Question about delivery

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I have a question. I'm currently 33 weeks pregnant with twins. My OB is allowing me to try the birthing naturally, due to the fact that I was able to birth my daughter naturally with no complications (and by naturally I mean vaginal birth with drug...I loved my epidural!). My questions to you lovely ladies is if you had a natural birth, how did it end up? I have a feeling that I will be induced so I know that increases your risk of complications and it ending in c-section. I was just hoping to hear some stories of your birthing experience so I have an idea of what to expect.

Thank you so much.

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Sorry, I am a double c-section grad. I can give you lots of advice about that. Biggrin I take it that one or both babies is head down at this point?

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I had my first vaginally w/o drugs and loved it. #2 I had placenta previa and so required a c/s. My doc was okay with my trying vaginally with the twins, and baby A was head down, but because of the previous c/s I could not be induced, so we just opted for a repeat c/s. Honestly my c/s recoveries were easier than my vaginal recovery, though I know that is not the norm. Smile I too could give lots of c/s advice. Wink

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*Another from the pregnancy board...*

...and I wouldn't mind hearing the c-section experiences and advice!

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I had a c-sec for the twins. My first was a csec and at my small hospital they don't offer VBAC's.

Both twins were head down though at time of delivery. The university hospital (where I would have had to deliver if I delivered before 36 weeks) wanted me to do a VBAC if I gave birth there with the twins. I did't want to do VBAC though.

My csec with my DD was wonderful. I loved it. I felt great and enjoyed the delivery. The recovery was pretty easy. It was nice staying in the hospital for 4 days after delivery too. The nurses are a huge help which allows you to get rested and recovered before going home. I couldn't wait to do another csec with the twins.

My csec with the twins however was another story. Completely the opposite of the first and a very bad experience. I blame it all on a bad spinal or whatever they stuck in my back that did not work. It was a Monday and just after they were supposed to be off of work. You could tell the surgical staff just didn't want to be there even though they were trying to cover up their true feelings. I don't think this expereince was the "normal" type csec so I don't want to scare you with the details.

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Hi...popping in and saw this post so thought I'd answer.

I delivered both my sets of twins vaginally. (also delivered a singleton vaginally) No drugs with the first set, pretty quick labor at 34 w 6 d, four minutes apart, could have gone home within hours of delivering them. Had to have some pitocin with the second set because my labor did not progress after about 10 hours (there were almost 9 years between the sets) and did have a little med of some kind because pitocin really hurt. They were born at 36 w 4 d, four minutes apart as well. Smile Both sets were all head down at time of labor, had great docs willing to work with me if the second twin turned during labor. Both were easier to deliver than my singleton son who was three weeks early and relatively small as well.

I say go for it!

Peace,
Julie
(you can see some more recent photos of my kids at http://doepkenfamily.blogspot.com/)

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I had a natural delivery with my girls (no drugs either!). They were both head down, but Brooke was known to be a flipper, so their was a risk that she would flip after Addison was born and they would have to do a c-sec for her. So they gave me the room right next to the OR and held off on the scheduled csec until I was done. Both came out great! Only 6 minutes apart. The worst part was Addison was face up instead of face down, and I did have to have some pitocin because I wasn't progressing. But overall it was a great experience and I would LOVE to do it again!

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Thanks so much...I'm not really allowed to do it drugless just in case there is a need for c-sec. Both babies are head down right now but Baby B likes to flip, so if she isn't by the time of delivery then my doc is going to "help" her out!

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I had a VB with my twins. They were born 4 minutes apart. I got an epidural at 7 cm, which I didn't want at first because I was freaked about the needles but I finally accepted it and it turned out for the best since things did get a little complicated at the end (and a midwife gave me a preventive episiotomy without asking me, the very worst part of birth and recovery. I'm sure it's more common in France than in N. America and probably only for first-time moms). They were head down and A was born without any complications. B flipped as soon as A was out of the way and the doc turned him internally and pulled him out with forceps. It was nice that my OB was really into avoiding c/s if possible, of course not to the risk of the baby or me. They gave me pitocin afterwards because I'd stopped contracting. I was able to determine that having a baby pulled out of you is a lot more uncomfortable than pushing it out yourself but at the time I didn't care. I was just glad to have them both safe.

"fudd8963" wrote:

But overall it was a great experience and I would LOVE to do it again!

Me, too! Biggrin I think I already had baby fever again by the time I got home from the hospital.

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"Laetissima" wrote:

I had a VB with my twins. They were born 4 minutes apart. I got an epidural at 7 cm, which I didn't want at first because I was freaked about the needles but I finally accepted it and it turned out for the best since things did get a little complicated at the end (and a midwife gave me a preventive episiotomy without asking me, the very worst part of birth and recovery. I'm sure it's more common in France than in N. America and probably only for first-time moms). They were head down and A was born without any complications. B flipped as soon as A was out of the way and the doc turned him internally and pulled him out with forceps. It was nice that my OB was really into avoiding c/s if possible, of course not to the risk of the baby or me. They gave me pitocin afterwards because I'd stopped contracting. I was able to determine that having a baby pulled out of you is a lot more uncomfortable than pushing it out yourself but at the time I didn't care. I was just glad to have them both safe.

Interesting... I had an episiotomy with my daughter, but not with the twins - and I tore horribly with the twins. I've wondered if I would have healed better with a repeat episiotomy. Tides seem to change quickly back and forth on that topic here... when my daughter was born 3 years ago, episiotomies were standard practice - and now (in the same hospital) they're not.

Anyway, to answer your question: I had a vaginal delivery and it went very well. Both boys were head down, born 8 minutes apart (at 36 weeks on the nose). But my OB is one of very few doctors around here who will deliver a baby B breech, and he actually PREFERS it that way.

Why do you think you'll be induced? Most multiple births are generally fighting pre-term labor, not the other way around.

Good luck to you!

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My c/s with the twins was fine. It was a full OR with two babies and preemies (36wks). The spinal worked great, but both times the spinal has made me nauseous and I vomit a little, which is awful when you are stuck laying on your back and the anesthesiologist holds a vomit tray on the side of your head. lol. Babies were born less than a minute apart, and held up briefly for me to see. They both went straight to the NICU after cleaning, and dh and my sister went with the babies, per my request. I wanted two ppl in the OR in case the babies were in different places, so I would know what was going on. Baby A spent 2hrs or so in the NICU, Baby B spent about 4hrs.

Recovery wise, it really hurts to laugh, cough, etc. Keep up on the drugs because it is easier to stay on top of pain then play catch up later. But also... not everyone needs heavy narcotics after a c/s, know your pain tolerance. If you are on heavy pain meds they will not let you babies room in with you if you do not have a second person there (as I found out with my ds and my dh had to go home to be with our 2.5yr old daughter). I was super annoyed. Anyhow... after that I just used the strong ibuprofen, plus the lortab makes me super biotchy (learned that from my d&c's).

Take advantage of sending the babies to sleep in the nursery if you can. I never did with my singles (well, I tried the first night with my dd, but she would have none of it. lol). But the first night with the twins was AWFUL! One or the other woke up every 20-30 minutes all night long, no exaggeration. My dh and I were dying. The next night my sister came to stay with me, and after 2-3 hrs of that happening again, we sent them to the nursery and got some sleep. Smile They'll be plenty of time to stay up with them all night when you get home. lol Just be sure to tell them to bring them back for feeds if you are breastfeeding, because my nurse fed one formula even though I did not say to do that, and then I had trouble getting them to the breast, because they were full.

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oh, and Julie... love the updated pics of the girls on the blog! They are so much bigger and so adorable! All of your kids are beautiful!

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"gottharf" wrote:

Why do you think you'll be induced? Most multiple births are generally fighting pre-term labor, not the other way around.

I'm hoping I'll have to be induced just because it makes it easier to find care for my DD1 and then my OB will def. be the one to deliver. Plus, I have nothing going on...no pressure, no contrations (lots of BH but thats it) I'm feeling nothing and I'm almost 34 weeks. I just need to make it 37 weeks

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Congrats! You are getting close!! I got induced at 38 weeks just cause I was DONE! Induction didn't progress 1st day so we slept that night and started again the next morning. I was fine getting the epi and had planned on it. Also explained if I didn't and had to have a last min c-section they would have to put me out. I had both vaginally and they came (oh my gosh, I can't even remember) I think 20 mins apart. 1st baby was head down and I was told one he was out they could prob flip the other if they had to just cause there would be so much room in there after that! Ha! He flipped on his own though and came out w/out help. Good luck! I can't wait to hear your birth story. Enjoy your last few weeks of your pregnancy! Smile

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I SO wanted a v birth. But alas, Alaina (baby A) was breech. Sad I kept hoping she would turn at the last minute, but nope. I didn't have the greatest experience with a c sec myself. All of my friends who had to have them said it was great and that they had good experiences. But I think if I hadn't have been battling pneumonia and pre-e that my recovery would have been loads easier. I have my entire birth story here. ~~~>http://www.pregnancy.org/bulletinboards/showpost.php?p=8314951&postcount=1 If you would like to read it.

And I had no signs of early delivery until 2 days shy of 34 weeks. I hope things go the way you are hoping, but just keep in mind anything can happen. If you want to read about my pg I have a link to my space in my siggie. I did a good job of keeping it up to date. :goodluck:

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"krista83" wrote:

I'm hoping I'll have to be induced just because it makes it easier to find care for my DD1 and then my OB will def. be the one to deliver. Plus, I have nothing going on...no pressure, no contrations (lots of BH but thats it) I'm feeling nothing and I'm almost 34 weeks. I just need to make it 37 weeks

Every pregnancy is different... but I'll tell you my experience towards the end. I had weekly appts and at my 35 week appt, everything was going so smoothly - it was like a dream. The NP said I was 'made' to have twins. Smile The next morning, I woke up with a TON of bloody show and then spent the next week with prodromal labor on and off and managed to dilate all the way to a 4 in about 10 minutes. But then it all stopped and I contracted very erratically. I really wanted a particular doctor to delivery the twins, so we decided to just 'augment' my early labor right at 36 weeks. Plus, my DD was born very quickly so they wanted to keep the situation controlled. Long story, but I think I could have held on maybe another week or so... but just wanted to say that even though things can be very uneventful, they can also change on a dime! I hadn't had anything other than BH until 35 weeks and a few days...

I will say that I'm really thankful they came when they did! They were 5 lbs 9 oz and 6 lbs 2 oz and I tore HORRIBLY pushing Brian out and I can only imagine how much worse it would have been had they been bigger. :eek:

good luck!

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I had a scheduled c-section at 38 weeks so I have no advice. My baby A was breech and I never went into labor. But my c-section was a breeze Smile

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Thank you everyone, this has been very helpful. I know anything can change and all I really care about is that these two arrive happy and healthy. I now know I'll be induced Sept 13 and I'm really hoping to make it there simply because I want my OB to deliver them.

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I had my daughter vaginally 6 years ago (no complications), and had the twins via stat c section due to uncontrolled dilating of my cervix at 27 weeks.

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My twins were my first and I delivered them both vaginally.....no drugs. Both of them were head down but after Kodey (baby A) was born baby B (Kaleb) was still up high in my ribs and they were afraid of a cord prolapse so they did a breech extraction. Which means my OB put his hand in there and grabbed his little feet, turned him and pulled him out.

I also delivered another baby DS#3 just 12 months later vaginally as well.

Now my DD was breech and I had to have a c section and it was the WORST experience of my life, but I was one of the "lucky" ones whose incision got infected.

I then VBACed my 4th DS almost 4 yrs ago and it was awesome. He was 2 weeks late and I was induced and I still was able to VBAC. He was almost 9 lbs with a 14.5 in head.

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My twins were vaginal, induced due to my health (I had pre-eclampsia - throwing proteins, crazy high BP, etc.) They opted to induce as my symptoms were just starting and we had just passed the 37 week mark.

Research inductions and your particular situation, and weigh all risk factors. I learned that well more than a third of induced labors (3+ years ago anyway) where the woman also had an epi resulted in emergency c-sections because the baby gets stressed. Induction itself carries a higher risk factor of ending in a c-section on it's own and I think having an epi would have more than doubled that chance. I did not want to add that to an already high risk birth.

There are other drug options to help with the pain with varying risk factors to look into as well. (I had... I can't remember right now. I want to say demerol with the twins. In early labor it let me relax between contractions but made me loopy.)

The twins were crazy labor, born 43 min apart. The smaller one went first, and she was textbook. No tearing or anything. The second twin was more than a pound larger, cord wrapped, and came out head, hand AND foot together. It was rough and my OB did give me an epistolary to help. And it did help, but she tore me in 3 other places ><. it="" was="" a="" rough="" recovery="" with="" all="" the="" stitches="" but="" we="" were="" healthy.="">

My youngest was a natural/vaginal and she was SO much easier. It was WAY less painful than being induced (transition with her was about as painful as contractions with the twins after they broke the first water hours before I was even close to transition). She was also out in 2 pushes. WAY easier then the hours of pushing I went through the first time around~

Perhaps your twins will be easier than your first?

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Thank you so much everyone for sharing your experiences. Its nice to hear everyones different delivery stories. I'm thinking because of the contractions I have been having, I won't need to be induced!

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This has been a great thread. Very informative for us twin Mom's to be but also just cool to hear all the different experiences. Thanks ladies!

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