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Given steroids today in case I need a C section in the next week

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Cheerymum Wed 07-Aug-13 22:16:19

Just looking for a bit of support from anyone who has had twins (or singletons) at around the 32 week mark. I know it's past the worst danger period, but one of my MCDA twins' growth is tailing off on scan and today (at 31+5) I was given steroids in preparation for a possible section next week if the cord blood flow is less than perfect. Was hoping for a vaginal delivery in September, so am feeling a bit apprehensive and low. Any positive stories out there of growth picking up, or good outcomes from early deliveries to encourage me along? Tnx.

AintNobodyGotTimeFurThat Fri 13-Sep-13 11:42:27

Just read your comments on thread about twins.

Congratulations on your pregnancy and so glad you have managed to reach 36 weeks gestation.

Thinking of you x

Cheerymum Wed 21-Aug-13 20:54:00

Both growing well! Looking good! Much less worried! Thanks for all the supportive stories and comments.

Cheerymum Mon 19-Aug-13 10:13:07

Thanks Mandy, another lovely story. So far the babies are hanging on in there. Repeat full growth scan this Wednesday so hoping for more good news and to
Get to September.

Mandy21 Sun 18-Aug-13 18:17:07

Hi there, I had steroids at 27+4, babies arrived 2 days later. Both around 2lb 6oz. Twin 1 didnt need any help at all to breath, Twin 2 needed a bit of help. They spent about 8 weeks on SCBU.

They didn't have any complications of being early really, a couple of chest infections but not until they started nursery. They're 8 now and they never stop (and I mean never!). DS (twin 2) runs with me, we do a 3 mile route and I cant keep up with him.

I know its worrying and 31 / 32 weeks feels early but you've had the steroids and I'm sure everything will be fine. Good luck x

Cheerymum Fri 16-Aug-13 21:38:23

Thanks Rowan, I remember you posting about it at the time and I wondered how you were getting on - so glad to hear it's all going so well. Can't wait to have these two in my arms too x

Rowan1204 Fri 16-Aug-13 12:34:01

Hi cheerymum,
Great news things are looking better now.
I was just going to add my positive story.
My boys were born at 32 weeks after a traumatic 8 weeks involving ttts and laser treatment, like silverangel.
They weighed 3lbs 11oz and 4lbs 3oz, stayed in scbu for 2.5 weeks, and are now 13 weeks old. the snsmaller twin is catching up and they are now both triple their birth weights (approx).
It was a scary time but the silver lining is that when twin life gets tough you just remember how dinky they were and how amaxing it is to have both here, fine and healthy :-)
Best wishes x

Cheerymum Fri 16-Aug-13 03:12:47

Wow, ressduring story and lovely mental picture of your two, Twelve. Thanks for sharing.

TwelveLeggedWalk Thu 15-Aug-13 23:53:25

More 30-weekers here.

I had steroids at 24 weeks, because there was some discrepancy in my amniotic fluid levels. My consultant said all looked fine at 30weeks, but I gave birth spontaneously at 30+3. The steroids allegedly last for 6 weeks, and my labour was very fast, so I didn't get another dose.

DD was smaller of the two - borderline IUGR at 2b 13oz - and had no breathing difficulties. DS was 3.3 and ventilated/CPAP for a bit.

Today, a month off their second birthday, they went out for the whole day with their nanny while I worked, and scooted on their balance bikes for literally miles. My wonderful nanny had to have a little sit down when she came back in - they just climbed all over her and invented a new game that involved running and jumping over all the furniture. They never, ever get tired. I don't think their lung capacity is exactly compromised!

You are a few weeks along, you have had the steroids, you will get a chance to see NICU. Even if it's tricky for a few weeks - and early twins are - I think you can be very reassured.

Cheerymum Thu 15-Aug-13 08:11:26

Should be "they're"

Cheerymum Thu 15-Aug-13 07:00:07

Thanks all. The whole thing about the growth discordance is making me so anxious about still birth but the're moving well this am. Rationally I know the odds of that are small, but they are definitely there in this circumstance. Guess I'm just going to be a bit tense until they're safely out and in my arms - and if that can hang on until 36 weeks or nearer to it I know that's better for them in terms of avoiding more prematurity than necessary. Aaarrggh! Add in the discomforts of late twin pregnancy and I think I might be in need of a new name....

Preciousbabies Wed 14-Aug-13 22:01:14

Great news. Well done. Keep on hanging in there x x

Linguaphile Wed 14-Aug-13 17:04:18

Really glad for you, Cheery! Fingers crossed for another week of wriggling. smile

Cheerymum Wed 14-Aug-13 15:46:54

Thanks Jeni, the longer they are safe to stay cooking, the better x

Jenijena Wed 14-Aug-13 14:18:23

No experience at all, but glad things seemed positive today. Everything crossed!

Cheerymum Wed 14-Aug-13 14:07:43

Ok, so flow through umbilical arteries is fine today, so provided the movements stay fine we are hanging on for a repeat growth scan next week. Reprieve! Relieved (for now!)

Cheerymum Tue 13-Aug-13 22:50:44

Scan tomorrow, fingers crossed we can watch and wait another week.

Cheerymum Sat 10-Aug-13 23:15:30

Ha! Yes that could be us soon! Hospital bag is packed and staying in the car pretty much!

Preciousbabies Sat 10-Aug-13 21:47:51

I'm getting de ja vous. One minute I was getting my heart rate traces and 2 hours later my babies were here. It can happen so quickly. X

Cheerymum Sat 10-Aug-13 20:54:42

Will do Precious. Babies were v quiet yesterday morning so I went in for monitoring for a bit but the heart traces were fine and they perked up again on the kicking front while I was there. Very wriggly again today. Will update after my Doppler scan on Weds if nothing happens before.

Preciousbabies Sat 10-Aug-13 15:54:56

Let us know how things go. Would love to hear!

Cheerymum Fri 09-Aug-13 06:05:53

Thanks all. So good to hear. The first injection stung a bit, but last night's was sore sore sore!! Done though. Having an epidural/spinal to get these cheeky monkeys out won't be any worse than that!!

confuddledDOTcom Fri 09-Aug-13 00:15:36

Mine were singletons but all came 29-35 weeks. All have done really well, my 31 weeker didn't even get steroids and she was breathing for herself. My 29 weeker was a whopping 2lb 9oz! He was my biggest on the chart, he never needed intubation. I had one IUGR who in the early days did the best out of all of them.

Hope your leg isn't too sore.

Cheerymum Thu 08-Aug-13 23:46:59

Thanks Precious. Think at the mo this looks like selective IUGR too rather than TTT, though we could be heading that way. So helpful to hear that other babies in the same boat are ok. Had a NICU/SCBU tour this evening, which was very helpful. X

Preciousbabies Thu 08-Aug-13 21:14:24

Hi, I had steroids in the week before my twins were delivered at 30 weeks. One of my babies was not growing properly (had iugr) and i had been closely monitored since week 18 of my pregnancy. We were aiming for 32 weeks but didn't quite get there so well done for getting so far along.

Ours were born on 20 dec last year at 1.3 kilos (just under 3lb) and a teeny 800g (just under 2lb). We spent 55 days in the neo natal unit. As others have said, we had no major problems and the babies just needed time to grow , learn to feed and regulate their temperatures.

My bigger twin is now doing superbly and caught up with her weight really quickly. My smaller twin is still small (as a result of reflux and some feeding problems) but I keep getting told to be patient as it can take time to catch up. He has no health problems and both are v active and great in terms of their development.

Best of luck. Keep them in as long as u can but I'm sure u will all be well looked after on the hospital unit should it happen that way.


Cheerymum Thu 08-Aug-13 17:56:09

Thanks so much Never, Silver and Polly. V comparable situations. Am 31+3 today, not +5 yesterday as I wrote in error! TTT and laser ablation must have been v stressful Silver.

Just waiting for my second jab now, and hopefully they'll take me round NICU/SCBU this evening afterwards. V reassuring that even at this early stage their tiny lungs can sometimes cope so well. Hopefully it will just be a case of growing and feeding and temperature regulation once they're safely out as it was for you guys - and they may yet feel its safe to watch and wait a bit, but at least the steroids will be in if not.

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