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    Name: Heidi

    Kids: Brodie, Deacon, and Truman with #4 on the way!

    Age when pregnant with your multiples: 22

    Fertility treatments or spontaneous?: Spontaneous

    Were you multiples your 1st pregnancy?: Nope, my 2nd

    When did you find out you were carrying multiples?: 20 weeks

    When did you 1st feel movement with your multiples?: Around 15 weeks or so

    Did you have bad morning sickness? Any tips?: I had NO m/s with the twins. Lucky me! I wish I was that lucky this time around

    Did you see a specialist during your multiple pregnancy? If so when & why: No, just my regular OB and she is awesome.

    How often did you see your Dr after you found out you were carrying more than 1?:Every 4 weeks, then every 2 weeks. After I was on bedrest it was every week until they were born.

    How often did you have u/s’s?: Every 4weeks at first and then every other week closer to the end.

    How much weight were you told to gain during your pregnancy? How much did you actually gain?: I gained 35 pounds with the twins.

    When did you find out the babies sexes? at 20 weeks

    Did you go on bed rest? If so when & why: I was on bed rest for nearly 3 months. I kept going into pre-term labor. Luckily they were always able to stop it.

    What did you do while you were on bed rest?: slept, read magazines, watched movies, eat!

    How far along were you when you delivered?: 37 weeks.

    If your babies were preemie, why did you deliver early?: N/A

    Vaginal or C-section? By your choice or the Dr’s?: Vaginal!! What an amazing experience to deliver 2 babies right in a row!!

    Did your babies spend time in the NICU? If so, why & how long was their stay?: Nope! They came out screaming and they were perfect. We went home with them just a few days later. They never even needed any oxygen.

    Did you breastfeed?: I tried, I really did, but it just didn't happen.

    Fraternal, identical or questionable?: Def. identical

    What items do you recommend for a mommy-to-be of multiples?: Plenty of bottles if you are bottle feeding, you go through them FAST!

    What are some things you consider Must Have items for new mommies of multiples?: Bouncy seats, swings, 2 boppys (to sit them up in), lots of diapers and onsies!

    What are some items you found completely useless with your multiples?: We never needed 2 cribs. The boys love sleeping with each other too much and we never did seperate them while they were still in their crib.

    What items were you glad you had multiples of & what items do you feel you wasted money on by buying more than 1?: We needed the 2 swings and 2 bouncy seat. Only needed 1 crib and 1 infant tub.

    Pregnancy after multiples?: I'd say YES since #4 is currently on the way

    Anything else you’d like to add?: It is such a great experience to be pregnant with, give birth to, and raise multiples. Take those first few weeks to get to know you babies and figure them out. It can be a lot of fun if you don't let yourself get overwhelmed. Now that they ar 2, they are just so much fun and I look forward to watching them grow up!
    ~Heidi~
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    Brodie(9)~Deacon(8 )~Truman(8 )~Sawyer(5)~Elliot(3)~Finn 3/9/12

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    Name: Jessica

    Kids: Twin boys, Avery and Ezra

    Age when pregnant with your multiples: 21/22

    Fertility treatments or spontaneous?: spontaneous

    Were you multiples your 1st pregnancy?: yes

    When did you find out you were carrying multiples?: 19 weeks

    When did you 1st feel movement with your multiples?: I felt flutters at 13 weeks, but didnt' feel kicks until around 19 weeks.

    Did you have bad morning sickness? Any tips?: Nope, morning sickness.

    Did you see a specialist during your multiple pregnancy? If so when & why: Just the perinatologist, I think that's common.

    How often did you see your Dr after you found out you were carrying more than 1?: Just about every week after I was 6 months.

    How often did you have u/s’s?: Every month, until I was 32 weeks, then I had them weekly.

    How much weight were you told to gain during your pregnancy? How much did you actually gain?: I was told to gain 50 lbs, and I did! I weighed 98lbs when I got pregnant so I needed to gain some weight!

    When did you find out the babies sexes? at 20 weeks.

    Did you go on bed rest? If so when & why: Yes, at 27 weeks, due to a shortening cervix and lots of contractions.
    What did you do while you were on bed rest?: Read a lot of books on multiples, and watched TV.

    How far along were you when you delivered?: 34 weeks, 5 days

    If your babies were preemie, why did you deliver early?: I had been on the highest dosage of terbutaline and nephedipine since 27 weeks, and the contractions weren't subsiding. I woke up Jan. 10th having contractions every 2-3 minutes. When I got to the hospital I was dialted to 4!

    Vaginal or C-section? By your choice or the Dr’s?: C-section; Dr's choice. baby A was more than a pound smaller than baby B.The doc didn't want to take the chance of stressing the smaller twin, so he opted for the section.

    Did your babies spend time in the NICU? If so, why & how long was their stay?: No, they stayed in the special care nursery for a couple days just for monitering and antibiotics.

    Did you breastfeed?: yep

    Fraternal, identical or questionable?: fraternal

    What items do you recommend for a mommy-to-be of multiples?: "Twinspiration", "Ready or Not, Here we come!", "The Secrets of the Baby Whisperer". These books are MUST READS! Oh and LOTS of lotion and a WATER bottle!!

    What are some things you consider Must Have items for new mommies of multiples?: Swaddling blankets, a good pump (if you're going this route), lots of help, a crock pot, and wubbanubs (the BEST pacifier-they're great for infants and for telling who's paci belongs to who! wubbanub.com)!

    What are some items you found completely useless with your multiples?: My twins are still young so I don't know if I can answer this yet! I'll let ya know!

    What items were you glad you had multiples of & what items do you feel you wasted money on by buying more than 1?: See above!

    Pregnancy after multiples?: absolutely!

    Anything else you’d like to add?: Nope





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    Name: Jessica

    Kids:
    Christian 2/00, Chadler & Chasen 1/02 & Chloe 6/04

    Age when pregnant with your multiples:
    24

    Fertility treatments or spontaneous?:
    Spontaneous

    Were you multiples your 1st pregnancy?:
    no

    When did you find out you were carrying multiples?:
    I don't remember exactly, but around 5 months, at my 1st u/s.

    When did you 1st feel movement with your multiples?:
    don't remember

    Did you have bad morning sickness? Any tips?:
    Not with them, but I did with the other two. I don't believe there are any true tips.

    Did you see a specialist during your multiple pregnancy? If so when & why:
    just an u/s specialist for multiples.

    How often did you see your Dr after you found out you were carrying more than 1?:
    I think we had another appt in 3 weeks and then went every 2 weeks.

    How often did you have u/s’s?:
    Too hard to put any exact time frame because I found out late. In those last few months I think I had about 5-6

    How much weight were you told to gain during your pregnancy? How much did you actually gain?:
    like 12-15 lbs

    When did you find out the babies sexes? at that 1st u/s

    Did you go on bed rest? If so when & why:
    Not true bed rest, just told to take it easy.

    What did you do while you were on bed rest?:
    N/A

    How far along were you when you delivered?:
    Don't know exact week/days

    If your babies were preemie, why did you deliver early?: 6 wks early aprox. Bad Ice storms and I was dilated to a 2 or 3?

    Vaginal or C-section? By your choice or the Dr’s?: C-stection. Dr's choice with a willing participant, both babies were breech.

    Did your babies spend time in the NICU? If so, why & how long was their stay?:
    No, but Chasen did have apnea so we had to monitor him at home.

    Did you breastfeed?:
    no

    Fraternal, identical or questionable?:
    Frat

    What items do you recommend for a mommy-to-be of multiples?:
    2 swings, 2 bouncy seats, heck two of everythingif you have the space

    What are some things you consider Must Have items for new mommies of multiples?:
    Help

    What are some items you found completely useless with your multiples?:
    Dunno

    What items were you glad you had multiples of & what items do you feel you wasted money on by buying more than 1?:
    Dunno

    Pregnancy after multiples?:
    already did

    Anything else you’d like to add?:
    ~Jessica~

    Christian 9, Chadler 7, Chasen 7, and Chloe 5

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    Name: Melissa

    Kids: Noah and Caiden

    Age when pregnant with your multiples: 30

    Fertility treatments or spontaneous?: Fertility

    Were you multiples your 1st pregnancy?: yes

    When did you find out you were carrying multiples?: at 11 weeks

    When did you 1st feel movement with your multiples?: at 19w3d

    Did you have bad morning sickness? Any tips?: no vomiting just felt a little nausea at times, kept crackers by the bed and snacked all day, never stood up too quickly

    Did you see a specialist during your multiple pregnancy? If so when & why: yes, MFM starting at 4 months and every month thereafter due to me going through fertility treatments to get pregnant

    How often did you see your Dr after you found out you were carrying more than 1?: Monthly until week 28 then every 2 weeks

    How often did you have u/s’s?: at every MFM appointment (i.e. monthly) and lots in the very beginning

    How much weight were you told to gain during your pregnancy? How much did you actually gain?: 45 lbs and I gained exactly 45 lbs. I was aiming to gain between 45 and 50 lbs based on what Dr. Luke's book states but the boys were born 2 weeks early.

    When did you find out the babies sexes? When they were born...it was a surprise!!

    Did you go on bed rest? If so when & why: not officially, I did spend a few days in bed because I wanted to be conservative

    What did you do while you were on bed rest?: lots of internet surfing and researching baby stuff

    How far along were you when you delivered?: 35w5d

    If your babies were preemie, why did you deliver early?: my water broke

    Vaginal or C-section? By your choice or the Dr’s?: Vaginal by my choice, I'm soooo glad that I did it this way and that it worked out!

    Did your babies spend time in the NICU? If so, why & how long was their stay?: NO, thank God.

    Did you breastfeed?: yes, 4.5 months and going strong although my supply has seem to drop

    Fraternal, identical or questionable?: Fraternal

    What items do you recommend for a mommy-to-be of multiples?: Lanolin if you plan to breastfeed

    What are some things you consider Must Have items for new mommies of multiples?: The Combi double stroller and at least 1 baby bijorn, I can get ready for work in the morning as long as only 1 is away because i put my make up on, etc while one baby is in the bijorn. Oxi clean

    What are some items you found completely useless with your multiples?:
    Podee (so far I have yet to use it) I've heard great things about the freedom it gives you but a friend of mine's twins never learned to hold their bottles because she always used the podees. I may use it on a road trip but we have yet to take one.

    What items were you glad you had multiples of & what items do you feel you wasted money on by buying more than 1?: We had too many 3 month clothes, they barely wore them before they were ready for 3-6 month clothes

    Pregnancy after multiples?: not yet but hoping to start trying in the summer

    Anything else you’d like to add?: I know my twins did not come to me by natural means but I love them with all my heart anyway. Sometimes I feel like I cheated getting on this board because of fertility, but honestly, I couldn't be any happier. Everyone here has been so supportive!

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    Name: Heather

    Kids: Gerald Charles (Trey) and Isabella Christine (Bella)

    Age when pregnant with your multiples: 27, turned 28 when I was 28 weeks pregnant

    Fertility treatments or spontaneous?: In-vitro Fertilization

    Were you multiples your 1st pregnancy?: Yes

    When did you find out you were carrying multiples?: 6 weeks 2 days by ultrasound, but we thought so at 4-5 weeks due to a very high HCG level that was continuously growing higher!

    When did you 1st feel movement with your multiples?: Around 14 weeks

    Did you have bad morning sickness? Any tips?: Just a little nautiousness

    Did you see a specialist during your multiple pregnancy? If so when & why: Yes, I saw a Reproductive Endocrinologist until 9 weeks pregnant, then went to a High Risk OBGYN. Beginning at 12 weeks, I was also seen by a Perinatologist. The RE was for fertility issues, the High Risk doctor was actually my OBGYN. I was referred to the Peri due to complications that began with bleeding, and escaleted throughout the pregnancy.

    How often did you see your Dr after you found out you were carrying more than 1?:
    I saw my RE twice a week until 9 weeks, then my OBGYN once a week until 20 weeks when put in the hospital, then I saw an OB 3 times a day plus the Peri 1-2 times a week.

    How often did you have u/s’s?:
    1-2 times a week

    How much weight were you told to gain during your pregnancy? How much did you actually gain?:
    Never given a figure to gain. I gained 19 1/2 pounds.

    When did you find out the babies sexes?
    Yes, at 17 weeks.

    Did you go on bed rest? If so when & why:
    Yes, 1 week of bed rest at 6 weeks due to emergency surgery to untwist my ovary from around my fallopian tube. Another week of bed rest at 7 weeks due to bleeding. Permanent bed rest at 12 weeks due to bleeding (found subchorionic hematoma at 17 weeks). Hospital bed rest from 20 weeks until delivery due to preterm labor. Fully dilated and positive Ffn at 24 weeks.

    What did you do while you were on bed rest?:
    Preg.org, sew, read, watch TV

    How far along were you when you delivered?:
    30 weeks

    If your babies were preemie, why did you deliver early?:
    Preterm labor

    Vaginal or C-section? By your choice or the Dr’s?:
    c-section by Doc's choice. Baby B watch breech and he needed to get them out quickly. If I had gotten to 32 weeks and it was as big of an emergency, he would have let me try vaginal.

    Did your babies spend time in the NICU? If so, why & how long was their stay?:
    They both spent 6 weeks in the NICU. Both were intubated, then had vapotherm and c-pap. Both had no sucking reflex, lots of Apnea and Bradycardia spells, and Bella developed a skin infection while there.

    Did you breastfeed?:
    Yes, still breastfeeding at 17 months

    Fraternal, identical or questionable?:
    Fraternal

    What items do you recommend for a mommy-to-be of multiples?:
    A nursing pillow, two bouncy seats

    What are some things you consider Must Have items for new mommies of multiples?:
    see above

    What are some items you found completely useless with your multiples?:
    the microwave sterilizer - nothing fits in there!

    What items were you glad you had multiples of & what items do you feel you wasted money on by buying more than 1?:
    Only needed 1 swing and exersaucer

    Pregnancy after multiples?:
    No

    Anything else you’d like to add?:
    Nope!
    Mommy to DD (8 years) and DS (8 years)


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    Name: Hayley

    Kids: Caelan and Connor (identical twins)


    Age when pregnant with your multiples: 18

    Fertility treatments or spontaneous?: spontaneous

    Were you multiples your 1st pregnancy?: yes

    When did you find out you were carrying multiples?: 6.5 weeks

    When did you 1st feel movement with your multiples?: 15.5 weeks

    Did you have bad morning sickness? Any tips?: yes. No tips 

    Did you see a specialist during your multiple pregnancy? If so when & why: no. no specialists in my rural town or nearby.

    How often did you see your Dr after you found out you were carrying more than 1?: every 4 weeks until 10 weeks, then every 2 weeks until 34 weeks and that’s as far as I got, but it would have been every week from 34 weeks

    How often did you have u/s’s?: every 2 weeks from 22 weeks- because of growth differences which turned out to be TTTS.

    How much weight were you told to gain during your pregnancy? How much did you actually gain?: not told any specific weight to gain - or not to go over. Gained 57lbs

    When did you find out the babies sexes? At 19 weeks

    Did you go on bed rest? If so when & why: no

    What did you do while you were on bed rest?:

    How far along were you when you delivered?: 34w and 1 day

    If your babies were preemie, why did you deliver early?: Twin to twin transfusion.

    Vaginal or C-section? By your choice or the Dr’s?: c-section, it was compulsary so doctors choice i guess

    Did your babies spend time in the NICU? If so, why & how long was their stay?: they spent 3 weeks in Special Care Unit.

    Did you breastfeed?: tried, they wouldn’t latch so I exclusively pump.

    Fraternal, identical or questionable?: identical.

    What items do you recommend for a mommy-to-be of multiples?: definitely stack up on diapers and baby einstien dvds - MINE LOVE THEM.

    What are some things you consider Must Have items for new mommies of multiples?: swings and swaddling blankets.

    What are some items you found completely useless with your multiples?: nothing really, yet, but we never use our change table

    What items were you glad you had multiples of & what items do you feel you wasted money on by buying more than 1?: cant answer that one yet, could be 2nd crib though.

    Pregnancy after multiples?: not yet

    Anything else you’d like to add?: never say no to help!!!

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    Name: Kelly

    Kids: Ian, Madeline, Emma

    Age when pregnant with your multiples: 29-30

    Fertility treatments or spontaneous?: Fertility Treatment (IUI)

    Were you multiples your 1st pregnancy?: Yes

    When did you find out you were carrying multiples?: We saw 2 heartbeats at 6 weeks, and three at 7 weeks

    When did you 1st feel movement with your multiples?: I guess around 16 weeks

    Did you have bad morning sickness? Any tips?:Not bad at all. Just nausea, no vomiting. I took B6 everyday as soon as I found out I was pregnant. My MIL, who is a midwife, suggested it to help with MS.

    Did you see a specialist during your multiple pregnancy? If so when & why: Yes. I saw a perinatalogist for my entire pregnancy starting at 10 weeks, once my RE confirmed triplets.

    How often did you see your Dr after you found out you were carrying more than 1?: I don't really remember. Maybe every 4 weeks at first, then 3 weeks, then my cervix started shortening so I had a sono two weeks in a row just before I was admitted for hospital bedrest. Then I saw a resident and an attending every day.

    How often did you have u/s’s?: At every peri appt up until around 28 weeks.

    How much weight were you told to gain during your pregnancy? 50lbs.How much did you actually gain?: 50lbs.

    When did you find out the babies sexes? At my 20 week Level II sono

    Did you go on bed rest? If so when & why: I went on bedrest at home at 20 weeks because it was the policy of my peri for all triplet moms. I was admitted to hospital bedrest at 28 weeks due to shortening cervix and contractions.

    What did you do while you were on bed rest?: Played on the internet, read books, watched TV, ate.

    How far along were you when you delivered?: 33 weeks 2 days

    If your babies were preemie, why did you deliver early?: Preemie. I delivered early due to preterm labor.

    Vaginal or C-section? By your choice or the Dr’s?: C-section. I guess the Dr's choice? I wasn't given any options.

    Did your babies spend time in the NICU? If so, why & how long was their stay?: Yes, all three. Madeline stayed for 2 weeks, Ian for 3 and Emma for 4. Maddie was off of all oxygen by the next day. They all needed time to learn suck/swallow. Ian and Emma were on oxygen for a bit longer, CPAP then high flow cannula. Ian had a hard time keeping his body temperature and Emma had severe reflux making it difficult for her to keep her feedings down and gain weight.

    Did you breastfeed?: I pumped and BFed as much as I could for the first 8 weeks or so. Emma had to have thickened feeds, and Maddie had major nipple confusion issues. I eventually swtiched to BFing Ian exclusively because he was the only one who would latch on. He is still my booby boy at 7 months.

    Fraternal, identical or questionable?: Fraternal

    What items do you recommend for a mommy-to-be of multiples?: Baby Papasan seats are great for really small babies when they first come home, we love the Baby Papasan Swings also - we have two. I also like the Rainforest bouncy seats and the Aquarium travel swing.

    What are some things you consider Must Have items for new mommies of multiples?: Patience, a sense of humor, and Baby Einstein.

    What are some items you found completely useless with your multiples?: Any bouncy seat that you can't bounce with your foot.

    What items were you glad you had multiples of: Baby Papasan Swings and seats.

    What items do you feel you wasted money on by buying more than 1?: The swings that don't have a cradle swing motion.

    Pregnancy after multiples?: Hahahahaha :rofl:

    Anything else you’d like to add? You will be amazed at what you can do both before and after the babies are born. There are still days when I think I can't do it, but I do!

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    Name: Sue

    Kids: Morgan, and my twins Arianna and Brianna

    Age when pregnant with your multiples: 32

    Fertility treatments or spontaneous?: spontaneous

    Were you multiples your 1st pregnancy?: No

    When did you find out you were carrying multiples?: At 9 weeks

    When did you 1st feel movement with your multiples?: 12 weeks

    Did you have bad morning sickness? Any tips?: Yes. It is 24/7 for the first 5 months.

    Did you see a specialist during your multiple pregnancy? If so when & why: No. Just my OB.

    How often did you see your Dr after you found out you were carrying more than 1?: The same as during my singleton pregnancy until 30 weeks and then once a week.

    How often did you have u/s’s?: Every week starting at 25 weeks.

    How much weight were you told to gain during your pregnancy? 60 pounds. I gained 62 pounds.

    When did you find out the babies sexes? At my 20 week ultrasound, I was 100% sure that Bri was a girl. Ari was curled up in a little ball and stayed that way for the entire pregnancy. We didn't know for sure that she was a girl until she was delivered.

    Did you go on bed rest? Around 25 weeks. I had placenta previa. I went on bedrest to stop labor.

    What did you do while you were on bed rest?: Read magazines/books, watched tv.

    How far along were you when you delivered?: exactly 33 weeks.

    If your babies were preemie, why did you deliver early?: They were preemies. I delivered early because of placenta previa. The placenta was breaking down.

    Vaginal or C-section? By your choice or the Dr’s?: C-section. Ari was breech.

    Did your babies spend time in the NICU? If so, why & how long was their stay?: Bri was in NICU for 2 weeks. Arianna was in there for 3 1/2 weeks.

    Did you breastfeed?: I pumped and breastfed for about 5 months.

    Fraternal, identical or questionable?: questionable. It was never confirmed.

    What items do you recommend for a mommy-to-be of multiples?: Boppy breastfeeding pillow. Graco bouncy seats.

    What are some things you consider Must Have items for new mommies of multiples?: A book on parenting twins/multiples. I found the what to expect book to be useless when it came to having twins.

    What are some items you found completely useless with your multiples?: Swings. My twins hated them.

    What items were you glad you had multiples of: Graco bouncy seats and my double stroller.

    What items do you feel you wasted money on by buying more than 1?: Swing. My ds loved it but the girls didn't like it all. I'm glad that I didn't waste my money getting another one.

    Pregnancy after multiples?: ??? You never know.

    Anything else you’d like to add? I never knew how much patience I had until my twins came.
    Sue..mom to Morgan 5/14/96, Arianna and Brianna 11/12/99

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    Name: Karen (dalmanella)

    Kids: David and Noah

    Age when pregnant with your multiples: 29

    Fertility treatments or spontaneous?: Spontaneous, two months off the pill

    Were you multiples your 1st pregnancy?: yes

    When did you find out you were carrying multiples?: 8wks

    When did you 1st feel movement with your multiples?: 20wks

    Did you have bad morning sickness? Any tips?: it was actually minimal, just like they say, eat a little all day. If I allowed my stomach to be empty, the nausea was pretty bad. Brach's Lemon Drops were a surprising stomach settling treat.

    Did you see a specialist during your multiple pregnancy? If so when & why: yes, at 36 wks to determine if the boys were developed enough for delivery due to my developing preeclampsia

    How often did you see your Dr after you found out you were carrying more than 1?: usual schedule, once a month until 7 months, then every two weeks after that, at 36 weeks, weekly visits would start, but I delivered

    How often did you have u/s’s?: every visit until 20 weeks, then two additional ones after that at 32 and 36 to check on growth

    How much weight were you told to gain during your pregnancy? How much did you actually gain?: no specific guidelines were given to me. I followed the advice of Dr. Barbara Luke's "What to Expect When You're Expecting Multiples" book for a woman of my height and BMI...my goal was to gain around 40 lbs. and I ended up gaining 49 total. A week after I delivered, I was down 30 lbs., mostly due to excessive fluid retention those last weeks

    When did you find out the babies sexes? 20 wk Level II u/s

    Did you go on bed rest? If so when & why: nope

    What did you do while you were on bed rest?: N/A

    How far along were you when you delivered?: 36 wks, 6 days

    If your babies were preemie, why did you deliver early?: preeclampsia

    Vaginal or C-section? By your choice or the Dr’s?: c-section, my choice, the babies were both head down, but the stress of an induced labor with no guarantees of a vaginal delivery on me and the boys was too much to face

    Did your babies spend time in the NICU? If so, why & how long was their stay?: yes, 5 days (our entire hospital stay), they had a bit of heavy breathing immediately after delivery and received pressurized oxygen in the OR, but were fine on arrival in the NICU, they also had low blood sugars initially and were being administered IV fluids and antibiotics due to me being Group B Strep positive. They were off the IVs in a day, but were being kept for observation.

    Did you breastfeed?: sort of...in the hospital, we fed using nipple shields to allow them to latch on, but on arriving home, they never successfully latched on without the shields and finally, didn't like the shields either. I decided to simply pump and then bottle feed...less tears and stress for all parties involved.

    Fraternal, identical or questionable?: fraternal, but very certainly brothers!

    What items do you recommend for a mommy-to-be of multiples?: Dr. Luke's book, Cheryl Lage's book, "Twinspiration", rest as much as possible ahead of delivery, if possible, prepare dinners to freeze for easy meals later, line up help!

    What are some things you consider Must Have items for new mommies of multiples?: bouncy seats, swaddling blankets, preemie clothing, a sense of humor, a sense of patience with yourself

    What are some items you found completely useless with your multiples?: nothing yet, although the swing isn't a big hit...

    What items were you glad you had multiples of & what items do you feel you wasted money on by buying more than 1?: bouncy seats

    Pregnancy after multiples?: at two weeks after delivery, no. Ask me again in a year.

    Anything else you’d like to add?: Be patient--with yourself, your partner, your kids--you are all learning. Accept that the people around who want to help are helping, even if they don't do everything exactly the way you would. It's okay to cry with them too. Enjoy your babies--sometimes the laundry can wait!!
    David and Noah 2/17/07

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    Name: Tina

    Kids: Julianna and Olivia - 11/8/06

    Age when pregnant with your multiples: 30/31

    Fertility treatments or spontaneous?: Spontaneous

    Were you multiples your 1st pregnancy?: yup

    When did you find out you were carrying multiples?: 7 week ultrasound

    When did you 1st feel movement with your multiples?: not sure, it was pretty late - 22 weeks?

    Did you have bad morning sickness? Any tips?: very little

    Did you see a specialist during your multiple pregnancy? If so when & why: yes - to measure the babies growth and fluid levels once a month

    How often did you see your Dr after you found out you were carrying more than 1?: weekly after 27 weeks +monthly specialist visits

    How often did you have u/s’s?: monthly at the specialist

    How much weight were you told to gain during your pregnancy? How much did you actually gain?: no one mentioned a number - I gained 54 pds

    When did you find out the babies sexes? 18 or 19 weeks at the specialist office

    Did you go on bed rest? If so when & why: only for a day when my uterous was irratable! I rested a lot w/o being told to though.

    What did you do while you were on bed rest?: I worked from home - layed on the couch on my side and put the computer on a chair.. was tough to type - but I did it.

    How far along were you when you delivered?: 37weeks

    If your babies were preemie, why did you deliver early?: n/a

    Vaginal or C-section? By your choice or the Dr’s?: c-section - technically my choice, but come to find out would have had to have an emergency c-section to deliver baby b (olivia) anyway. My uterious grew around her head. No worries though - she was and is completely fine!

    Did your babies spend time in the NICU? If so, why & how long was their stay?: nope

    Did you breastfeed?: for about 3 weeks

    Fraternal, identical or questionable?: identical

    What items do you recommend for a mommy-to-be of multiples?: lots of calcium and water!!! lose clothes!!

    What are some things you consider Must Have items for new mommies of multiples?: swings! swaddles!! bottle props and loud white noise cd


    What are some items you found completely useless with your multiples?: bouncies, pode(sp) bottles

    What items were you glad you had multiples of & what items do you feel you wasted money on by buying more than 1?: two swings, two bottle props, of course, carseats, two swaddles, two bottles/paci's, two cribs, two exercausers. Only need one play mat, girls didn't like the bouncies at all.

    Pregnancy after multiples?: not planning on it at this moment

    Anything else you’d like to add?: it is a crazy ride - but their smiles make it more than worth it!!

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