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.
It was my first pregnancy and I was a bit apprehensive of what lay ahead...so when I started to bleed at 3 months I really thought it was a miscarriage, but to my delight, I was told I was having twins!!! I didn't really have time to feel shocked as I was so happy that I wasn't miscarrying.
So the time dragged out and eventually when I was 38 weeks gone, I was taken into hospital and 'started' with some gel. It was about 11am when they started me. They said it could be a while so to just walk about. So me and my partner walked around the hospital for a while, and the pressure on my bladder was unreal! I had to stop in every toilet I passed, but obviously didn't have to go!!! It was so weird, it wasn't sore, just a lot of pressure.
I started to get contractions (although I didn't know they were as they weren't as painful as I thought they'd be), so one of the girls in the same ward told my partner that I was having contractions and to call a doc. So they sent me for a bath, said it might bring on the labour more quickly. It was about 3.30 when I went into the bath. I was taking the 'gas and air' at this stage, and it was great!! I'd really recommend it, although I think it did make me forget some of what was happening.
So shortly after I went into the bath, a midwife checked me and I was 10cm dilated! She said I could have given birth in the bath, but because it was twins they needed to monitor the second baby while the first was being delivered. So that was it, into the delivery room, two nurses, two docs, two midwives, a student doc, my ma and my partner. Soon after Ma had to leave because the first baby was ready to be born! She was born at 4:53, and five minutes later her sister was born!!! I couldn't believe it!!! All the horror stories I had been told and it was all over in so little time!! The girls were 5lb 4oz and 5lb 12oz.
They were in an incubator for a couple of hours just to give them a kick-start! But were fine ever since. So anyone who is pregnant with twins and worrying about the birth, just remember, it might not be that bad. I couldn't believe what an easy time I had! I am now pregnant with my third child, the twins are 4 and so excited! I am due in May and am carrying just the one this time!!!!
Twin Mother to 4 yr old girls
I knew I was pregnant with twinsWhen my temp did not go down the day b4 af I knew I had to be pregnant. My mom had a dream about a baby. I took the test and it was positive. Only a week and a half later did I just know I was carring twins. I had dreams and after another week and a half I went to the er, and sure nuff I was pregnant with twins.
Tiffany Michelle Taylor
Double Trouble?If you would have told us 5 years ago that we would be pregnant moms at the same time, we both would have probably had a good laugh and said, “That would never happen.” Well, over the years, we’ve learned to never… say never.
Patty and I are the kind of twins that talk to each other once a day and share our ups and downs about everything. We are identical twins, we are both professional performing singers, and today we are both pregnant with our second child. Our first two, Eli and Emma, are now toddlers and they are only three-months apparent in age. Our newborns-to-be are expected to arrive only a few months apparent as well.
Being pregnant at the same time has been so much fun, and being twins definitely has its advantages… like sharing maternity clothes and being able to pass down all the wonderful baby things that hardly get used like bouncy chairs, 0-3 month onesies, and shoes. Almost every week is a milestone for one of us; whether it’s morning sickness woes or the shear amazement that this time around we are both having boys.
Patty and I grew up in South Florida. Every since we can remember, and even before than – so our Mother claims - we’ve been singing. Whether it was “Ten little Indians” at our Kindergarten recital or “Ocean”, an original song that we wrote and performed at the Roxy in Los Angeles many years later, we’ve been on stage enjoying the same passion of music our whole lives.
We definitely have many things in common, besides the obvious… eyes, nose, mouth, and mirror reflection, and yet, we are both very much different individuals. We have never fallen head-over-heels for the same guy (which is probably a good thing), we studied completely different subjects in college (One a Computer Science major and the other Musical Theater). After high school we spent many years traveling, singing and living in different cities across the United States including Los Angeles, New York, and Atlanta growing into the women that we are today.
Now, being a mom has brought us back to that familiar place in our hearts where we connect … identically. Almost once a week, we look at each other and just say “Wow! We’re moms.” We feel extremely lucky to be sharing this motherhood journey together and hopefully our kids will always enjoy the same closeness that we share.
Tiffany Michelle Taylor
Testing for TwinsTwins don’t run in my family, or my husband’s, so I never even considered the possibility that I could be having twins. Although I had wanted to go for my first ultrasound as soon as possible, due to some unfortunate family circumstances, I wasn’t able to make that appointment until I was already 14 weeks pregnant.
Because my family had recently had to deal with a lot of unpleasant events (first my grandmother died and then a few weeks later, my father was killed in a car accident and my sister-in-law got diagnosed with cancer), my mother suggested that she, my sister and I have a girl’s night together, to celebrate my pregnancy and happy family times.
Although I was only 3 months pregnant, I had already begun to show. Well, I felt like a balloon already but looking at pictures taken at the time, I do appear pretty normal still. My family could tell that my belly was beginning to peak out, so during our “girl’s night”, my mom suggested doing some fun tests to see what the sex of my baby was going to be.
First we decided to do the pencil test (where you dangle a pencil over your pregnant stomach). It started going in a circular motion – I was having a girl! My sister said we should make it a “best out of three” and try again, so we did. The second time the pencil swung from side to side. Now I was having a boy! “This is it,”said my sister “This is the test that will determine it!” My mom held the pencil over my stomach and we all watched as it began to go in a circular motion then swing from side to side.
“You’re having one of each!” my sister cried. We all laughed and decided to try the next test. This time it was “The Key Test.”
For this sex-determining test, I had to pick up a key. Exactly where on the key I picked it up from would indicate what sex I was having: top, thin part was a girl; bottom, wider part a boy; and the middle would mean one of each. My mom and sister watched anxiously as I picked up the key.
“Oh my god!” my sister yelled. “You picked it up from the middle! You picked it up from the middle!”
I figured she was just over reacting, I mean they’re just silly tests after all, but could there be some truth to them? Could I really be having twins? I made my appointment for my ultrasound the next day.
At the appointment, I couldn’t help but be a bit anxious, which the doctor picked up on. He asked if I was nervous and I said a bit and explained to him about the tests I did with my mom and sister.
“I know they’re silly,” I explained. “But part of me can’t help but wonder if maybe they were right. I guess I just want to do this ultrasound so I can put these thoughts out of my mind.”
The doctor said no problem and got right to it.
“Well,” he said, turning from the screen to me. “These old wives tales can be a lot of fun but the chances of them being right all the time are pretty slim.”
I couldn’t help but feel a bit disappointed. I had never wanted twins, but my husband and I love children and the idea of having twins just seemed too fantastic. So imagine my shock when I heard the next words out of the doctor’s mouth:
“That’s why I’m surprised that both tests were right – you’re having twins!”
I started crying, I couldn’t help it. To be blessed with two little bundles of joy; I was so happy yet sad that my father wouldn’t be around to enjoy his two new grandchildren and my grandmother would never get to see her first great-grandchildren.
As soon as I got home, I called my mom and sister to tell them the wonderful news. I wanted to call my husband, too, but wanted even more to see his face when I told him, so I decided to wait until he got home from work.
The moment he walked in the door, I couldn’t contain myself. I just burst out, “We’re having twins!” and threw my arms around him while he stood in the doorway with his coat half off.
Though the twins were born at 36 weeks gestation, they were very healthy and didn’t have to stay in the hospital for too long. And yes, the tests were completely correct: I had one boy and one girl, fraternal twins. My husband and I didn’t have a hard time coming up with names, though. We decided to honor my father and grandmother by naming our children Robert and Ruby. This way, their grandfather and great-grandmother can be with them always.
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