I am almost 30 weeks with dcda twins. I felt one of the heads go down on Sunday (to the extent that it feels like it's going to fall out & I am waddling when I walk!). I started having sharp pains around my cervix and bum that day.
I then started having more uncomfortable braxton hicks that evening but they stopped after a few hours, then came back in the night. This has carried on for a few nights, sometimes getting to every 15 minutes for an hour or so. Every time I start thinking I might need to call somemne, it stops!
On Thursday morning I woke up with a tiny amount in spotting mixed in with discharge. I phoned the midwife (hoping she would tell me not to worry & to stay at home!) but she sent me over to be checked, which I suppose is understandable. I was admitted for 24 hours. The monitor picked up a couple of the 'contractions' I was feeling but the Drs are quite happy that they are braxton hicks and are not worried.
My cervix is closed which is more good news. The consultant found that twin 1 has got it's head fully down which explains the pressure & decided to give me steroids just in case they do turn up in the next few weeks - although she stressed that there is no way of predicting whether this will happen or not! She also said that the head being engaged is not a prediction of labour on it's own. They couldn't do an FFN because of spotting.
So, I am at home with instructions to take things easy this weekend & am going back for another steroid injection today.
I know that no-one else can predict when they will arrive & I keep reminding myself that I could easily get to 37 weeks. The head feels SO low though, I don't know I'd this is normal for twins. My DS didn't engage until 40 weeks (and when he did, my waters went immediately!) and I don't think DD did at all (elective section) so I don't have anything to compare the feeling to.
Does anyone have a story to share with me please? The Dr said that babies born after 30 weeks generally do very well & that the steroids will make a really big difference if they come in the next couple of weeks. I am so scared at the idea of what it would be like to have babies in special care. I know it sounds pathetic (especially since so many people on these boards have been through it & at earlier gestation as well) but I just keep thinking that I wouldn't cope with being separated from my babies and that it is just the one thing I couldn't do.
Well, I made it to exactly 36 weeks! My waters broke yesterday afternoon & I started having back to back contractions that were horrendous, so I dilated to 6cm in 2 hours... I had to be put to sleep for an emergency section, it was all pretty scary
We've got a boy (6lb 2oz) & a girl (5lb 3oz), no names as yet. My little girl is with me & has even managed a little feed but I haven't seen my boy yet . He is in neo-natal having CPAP (I don't even really know what that is) & my husband stayed with him all night. He might be on a ventilator now, I'm waiting to hear what's happening. I managed to express a tiny bit & that's been taken to him (he has only had sugary water so far though) and we are waiting for blood results because apparently he is very lethargic. I feel so guilty that I haven't seen him yet & am hoping to get up there later this morning.
Oh congratulations Festive, 36 weeks is just fantastic, and lovely weights too.
My boy was on CPAP & ventilator for a while and he is now a 15 month whirlwind. Seriously - we went to stay with some friends whose baby is older, taller, and more mobile and they had to up the childproofing because DS is so active and into everything!
Good luck with the expressing, it is hard but so worth it. Don't be demoralised by the tiny amounts you get to start with, it will suddenly pick up. I had EMCS under GA as well and actually took Domperidone after a few weeks to bolster my supply, so there are options there, but if you've tried a little bf with your DD already you'll likely do just fine without it!
We named the babies Saxon & Juno. Juno is still well & Saxon is still in neonatal. It's been one step forward then one step back with him, which has been very hard as I never know what to expect when I walk in there in the morning. He is on just oxygen now - he got taken off for a day but struggled so had to go back on. He's feeding well through a tube and I am frantically expressing to keep up with him!
Juno is on mostly formula while I send milk to him, but I am trying to put her to the breast a couple of times a day. I'm on the highest dose of Domperidome now (thanks for the tip TwelveLegged!) and a breastfeeding worker helped me with expressing & feeding through the night last night. The hospital staff have been amazing and have given me so much support. I'm just about to express (again) and then go to neonatal & see how my baby boy got on in the night. I've only held him once so far, I'm desperate to get him with me!