Twins!

(99 Posts)
HystericalParoxysm Mon 10-Jun-13 22:08:50

Had an 8 week scan today and discovered I'm expecting non ID twins blush
I sort of expected it but it still feels surreal. Explains the sickness and the fatness though!
They will be babies 3 and 4 for me. Do you get different antenatal care with fraternal twins?

elisio1 Thu 20-Jun-13 19:48:18

Interesting to read all the recent stuff about cars and birth options. Think we're going for the Ford Galaxy option, tho' have also had the Chrysler Grand Voyager recommended to me by a 2 young kids plus twins mum. Apparently it has loads of room- easy to put in child seats etc without leaning over the whole time. Not hugely economical to run though.

Re: birth. Beachesandbuckets- I saw your question re natural v c-section and just wanted to add my "twopenceworth"based on my experiences so far.

As I said in my last message, I was supposed to go in for C-section today as both twins transverse. Like you , I have had two straightforward deliveries in the past, so the consultant was keen to scan me one more time today to just to see if natural birth was still an option.
Well, it turns out that twin 1(transverse at 36 weeks) has turned head down at 37 weeks! ( we discovered this after a whole day waiting in hospital, after being prepped for c-section!) so the plan has changed and they are now going to have me in at the weekend and induce me, with the aim of delivering naturally (altho twin 2 still in wrong position. Apparently doesn't matter so much).

So, to answer your original post, some (mine anyway) consultants are keen on aiming for natural births for twin mums who have had previous straightforward deliveries, as you clearly have. And transverse twins can turn at the very last minute, making a natural birth theoretically possible.

Think I'm def going to go for epidural this time - partly because they will have to perform vet style manoeuvres to get twin 2 out by the sounds of things ad in case I end up having emergency c-section after all (and looks as tho' others on this thread had epidurals for twin births too, for similar reasons).

Anyway, great to chat to all the twin mums on here. Makes my situation with 2 plus twins feel almost normal! In RL , have only met one person in my position.

HystericalParoxysm Thu 20-Jun-13 19:52:13

Glad to hear there are a few of us with 2 plus twins! We can all go insane together grin
I am very keen for a csection for these two having had sections before. I hope I have a good case. I would have tried for natural if they were my first though I think.

Franykins Thu 20-Jun-13 20:08:08

Just had a bit of a heart to heart with DP about how life is going to change. We've both said we're worried about space - his house is v small really and we're all gonna be on top of each other but there's nothing we can do about atm. We fell a lot sooner than we thought and then having twins is gonna be hard. I've also said I'm worried about c section and then being on my own with babies. I am so excited about finally being a mummy but also shitting it big time!

We both know deep down it will all be ok and DP has said he doesn't want me to worry about that stuff and just be excited all the time and leave the worrying to him. bless him.

sorry to bring a downer on here and sure I'll pick up soon.

beachesandbuckets Thu 20-Jun-13 20:16:45

ellsio, wow, can't believe you are nearly there. Thank you for your story, I guess the nub of the tale is wait and see. Maybe inducement is a good half way house for me, not natural which I fear may be quite risky given my tendency to give birth quick but better recovery than a c section - will raise this with my consultant. Poor thing having to wait all day at the hospital and getting into the c section mindset, must have been a bit stressful. What did you do with the older kids? Hope it all goes well for you, I had ds1 at the JR in Oxford (I think that is where you are from memory) and my epidural was fab, felt nothing! Let us know how you get on at the weekend.

Franykins, happy birthday!

Hysterical, am pretty sure you will get your c section, everyone I know who has had a c-section with first dc gets one for subsequent twins.

My colleagues threw me a 'leaving party' today, even though I am not leaving work for ages, they thought that they would get it in early in case I go into labour early. Made me feel that this could really happen for me, I have been in denial up to now I think sue to mmc last year. Dare I risk getting slightly excited...

rednellie Thu 20-Jun-13 21:15:40

elisio1 - great news about twin 1 turning, mine did very similar. Just as an extra thought. I had an epidural sited, but no drugs administered. It made all the medics calm down and let me continue in the way I wanted to. In the end the OB did have to do a James Herriot, but I managed without the epi. It was weird, and not to be repeated in a hurry, but it was over in seconds. No way near as bad as some other OBs had made out in the run up to the birth...options options smile

rednellie I think having the epidural placed but then not necessarily used is a really good idea, and one my consultant had mentioned in the run up.

I'd wanted to deliver naturally and be as mobile as possible, so it would have been a good compromise and it would have saved time if eg twin 2 needed turning.

Best laid plans of mice and men and all that though!

HystericalParoxysm Fri 21-Jun-13 14:00:20

When did you all start to show? I have woken up this morning to find a bump has appeared (at 9+5!). Do you think this is babies or pies? grin

rednellie Fri 21-Jun-13 14:48:38

Definitely babies grin. I took a photo wearing the same maternity clothes with DD at 9 months and with the boys at 6 months. I was bigger in the boys picture...

stinking, I know what you mean! I was lucky in that I had an amazing team for our birth, they even obeyed my birth notes to the letter. Including the bit about not offering me any pain relief unless I asked for it. Then I couldn't effing ask for it as I was having too many contractions, then it was too late! grin. Be careful what you wish for etc....

Franykins Sun 23-Jun-13 22:39:42

I was about 11 weeks when DP noticed a bump. I am now rather big! At 17+1 i prob look about 25 if not more blush

We had our private scan today. still didn't get a pic of them together but found out we're having one of each grin and they're about 13cm each. love our babies grin

CrabAppleTree Tue 25-Jun-13 10:17:21

Just popping in to say hello
hope you're all okay
Still getting used to everything
my 12 week scan (at 13 weeks hmm) is on Thursday

HystericalParoxysm Tue 25-Jun-13 11:19:46

Hello! Fed up of being sick here sad and nervously awaiting 12 week scan next week, feels ages away. Frany congratulations on one of each!

Franykins Tue 25-Jun-13 11:44:55

Oh HystericalParoxysm that's no good sad I have been so lucky, no sickness and now all I have is tiredness, and little flutters from bubbas grin The wait for the scans is horrible sad I'm still waiting for the date of our 20 week scan, if it doesn't come this week I will be calling the midwife.

Thank you smile Now to choose names hehe.

We're going for our big shop on Friday - hoping to put an order in smile Feeling so unprepared, only got about 20 weeks left but we have so much to do round the house and having DPs boys every other weekend means we have about 10 weeks really. Decorating and stuff when we have them seems to be a big no no.

twinteresting Sat 27-Jul-13 17:46:11

Hello ladies
tis me crabappletree -
Just wondering how you're all getting on??

hetsto Thu 08-Aug-13 10:56:59

Hello all,

I’m not sure this is the best place to post, but I’m looking for some mums-of-twins or mums-of-twins-to-be for a chat and any experiences.

We had our 20 week scan yesterday and after a lot of scanning around the sonographer told us we’ve got twins!

The babies are both on the small side but, more concerning is that are looking rather different to each other at the moment. They’re sharing one placenta, but are in separate sacks and one of them has less amniotic fluid than the other, so there’s a risk of Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome. We’ve got an appointment with a specialist at King’s tomorrow to investigate further and discuss options. Having said that, the fact that I haven’t had any adverse symptoms so far, and that both of them have reasonably strong heart beats bodes well. stay positive stay positive stay positive

I had my dating scan at 8 weeks and there was no mention of more than one baby at that point. Since then I feel like I’ve been growing at a rate of knots but otherwise haven’t had any particularly unexpected symptoms. Not that I really knew what to expect with my first! There’s a large part of me that is feeling really indignant and wondering how on earth they could miss a second life in there with current ultrasound technology, but I’m trying really hard to focus on the here and now rather than getting uptight about that.

I’m not quite sure how I’m feeling at the moment – simultaneously elated and terrified I think! We were totally unprepared for the shock and had been rather blasé about the whole thing up to now, not really worrying about anything major and thinking about lovely things like whether to find out the gender and names etc. This feels like another level… TWO BABIES?!

Franykins Thu 08-Aug-13 16:47:53

Hello Add message | Report | Message poster twinteresting I'm getting on well smile and can now see bubbas moving grin so exciting! Feel like I haven't got long left, its all going so quickly! 24 weeks on Saturday. How are you?

hetso congrats (just posted on another post you commented on) I can't believe you only found out at your 20 week scan! I wonder how common this is? I can't help with the worry of twin to twin transfusion as mine are no ID, we're having one of each (or so we've been told 3 times)

It will take a while to sink in but its so special grin

I hope your appointment at King's goes well, let us know how you get on please.

Like you I had no unexpected symptoms, was sick a total of 5 times, had sore boobs for about 9 weeks but that has all gone now so other than bump and bubbas moving that's it.

Oh and of course congratulations grin

Franykins Thu 08-Aug-13 16:49:06

Hmmmm so my copy and pasting worked well! hmm blushSorry....................................

But i'm sure you get the gist wink

hetsto Thu 08-Aug-13 16:53:54

Oops, I just replied over there with pretty much the same thing! Sorry! Where shall we go?

hetsto Thu 08-Aug-13 17:02:03

Hi Franykins! Sorry about all the cross-posting!

I know, I can’t quite believe it either – I don’t think it’s very common, but I have found other similar stories. You just would have thought technology had moved on so much it couldn't be possible, right?

Thank you for the congratulations too; it does feel special, just also a bit scary and overwhelming at the moment. I’m happy to be feeling reasonably well though and will of course update after our appointment tomorrow.

It sounds like we’re due around a similar time (I’ll be 40 weeks on 15th December) are you finding getting around ok?

Franykins Thu 08-Aug-13 17:02:21

Stick to this one smile

I'm really not sure what advice I can give other than to enjoy it (once the shock wears off wink) However, I don't have the added worry that ID twins can bring - but like you have said stay positive You will be closely monitored now which a good thing smile flowers

hetsto Fri 09-Aug-13 15:50:22

Thank you Franykins, lovely to hear from someone else pregnant with twins! How are you doing?

Just thought I’d give a bit of an update after a long day at King’s today. I was scanned again first thing this morning and we then spoke to a lovely consultant (all good things people said about the staff at King’s proved completely true by the way!) who confirmed that one of the twins isn’t growing as quickly as the other and it looked like they had TTTS. We were pretty frightened but the consultant explained that we qualified for laser surgery to sever the blood vessels that the twins were sharing, and that we could have it straight away. We knew this was fairly high risk but the alternative was to wait and watch things get progressively worse, so it was a no-brainer really. The staff were all very reassuring; we went for a little walk and then were seen for the surgery later this morning.

It was amazing to be able to watch the consultant working on the babies from the inside; he severed 7 blood vessels from the amniotic sack of the largest twin and then drained some of the fluid from that sack. It was all over pretty quickly and then we just had to wait a few hours before they could scan me again to check whether the babies were ok. They’re still holding on in there with pretty normal heartbeats, so we’ll be going back next week to check their heart beats again and see whether the smaller twin has started to catch up. On a plus note, I’m less tight and uncomfortable now some of the fluid’s been drained!

We’re not out of the woods yet and the twins will continue to be monitored on a weekly or fortnightly basis for the rest of the pregnancy, but it feels like we’ve moved quickly in the right direction. I can’t believe how fast all this has happened; I’m in a total whirlwind of shock and uncertainty, but my OH has been wonderful, as have lots of other family and friends, and it’s lovely to be able to come on here and decompress too.

…We’ve got girls, so I’m off to think about names now. smile

Franykins Sat 10-Aug-13 13:51:50

Oh wow Hetsto what a day! Am so pleased all went as planned, i can't begin to contemplate how you must be feeling. Your little girls are fighters, bless them smile Pleaded keep us updated on how its going and if you want to pm me feel free to. Not sure how much help i can be but will try my best smile

Im doing well thank you. Am 24 weeks today and have been very lucky with everything being straight forward - just getting 'blooming' massive and enjoying the movements but not enjoining the housework

Good luck with choosing names, i think we have ours now smile x

twinteresting Sat 10-Aug-13 15:29:49

Oh my goodness Hetsto - that does sound like a VERY long day. Hope you are okay - please be sure to rest as much as you can.
How fab to know about names too.
We had our 20 week scan yesterday - everything ticking along nicely.
We're not finding out what we're having but atm they seem to be transverse and breech, though our consultant wasn't prepared to discuss positition until 34 weeks.

I was feeling a bit superstitious about it all but allowed myself to buy some vests/babygrows yesterday afterward

Joined Tamba but discovered tat all the relevant AN short courses are booked up (sigh)

Franykins how are you doing?

Anyone seen HystericalParoxysm?

hetsto Mon 12-Aug-13 09:52:50

Thank you twinteresting and Franykins! Lots of rest this weekend and some floating around in the sea at the beach too – they seemed to love that! Aren’t Mondays awful though, ugh!

I got up and ready for work this morning, looked in the mirror and suddenly realised what a fool I was for not suspecting twins – I am HUGE! Noone I know is currently expecting, so I wasn’t really comparing myself to anyone else and I didn’t seem to get that big early on, but I’m totally massive now. People keep looking at me like I’m about to pop and there’s such a long way to go yet!

Franykins Mon 12-Aug-13 14:42:38

twinteresting I joined Tamba too and yes noticed all the AN classes were booked up, I wasn't too worried as my local hospital do twin AN classes. However, they have been cancelled this month (which we were booked onto) due to ill health and she said she will hopefully be back up and running in October! Might be too late for us then, not sure. I spoke with my midwife about it and she said not to worry, if they don't start up in time or I'm getting worried she will do a one on one session with me smile I thought that was so kind of her.

hetsto so pleased you had a relaxing weekend smile my Saturday was full of housework and sorting out, but yesterday I kinda did sod all smile even managed a snooze in the afternoon which was lovely and DP is becoming so affectionate. Not that he wasn't just more so which I'm loving smile I know how you feel about the whole 'massive' thing. I have now put on 2 stone! All bump though no where else. But yes when DP said at 11 weeks I had a bump showing through my fat (I added that not him) I should have guessed it was twins!

Had mw on Friday and all ok, heard their heartbeats grin and only notable thing is my feet have started swelling at 24 weeks (now 24+3) but not enough to worry about.

HystericalParoxysm popped up on a thread I started last week with some kind words (had a, how shall I put this, sisterly issue!) but other than that not seen her.

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