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Just found out we're having twins!

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April241 Sun 24-Apr-16 19:01:15

Hi all, hope you're all well!

Bit of back story re: my pregnancy. We found out I was pregnant at 3+4, 5 days before my period. I'm still not entirely sure why I even tested, I had sore nipples and a bit of dizziness/weird feeling but didn't think for a second I was, however after 3 (yes 3) tests and a "pregnant 1-2 weeks" then we realised it was actually true.

Just less than a week later (I would have been 4+2) I went to my doctor with extremely painful stomach cramps. He looked at me while I explained I had pain like intense period cramp but no bleeding before saying, very matter of fact, that I was miscarrying and my body was "expelling whatever is in there". He said to expect blood like a very heavy period and take codeine for the pains. My OH and I left that day stunned and heartbroken. I'd only known a matter of days but couldn't believe it was already over.

The stomach cramps lasted till I was around 7 and a half weeks, every single night they'd wake me up and I wander the house till they eased. When they suddenly stopped I was convinced my baby had passed and that I'd bleed soon or find out at my dating scan.

Everyone in my family who knew were so excited but I didn't allow myself to get excited, I was 100% convinced I'd had a miscarriage and would need a D&C if I didn't bleed before the scan.

I had my scan last Thursday at 12+2 and was totally and utterly petrified. I actually closed my eyes for a few seconds
before the midwife put on the ultrasound probe because I couldn't stand to see the empty sac or a baby with no heartbeat.

The second the probe touched my stomach though my OH and I just stared at two sac's! It felt like absolutely forever before the midwife said "...and we have twins".

Twins?!? I thought there would be nothing there, convinced by my doctor I had miscarried or had a missed miscarriage and there they were, two babies with two perfectly beating hearts.

It literally was the most surreal moment of my life. The midwife spent a long time showing us each twin, their wee legs and arms, their heart and brain and said they were DCDA twins. I also measured 4 days further than I thought and was 12+6.

It's now Sunday and we're in Spain, a holiday we had booked before I ever found out I was pregnant. The last few days have been absolutely crazy. Telling everyone we were having twins was an absolutely amazing experience, so many hugs and tears (of joy!). We're coming round to the idea of two babies and we're both really excited if not a bit apprehensive at what the first few months/years will be like but we'll get through it.

I'm still a little worried about the rest of the pregnancy, will they both be healthy, will I get to a good term before they're here, how will they be born, will they need special care. I'm trying to take each day at a time though. On Thursday morning I thought for sure we'd have absolutely awful news and it really couldn't have been better.

I can't wait to meet our twin babies, such a long time to go!!!


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PotteringAlong Sun 24-Apr-16 19:04:16

No twins (although my sister has twin boys) but I had exactly the same cramps like you describe with ds1; right down to the being up for hours in the night with them. My midwife described them as perfectly normal!


Lolimax Sun 24-Apr-16 19:06:47

Hi April. No experience of twins but I just wanted to say thank you for putting a smile on my face! Lovely, lovely news made all the nicer as you were expecting the worst. Omg you've probably only got about 24 weeks left lol!!!
Have a great holiday, take care and have a happy healthy pregnancy.

Rezolution123 Sun 24-Apr-16 19:14:45

I have twins. Wonderful and life-changing.
Congratulations.brew Stay well and stop worrying.
I worried for Britain when I was pregnant.
The twins (both girls) are now eighteen.

April241 Sun 24-Apr-16 19:17:58

PotteringAlong - thank you! I think I eventually worked out it could be trapped wind! Still very scary nonetheless though isn't it.

Lolimax - aww thank you so much, glad I made you smile. When you said "24 weeks" I turned to OH in total shock, that's not long at all!! It'll be about 23 when we get back from holiday, waaah!!! Not long at all :D

P.S I couldn't use my own name for my screen name so I made up a bit of a funny one "April" for this month and "241" as the midwife said to us "well it's like Tescos in here today with the 2for1 on!" Haha, made us laugh :-P

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April241 Sun 24-Apr-16 19:19:15

Rezolution123 - thank you! smile it's so hard not to worry isn't it,even though it doesn't do a blind bit of good. Worrying isn't going to make things change, just need to stay calm and enjoy the rest of this pregnancy smile

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Rezolution123 Sun 24-Apr-16 19:26:27

Our twins joke and say "You buy one and you get one free."
Actually you don't, you just have to pay double for everything so start saving your dosh now.

BumWad Sun 24-Apr-16 19:50:37

Your post has made me smile congratulations!

Lolimax Sun 24-Apr-16 19:53:07

Actually I've just remembered I line from a book I used to read my DC's (now 18 and 19)....twins, twins, alike as 2 pins. Double the trouble but double the grins!

April241 Sun 24-Apr-16 20:18:38

Haha yep OH and I are already talking about overtime and the like! Gonna be an expensive adventure lol.

That's definitely right Loli, I can't wait for all the double firsts!

BumWad thank you!! smile

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mellysam Sun 24-Apr-16 21:05:56

Congratulations!! What a brilliant result, so happy for you smile
I am currently 20 weeks pregnant with DCDA twins and it's great, we found out at our 12 week scan too, the sonographer said "OK so brace yourselves there are two of them in there!" grin
Enjoy your pregnancy!

April241 Sun 24-Apr-16 21:27:15

Mellysam aww congratulations to you too! Such a surprise at first but what an amazing experience smile hope you have a happy a healthy pregnancy

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Shadow1986 Sun 24-Apr-16 21:32:43


I also had the cramps you experienced. I was due on, on the Monday and I had horrible cramps all week so was just waiting for my period to actually start properly but it didn't! I tested when I was 5 days late and I was pregnant! Private scan at 10 weeks showed twins.
I was very scared and anxious about carrying one let alone two, but all worked out well!
I now have two beautiful 4 year olds who are the best of friends.

April241 Sun 24-Apr-16 21:58:57

Shadow, thanks for your reply smile I'm a worrier as it is but didn't think I could possibly worry about something more than I worry in this pregnancy. In a way I'm so glad there's twins because I said to my OH I couldn't cope with this worrying and anxiety again :-P.

I can't wait till they're here!

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Shadow1986 Mon 25-Apr-16 10:02:16

my pregnancy was pretty good other than I had such bad pelvic pain, some days I could barely walk. If you get anything like this I would skip the doctors and nhs physio and just book yourself straight in with a chiropractor who deals with pregnant ladies. Can't stress this enough! It's so worth just paying for a few sessions than being in pain. I also got quite dizzy a lot of the time but that's normal apparently. Other than that no complaints really!
I was induced at 37 weeks as one of the twins had stopped growing. 4 days in special care once they were here and then home.
We joined a local twins club which was really helpful in the early days, you should see if you have a local one. You could even Go along while pregnant and talk to some mums.

Also if you're on Instagram, if you search #twins you'll come across so many other twin mums, get a real insight into their lives through photos. Things they have bought etc. if you don't have Instagram id get it just for this!

April241 Mon 25-Apr-16 11:01:55

Thanks Shadow :-) I'm slightly worried about my back/pelvis as I already have lower back pain which I see an osteopath occasionally for, in the last week to two weeks it's quite uncomfortable in bed so I'm worrying how it will be with the strain of a bump.

I have Instagram so I'll definitely check out the tag smile. I also checked up twins clubs and there's one about a 40 minute drive for me that mean the 1st Monday of the month. If I'm off work I'm definitely going to see about going smile been doing so much research since finding out. Some of it really interesting and some of it really scary!!

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Shadow1986 Mon 25-Apr-16 11:35:41

40 minutes that's a shame it's not closer :-( that might be more hassle than it's worth when the babies are actually here but might be worth going along before they are here.

My pelvis was twisted so it was just a case of them straightening me out a bit and I saw a huge improvement.

Yes exciting and scary times!! But more exciting than anything else!

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