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TWINS - Now what? What do I expect?

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Old 11-12-2005, 01:44 AM   #1
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TWINS - Now what? What do I expect?

Okay, I am pregnant with twins. I know the risk of carrying both is moderate but just in case I have questions for those of you how have had or are having twings.

how early do you start to show?

Is the stretching pain more? - it is for me right now

What is the likelyhood of bedrest?

any other tips? i am still in total shock and just don't know how to react.
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Old 11-12-2005, 06:06 AM   #2
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Re: TWINS - Now what? What do I expect?

First let me say Congrats! You have been so blessed! Like every pregnancy twin preg are all different. Ultimately, our bodies are meant to carry 1 at a time so there are risks. I believe the chances of high blood pressure, gestational diabetes, and everything else that has a chance to rear its ugly head during pregnancy has a double chance w/ twins. The key is to just take it easy. There is no need to exercise crazy- just walk and dont let the stress of everday life interfere with your pregnancy. Your only purpose right now should be to grow 2 healthy babies.
I had my twins at 39 weeks but was put out of work at 31 weeks. This was my 3rd pregnacy. I had braxton hicks very early, really didnt show huge until I was 30+weeks, and overall had a perfect pregnancy.I was discharged from the hospital w/in 3 days with my 7'2 & 6'11 identical girls. I am 5'8. My twins will be 1 after Christmas. My friend is 5'2. She carried her twins to 34 weeks and had a perfect pregnancy but her water broke at 34 weeks. She had 2-4lb fraternal boy babies. They had to stay for a week or so in the nicu and because of overcrowding were moved to peds. But are now almost 8 months and doing great!
One of the biggest things is to stay hydrated. DRINK a ton of water. Being dehydrated can cause pre-term labor.
Just keep in mind this is a special pregnancy. I know people that were on bedrest at 20 weeks with 1 baby so just take it easy and take 1 day at a time. Congrats again and good luck! And by the way, I read every twin book out there. I consider myself very laid back and people dont bother me so when people say better you than me...I always agreed. The mother of twins is special. I also realized that no one other than parents of twins know the difference in identical vs fraternal. When they ask about fertility drugs I didnt take it as an insult, I just explained what identical meant...1 egg. I also realized that people really were more curious about how twins got here because they are becoming so popular w/infertility drugs. Whether they are fraternal or identical- either way they are still special and will have a special bond.

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Old 11-12-2005, 06:56 PM   #3
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Re: TWINS - Now what? What do I expect?

Hey I just wanted to say congrats. Due twins run in your family?? Congrats again--Rach

Old 11-13-2005, 07:40 AM   #4
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Re: TWINS - Now what? What do I expect?

Congratulations! I had my twins at 40w3d (I was induced). I didn't have any bedrest, worked until I was at 36 weeks. I stopped working because of the long commute I had and I could barely fit behind the wheel of my car . My twins were 7lbs 12oz and 8lbs 1oz and were born vaginally. I would recommend drinking lots of water, and eating lots of protein. Some doctors are more cautious with multiple pregnancies, but a lot depends on your physical condition as well. Best of luck to you.

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