4 children in diapers and 6 kids total, I was pretty pleased with that.

The girls are now 5 and are in the same Kindergarten class. They don't switch identities at school, but began trying it at home when they were about 2. Lots of work, having twins, but the glory is great too!

mary-claire






TWINS

I am 33 years old and expecting twins. We were so shocked because we thought we were done. I got pregnant on the pill and with 2 we have had a hard time believing it. I have 2 boys ages 7 & 9 and my 9 year old is ecstatic but my 7 year old does not say much about it. I am 9 weeks and already feel so heavy in my stomach and I never remember feeling this way before. If anyone has any advise or good pointers please let me know.

Shawna






Trips and Twins

When I was 25 and dating a great guy with plans to marry him, I got pregnant. My sortof fiance, James, and I were shocked, but we both had planned on having children in the next few years anyways. Everybody else was delighted. I was he only person in my family, and I mean my entire family, even my million cousins, to not have any children by 25. Except my sister, and she was pregnant with twins and 4 days overdue, and she had her babies the next day. My mother had even bought me a pregnancy test for my 25th birthday saying "you're a quater of a century old, how much longer are you going to keep me waiting". But this was real, I was pregnant and in a pretty stable place in my life, I could be ready to settle down. James and I officially announced our engagement, even though everbody knew, I had been wearing my ring for 2 years already. We found out that I was already 5 months along, shock, and we were happy to be out of the misscarriage times. When I was 6 months pregnant we found out that we were having not twins, but triplets! All three babies were girls. When I delivered at 36 weeks and 6 days all of the babies were over 5 pounds. I delivered vaginally. We named them Chloe Agnes, Clara Blenda, and Chaia Channah. They kept us busy and I could have lived without any more children but my husband really wanted a son and after time I decided that there was actually one empty room left, as the trips took up 3, and there was another seat in the car, we have a van, and we had the money. We I made it clear to my husband that we would try once more for a baby and whether we got a boy or a girl that was it. No more. We agreed. I did alot of research and finally we decided to go through ivf and try and choose the gender that way. We got a double dose of what we wanted, the egg split and we got twins, Asher James and Felix James. We are DONE now! I am not having any more children, and my husband cannot possibly want anymore children, our house is organized chaos but I wouldn't trade it for the world!

Jayne







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