just learned Im having twins and need advice.

Angela - posted on 08/22/2012 ( 12 moms have responded )

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i just learned a couple days ago me and my husband is being blessed with twins. Im 6wks and started bleeding a little they did an ultrasound and thats when we got the news. everything is going great, we are so excited, but im so nervous. i have a 2 year old daughter and this pregnancy is already so diff than my previous one. i stay exhausted, thats actually an understatement, my back is killing me and my stomach is almost always hurting. im currently working but dont know how much longer im going to be able to do that. so what do i need to expect for the rest of the pregnancy?? how long did you continue to work??? did you spot during your preg?? any advice or tips would be great!!!

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Anthea - posted on 10/08/2012

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Hi Angela. Congratulations, you are holding precious and extraordinary lives in your belly! I am the mother of identical twin girls and I won't lie to you and say that anything has been easy! I stopped work the minute I knew I was carrying twin and thank G for that as it was so difficult carrying those two. Looking after myself and my babies with lots of rest and nutrition was the best thing I ever did. I delivered two perfect little girls at 38.5 weeks, each weighing in at 3kgs! We still hold the record for the heaviest twins delivered at that hospital (and maybe the heaviest mamma too as I weighed 100kg the day I gave birth, most of it water!).

My advice to you would be to do whatever it takes to keep your babies safe. Twin pregnancies are notoriously risky and you wont know what will take place for you. I do, however, think that a bit of spotting is an indication to you to take it easy - gung ho is not a good thing when little lives are at stake.

On a further note, you are in for the adventure of your life and every day from now on will be in wonder of these two little beings that you are carrying. Appreciate them, love them and respect the task you have been give.

Good luck.

Anthea

Kerry - posted on 09/16/2012

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OMG I didn't read your entire question! Idiot! I'm sorry. I went through years of fertility treatment so I was on a high when I finally learned I was pregnant. I worked until 38 weeks, Was running around until i was 38 weeks and loved every minute of it. I did however, the minute I found out I was pregnant, began eating smarter and healthier and very frquently so I didn't get morning sickness or lack of energy. My Mother and both sisters for all their pregnancies (a total of 9) all had terrible morning sickness and I didnt' so maybe the eating helped. I am about 5'3 and 110 lbs and had my c-section at 38 weeks to a 6.7 lb girl and a 7.1 lb girl. I, however, didn't have a little one at home to run around after....no spotting either...I streatched and kept my legs up at the end of the day....

Kerry - posted on 09/16/2012

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First off very cool and congrats! Some of my tips might not be helpful but I wish I had done some things differently. H was ans is a very strong sleeper and needs her sleep while L wasn't and isn't. I wish I gave them their own rooms from day one. I know there would have been many more restful nights. I know that isn't always an option but for me it wasn't and I thought it would be sweet if they shared. They definitely can sleep through a lot being twins that shared a room however I know there were many many nights that only one would have been awake instead of 2. Same goes for naps. The girls are almost 4 and have their own rooms. Since they have their own rooms (about 7 months now) H is back to taking naps because L isn't in there bugging her. It also helps with quiet time or clothing. L is smaller than H so you don't have the fights about why one can't wear soemthing because it is too small or too big.

Lastly don't overthink it. They are individuals and just because you are raising them at the exact same time under the same extact circumstances does not mean they are going to react the same way. Oh and always reach out! Good luck!

Tristan - posted on 09/14/2012

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I found out I was having my twins the same way that you did. I thought I was miscarrying. I'll be honest my pregnancy with my twins was much easier on me than my pregnancy with my singleton girl three years before. My pregnancy was really easy until I hit 33 weeks. It was at that point at my face and feet began to swell. I had my twins at 36 weeks, and they were 6 pounds 4 and 6 pounds 12. I had them natural delivery.



Right now it's hard to think about two babies at once, and what it will do to you. Rest when you can rest, it will all work out for the best... trust me, my twins are healthy wild and crazy 8 year olds.

Donna - posted on 09/05/2012

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Congratulations! Twins are so fun. I spotted too in the beginning of my pregnancy. I found out at 9 weeks that we were expecting twins. I was sick my entire pregnancy and was exhausted. I had a wonderful boss that was extremely supportive during my pregnancy. I would go into the employee lounge area and take a nap during the day because I was so sick and tired. I was put on complete bedrest at 18 weeks and was able to work from home on a laptop that stayed beside me on the bed. Try to lay down as much as possible to help with the weight of the babies. I had a rough pregnancy because I had an incompetent cervix and had to have a cerclage placed at 22 weeks. I think every pregnancy is different and I wish you the best of luck with yours. It's definitely worth everything in the end. I have had so much fun with my girls watching them grow and interact with each other. It truly is a blessing.

Ianina - posted on 09/03/2012

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Congratulations!!! I worked until 30 weeks, I'm 5"4' and had a gigantic belly. I did pilates until 24 weeks because I was getting too big and it was dangerous. I was exhausted all the time, morning sickness until 20 weeks and then the acid reflux kicked in, hahaha



I walked as much as I could, did normal life (with limitations of course), eat healthy and only had to take calcium the entire pregnancy.

Take care of yourself, listen to your body and doctors, and take it easy

I had a healthy pregnancy, no problems, scheduled c section at 36 weeks, 2 healthy babies and no time in NICU.

Claire - posted on 09/01/2012

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SWIM!! I walked laps at the gym. It was so great, especially during the 3rd trimester. Be careful. Listen to the doctors. I went to term and was induced. I worked until 36.5 weeks and really only stopped because I was not productive because people kept saying "are you STILL pregnant?"

You can have a healthy pregnancy!

Congrats and best of luck!!

Kim - posted on 08/24/2012

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I recommend exercise and getting around as much as possible! Maybe not weight bearing, try swimming, something to just keep you moving. I was exhausted too, but had a very uncomplicated pregnancy. I regret not keeping myself at least walking. I was SO out of shape by the time my boys were born. I worked till 34 weeks, doctors told me to stop at 28, but I pushed through because I had to financially. I delivered safely at 37 weeks. I also head early spotting around 6-7 weeks. Had my first ultrasound then also and found out I was having twins. It was VERY overwhelming, especially being my first children. I'd say about 5-6 months is when things got really difficult for me, the pressure on my hips, pelvis and back were horrible. By the time they did take me out of work i was HUGE! lol I told my kids dad I needed a hoyer lift to roll over in bed. You will be fine, and if you were able to keep your 2 year old on a good routine, you'll be able to do it with the twins also. It's probably a bit more challenging. The biggest advice I can give is... that when they do arrive, when one wants to eat, feed the other at the same time no matter what. That will almost guarantee they will stay on the same feeding schedule. That will be a sanity saver right there in itself. I couldn't breast feed, so we went through 16-18 bottles a day the first few months. Good luck!

Sacora - posted on 08/24/2012

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Congratulations!! I was tired the entire time of my pregnancy, and my back pain hasn't gone away LOL I stayed working until I was 26 wks ( Dr.'s orders) I was actually put on bedrest because I went into preterm labor; that was the only risky thing that happened during my pregnancy so I was pretty lucky. I had morning sickness for the first 4mo and heartburn to the EXTREME!!! water gave me heartburn it was horrible, but talk to your doctor, mine had me take vitamin B6 for the nausea and Rantinadine(sp?) for the heartburn. Sleep when you can, or even if you lay down with your eyes closed that helps more than one would think. It's so different from a regular pregnancy, is what I have heard; you will get to keep track of your babies growth the entire time through ultrasounds its sooo awesome, I actually have enough ultrasound pix that I'm going to make a scrapbook one of these days. Good Luck Momma!!!

Dana - posted on 08/23/2012

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I did spot and was told not to walk (I was walking 5 miles a night). The first trimester was hard because I was always tired. I slept as soon as I got home, got up to cook dinner, and went back to the couch. After that I was great. I would recommend you get a doctor who is a high risk doctor who has delivered twins. Mine was great and knew what to expect. She sent me to a high risk clinic for ultrasounds. I think having a high risk DR made my pregnancy better because I never had problems. It was the perfect pregnancy. Just sleep when you can and get off your feet. Good luck.

Inga - posted on 08/23/2012

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Congratulation! :). Stop working if you can. Twin pregnancies are HEAVY!!! I made the mistake to work for a too long time and because of intense stress and anxiety I began bleeding wich resulted in hospitalization for one week to stop the bleeding. Everything went well but I just wish someone had told me to calm down cause this is no normal pregnancy. Accutally I haven´t any comparison since my twins are my first babies, but gösssh how hard it was to be pregnant. I stopped working 26 weeks alonge=much too late. I felt a lot of backpain(/pressure, restless legsyndrome during the nights, had difficulity walking already during the first 3 months since I got "water" under my feet (Im not english hope you understand), and was totally exhausted and emotional the whole time. I felt best lying on my back or the sides the first months to. Take good care of yourself, lot of vitamins, lot of rest and hopefully you get a lot of love and everything will turn out just fine :).

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