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Old May 16th, 2016, 23:14 PM   31
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I'm so sorry you're still having bleeding but I really hope they can figure it out at the next appointment. Best news though is that the babies are doing good! Is your appointment tomorrow or next week?

I also poke around my belly all the time! When my doctor checked my fundus last week she did say it was just for fun. Either way I love having more information, I think it's fun! Plus the fact that she thinks I'm measuring approx. 9 weeks ahead of what I am just blows my mind. I have a friend on facebook who did weekly bump pictures when she was pregnant with a singleton and I'm measuring right now about what she was measuring at 20 weeks. It is so crazy to see!

Oh man you got the bad end of the stick with hearing your son always before you hubby. I'm such a light sleeper that'll probably be the case with me too.

I posted weekly bump pictures in my journal if anyone is interested. It is insane, the difference from one week to another.



 
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Old May 17th, 2016, 09:27 AM   32
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Sorry you're still bleeding, it must be frustrating when you don't know why but at least the babies are doing well

Had my appointment today (just a regular check up, no scan) and everything's looking great apart from she couldn't find both heartbeats. I'm a bit worried but she said it's completely normal as I'm only 16 weeks and can be tricky with multiples. Luckily I'm booked in to see my consultant tomorrow so I'm hoping they'll find both heartbeats to put my mind at rest. Apparently I won't be seeing my midwife much now, it'll all be through the consultant which is what they do for twin pregnancies here in the UK apparently.

I saw your post about the birth ash. Sounds like they're being pushy about a c section? I'm dreading that conversation as I would really prefer a natural birth too x



 
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Old May 17th, 2016, 12:42 PM   33
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lolli - My doctor does scans at every appointment because of twins and finding heart beats on the doppler. I do have one at home and tend to find them every time but honestly at 16 weeks they're getting pretty big and for me it's very hard to figure out who is who or if I'm even hearing a different heartbeat at all. I wouldn't worry If they've come this far it's unlikely that anything tragic will happen.

My doctor isn't being pushy about a c-section but in the states MOST doctors work in a practice and if you go into labor randomly (not scheduled induction or c-section) then whatever doctor is working at the hospital that day from that specific practice will be the one to deliver the babies. So, if my doctor is comfortable doing a vaginal birth but the other doctors are not I may get stuck with someone who pushes for one the day of .... I hope I explained that in a way that is understandable. I'm really not impressed with the OBGYN services here in the states but it is what it is. I'm not going to let anyone pressure me into a c-section if at all possible that's for sure.



 
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Old May 18th, 2016, 21:41 PM   34
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I think I've seen you on the sch thread (maybe not?) but wasn't sure if I told you that my sch went away around 12-14 weeks and at 17 weeks I began bleeding again. The cause was low lying placenta, which was not covering, but just close to the cervix. It moved by 24 weeks I believe



 
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Old May 18th, 2016, 21:44 PM   35
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Also ash I commented on your other thread about vaginally delivery, my dr was in a practice but always likes to deliver her patients. I don't think any dr should push a c section if babies are in a good position for vaginal. Hopefully yours will be. It was always understood that I would deliver vaginally if both were head down.



 
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Old May 20th, 2016, 12:10 PM   36
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Hey everyone

How's everyone feeling?

I saw my consultant on Wednesday and same thing happened, they couldn't find twin 2's heartbeat I was so worried but he sent me to get a scan to be sure and got to see both babies breathing so that was a relief! Was lovely to see them in there, twin 1 is laying horizontally across my belly and twin 2 is head down. Does anyone else know how their babies are positioned? So I also got told that twins makes me at a higher risk of blood clots so I've been put on baby asprin daily and having to inject myself every day with an anti coagulant which I'm really not enjoying! We also spoke about a birth plan and the doctor said as long as both babies are head down then a natural labour shouldn't be a problem as I had a straight forward labour with DS but he said if I don't go in to labour by 37 weeks then I'll be iduced so It's like I'm already half way there! :O Feel unprepared! We find out genders in 3 weeks and I'm so excited!



 
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Old May 20th, 2016, 16:41 PM   37
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lanet - I did see your post over on the other thread. Thank you for the advice!

lolli - I'm feeling pretty good besides sleeping. When I'm awake I feel totally normal and awesome but when I'm asleep ... well lets face it, I'm never asleep. I was up every.single.hour last night. Just horrible. The good news is that I'm not working so I can nap but it just sucks. Before becoming pregnant I could sleep like a baby through the night but not anymore. I also started prenatal yoga this morning and hoping this will maybe help me expel some energy so that maybe I'll sleep just out of sheer exhaustion. I'll try anything at this point. Plus, it'll be good to prepare me for labor and things like that.

So scary that they couldn't find the second heartbeat! That's why I think my doctor only ever does full ultrasounds. Using a doppler with twins is hard although I'm able to find my twins heartbeats every single time. It's awesome! Glad you got to hear both of them though, that's really nice. Last time I was in for an appointment my babies were both laying horizontally in my uterus ... no wonder I felt huge! I don't know what they're doing now but I'm sure they've switched positions. I'll be looking forward to your gender reveal! It's really exciting stuff.

AFM - Lucy and Oliver's cribs arrived today! I know it's pretty early but I am entering my 18th week on Sunday and I'm really not sure how I'm going to feel the further along I get in my pregnancy so I figured I might as well do it now. I'm happy I did ... it's making me really happy and making me want to nest. I love these little munchkins more than anything. It really is amazing.

Next Wednesday I got to the MFM for my 2 hour detailed scan which I'm really looking forward to and will update you girls when I have news!

I hope everyone is moving along nicely and getting sleep!



 
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Old May 21st, 2016, 15:50 PM   38
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Oh my gosh, girls, I have a confession... So I have this horrible habit of coming on a thread to read the responses, telling myself that I'll update in a little bit... and then I forget to respond for days. Sorry.

My appointment is this Tuesday. It's actually going to be a very busy week. Monday is Hunter's 15 month well visit, Tuesday is my anatomy scan with the M-F specialist, and Thursday is a follow-up with the regular OB. I am still bleeding, although today is the lightest that it's been since the spotting started. I have to convince my OB to let me go to Canada this July (it's a yearly trip and I have a feeling she's not going to let me travel). We'll see what happens.

At my last appointment, she basically told me that we are going to have to accept that I'm going to bleed, and that I can't keep driving myself crazy over it. I told her how miserable I was feeling and how I dreaded even going to the bathroom because I couldn't stand seeing blood on the toilet paper. I told her I haven't had sex with my husband since we found out I was pregnant. She still has me on pelvic rest until my anatomy scan, but she said that I can't let this bleeding ruin my pregnancy. She says she has seen an increase in the amount of bleeding during pregnancies, especially twin pregnancies, since she became an OB. She also says that having perfect ultrasounds every time is super reassuring. She also says I need to get creative in the bedroom (her exact words, lol). So... Yep. I've been trying my hardest to be calm and not let the blood bother me so much.

At my last M-F appointment, they told me that I have one anterior and one posterior placenta. I know this means that the placentas aren't near my cervix, so the only other thing I can think is that it's the stupid SCH that has yet to be reabsorbed.

It must be different between the US and UK. Like you, Ash, I get an ultrasound at every appointment. My OB says it's because it's more accurate than using a Doppler for twins.

That's interesting about the increase in blood clots. Sorry you have to do daily shots. I hear they're a pain! Just make sure you rotate the injection sites so you don't bruise your belly.

As far as vaginal or C-section, it really does seem the norm in the US to do a section for twins, which drives me nuts. We are definitely a C-section-happy country. I wanted a vaginal birth so badly with Hunter, but couldn't have one because he was breech and practically NO doctors do breech vaginal deliveries here. When we moved to our new house, one of the reasons I chose this OB was because she said she was willing to attempt VBACs. Of course, this was before I found out about the twins. My M-F specialist said it will be a section unless baby A is head down. And even then, a section may be necessary for baby B because if s/he is breech or transverse and bigger than baby A, then it would be dangerous. Of course, the specialist isn't the one doing the delivery, so it's up to my OB (and I haven't brought myself to have that conversation with her yet... One problem at a time, eh?). It's so complicated and it shouldn't be. Pregnancy isn't seen as a natural, normal thing here, which is sad.

Okay girls, sorry for the novel! Hubby and I just had our four year anniversary, so I have to go look up a fancy restaurant and make reservations to celebrate for tonight.



 
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Old May 22nd, 2016, 04:40 AM   39
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Sleeping issues are driving me nuts too. I wake three times a night to pee, and I'm usually awake 1-2 hours after each time. Usually I have no problems sleeping, and being exhausted all the time is making me miserable.

I was given the same advice about twins increasing the risk of thrombosis, though I'm holding off on heparin until I stop vomiting blood. Throwing up only about once a week now, so that decision will come soon.

When my regular consultant was away her locum tried to tell me that twins would mean a scheduled C-section. I vetoed that, and thankfully my regular OB agrees with me. If there's a clinical need then of course I'll agree, but not as a matter of course just because there are two in there.



 
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Old Jun 9th, 2016, 06:56 AM   40
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Hey! How is everyone? Sorry ive been rubbish with posting.. i feel like im constantly tired haha. Thought I'd just check in and mention i have my 20 week scan tomorrow and will hopefully know what we're having! Im so excited!!



 
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