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Old 12-16-2012, 12:01 AM   #1
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Surprise twins at 21w u/s

We just found out this week that we are expecting twins! I am pretty freaked out about it all. We did our ultrasound late as we were out of town and our midwife wanted us to wait until we got back. It had been 6 weeks or so since we'd seen her when we went to the ultrasound, and needless to say it was the shock of our lives! I'm not quite over the shock yet! There are no twins anywhere in the family, and with these two we will jump from 4 kids to 6. I'm not sure how well we will fit in the car anymore! Our oldest will have just turned 8. On the bright side, our families are a bit more excited about this than they were with just us being pregnant with #5, go figure. I'm also glad to know why I gained so much weight all of a sudden! Anyways, just wanted to share and hopefully hear from some other mamas of multiples. I never ever thought I would be in that category! We now have to choose a homebirth or a hospital birth instead of our birth center, and to be honest, I am not comfortable with either choice with twins. Ugh. Just what we get for thinking we had this whole baby thing figured out
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Old 12-16-2012, 10:44 AM   #2
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How exciting!!!! This exact thing just happened to my sister, at her 20 week ultrasound. She was freaking out at first but is starting to calm down a bit. Its such an amazing blessing. I wish I lived closer to her to help out. Congratulations!
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Congratulations :O)

I am a twin momma of toddlers. I honestly would never consider a home birth with twins. Statistically 50% of twins are born premature and most needs at least a few days in the NICU. Twin births have a much higher C-Section rate (60%). I know quite a few people who had a vaginal delivery for the first and needed an emergency C-Section for the second. Once the first baby comes out the second one can flip and breech. I can't imagine not having everything in place just in case.

I'm not trying to scare you but I think people are getting desensitized to multiple pregnancies that they forget they are high risk. I would never forgive myself if precious minutes mattered. The safest place to have them is in a hospital with a level 3 NICU.
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I am a twin momma of toddlers. I honestly would never consider a home birth with twins. Statistically 50% of twins are born premature and most needs at least a few days in the NICU. Twin births have a much higher C-Section rate (60%). I know quite a few people who had a vaginal delivery for the first and needed an emergency C-Section for the second. Once the first baby comes out the second one can flip and breech. I can't imagine not having everything in place just in case.

I'm not trying to scare you but I think people are getting desensitized to multiple pregnancies that they forget they are high risk. I would never forgive myself if precious minutes mattered. The safest place to have them is in a hospital with a level 3 NICU.
If only they would let me deliver in a hospital with my midwife and an OB nearby. That would be my happy (but impossible) scenario. The idea of delivering in the OR doesn't appeal to me at all. Did you have your twins vaginally or by c-section? I only know people who've had c-sections, with one exception, and I don't know her well.
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Congratulations :O)

I am a twin momma of toddlers. I honestly would never consider a home birth with twins. Statistically 50% of twins are born premature and most needs at least a few days in the NICU. Twin births have a much higher C-Section rate (60%). I know quite a few people who had a vaginal delivery for the first and needed an emergency C-Section for the second. Once the first baby comes out the second one can flip and breech. I can't imagine not having everything in place just in case.

I'm not trying to scare you but I think people are getting desensitized to multiple pregnancies that they forget they are high risk. I would never forgive myself if precious minutes mattered. The safest place to have them is in a hospital with a level 3 NICU.
This exactly . My sister was a single baby and was an emergency c section and as a result is mentally 12 & is really 29. Her mental age is just a reminder for me what can go wrong. Not that I usually does but just in case I vote hostipal.

Also are you having boys or girls? & what are the genders if your other children?!

Congrats mama!!!
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This exactly . My sister was a single baby and was an emergency c section and as a result is mentally 12 & is really 29. Her mental age is just a reminder for me what can go wrong. Not that I usually does but just in case I vote hostipal.

Also are you having boys or girls? & what are the genders if your other children?!

Congrats mama!!!
I do hope you can have a midwife or doula with you
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Old 12-16-2012, 06:03 PM   #8
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I am not sure what the rules are for twin deliveries but it seems that there are ALOT of people in the room, like 12 people. They want you in the OR so that if it goes bad they can be set up super quick.

I had my girls by c-section. My sister had hers vaginally and my friend had hers by c-section. Both my and my friends c-section was our first pregnancy and we both had to deliver early. Me for pre-e and my friend for low blood pressure and baby distress. My sister had had a singleton pregnancy (vaginally) before having the twins (vaginally). When my sisters twins were born the first one came out and they literally jumped on her stomach to try to hold the other baby from spinning around.

I think the best thing to do is just take the time to adjust to the idea of twins and take it day by day. Your body knows how to be pregnant. I wouldn't worry too much about the delivery part. Have a plan in mind, but be flexible. Treat yourself well and just don't over do it, especially stairs. Twin pregnancy is tricky because your body thinks they are ready before they are. There is a lot more weight on your cervix and your uterus.

Statistically 50% of twins come around 37 weeks My sisters were 37, mine were 35w6d and my friend was 31w5d. You probably just shaved a month off your pregnancy :O)

Are you going to find out what sex they are? Do you know if they are identical or fraterna?
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Old 12-16-2012, 06:10 PM   #9
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I have toddler twins and I delivered via c-section. Twin a was breech; I'd say just keep an open mind about delivery and of also say a hospital birth is safer with twins in case the second one turns after the first is delivered or any other complication arises. Toddlerhood is a special time with twins! I never liked buying then the same things but not that they are 2, having the same sippies, bibs, ect saves a lot of stress for mamma. Good luck!
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Old 12-16-2012, 06:14 PM   #10
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Re: Surprise twins at 21w u/s

My twins were by c-section too. They were born at 36W6D after I developed pre-eclampsia. They had no NICU or any 'extras' at the hospital. We all went home together.
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