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    Name: Amanda

    Kids: Tyler (4), Aiden and Ashley (3 months)
    Age when pregnant with your multiples: 29

    Fertility treatments or spontaneous?: spontaneous

    Were you multiples your 1st pregnancy?: second

    When did you find out you were carrying multiples?: 22 weeks at my first ultrasound

    When did you 1st feel movement with your multiples?: 16 weeks, but it was a second pregnancy.

    Did you have bad morning sickness? Any tips?: YES! worse than with my singleton. Just know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Eat small snacks even if you don't think you can.

    Did you see a specialist during your multiple pregnancy? If so when & why: I saw a specialist for two high-resolution ultrasounds. My regular O.B. ordered it simply because I was carrying twins, not because anything was wrong. He wanted to make sure their growth was on track and get a better look inside the babies to make sure they were O.K. and that my due date was accurate.

    How often did you see your Dr after you found out you were carrying more than 1?: Once I hit 26 weeks it was every two weeks, then every week after 32 weeks.

    How often did you have u/s’s?: Two in my regular O.B.'s office, and 2 at the specialist. Everything was fine with my babies so there didn't seem to be any reason for more.

    How much weight were you told to gain during your pregnancy? How much did you actually gain?: i was told 35-45 lbs. I gained 50, which was actually 15-20 less than with my singleton! Go figure! (no pun intended).

    When did you find out the babies sexes? We found out about our boy at my regular O.B. during the 2nd. ultrasound (26 weeks?), then about the girl at our 1st high resolution ultrasound (28 weeks).

    Did you go on bed rest? If so when & why: Yes, only because my doc prescribes it as a safety measure. He likes his multiples patients to be on modified bedrest starting at 26 weeks to help with the babies growth, even if things seem fine. Modified bedrest meaning 2 hours laying down, 1 hour up. It worked for me. I delivered two 6 pounders at 36 weeks !

    What did you do while you were on bed rest?: watched A LOT of T.V., checked in with pregnancy.org a lot and did other "twin" research on the computer, read books (novels and twin guide books), and cross-stitched.

    How far along were you when you delivered?: 36 weeks exactly

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

    Vaginal or C-section? By your choice or the Dr’s?: C-section because baby A was breech- We were both in agreement that that was the best thing.

    Did your babies spend time in the NICU? If so, why & how long was their stay?: My girl spent a couple hours for low glucose. My boy spent 36 hours for low glucose and low body temperature.

    Did you breastfeed?: Yes, and still am after 3 months. I had to supplement with formula for a few days because of the low glucose levels, but both babies were able to breastfeed well, too. I didn't get to breatfeed my boy until he was out of the NICU, but he took right to it, thankfully.

    Fraternal, identical or questionable?: Frat, boy and girl

    What items do you recommend for a mommy-to-be of multiples?: Bouncy seats, swaddling blankets, good double stroller that allows you to attach car seat carriers, possibly swing or swings, depending on your babies take to them...(might want to start with one and test before spending money on another one. Neither of my babies liked the swing much, fortunately ours was borrowed. Other moms can only get their babies to sleep in a swing and find them VERY valuable). Also, a good nursing pillow if you are going to breasfeed. I recommend the EZ-2-Nurse pillow. One play-gym for floor and tummy time.

    What are some things you consider Must Have items for new mommies of multiples?: Bouncy seats, good nursing pillow (if nursing), and for me swaddling blankets....my babies were very good sleepers from the get-go because of the swaddling, but not all babies are that way.

    What are some items you found completely useless with your multiples?: bottle warmer (I nurse, but do bottle feedings of expressed milk regularly. It's so easy to warm them just in a hot cup of water). If formula feeding , a bottle warmer may be useful.

    Pregnancy after multiples?: No. We had one child already and were only planning on having 2 total. We got a surprise bonus with pregnancy number 2! And I wouldn't have it any other way!

    Amanda: Happy Wife and Mother of Three!



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    Name: Tina

    Kids: Jason & Olivia (born 3/8/06)

    Age when pregnant with your multiples: 33/34

    Fertility treatments or spontaneous?: IVF

    Were you multiples your 1st pregnancy?: Yes

    When did you find out you were carrying multiples?: At 7w u/s, saw two sacs, only 1 had fetal pole. RE told us the other one may not develop and could be absorbed. But, at 9w u/s, there were two sacs and two little flashing hbs!

    When did you 1st feel movement with your multiples?: 13w - flutters, like butterflies in my belly

    Did you have bad morning sickness? Any tips?: None at all!

    Did you see a specialist during your multiple pregnancy? If so when & why: Around 36w due to apparent slow growth of one (dd). Turned out that everything was OK.

    How often did you see your Dr after you found out you were carrying more than 1?: Visit and u/s every 8w until 28w, then every other week. After 34w, I went just about once a week.

    How often did you have u/s’s?: See above

    How much weight were you told to gain during your pregnancy? How much did you actually gain?: Dr didn't really specify. Told me just to eat a variety of foods. I gained 45 lbs on an already plus-size frame

    When did you find out the babies sexes? 16w u/s ds was confirmed, but not til 20w u/s for dd.

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

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

    How far along were you when you delivered?: 37w5d

    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. O was breech and I was terrified of something happening if she couldn't be "flipped". Plus, in the end, they had to come out a couple of days early due to spike in my bp.

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

    Did you breastfeed?: Yes, for about 2 wks. There were latch issues and my supply was just not keeping up with demand, no matter what I did.

    Fraternal, identical or questionable?: Fraternal

    What items do you recommend for a mommy-to-be of multiples?: Good books about twins & multiples; plus, "Happiest Baby on the Block" and "Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child" - those were my lifesavers Also, buy diapers in advance and even some gift cards for yourself to BRUs, Target, etc for last-minute items!

    What are some things you consider Must Have items for new mommies of multiples?: 2 bouncies/portable swings; lots of kimono-style t-shirts (my kids lived in them the first few wks); Miracle blankets for swaddling (these were the only thing J & O couldn't get out of)

    What are some items you found completely useless with your multiples?: Steam sterilizer for bottles (just use dishwasher); complicated outfits (like dress/hat/bib/shoes/etc) for NBs...just get lots of footed zip-up sleepers!

    What items were you glad you had multiples of & what items do you feel you wasted money on by buying more than 1?: 2 bouncies/portable swings - allowed me to shower during the day those early weeks

    Pregnancy after multiples?: Who knows? We're not doing anymore fert tmts, though.

    Anything else you’d like to add?: Just take it one day at a time. I thought I wouldn't make it through the first month as I was so exhausted and just spent. But, you will def get through it!
    ~ Tina ~

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    Name: Julie

    Kids: Samuel (5-28-95), Moriah & Susannah (9-29-97), Abigail & Bethany (1-31-07)

    Age when pregnant with your multiples: 27 and 36

    Fertility treatments or spontaneous?: both spontaneous

    Were you multiples your 1st pregnancy?: 2nd and 3rd

    When did you find out you were carrying multiples?: 17 weeks and 8 weeks

    When did you 1st feel movement with your multiples?: around 16 weeks and then around 13 weeks I think

    Did you have bad morning sickness? Any tips?: With the first set, it was kinda bad--I should have bought stock in Ritz crackers for as many as I ate. Second time, not so much, but needed to keep eating throughout the day.

    Did you see a specialist during your multiple pregnancy? If so when & why: First time, yes. I had pre-term labor and had to fly to a bigger city. I was monitored twice a week for four and a half weeks, until I could return to my own town. I saw the same guy once the second pregnancy, for the Nuchal test/ultrasound thingy.

    How often did you see your Dr after you found out you were carrying more than 1?: Had regular appointments with both docs--every four weeks. Then had preterm labor first time (see above). Second time, saw him every two weeks once I hit 32 weeks, had just gone to weekly when I delivered.

    How often did you have u/s’s?: first time, had a couple with my doc, then had them twice a week when getting treatment during preterm labor. Second time, every four weeks until 32 weeks, when it was too crowded to see much.

    How much weight were you told to gain during your pregnancy? How much did you actually gain?: Neither doc had a 'goal' for me. I think I gained 45 pounds and 30 pounds.

    When did you find out the babies sexes? 32 weeks and 20 weeks

    Did you go on bed rest? If so when & why: First time yes. Had contractions at 30 weeks that wouldn't stop, but I don't think were doing much.

    What did you do while you were on bed rest?: Stayed at a friend's house while my hubby and son split their weeks between me and going home. I watched a lot of tv (Lady Diana had just died in that car wreck--lots of news on that), read, spent time with Jim when he was there.

    How far along were you when you delivered?: 34 weeks 6 days and 36 weeks 4 days

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

    Vaginal or C-section? By your choice or the Dr’s?: vaginal for both, girls were all head down, my choice supported by my docs

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

    Did you breastfeed?: yep--13 months and currently at 3 months

    Fraternal, identical or questionable?: fraternal (although some insist they have to be identical) and definitely fraternal

    What items do you recommend for a mommy-to-be of multiples?: Elizabeth Noble's twin book (can't think of the title), food, good pillows for sleeping, cute water bottle so you drink lots of water, doctor who will work with you and listen to you

    What are some things you consider Must Have items for new mommies of multiples?: bouncy seat(s), at least one swing in case it works, floor activity blanket/mat thingy, fleecy bunting type things for the car seats so you don't have to worry about them fitting in warm clothes, lotsa burp cloths, gowns for easy changes in the night, good nursing pillow, space for them to sleep near you, esp. if nursing, like a pack 'n play with a bassinet

    What are some items you found completely useless with your multiples?: the pre-made swaddling blankets--too big!, a swing was useless the first time around--they both hated it, pacifiers were useless the first time but not so useless this time, fussy clothes with buttons up the back

    What items were you glad you had multiples of & what items do you feel you wasted money on by buying more than 1?: good to have two bouncy seats, having two compact swings has been nice this time; haven't needed more than one boppy or play mat

    Pregnancy after multiples?: yep...got 'em again, too!

    Anything else you’d like to add?: lots of work, lots of joy, lots of stress, lots of love, lots of sleeplessness, lots of snuggles

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    Name: Kelly

    Kids: 2

    Age when pregnant with your multiples: I turned 25 3 weeks after I found out.

    Fertility treatments or spontaneous?: Spontaneous.

    Were you multiples your 1st pregnancy?: yes

    When did you find out you were carrying multiples?: 7 weeks exactly.

    When did you 1st feel movement with your multiples?: around 18 weeks or so. I can remember being all worried about it.

    Did you have bad morning sickness? Any tips?: I had HORRIBLE m/s. Nothing really worked so I am glad it only lasted a few weeks.

    Did you see a specialist during your multiple pregnancy? If so when & why: I did, but only the last month while I was on hospital bedrest. It was to double check Hailey's growth since she had fallen behind Emma and to check position all the time cause of Em's cord.

    How often did you see your Dr after you found out you were carrying more than 1?: like normal people,every 4 weeks, then every 2 then...well, I saw him daily inthe hospital.

    How often did you have u/s’s?: I had 1 every visit. At the begining it was to double check that I was clotting like I needed to and the rest for b/c he couldn't tell the difference intheir heart beats so it was just to be safe.

    How much weight were you told to gain during your pregnancy? How much did you actually gain?: he didn't really give me a number, but I gained 53 lbs. What's sad is that I only went 7.5 months. Could you imagine if I went term???

    When did you find out the babies sexes? 15 weeks, 6 days. I couldn't wait so I went to a 3d place. lol

    Did you go on bed rest? If so when & why: oh wow...at 7 weeks for a 20% placenta abruption, then at 25 weeks I went on modified bed rest for irritable uterus, then at 27 weeks complete bed rest for pre term labor and then at 29 weeks, hospital bed rest b/c they honestly didn't think they could stop labor.

    What did you do while you were on bed rest?: sit there on my big ol' butt! lol, really I made good use of Net Flicks, my brother brought over the complete set of Scrubs seasons 1-3, I surfed the internet alot, tried to read, but that just got me antsy.

    How far along were you when you delivered?: 34 weeks 4 days.

    If your babies were preemie, why did you deliver early?: They were preemies, born early due to Emma's placement. She was head down with her cord between her head and my cervix. I was dialated to 5 and 95% effaced that morning and with each contraction, her water bag buldged more and more. It put her at risk of strangelation.It was safer to deliver early than to risk loosing Emma.

    Vaginal or C-section? By your choice or the Dr’s?: C-section and I supposes it was Emma's choice, lol.

    Did your babies spend time in the NICU? If so, why & how long was their stay?: E was 4 weeks, H was 5. I personally think they kept Emma in to see if the girls could go home together. She was doing just fine. Hailey was in longer for her desat issues. Those weren't brought on by her premature status, but rather by her heart issues.

    Did you breastfeed?: yes, for 6 weeks.

    Fraternal, identical or questionable?: questionable. I wouldn't love them any more or less, so I'm not too worried about it at this moment.

    What items do you recommend for a mommy-to-be of multiples?: definately 2 swings!!! I never used boppy pillows until recently cause they use them to lounge around and watch Disney or something. Oh and lots of rolly polly pants from Carters cause you can make twice as many outfits. Oh, and my favorite, the Snuzzler for their car seats. I've make ALL of my pregnant friends get one. It supports their WHOLE body and that is important when they are so little.

    What are some things you consider Must Have items for new mommies of multiples?: The snuzzler and a side by side stroller. I hated my tandem ones.

    What are some items you found completely useless with your multiples?: Baby Bjorn(but that's just me) high chairs, anything that is hard to take apart to have to clean. I like my booster seats way more.

    What items were you glad you had multiples of & what items do you feel you wasted money on by buying more than 1?: Bouncy things, exersaucers, thing like that it's nice to have a few of. Not nessecerily all of the same thing, having like 1 bouncer and 1 saucer,and one play mat allows you to have different "stations" to rotate the kids in so that they don't get board. It's good stimulation for them.

    Pregnancy after multiples?: Since then, we have had 1 miscarrage and have decided that our family is probably complete. It was too hard to loose another baby after seeing how much fun they are.

    Anything else you’d like to add?:We had some issues with our girls inthe first year, ie: RSV, Rotavirus, heart surgery, cranial band, the list goes ON and ON. Parents of multiples, please don't worry about asking stupid questions or being pushy about what you want for your kids. ASK EVERYTHING, Push for what you know is best, and don't let medical personal bully you around. Also, being proactive is best. If we would have waited on Emma's head, we may not have had as good of results. So if you think there is a delay on something or you think something just isn't right, don't wait to see if things will go back to normal, find out more about the issue now rather than later.

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    Name: Lori

    Kids: Addison Paige & Avery Grace

    Age when pregnant with your multiples: 29/30

    Fertility treatments or spontaneous?: spontaneous

    Were you multiples your 1st pregnancy?: yep

    When did you find out you were carrying multiples?: 7 weeks

    When did you 1st feel movement with your multiples?: 18 or 19 weeks

    Did you have bad morning sickness? Any tips?: UGH! I threw up for 3 months, lost weight even. Dr. gave me a prescription and it helped some, but not much.

    Did you see a specialist during your multiple pregnancy? If so when & why: I saw regular OB and high-risk OB, they thought I had Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome

    How often did you see your Dr after you found out you were carrying more than 1?: Every 2 weeks until 25 weeks, then every week.

    How often did you have u/s’s?: Every 2 weeks

    How much weight were you told to gain during your pregnancy? How much did you actually gain?: I gained about 40 pounds

    When did you find out the babies sexes? 17 weeks, I think

    Did you go on bed rest? If so when & why: 30 1/2 weeks, hospital bed rest

    What did you do while you were on bed rest?: watched lots of t.v.

    How far along were you when you delivered?: 31 weeks exactly

    If your babies were preemie, why did you deliver early?: one of my waters broke and I had a horrible cough that brought on contractions

    Vaginal or C-section? By your choice or the Dr’s?: emergency C-section

    Did your babies spend time in the NICU? If so, why & how long was their stay?: Avery stayed 5 weeks, just learning to feed, Addison stayed 9 weeks, she was born with TEF

    Did you breastfeed?: no

    Fraternal, identical or questionable?: identical supposedly, i'm not buying it

    What items do you recommend for a mommy-to-be of multiples?: bumbo chairs, swaddle me blankets, pacifier clips

    What are some things you consider Must Have items for new mommies of multiples?: a good stroller, we went through 4 before we found the one we love!

    What are some items you found completely useless with your multiples?: Baby Bjorn (me, too Kelly!), grocery cart covers (most places don't have double seated carts besides Costco and Sam's), bottle warmer, wipes warmer

    What items were you glad you had multiples of & what items do you feel you wasted money on by buying more than 1?: I loved having 2 swings, 2 excersaucers, car mirrors, 2 pack & plays (one for upstairs, one for down)

    Pregnancy after multiples?: uh, very doubtful

    Anything else you’d like to add?:i wish i'd found this survey when i was pregnant!
    Lori
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    Name: Carleigh

    Kids: 2 Gracie and Abby

    Age when pregnant with your multiples: 24/25

    Fertility treatments or spontaneous?: spontaneous

    Were you multiples your 1st pregnancy?: yes

    When did you find out you were carrying multiples?: 6 weeks

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

    Did you have bad morning sickness? Any tips?: Oh goodness yes. Diclectyn, Dicletyn and more Diclectyn - Ask your doctor - not sure if you can get it the the U.S.A. And sleep. Only two things that helped.

    Did you see a specialist during your multiple pregnancy? If so when & why: I saw my GP and an out of town OB

    How often did you see your Dr after you found out you were carrying more than 1?:
    Monthly, until 31 weeks, then we started having problems so weekly after that

    How often did you have u/s’s?: Monthly until 24 weeks then every 2 weeks after that (until 32 weeks, they wouldn't schedule me anymore because "I wouldn't make it that far", well, I showed them, didn't I?)

    How much weight were you told to gain during your pregnancy? How much did you actually gain?: No one really said, I gained 55lbs (don't worry, it melts off pretty fast)

    When did you find out the babies sexes? When they were born

    Did you go on bed rest? If so when & why: Modified bed rest (minimal activity, no exercise, make a point to sit/lay down as much as possible)

    What did you do while you were on bed rest?: knit, watch tv, csi computer games, preg.org

    How far along were you when you delivered?: 37 weeks 5 days

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

    Vaginal or C-section? By your choice or the Dr’s?: vaginal

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

    Did you breastfeed?: yes

    Fraternal, identical or questionable?: fraternal

    What items do you recommend for a mommy-to-be of multiples?:

    What are some things you consider Must Have items for new mommies of multiples?: some sort of carrier or sling, swings, a ridiculous amount of diapers, as they get older, jumperoo, exersaucers, superyard

    What are some items you found completely useless with your multiples?: the bouncy chairs were godsends for the first 8 weeks, after that we barely used them, so don't spend a bunch of money on them

    What items were you glad you had multiples of & what items do you feel you wasted money on by buying more than 1?: outfits for newborns are too hard, they are just going to barf on them anyways, go for sleepers and buy that cute outfit in a 6 or 9 month size.

    Pregnancy after multiples?: Definately

    Anything else you’d like to add?: It is so worth it
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    Name: Jenn

    Kids: Twins Max and Jillian

    Age when pregnant with your multiples: 32

    Fertility treatments or spontaneous?: fertility

    Were you multiples your 1st pregnancy?: my first that I carried to term; had two prior miscarriages

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

    When did you 1st feel movement with your multiples?: don't remember exactly; i think maybe around 20 weeks

    Did you have bad morning sickness? Any tips?: NONE!!! I only threw up once during the entire pregnancy and that was I believe a combination of bad driving (I was a passenger) and the smell of the rest stop bathroom!

    Did you see a specialist during your multiple pregnancy? If so when & why: yes; from week 16 on...just because at the hospital I went to that was there protocol for twin pregnancies

    How often did you see your Dr after you found out you were carrying more than 1?: in the beginning just once a month and then more frequently.

    How often did you have u/s’s?: about once a month

    How much weight were you told to gain during your pregnancy? How much did you actually gain?: My doctor (MFM) said it was completely up to me how much weight I wanted to gain...he said it was up to me to lose it when I was done with the pregnancy!!!

    When did you find out the babies sexes? 16

    Did you go on bed rest? If so when & why: yes; week 24; just "precautionary"...at my first meeting with MFM, my doc asked if I had a job where I could work from home; I said "yes" and he said "good -- -because starting at week 24 you're on bedrest". I think it was the best thing I ever did! I followed it strictly and know that's why I have two healthy babies now!

    What did you do while you were on bed rest?: I worked from home; still collected a paycheck; watched a lot of movies; surfed the internet

    How far along were you when you delivered?: almost 39 weeks

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

    Vaginal or C-section? By your choice or the Dr’s?: C-section. The dr's --- although I was very much relieved to have it; I was starting to chicken out of the V towards the end.

    Did your babies spend time in the NICU? If so, why & how long was their stay?: Fortunately for us, they didn't spend a minute in the NICU. They were immediately with me in my room. They were big, healthy babies. Jillian weighed 7 lbs 10 ounces and Max weighed 7 lbs 7 ounces. I'm still amazed at their weights!!!!

    Did you breastfeed?: No

    Fraternal, identical or questionable?: Fraternal

    What items do you recommend for a mommy-to-be of multiples?: Bouncy seats for feeding at the same time.

    What are some things you consider Must Have items for new mommies of multiples?: Lots of bottles so if you get behind on bottles, it's okay. Lots of bibs...two diaper changing areas in your house

    What are some items you found completely useless with your multiples?: Bottle holders; bottle warmers; BUMBOs

    What items were you glad you had multiples of & what items do you feel you wasted money on by buying more than 1?: Glad --- Definitely two bouncy seats, high chairs, boppys, 2 exersaucers. Wasted --- 2 bumbos, 2 bottle holders

    Pregnancy after multiples?: Still deciding

    Anything else you’d like to add?: If your doctor tells you to go on bedrest, do it. Follow his orders! And don't nag him to take the babies early! Keep 'em cooking!!! (I just ran into someone the other day who's wife was only 33w preg with twins and he said the doctor told her he'd take them early - like within the next week or two - if she got too uncomfortable!)
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    Name: JACKIE

    Kids: CHRISTIAN, ALEXA & ALISHA

    Age when pregnant with your multiples: 28

    Fertility treatments or spontaneous?: SPONTANEOUS, NO FAMILY HISTORY

    Were you multiples your 1st pregnancy?: SECOND

    When did you find out you were carrying multiples?: 7 weeks

    When did you 1st feel movement with your multiples?: 5MOS

    Did you have bad morning sickness? Any tips?: JUST NAUSEA, CRACKERS KEPT AT THE BEDSIDE DRESSER TO MUNCH BEFORE EVEN GETTING UP

    Did you see a specialist during your multiple pregnancy? If so when & why: OB AND PERINATOLOGIST FOR HIGH-RISK VISITS FOR GROWTH CHECKS AND TO MAKE SURE NO TWIN-TO-TWIN PROBS

    How often did you see your Dr after you found out you were carrying more than 1?: EVERY 4 WKS HAD MY PERINATOLOGY U/S, EVERY 6WKS WITH OB

    How often did you have u/s’s?: EVERY 4 WKS

    How much weight were you told to gain during your pregnancy? How much did you actually gain?: 21 POUNDS

    When did you find out the babies sexes? 20 WK APPT

    Did you go on bed rest? If so when & why: UGH, YES FOR 2 1/2 MONTHS FOR MY CERVIX WHICH WAS LENGTHENING AND SHORTENING WITHOUT SYMPTOMS- A PHENOMENON CALLED "HYPERDYNAMIC CERVIX", BEDREST FROM 24 TO 35 WKS!!

    What did you do while you were on bed rest?: READ A BOOK, CROSSWORDS, FRIENDS CAME OVER WITH LUNCH AND ENTERTAINED ME!

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

    If your babies were preemie, why did you deliver early?: GOT OFF BEDREST AT 34 WEEKS AND WAS TOLD NOTHING WOULD BE DONE TO STOP MY LABOR IF IT STARTED, SO I WENT TO THE ZOO AFTER A GROWTH CHECK. MY FRIENDS AT WORK GOT ME IN AND DELIVERED THAT DAY...LUCKY ME, MY DOC WAS ON!!

    Vaginal or C-section? By your choice or the Dr’s?: C/S, A REPEAT, DEFINITELY BY MY CHOICE!!

    Did your babies spend time in the NICU? If so, why & how long was their stay? NONE AT ALL THANKFULLY

    Did you breastfeed?: I PUMPED FOR 2 MONTHS AND WAS SOOOO OVER IT AFTER THAT

    Fraternal, identical or questionable?: IDENTICAL

    What items do you recommend for a mommy-to-be of multiples?: BOTTLE PROPS THAT YOU CAN BUY ONLINE, THEY HAVE BEEN A LIFE-SAVER WHEN OUT RUNNING ERRANDS!! IF USING BOTTLES, PLAYTEX DROP-INS THAT ARE EASY CLEAN-UP!

    What are some things you consider Must Have items for new mommies of multiples?:
    BOTTLE PROPS ARE #1, PLAY EQUIPMENT, DOUBLE STROLLER

    What are some items you found completely useless with your multiples?: EVERYTHING SEEMED USEFUL AS LONG AS YOU HAD 2 OF EACH, OR AT LEAST COULD ROTATE EQUIPMENT FROM SWING TO BOUNCER TO PLAY YARD, ETC...

    What items were you glad you had multiples of & what items do you feel you wasted money on by buying more than 1?: GLAD I HAD MY DOUBLE STROLLER AND BOTTLE PROPS. DON'T FEEL THAT MONEY WAS WASTED ON ANYTHING.

    Pregnancy after multiples?: NO COMMENT! LOL!

    Anything else you’d like to add?: THIS IS SUCH A BEAUTIFUL AND UNIQUE GIFT IN LIFE, EVERY DAY I STILL CAN'T BELIEVE I HAVE TWO BABIES. THE BEGINNING WAS EXTREMELY DIFFICULT BUT FAST. DON'T LISTEN TO PEOPLE AND THEIR CRAZY COMMENTS, BECAUSE YOU CAN DO THIS.







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    Name: Kate

    Kids: Riley & Kaden (3 months)

    Age when pregnant with your multiples: 24

    Fertility treatments or spontaneous?: Spontaneous

    Were you multiples your 1st pregnancy?: Yes

    When did you find out you were carrying multiples?: 6 weeks

    When did you 1st feel movement with your multiples?: Flutters around 18 weeks

    Did you have bad morning sickness? Any tips?: Yes! Saltines and ginger ale

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

    How often did you see your Dr after you found out you were carrying more than 1?: Monthly until 26 weeks then bi-monthly till 30 weeks then weekly

    How often did you have u/s’s?: Fairly often

    How much weight were you told to gain during your pregnancy? How much did you actually gain?: 40 pounds; 45 pounds

    When did you find out the babies sexes? 19 weeks

    Did you go on bed rest? If so when & why: 26 weeks because it was required by my OB; I went on strict bedrest at 30 weeks because of contractions and hospital bed rest at 34 weeks

    What did you do while you were on bed rest?: At first? More than I was supposed to. Once on strict bed rest, I read books, watched reruns on TV, did word searches, worked on my wedding scrap book and spent quality time with my now poor, neglected pooch

    How far along were you when you delivered?: 35 1/2

    If your babies were preemie, why did you deliver early?: I finally started with early labor and apparently (found this out later), I developed pregnancy induced hypertension

    Vaginal or C-section? By your choice or the Dr’s?: C-section, mine

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

    Did you breastfeed?: Yes, but am currently weaning them off

    Fraternal, identical or questionable?: Identical

    What items do you recommend for a mommy-to-be of multiples?: Boppy pillows, sleep and plays, sleep sacks, and onesies

    What are some things you consider Must Have items for new mommies of multiples?: A vacuum cleaner. Trust me, it works when they're screaming their heads off for no reason (I need a merit badge for surviving the colic months)

    What are some items you found completely useless with your multiples?: Outfits. Newborn outfits are so impractical

    What items were you glad you had multiples of & what items do you feel you wasted money on by buying more than 1?: I wish I had two Chicco travel systems. We really didn't buy a whole lot because we didn't have the money. A lot of stuff was given to us or bought for us. So we really didn't waste any money. Other people wasted money on us, though. Once again, newborn outfits are so impractical.

    Pregnancy after multiples?: Never!!

    Anything else you’d like to add?: Yes. People need to realize that just because they're twins, does not mean they must have identical clothes. I can't tell you how many of the same outfits/sleep & plays/etc that we got that were identical and it drives me nuts! I don't dress them the same. They are two different people, they need to be able to develop their own personalities. Not always be expected to be the same. I could go on into a whole rant about my irritating mother-in-law but I'll spare you all and get off my soapbox now!
    ~* Kate *~



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    Name: Jessie

    Kids: Madeline, Iris and Sarah

    Age when pregnant with your multiples: 28

    Fertility treatments or spontaneous?: ICSI

    Were you multiples your 1st pregnancy?: 2nd

    When did you find out you were carrying multiples?: 6 weeks

    When did you 1st feel movement with your multiples?: 9 weeks

    Did you have bad morning sickness? Any tips?: massive. try not to let your toddler see you barf!!!

    Did you see a specialist during your multiple pregnancy? If so when & why: I saw a perinatalist- mainly because I'm paranoid and overprotective of beans

    How often did you see your Dr after you found out you were carrying more than 1?: bimonthly

    How often did you have u/s’s?: every appointment

    How much weight were you told to gain during your pregnancy? How much did you actually gain?: 50 at least, I gained 50

    When did you find out the babies sexes? 20 weeks

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

    How far along were you when you delivered?: 38 weeks

    Vaginal or C-section? By your choice or the Dr’s?: c/s- Iris was breech- little booger!@

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

    Did you breastfeed?: YES, I love it

    Fraternal, identical or questionable?: questionable

    What items do you recommend for a mommy-to-be of multiples?: twin nursing pillow

    What are some things you consider Must Have items for new mommies of multiples?: bella band- it helps hold the belly together again

    What are some items you found completely useless with your multiples?: double stroller when they were in their bucket carseats- never used it

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

    Pregnancy after multiples?: no thanks!
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