TWINS ON THE WAY

Isabella - posted on 04/10/2010 ( 22 moms have responded )

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I have twins on the way im 14 and 3 and a half months pregnant. My family is supporting me and my boyfriend and i are moving out in 2 weeks. Should i Have everything ready? How big should i be? Is there any chance i can have both genders?

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Isabella - posted on 04/19/2010

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Ok, im 15 weeks now so hopwfully i wont get preeclampsia and wont go on redrest because i want to stay in school.

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Preeclampsia is pregnancy-caused high blood pressure. Basically, your blood pressure goes through the roof and won't come back down. They think it's caused by the placenta not providing enough nutrition to the baby, but doctors aren't really 100% sure what causes it. It's very common in twin pregnancies and among young moms. It's also extremely serious. It can cause kidney damage to the mom, strokes, and prevent the babies from growing properly. If preeclampsia develops into full-blown eclampsia, both mom and the babies can die. Basically, the cure for preeclampsia is to deliver the baby. If you develop preeclampsia, your doctor will evaluate whether or not to continue the pregnancy. Normally, once you are past 27 weeks, if you are developing severe preeclampsia and they can't control it with medication, the doctors will deliver your babies. You should expect that you will have your blood pressure taken frequently, particularly as you reach the end of your pregnancy, and you will have frequent urine tests. Protein in your urine combined with increasing blood pressure are the signs of preeclampsia. I had preeclampsia with my twin boys, but it was minor. I was put on bedrest at 32 weeks and was able to carry them to 38 weeks. However, I had a friend who developed it at 27 weeks and they thought they were going to have to deliver the babies then. She pulled through that episode but still ended up delivering at 34 weeks because her blood pressure was so high it was dangerous for her and the babies. Unfortunately, there isn't a whole lot you can do about preeclampsia -- it's mostly beyond your control. You will either get it or you won't. However, if at any time during your pregnancy, particularly towards the end, you develop a severe headache that lasts more than an hour (even after you take Tylenol) or you feel dizzy or lightheaded, you should call you doctor and see if they want to see you. Preeclampsia can come on really, really fast and the bad headaches or dizziness are a sign that your blood pressure may be high. Hope this is helpful!

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Honestly, at 14, I think you have a very challenging pregnancy ahead of you. A twin pregnancy is tough for a full-grown woman and you are not quite full-grown yet. The reality is you are going to have a very high risk pregnancy, with higher risk for having preeclampsia, higher risk of low birthweight babies, etc. Bedrest is a high probability. The best thing you can do for your babies at this point is to eat heathy and rest when you can. Also, twins are very difficult to care for the first few months as well. If your family is supporting you, I wouldn't move out. I would stay in your home if possible and have your boyfriend move in for a while once the babies arrive. The more hands you have around to help, the better, and just having you and your boyfriend alone will be difficult because I'm assuming he will need to work. Good luck!

Carla - posted on 04/15/2010

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Please don't let all the horror stories scare you. Take care of yourself, eat right and get plenty of rest. See your doctors regularly and do what they say. You may or may not be on bed rest. I carried my twins 38 weeks until I had a scheduled c-section.I did NOT go on bed rest, in fact I worked a full time job until I was 33 weeks. I had not started contractions and had no sign of labor and I am 38 years old. Everyone is different. As for being ready, yes you should get as ready as you can before the big event. And the genders, who knows, I had two girls but they are not identical. Take care of yourself, best of luck.

Jennifer - posted on 04/14/2010

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Your doc might have you on bedrest because most twin/multilpes pregnancies carry risk of preterm birth. At about 28 weeks, you will look and feel and be the same size as a full-term pregnant woman who only has one baby inside. You will look fuul-term, but you still have at least 2 more months of pregnancy, so you will be huge, and preterm labor is very common. If this occurs, your doc may put you on meds to slow labor, and order you to bedrest. Feel free to add me to your circle if you have any questions! OH! And I think it's pretty awesome that you are going to try to breastfeed them!

Isabella - posted on 04/14/2010

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Ok, well do you think im ok for my size? ill make sure to get the cheryl bouncy chairs. If i do go on bedrest ill tell you. I would like to keep my babies intill there surpose to come, even know i want to see them. and getting the house in a few days. cant wait. XD

Natasha - posted on 04/13/2010

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oh I also forgot to mention I agree with cheryl bouncy chairs are a life saver I loved thiers!!!!!

Natasha - posted on 04/13/2010

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as it has been stated to you, every pregnancy is different and every womans body is different; I am glad that you have support and help although my twins were baby number 3 and 4 for me I didn't have the family support that most need in the early stages of infancy with twins I had the little help that my husband offered ( if it wasn't too much work for him). But you don't need the horror stories every thing is different for everyone. The size you get depends on how big the babies get and how your body adjusts to pregnancy some barely show and then there's me at only three months I looked like I was already nine months along the sad thing is I was smallest with my twins then with my single babies. You asked y you might need bed rest it is needed to help keep the babies in longer, it is a way to help ensure your health and safety and well as the the health and safety of your twins. If you have any questions or need someone to talk to you can add me to your circle and I will try to help you the best that I can. Also great decision on breastfeeding there are so many rewards in that decision I couldn't nurse my twins but i did nurse my older two ... but if for any reason you don't get to nurse don't feel bad it doesnt always happen for everyone.... Good Luck and Best Wishes

Kara - posted on 04/13/2010

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Having twins is an amazing thing! I have identical twins boys who are 17 months old now. I am glad that you have everything ready, that will help alot...now about having to go on bedrest, it may happen. Despite how awesome it is to have twins, the female body is really only designed to carry one baby at a time. And depending on how big the babies are, how big you are, if there are any complications, your health and the babies health may be in order. I was on bedrest for 13 weeks with my babies, but we also had twin to twin transfusion syndrome, so that may be a little extreme. Most mommies of twins that I have talked to averaged about 2-4 weeks of bedrest! It may or may not happen. And big KUDOS on breastfeeding. I was unable to breastfeed due to the extreme prematurity of the twins and the fact that despite medication I never produced enough milk for both of them. Good luck and God bless. Oh one more thing are you 14 and 3 1/2 weeks pregnant or reading above 14 years old? Silly I am sorry!

CHERYL - posted on 04/13/2010

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hi having twins is hard work what ever your age.i would get as much ready as you could have them early,i had mine 8weeks early. i had a brilliant pregnancy and only put on a stone.i had 1 of each and do feel blessed. glad you will have support. bouncy chairs were the best thing i purchased as you can feed them together and bouncy them to sleep. good luck and enjoy every minute of your twins. just remember each stage does pass (sleepless nights and constant feeding)mine are nearly 10months and can say it does get easier.

Janessa - posted on 04/12/2010

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Well, no worries!! Seems like everything is in place!! I had twin girls just three years ago and they are a great joy to have around! And it definatly depends!! I had two of the same gender, so.. the chances for every woman is different, no two pregnancies are alike remember so, just remember to rest and enjoy every moment of having these miracles. Not too many people have twins so you are ecpecially blessed! =] Good luck hun!

Makenzie - posted on 04/12/2010

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I just had identical twin boys 5 months ago. They were 3 months premature and were in the hospital for 4 months. So, be prepared for the babies to be preemie. Luckily we had everything ready when I was 22 weeks because I was put into the hospital at 24 weeks and had the babies at 27 weeks. Let me know if you have any questions.

Pip - posted on 04/12/2010

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Wow 14 and pregnant with twins. This will be so hard on your body, and totally life changing. Glad you have family behind you, your going to need it. I would be as organised as possible, get a bag of diapers every week and a tin of formula, cause you will go through heaps. Your belly looks just beautifuI, love it and look after it. I wish you all the very best, you will be in my thoughts :)

Jennifer - posted on 04/12/2010

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The only thing I can tell you is that you might be asked to go on bedrest, which will be a major adjustment for someone your age. If this happens, don't get out of bed, and make sure that your partner helps you a lot. Bedrest, motherhood, and twin motherhood is a huge adjustment for anybody, and at 14, your going to need to have some patience with yourself and your body. Your belly looks just right for 3 1/2 months, and have everything ready by 24 - 26 weeks. Don't worry too much about clothes, worry about diapers! Decide if you are going to try to breastfeed (BIG $$ saving, but difficult with twins, I did it, so it can be done). Allow your parents to help out as much as they want to, and be greatful. I hope your pregnancy goes smoothly! Good luck!

Isabella - posted on 04/12/2010

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That is how big i am in the pic and i have nearly everything ready just need to now the genders. and get cloths move in get everything ready and wait for them to come(while in school.)

Kate - posted on 04/11/2010

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Yes, have everything ready. You won't have time or energy by the time you are 7 month pregnant, much less after you have them. How big you get depends on how long you can carry them. l went 38 1/2 weeks. l only gained 44 lbs but l was so big my tops didn't meet my shorts in the middle of my belly. l think there is a 50% chance of having a boy and a girl.

Good luck and keep posting on how you are doing.

Jodie - posted on 04/11/2010

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i had almost everything ready by the time i was due but must admit i had forgotten a few things lol! At this stage i was starting to show but wasn't too big it's at the later stages of pregnancy that the bump will start to look really big! And if you are having non identical twins then the answer is yes you could have one of each gender good luck my twins are 5 now so if you need any more advice just ask!!

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