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thread: 10wks pg with twins need some advice

  1. #19
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    yes i did but only for 3 months then i had some complications and was really tired so i had to stop! i found a good way to manage with the breastfeed was to express and breastfeed. that way someone could help to fed one child while i nurse the other. Also it helped if i wanted to get some rest or do something else. Also breastfeeding and expressing milk (religiously) every 3-4 hours increases the milk production (at least it did for me). I used to wake up at night even as the babies sleep to pump the milk to make sure that i don't dry up....


    good luck
    Shereen


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    A friend of mine has identicals. One was due April 28th & the other May 2nd. So they were technically 4 days apart, but that's only going from measurements.
    Just means that one of yours is slightly bigger than the other. Perfectly normal
    Congrats!

  3. #21
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    Yes mine are slightly different sizes but within about 2-3 days of each other, some times they are the same, I guess they just grow at different rates. I get regular scans to keep an eye on their growth, it's standard procedure with identicals I believe. As they share a placenta, so they have more risk of the twin to twin transfusion. Where as non identicals will have a placenta each, it's not so risky.

  4. #22
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    Thanks for that Shereen, I would really love to breast feed my twins, but I'll just take each day as it comes. It won't be the end of the world if they end up getting bottle fed. I made that mistake with my first, he was Jaundice so the midwifes were keen to flush it out of his system, as my milk wasn't in they said give him a bottle and after that he wouldn't latch on to the boob. I was soooo disappointed and got myself all stressed out over it, I won't let that happen again it's not worth getting stressed over.

  5. #23
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    I know what u mean. I went nuts when I was told that I had to stop. It was really something I wanted to do for my children but after I got a good lecture from my doctor I realized that it's not the end of the world and that at last I tried my best. After a while u get usedto the fact that with twins nothing is ever by the standards and it's always a special case. It's gets annoying at times but it's the reality of the situation and u just have to learn to accept and live with it.


    Shereen

  6. #24
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    Jun 2008
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    Thats great to hear stories about breast feeding as I to had problems with it with my first baby I tried and tried but she wasn't putting on enough weight so I had to think about her and I put her on the bottle once I got over it and it wasn't the end of the world she flourist into a beautiful little girl, but I felt like I was getting judge from some of the nurses when I took her in to get weighed and measured. I will once again try my best to breast feed the twins I am abit nervous about it, would you recomend to see a specialist. I hope I will have enough milk this time coz my BBs feel so hugh.

    Kawazuki how did you go today?

    Mon how are you going? hope everyhting is going great.

    I have a question for you mums and to be mums when did you start feeling movement and also start showing? Also I have found that my hair is falling out, like alot but has started to slow down now. I can't remember if that happened with my first pregnancy.

    Thanks

  7. #25
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    well they only saw one heart beat today...
    but all is good
    and doesnt mean there isnt another one hiding behind the one we saw lol

  8. #26
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    It is great to see a bit more action in the twins section here!!

    I breastfed/comp fed my twins for 3 months. I wish I could have gone longer, but I did the best job I could do in that time. If you are planning on breast feeding look into twin feeding pillows, helped me a lot. I also had a double electric pump as I was always trying to get more milk to feed two mouths.

    Azzrenae you asked about seeing a specialist - perhaps when you are in hospital you could request a lactation consultant come and visit you. I had two visits from a lactation consultant while in hospital which helped me to understand how to attach the twins properly.

    As far as the horror stories go it is hard but try not to read them or take too much notice if someone tells you of one. You always seem to hear the bad stories of twins that were born really early etc. Not all twin pregnancies are bad. I had a wonderful pregnancy, sure it was rather uncomfortable at times at the end, and yes I vomited more times than I care to remember but I had a problem free pregnancy. Our biggest issue was the size difference between them at one stage but by the time they were born they were almost the same size. My twins were born at 38 weeks weighing 6lb 4oz and 6lb 8oz and perfectly healthy, so not all twin pregnancies end in premature labour and tiny babies, try and remeber that next time someone decides to tell you a horror story!

    Belly rubs to all the pg twin mummies

  9. #27
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    Oh i so agree with Kate...i had a perfectly normal pregnancy. I had an elective C-section and chose to give birth at 37 weeks and were good birth weights (2kg and 2.5kg) and now they are even a few kilos overweight!!

    not every pregnancy is the same be it a single pregnancy or multiples. each carrier (the mommy) has a different body and therefore different results. just take it easy and donlt over exert yourself especially in your first trimester.

    AS for movement and showing....it all happened around 5months. keep in mind though that around the begining of your 3rd trimeater you will be huge and people will automatically assume that you are due any day!!!


    enjoy your pregnancies ladies!!!

    shereen

  10. #28
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    by the way i would suggest reading the book "Ready or Not Here We Come!: The Real Experts' Guide to the First Year With Twins (Paperback)" by Elizabeth Lyons . its a great book that gives you an IDEA of what to expect. I keep it by my night stand and refer to it every once in a while!

  11. #29
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    Hi Ladies,

    Thanks Ktgirl I will ask my OB about a lactation consultant.
    I agree with you and Vtmom with everybody is different I think we just have to take each day as they come and try not to worry. What sort of twins do you both have, I have Identical twins shearing placentas and anmiotic sac's.

    Kawazuki I was so sure it was twins your numbers were so high but you are right 1 could be hiding. But congrats it must of been exciting see that heart beat

  12. #30
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    Apr 2008
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    Hi lovely ladies,

    Can i jump in here..... we are expecting identical twins! We have just finished our first IVF cycle which of course ended in a BFP - we went for a scan yesterday and despite only putting one blastocyst embryo back - it split and we are having twins! We are so very excited but scared at the same time! I'm 7w 1d pregnant. I jumped online last night when we got home and all i found was horror stories about twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome etc etc.... We know nothing about being pregnant with twins and i will go out tommorrow to look for a book - i was positive i saw the "what to expect when your expecting "twins" ages ago but everywhere i call don't know about it?

    Look forward to following everyones journey and getting support and lots of questions answered from those of you who have already delivered your bundels of joy!

    xxBella

  13. #31
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    Hey ladies

    It's so great to hear about other twin pregnancies! I am also expecting identical twins, girls to be exact. At first they told me I was having mono mono twins, which is where there is no membrane between the bubs- this is a very risky pregnancy with lots of possible complications. But at the 12 week scan they spotted a very feint membrane, which makes it a mono di pregnancy, much less risk involved. But identicals are more susceptible to the twin to twin transfusion syndrome, you will get regular scans after 24 weeks, I am having one every 3 weeks up until 32 weeks, then one every 2 weeks there after to monitor their growth.

    So far so good, twin A is 2 days ahead in growth to twin B, but they say as long as they are within 10 days of each other it's perfectly fine. They plot their growth on a chart on the computer and show you how they are growing, they even told me on friday that they are weighing just over 2lb each at the moment , I was amazed they could tell!

    Anyway good luck to all you ladies in the early stages, it's always such a big relief to reach the 12 weeks stage.

  14. #32
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    Bella55 Welcome and double congrats for your little surprises in your tummy. It sounds like you are telling my story the same thing happened to me through IVF. I transfered 1 blast and it split, what IVF did you go to. Did they tell you what sort of identical twin you have? I also did the same thing when I found out I jumped straight on to the net and found horror stories, I stopped doing that and am now reading a book called (Twins by Katrina Bowan and Louise Ryan) its a great read and helped me with some of the answers I had. It starts from conception to preschool.
    I am now 11 weeks and 2 days getting closer to that 12 week mark.

    Kazzabird I hope that at my next scan they will see a faint line between them Im not to worried about the twin to twin transfusion as I know that they can do something about that but if they get tangeled there is nothing they can do depending on how far long you are to do a emergancy C secton. Thanks for tell us about how many scans you get I was about to ask that question.

  15. #33
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    Hi everyone,

    Azzrenae - i have replied in the LTTC pregnancy forum - but i have identical twins not sure if they are sharing a sac they couldn't quite tell so i'm having a repeat scan in 2 weeks which will make me week 9 - how many scans did everyone have?

    Just thinking about work - i have a very active job -i'm a charge nurse in an Emergency Department - so shift work etc when did people work til?

    Hope everyone is having a great dya

    xxBella

  16. #34
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    Congratulations on your twin preganancy, i have a lot of scans, after 20wks as twin 1 was slowing down in growth.
    If you get the chance have a 3D u/s done they are awesome and well worth the $$ & memories.
    Good luck and wishing you all the best.
    Jennifer
    xox

  17. #35
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    Hey Bella

    I had an initial scan for dating purposes, this was estimated to be about 7 weeks at this stage, it was then that we found out they were twins, they couldn't separate them at that time, so they couldn't rule out Adjoined twins. I had to wait 3 weeks to have another scan and it was at this scan that they found a feint membrane between the twins. After that I didn't have another scan until 20 weeks then I had one 4 weeks later. After 24 weeks they wanted to scan me every 3 weeks, and once I reach 32 weeks I have to be scanned every 2 weeks. Luckily for me I don't work, I am a stay at home mum. But the second trimester is a breeze, you should be fine, I am now at 27.5 weeks and can tell you that I'm finding things difficult now, so can't imagine what it would be like to be on your feet all day as a nurse!!! If I were you I would see how you go, with a view to perhaps leaving a bit earlier than a normal pregnancy. But everyone is different, you may find things a bit easier than me, I am normally quite petite, so perhaps I'm just a weakling and can't take the weight! But be prepared for some morning sickness in the first trimester, normally around dinner time, continual grazing helped me, but still it's not very pleasant.

    Good luck with it all and let us know how you get on.

  18. #36
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    Kawazuki I only know my levels at 4 weeks they were 896.
    Hmmm.... at 3wks and 6days my levels were 688.

    Congrats for your little twins! Sending lots of stick vibes your way! xx

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