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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Could it be?


I am 29 years old and have a 14-month-old daughter. We just found out that our second child is on the way and my husband and I are ecstatic. I am due in Dec. 2007. With my first child I was severely sick and lost 8 lbs. I was 12 weeks pregnant and wearing my skinny jeans.

But this time I am only 6 weeks pregnant, no sickness yet, but I am already growing out of my big pants. I exercise for almost 90 minutes a day, so it seems odd that I would grow so quickly even with my second child. It also seems that my other symptoms have started a lot earlier. I have a lot of abdominal pulling, I have the metal taste in my mouth, that I didn't get until must later last time. And I am exhausted, I don't remember being this tired with the first pregnancy even when I was getting sick and could hardly eat.

We will have our first ultrasound in 5 days and I am just excited to see the heartbeat, let alone find out if it's more than one.


Andrea






helping a friend

Hi I am 18 years old. I have had two sets of twins. They are 6 and 7. One of my friends just cannot get pregnant so we went in with her husband. We decided that I would do it for them.

They took some of her eggs and his sperm and got them fertile and put it in me. I am now 9 months pregnant. I will be having twins for them. (I swear its 3 babies in there). I am having a home birth at my house. I will have them on my bed. I have had more then six fake labors and hoping it will be soon.

Wish me luck. Will tell about the birth


carissa






Monoamniotic Twin Boys

I am 26 years old. I work a full-time job that that is consistently 50-65 hours a week. I was told at the age of 22 that I would probably never be able to have children due to Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.

For those of you who have not heard of that before it is when your ovaries do not release an egg every month, instead the egg stays in the ovary and turns into a cyst. I began going to a GYN when I was 17. Had never had a regular cycle but b/c I was very active in sports, my doctor was not concerned. This continued until I was 22. I had not had a cycle for 6 months and went to the GYN very concerned. He said that I had PCOS and that it was not a concern and that I could research it online if I wanted to find out more information.

I turned to another doctor that had more experience with the syndrome and would answer my questions. I went in for an ultrasound. My ovaries were the size of large lemons not the almonds they should have been. I went into laparoscopic surgery 2 months later. 7 months later and now 24 years old I had another laparoscopic surgery. After this surgery, my doctor told me was my greatest chance of being able to become pregnant. 7 months later, I was pregnant.

At 25, I gave birth to Mason Michael. He was perfect. This was March. In December, I found out I was once again pregnant. No fertility drugs were ever used. This surprised all the doctors. I went in for my 22-week ultrasound on April 4, 2007. I was expecting to hear that the baby is doing just fine. Instead I was told quite shockingly that I was pregnant with twin boys. And that they shared the same amniotic sac. This shocked everyone (me, my husband, the ultrasound tech, the nurses, even my doctor).

The office was crazy for about 30 minutes while everyone rushed around crazily. I know understand why. My boys, while they are the size and weight as single babies would be, are at an greater risk of not making it to term as their survival rate is about 50 percent for 1 to survive. I am waiting to go back to the doctor at 24 weeks to find out if I am going out on bed rest or not.

This is my story so far. I hope it has a happy ending


Helen






my luck

I was 13 yrs old when I came out pregnant with my twin girls. At that time I thought I was cool because I was dating an 18 yr old. Well I was wrong.

When I found out I was pregnant he disappeared; it is almost like earth swallowed him up for good. Well, I have been an early teenage parent ever since. I donít hate him, I thank him for giving me my life, which is my girls.

I am now 18, finishing school, and my daughters are now 5 in kindergarten. I made it this far with my girls on my own, so can you. Donít ever tell yourself you canít. I now live in my own apartment. I work with the MRI and I am happily engaged to the man who took responsibility for a package that wasnít his.

I am now pregnant and I know that I am prepared for whatever is put in front of me.



latoya






First ultrasound

I have three girls, the youngest of which was only six months when I found out I was going to have a fourth child. I didn't even feel pregnant, but my husband had been having dreams about babies, so I took a home test just to prove to him we were not having another. It turned out I was wrong.

I scheduled an appointment with an OBGYN. I haven't lived here for long, so this is my first pregnancy with this dr. I was informed that he likes to do an ultrasound on the first visit to make sure everything looks good. My husband then began to tell me that he was again having dreams. Of twins! Twins run in my family, but I never thought I would have them. My husband teased me everyday until my appointment. He called me from work that day as I was leaving to tell me good luck and not to be too upset if the dr. said it was twins. I laughed.

I arrived at the dr, who got me right in and began my ultrasound. I thought what I was seeing (as plain as day, even at eight weeks) was a trick of my mind, until the dr. said, "Do you see what I see?" and the nurse said "Oh, my goodness, we haven't had a set of twins since last year" I almost fainted.

I am now seven months and we know that we are having a boy and a girl. I thought I would be upset, but I couldn't possibly be happier!!!


Amanda Goldsmith







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