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    Default UPDATE: Bit worried, twin B weight gain (babies are here!)

    Update: see post #39, twins are born in great health despite her being smaller than her brother.

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    I'm 2 weeks out from my c-section but there's an issue. I went to MFM for a weight scan, fluid's fine, babies look good. He's 6 lbs. 12 oz while she is 5 lbs. 5 oz, she dropped down to 38% percentile for growth, which means another trip to MFM Thursday & again on Monday to check her abdomen/growth. Worse case scenario - early c-section. My iron is very low & I'm measuring 47 weeks (belly wise), otherwise their weights are okay & such.

    Anyone ever experience this? Doctor mention something about an abdominal belly band, not that there's a real band around her stomach. I just can't help thinking that I'm nearly there and now something else to be worried about.

    p.s. Yes my hospital bag is packed
    p.s.s. and yes, OMG, I'm carrying over 12lbs of baby being petite/tiny, that part we're laughing about
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    Hi! Twin prevnancies suck. So much more worrying than with a singleton. Cant tell you anything about this- because I just dont know.

    My sister had tiny babies and the docs always worried and her kids were always completely normal. Seems like they are both good size and if they see any signs of stress they can end this pregnancy then.

    Tiffany

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    Sarafina and Keira were always somewhat discrepant. Keira was baby A, and she was always bigger. Sarafina is very petite. She takes after me and my MIL. There is a genetic history of kids in my husband's family not being on the growth chart. I think the weights sound fabulous. Sarafina was estimated to only weigh a tad over 3 pounds right before we decided to deliver at 37 weeks. However, she ended up weighing 4 pounds, 5 ounces. K actually weighed 5 pounds, 7 ounces...and was estimated at just over 4 pounds. The use of femur and abdomen measurements for weight is not totally reliable because if a baby is petite, it will estimate a lower weight. I am petite, like you, and so are my girls. Our biggest issue with Sarafina was that because we delivered at 37 weeks (because it looked like she had stopped growing...just like your baby B...drops in percentiles), she ended up needing NICU time and she continues to struggle with the suck and swallow reflex. Sometimes, I regret letting my MFM talk me into delivering early. I will always wonder if I had let her bake until 39 weeks if her outcome would have been different. She continues to be petite and is not on the growth chart. So, if this was her genetic destiny, did we really need to deliver the girls at 37 weeks? Know what I mean? I hate decisions like that because the what ifs never seem to go away. Oh, and although Sarafina still has some slight feeding issues, and was slightly slower on milestones (crawling at 10 months and walking at 16 months), she is doing just fine. Smart as can be too.

    The questions I would be asking are how much weight they expect a baby to gain per week, what is the standard error of measurment related to the weights (basically what is the range that the weights can be expected to fall within), how often are weights higher than predicted when the babies are born, and how reliable are femur and abdomen measurements for babies that are of petite stature? These are questions that I did not really know to ask.
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    I hear ya, we've had a lot of "what if's" even with our boys who each had different issues/problems during pregnancy. I plan on asking lots of questions on Thursday, hoping to get a clearer picture of what's going on. I read last night that weight discordance can be common with twins, she is also breech and squashed up high which could account for measurements being off. So we'll see... for now I'll monitor movements and be ready for that appt. on Thursday. I'm also trying to up my nutrition some & get plenty of bedrest (which last night I read can help).
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    I don't have any advice but I feel for you. The worry is literally doubled with twins and it doesn't go away after they are born. My guys didn't have a huge weight difference (about 1lb) but he seemed to grow much better then her. Kaylee is still very petite (17lbs at a year, which isn't crazy small but still on in the 20 percentile). Hopefully your next appt has a better outcome. But either way, you will be able to hold your babes soon. Keep up the good work
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    The way my dr sorta explained it was with twins they spend the whole pregnancy (and there whole lives basically being compared )and that really did make me feel a little more at ease...... If it was a singleton you wouldn't think twice about if baby was 5lbs or 6lbs at this point. Back in June I had some "questionable" lower fluid and they came to realize A was a little bigger therefore more fluid and when I went back a few weeks later they were within a few ounces. Than when I went to specialist in August Baby a was 5lbs and B was only 4lbs 8oz and they diden't seem concerned. Its hard not to be concerned but I am sure everything is fine!!!! I go Thursday for my last sono to check weight and such, hopefully all is well and I can make it to my c-sec date Tuesday.
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    My tech always explained it was much harder for him to get the measurements as accurately as he wanted to at the end because the boys were squashed together. It's hard not to worry, but as long as they are being monitored, I'm sure they will be fine! They are already both great weights!!
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    Hugs....I wouldn't overly stress. Mine would sometimes be way off at the end and they would remeasure a few days later and they were fine. Relax and rest, you will need your energy in 2weeks
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    Good appt today, passed my NST with flying colors (scored a 10), they said she looks fine. Another NST Monday & Thursday, then my c-section on the 24th. They said if they score an 8 or less then out they come but for now they are happy with the results. Whew!! Each time I go for up there, I'll take my hospital bag just in case. It's funny because even now at 36 weeks, these two keep switching spots! They have no room but still manage to change positions.
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    Glad that it went well. Now a little break before your appt. I bet I would find it impossible to relax at that point in the pregnancy. Do you have any help planned for when they come home? Won't be too long.
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