Health issues after the birth of your twins?

Cindy - posted on 05/28/2011 ( 29 moms have responded )

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Hello gals! I was wondering if anyone else has experienced health issues after the birth of their twins.. My girls are about to be two years old and ever since their birth I have had stomach issues, menstrual issues, back pain, joint pain, migraines, and anxiety. Basically my whole body has changed. I gained 60 lbs while pregnant with the girls and have only lost 30 of those 60 pounds, which is odd because I have always naturally been thin. I have had a complete blood work up and everything checks out fine but I feel like crap all of the time. Anyway, i was just wondering if any other moms have suffered a total body change after giving birth to their babies.

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Amber - posted on 03/01/2012

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my boys are 7 months and i too have bad abdominal pains and back pains some days its hard to deal with especially when you gotta bend over and sit up and all that to tend to babies all day

Melissa - posted on 11/05/2013

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Thank you all for sharing. My girls are 2 and half and for all long as I can remember my feet Hurt so much to walk after lying down and my ankles always feel like they are swollen or have water retention. My periods keep getting heavier and my mood swings are horrible about a week before my period. I started excersing in June and fel better but it has not helped my mensturation or feet problems.

Laura - posted on 06/03/2011

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Did your doc check for vitamin D levels? I suffered some of your symptoms-menstrual issues, migraines, joint pain, incredible fatigue. My vitamin d was so low as to be non existent. I started taking 10 000 iu per day along with lots of C, B, calcium/magnesium, e and a multi and things are so much better. I had a division in my stomach muscles and exercise really helps for that and for back pain as well. Yoga is great for your whole body, you work at your own level and it helps with anxiety issues too. Now if we could only get rid of the "twin skin"!

Sybille - posted on 06/03/2011

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Cindy, I know exactly what u r talking about!! Same here! My boys are 16 month and I had a fantastic pregnancy! (37+6) but I totally forgot to take my vitamines during tge breastfeeding period and after we switch to regular food my problems began!
First my feet hurt so much I could hardly walk. Then my joints between hand and arm started hurting. I hardly could pick up anything w my left.....
After that was getting better, my right knee and then my left one started hurting. I couldn't walk any stairs neither bench? down to lift up my boys!!! Horrible!!! Additional to that I was tired aaaaaaalllll the time!!!

Then we got lucky and were offered a place in mini kindergarten were they started w 1 year! After they were used to stay there I started working out 3-4 times a week! 2 h of low heart beat cardio and some muscle training! What should I say? Problem solved!!! I feel strong and back on track! I gained 50 poubds during pregnancy and there are still 6 pounds left! I lost in 5 month 10 pounds. Stopped eating carbs in the evening and only a fw in the morning. And added more veggies and a lot more of meat and milk products to my meals!

So hang in there! Find the poss to excercise regular for 2 hours it is really hard the firdt two weeks, than it gets easier!!

All the bedt!

Amy - posted on 05/30/2011

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Cindy,
I understand and have too been suffering. My girls are 11 months and I think my uterus just stopped hurting about 2 weeks ago, no joke. I still get issues when menstrual time is approaching, I think my back and shoulders seriously hurt about 75% of the time. I am on medication since the girls were born, this pregnancy brought out crazy emotions in me I never knew were there :) Just remember how hard this was on your body and be grateful for the small improvements. For the anxiety the best thing for me is to get out for a brisk walk each day. Sometimes its hard but remember that it was all worth it for your little girls :)

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Leonie - posted on 03/31/2014

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Hi. I am a mother of twin 24 month old girls, and an 8 year old girl. I also have major hip and back problems since the twins were born. I have seen a chiropractor,PT, acupuncturist, had MRIs done om my back, seen a spine specialist and nobody can find anything wrong. My pain gets so severe it leaves me in bed. It radiated through my back into my reproductive area and it super painful at times. I thought it was arthritis due to mt severe flair ups but no one will confirm anything. My periods have also gotten crazy ( super heavy ) my anxiety over all has tripled and same with depression. I read all these posts and feel better that I am not alone but am also so confused as to why these medical issues are not addressed. My husband thinks I am crazy. Thanks for listening.

Erin - posted on 05/01/2013

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It is funny to read the posts. Having twins are exhausting, regardless of medical issues. If fact, that is the reason I have ignored most of what I have been feeling. I have two main problems that I believe, now that my twins are over 2 years old, are related to my difficult pregnancy.
The first I have addressed. My knees were so bad I could hardly walk anymore. I also had sever pain around my hips on both sides. I finally went to a chiropractor and with several lower back adjustments I got better. My husband was shown how to work out deep muscle cramps too. That has been a big help. I am getting less and less pain every day.
Now I just need to address, what I believe to be a hormone problem. I have really dry hair, eyes and skin. The hair and skin can be addressed with topical products, but the eye moisturizing drops are not working. I have had to pull over from driving because I could not see from my eyes stinging. My sister suggested having tear ducts installed, but I think I need to see a gynecologist to see if all of it is related to hormones. Any other ideas?

Emma - posted on 03/13/2013

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I can't believe how many people have the same problems after having twins, I had id twin girls July 2011 and I can't sleep on my front because when I wake p I can't move with pain in my lower back! Mine hurts most of the time so does my right arm and hand, I had the bad pains in my stomach and the doc said I have ibs too, makes you worry all the time though.. They are so worth it though I love it!

Grace - posted on 10/24/2012

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I have 2 and a half hear old twin girls! I have just about the same symptoms! I have stomach problems like sometimes it feels like a knot in right side doctor said its IBS, but lower part is sore all the time. Lower back pain, joints kill me specially my hands hips and knees! migraines before period! And VERY bad anxiety!!! I have spent many of days wondering if something was really wrong with me! and I have been praying about it all . This morning it hit me to look up symptoms after having twins and I found this! I hope this helps your anxiety about it , its helped mine!! Plane to go back to doctor soon just been scared of what the will say!

Erica - posted on 03/04/2012

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I had my twin boys a year ago and i'm still going through all of those things and they still can't find any thing wrong I though it was just me.

Trixie - posted on 03/03/2012

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Hi, I am new to this site and I have 2 older children and 2 year old twins. I have been having the same problems after having my id twins. I have been getting my periods every 2 weeks, pain, cramps, exhaustion and a small weight gain and I have no iron left in my body.

I as well have had many tests and they have told me endometriosis maybe but you have to suffer symtoms for a year before they will diagnose that. I have been told that the more children you have the worse it all gets becuase I have had 4 children. On my last scan though from the c/section scar tissue I now have an unusual shaped usterus which doctor said could explain the pain as well.

I have now gone on the pill and put on more weight but feel more normal within myself. My doctor gave me a 3 month prescription and I recently ran out and didn't have time to get it filled and thought it would be a good test anyway to see if i was feeling better. Within 3 days i could not even get out of bed because of the pain.

I too am pleased to have come across other ladies with the same problems.

Lindsey - posted on 03/01/2012

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Yes I have two herniated discs in my back now that need operated on to be fixed. I also have so much scar tissue in my abdomen that I have a lot of lower belly pain. My hormones are better than before thank god, LOL, but I think the birth control pills helped that.

Nicole - posted on 02/28/2012

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the girls r now almost 2, and my first year after having them i was sick all the time with colds and such. now i have seasonal dry skin which i never had before and my legs always hurt after standing for a while. never had any of this before.

Erica - posted on 02/27/2012

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I understand because I have had back pain, pain in my sides, and real bad headaches. The boys are now one and I still having menstrual issues and sex drive isn't the same. Is this normal when u have twins?

Evelyn - posted on 06/08/2011

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Hey Cindy, My twins are now 3yrs old, I had a terrible backache , nerve pain for over 6 months , I had to use crutches when walking, I was told that I had a disk dis-positioning, which I really had to go for prayer, because I could nt even carry my twins, but God answered and I was healed. I can now walk without pain. Teh stomach crumbs didnt stay for long , just over a month but stay strong for your girls. Remember weight gain is a great contributor to backache, try reducing the weight as much as possible.

Chairettie - posted on 06/05/2011

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I gained about 40 and lost it as soon as they were born but I always seem to ache, never feel well rested even if I do sleep at night, I have sinus issues now, I was never allergic to anything until I had them and now I am allergic to amoxicillin, I'm absent minded and quite klutzy these days and my girls are only 11 months.......I was hoping it gets better :o(

Melissa - posted on 06/04/2011

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My girls will be 3 in September. I had major issues with my menstrual cycle till I had a miscarriage when they were 2, and that seemed to balance back out my hormones for the most part, but as far as aches and pains. I got severe muscle spasms towards the end of my pregnancy with them, and that has carried on off and on since having them. I think when I was pregnant, even with taking two vitamins a day, always eating yogurt, and trying to intake as much calcium as I could it still went very low. I think even almost 2 years later I am still trying to build that back up. Try having your doctor do a calcium, magnisium, and potassium check, or try taking a multi-vitamin that is high in these for a few weeks and see how you feel. I just feel like my body has been completely robbed. I never really gained any wait with my girls (plus-sized already) I am at the same weight now as I am before I had them.

Jacqueline - posted on 06/03/2011

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I have b/g twins they are 2 1/2 and I had a wonderful PG now I have many different things going on with my body I want to scream.

Khadijah - posted on 06/03/2011

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Wow, so I'm not the only one in this boat! My body has been doing strange things every since my girls were born. They are now 28 months and while some things have gotten a little better as time goes by, I still have issues with so many other things. Serious pain in my hands (even though my doctor says its not carpel tunnel (sp). Stomach issues, and while my menstral has gotten better since before I had my girls it gradually got worst and worst again. I am always tired and everyday I am cleaning up tons of messes after the girls, taking them out for play time or for a stroll and just the day to day of cooking, cleaning, giving baths, doing hair, getting the girls dress, laundry, cleaning up more messes, trying to give my husband time....I am EXHAUSTED!!! My multivitamins have helped some but not much.



Wouldn't it be grand to have a time machine to get our pre-pregnancy bodies back and still get to keep our precious babies? :-)

Elaine - posted on 06/03/2011

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My uterus never shrunk back down after the birth of my twins in 1985. I was 35 years old and that may have had something to do with the uterus problem. For 5 years I suffered with major mentrual issues and migraines. My gyno removed my uterus only at the age of 40 and it was the best thing for my body. Since my tubes and ovaries were fine, I had him leave them in so I wouldn't need to take hormones later. It was a good decision for me. Other body changes included: shoe size up 1/2 size, lost a great portion of upper body strength, and my sciatica got worse. I'm still dealing with the sciatica and basically low upper body strength, but I am 61 now. I strongly believe that having multiples changes your body forever no matter what your age.

Faira - posted on 06/03/2011

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Cindy,
I feel the same way! I have migraines all the time now. I never experienced one until after the twins were born. They were so intense I had to get an MRI done. My anxiety has increased more as well. I haven't experienced any back, stomach or joint pain. My period however I do have worse cramps than before and my mood swings before I start are crazy!! Its crazy how much your body changes after having kids.

Where do you live in Texas? I am in Dallas...so I feel you on the walks in this weather. It might sound crazy but a way I found myself able to get some excersice is to mow our lawns. My mom will come over and watch the kids so I can get my legs moving. If I am not mowing we around the mall. We try and get out of the house a least twice a week. I do stay home with mine so I am able to get out during the day. I wish you luck and hope your body can find a way to work with you!

Cindy - posted on 05/30/2011

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I definitely could benefit from exercise. It's just so hard to get around to it because my husband works nights and sleeps during the day. I have thought about taking the girls for a walk during the day time but it is already 96 degrees here in Texas and I just can't stand the heat. Maybe I should think about joining the YMCA or something.



I had my tubes tied when I had my c-section because we decided three kids were our limit. My periods are regular but the texture of them has become thicker and heavier (sorry tmi). I get seriously crazy about a week before I am suppose to start my period. However, I pretty much stay moody most of the time. It's like I cannot control my emotions anymore. I also feel tired most of the time. Ugh.

Saima - posted on 05/30/2011

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my trwin girls are 19 months old apart from the severe weakness my menstrual cycle has become a lot regular post pregnancy because before concieving my cycle was just crazy.but now i get to no a day before my periods start even 2 days before because i feel my temples are going to snap and my head starts to feel so heavy.....does any1 else feel the same.my legs feel so lethargic specially n cant really explain the feeling its like they have stopped working and specially at night i use 2 rub them hard and it felt good.i started swimming and gym couple of weeks ago and this situation with my legs was gone....i havent been able 2 go to gym 4 almost a week and its back.so i think exercise is the best solution.also i have heard but not sure about the theory that exercise releases some kind of hormone(dont remember its name)which makes you happy.......

Rebecca - posted on 05/30/2011

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Kim, I know that there are people who like it and swear by it... I am just not one of them lol. And I have also been told to excercise more. I will say that there were a few cool weeks where I was walking every morning with my jogger and I did feel great and felt like I had a lot more energy those days.

Kim - posted on 05/30/2011

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Rebecca, My doctor suggested Mirena for me too, I refused to get it because I heard too many people complain about it.

Kim - posted on 05/30/2011

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I've had A LOT of body aches since I've had my boys, they are 17 months old now and I still can't get around like I used to. I told my doctor and he did blood work etc.... he just said I probably just need to exercise more. But it's hard to get moving cause my legs hurt so bad. I've also had bad anxiety. I gained 80lbs with my boys, lost 60, and just gained back 10. I feel a mess! lol

Cindy - posted on 05/29/2011

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While I am sorry to hear that you too are suffering, it makes me feel better that someone out there is experiencing the same weird symptoms after the birth of their twins. I just wanna feel normal again. =/

Thank you for replying!

Rebecca - posted on 05/28/2011

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Hey Cindy! My boys are 18 months and my pregnancy was fantastic.. but post pregnancy I have had nothing but problems. I attribute most of my menstrual issues to Mirena (I got it after the boys birth and just had it removed...) But I agree 100% with you that my body is COMPLETELY different. The biggest complaint that I have is horrible lower back pain and exhaustion. Like you, I have had tests on just about everything and everything looks fine. They gave me a bunch of physical therapy excercises to try to strengthen my stomach muscles and take the pressure of my back... but too date, they have been unsuccessful :(

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