Lurker for Pregnant with twins/multiples....
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.
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. I too could give lots of c/s advice.
Rachel, momma to 4
dd 9, ds 7, twin boys Dec 09
I nursed my twins for 2years and 2 weeks! A little sad to be all done now.
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.
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. 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!
(you can see some more recent photos of my kids at http://doepkenfamily.blogspot.com/)
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!
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!
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.
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!