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If you are expecting multiples, are parenting multiples, have experience with multiples in your family/have carried multiples or even if you are a twin or triplet or just have curiosity, info to add or questions to ask; please join in!
For some of us (like me) it was quite a shock to find out we were expecting twins, triplets, etc. Still, I as well as the other bees here who are expecting multiples, are overjoyed and feel extremely blessed by the news. However, carrying multiples as you can imagine, can be a challenge and can sometimes include increased risk, as well as the challenge of preparing for life with two or more brand new infants, are all things that we hope to be able to discuss here as well as gain some insight, advice and support.
I myself am nearly 11 weeks pregant with twins, my first pregnancy. We got the news yesterday, I saw the two sacs as soon as the ultrasound moved over my belly and I held my breath and nearly passed out waiting for the official word from the tech! So far it appears they are di/di (separete sacs and placentas). They were concieved naturally with no fertility treatments or drugs, after about 5-6 months of TTC. My husband and I were overjoyed, although I’m still recovering for the shock. Twins have occured in my family, but it’s been more than 3 generations. Please share your stories! I have much better pictures of my twins separatley, this is the only shot they gave me of them together which looks to be just their feet or something, lol.
P.S. Share your photos/ultrasound photos! Bump pics would be welcomed too!
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Not a parent of multiples, but I just wanted to pop in and say congrats! What a cool ultrasound, and what an exciting (and I’m sure a little terrifying) surprise at just 11 weeks. Best wishes!
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Congrats, that’s amazing!!! I would love twins, DH’s mum is a twin so FX! That’s a brilliant US. Good luck!
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Congratulations!!! I don’t have children yet but my husband is a twin and his dad is a twin. My great grandmother had 6 siblings that were twins. (Yes, 3 sets of twins) So I will be ready if it happens to us!
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@fresitachulita: Congrats!! My twins were a total surprise too! Found it was two after the OB couldn’t “hear” the heartbeat with the dopplar at the 12 week appt. She did a quick ultrasound to squash any fears and ….holy crap… two sacs!
You’re in for the ride of your life (and you can’t get off! lol). Mine will be 6 in January and it never gets easier, just…different.
Oh, my best advice right now: Twin pregnancies are always considered “high risk.” You’ll get extra check ups, a ton of ultrasounds, lots of tests. Twins more often that not come early (mine were 6 weeks early, spent 2 weeks in NICU). It’s a very real possiblity you’ll have preemies. But, do everything you can to be a healthy momma from the get-go. Eat right, try to exercise, cut out caffeine, junk, hair dying, sushi, whatever it is they tell you not to eat now. I lived as cleanly as I could when I was pregnant. (now I gained 70 lbs…but… I LOVE DQ blizzards). Anyway, I feel like I did the most I could to make sure my kids were okay, even after their stint in NICU (which was just for monitoring and some infections) they’re totally 100% normal and well-developed kids.
Good luck, let me know if you have any questions, need advice, vent, etc. Twins are totally uncomparable and so different than singletons. Your friends with only one baby will never understand what you’re dealing with!
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I saw your post on the may momma-to be thread, so exciting!! Please join us here. Yes, the news is a rollercoaster of feelings, but it’s quickly turning to pure joy. =) Congrats to you! So excited to see another May momma expecting twins!
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@btothez: Thank you so much! Need seasoned mama’s like you around. I’m sure I will have tons of questions come up. Right now my biggest fears are preterm labor, and just generally having a rough time carrying twins, having to be put on bedrest, which sounds aweful…=( but there is so much more to look ahead to I’m trying not to focus too much on what can go wrong.
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Oh, good luck!
I am very happy I only have one in there but I have fraternal twin brothers. My mom cried when she found out! DH really wanted twins but no luck there thankfully (at least my body is thankful anyway!). My poor mother still has bladder issues thanks to them!
She had a very good pregnancy though. No real complications and she carried them to term. 8lbs and 6lbs-something. We just say that #1 was sucking all of the nutrients away from #2 haha.
She gained 41 lbs I think FWIW (about 28 lbs with me).
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@fresitachulita: I was in good (not great) health before I got pregnant but I was never on bedrest and went to work the day they were born. Mine were 5lbs 14oz and 6lbs 8 oz. My OB said if they hadn’t been 6 weeks early, they would’ve been the biggest twins ever delivered at my hopsital!
And don’t google stuff…it’ll just drive you nuts! lol And a lot of the “advice” online is for single births, not multiples. Truthfully, I didn’t even realize how much higher risk a multiple pregnancy is, I had no idea…it was only after my kids were born that I really realized how much can go wrong and how precarious it can be. Don’t worry about it all! Just enjoy your pregnancy, it’s hard (I hated it) but it’s so awesome when you feel both little sets of little feet moving around and kicking you.
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Hello! Congratulations @fresitachulita: !! It is quite shocking to hear the news. Even though we sort of knew there was a possibility for twins, hearing the doctor say the words took the wind out of both DH and I. We needed a few weeks to sort out are feelings about the whole thing. I’m now 21 weeks with boy/girl twins and I couldn’t be more ecstatic to be bringing these little bundles of joy into the world. Have you told your family yet? Our families’ reactions were quite priceless. Pretty much everyone thought we were joking! I breezed through my first trimester with little to no naseua and have mostly felt pretty good. I continued running until about week 19, and now I just do prenatal yoga about 2x/week and walk as much as I can. I haven’t really had any weird cravings, or even been extra hungry or anything. I do think it’s important to drink a lot of water. One of the best things that I’ve done is join the local parents of multiples group in my area. They have an online forum and a facebook page and I’m learning a lot just by reading the posts. It’s also a nice way to pick up second-hand baby stuff. Looking forward to going through this journey with you mamas!
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@fresitachulita: Congratulations! i am not pregnant (yet!) but my best friend had identical boys – they will be 3 in January! She got pregnant unexpectedly when she was 20, so was not ready to have kids. She didnt take the best care of herself when she was pregnant – she ate way too much and barely moved. she gained 100 lbs! Anyway, her biggest advice was NOT to get two of everything. and she was constantly on these websites: http://www.justmultiples.com & http://www.twin-pregnancy-and-beyond.com
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Good idea for a thread @fresitachulita 🙂
As I mentioned in the May 2014 Babies thread, I’m also expecting twins. It wasn’t planned and it was a huge shock when we did our first ultrasound and saw two little heartbeats. I started to tear up. The first week was just trying to get down from the initial shock but now that we’ve had some more time to digest the news, we couldn’t be more excited! It’s definitely a whole new level of excitement/worries/fears when there are 2 on the way, but DH and I try to stay positive. He’s been amazing – making sure I’m eating, resting, and relaxed. And we’ve told our closest family and friends earlier on because we needed the support. It’s great to have another outlet here to share our experiences and support one another!
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Although I don’t have twins myself, I am an identical twin. My twin sister had fraternal twins who are now 12 years old (a boy and a girl). She didn’t find out she was carrying twins until a routine ultrasound at 22 weeks. You can bet that when I got pregnant with DD about a year later, I made sure they did an early ultraound just to confirm there was only one! Congratulations and good luck to you! Speaking as an aunt, multiples are a blessing, but definitely a challenge!
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My cousins are fraternal twins! My aunt and uncle had 2 kids already and my aunt begged my uncle for “just one more”- hahaha- they got twins!