Re: A few questions about being pregnant with twins...
Hi Lisa, first congrats on the pending arrival of your little girls. I am almost 17 weeks with triplets on the way and I have many friends here with twins on the way who may chime in as well.
I am very suprised that your doctor did not have you come in right away for a quick observation. It can not hurt by bringing you in. And altho there is a very good chance everything could be just fine, it might be a bad thing in retrospect that they did not bring you in. Is your doctor a regular OB and not a specialist (like a perinatologist)? My neighbor who had twins last year went into the hospital at 30 weeks in labor... they successfully fought it off (using many drugs) for 5 weeks and her babies delievered at 35. She was seeing a PN, which is why I think they were so quick to bring her in... they definitely err on the side of precaution. This doesn't mean that some OB's aren't precautious... some are great even with twins... but they are not specialists, and twins are more high risk than singletons when it comes to early delievery. As for your symptoms, I have no idea if they are signs of an early labor... I guess they could very well be BH... but I'd still insist that your doctor allow you to get checked by a professional.
The good news is that you are already 31 weeks... you say you are concerned with delievering before 34 weeks... I really think your girls are in good shape. The criticals are 24 weeks (a MUST for viability and still no guarantees) and then 28 weeks... if you make it to 28 the chances are quite good that the babies would survive with minimal to no long-term complications from prematurity. This doesn't mean they wouldn't spend many weeks in the NICU, but your odds of long term health is high. If the doctors are concerned that you could deliver before 34 weeks, they would probably want to give you a shot that helps the babies lungs mature... I think that plays a big role on the inital health of preemies and even may affect the length of stay in the NICU. And of course your babies birth weight would factor in as well. If it makes you feel better, I've been told that if I make it to 34-35 weeks with my trips (35 is the max I'm allowed to go) there actually is a chance they could come home with me in a matter of days!!!! So I can't tell you not to worry, but I hope I've eased your concern a little bit. I think your girls are gonna be just fine. But I WOULD recommend you call your doc back and request that you at least get checked out... it's not that hard to look at your cervix or to have them strap you to a contraction monitoring machine. It certainly can't hurt.
Good luck to you!
Last edited by Mod08; 08-17-2008 at 03:32 PM.