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Old Jan 22nd, 2017, 02:01 AM   1
BecksBabyB
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When did you go on mat leave when you were expecting twins?


Hi ladies,

I'm 11weeks pregnant with twins and I'm just trying to get some ideas for planning, although I think planning may go out of the window when it comes to twins!

When did you plan to go on maternity leave and when did you actually go on maternity leave?

I worked until 38 weeks with my first child and ideally I want to try and work as long as I am fit to. My maternity policy isn't great But my boss is great about letting me work from home and adjusting my workload etc.

Any other advice on twins is also appreciated!!

Bx



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Old Jan 22nd, 2017, 04:52 AM   2
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Congrats on your twins! I've recently had my own set and they are doing swimmingly. As for me, I stopped work at 36 weeks. I had planned to go as close to my due date as I could which was 38 weeks by elective C-section (my doc would not let me go over 38 weeks). Before actually leaving though, I was put on restriction for a couple months. At my job, I am on my feet a great deal and the restriction required that I sit as much as possible. I was also given some help for and hour for things I could no longer physically do. I probably could have continued to work up to my C-section date, but it just got terribly uncomfortable even sitting that I chose to stop a bit earlier than planned. I wish you a wonderful and uneventful pregnancy. Twins are double the blessing and double the love.



 
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Old Jan 22nd, 2017, 12:29 PM   3
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Thank you so much for your response, to be honest it was exactly what I needed to hear.

Congratulations on your twins! Hope you are all doing well. It was a huge shock for me, one I'm just about coming around to (after knowing for 3 weeks). I'm just trying to understand how my pregnancy and birth will be different to my first!

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Old Jan 23rd, 2017, 07:36 AM   4
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As my twins are my first, I have nothing to compare it to. I would think that if your first pregnancy went without a hitch, then this one should too. Just be aware of GD (there are increased chances of it with twins; I was diagnosed but diet controlled until birth) and earlier contractions or Braxton Hicks that come too often (that's what put me on restriction). Also be up on your facts about twin birth, just to you can be on the look-out (e.g. on average most twins are born earlier than 37 weeks, and their average weight is 5 lbs 5 ounces). You can beat the odds, as I've clearly done, but that was because I was quite careful with myself and stayed on top of everything I felt and did.

As for birth, depending on where you are, they have different guidelines. Here in the US, they actually prefer to do C-sections for twins, but my doc was really willing to go vaginal delivery if I so chose. I decided I would try vaginally if I actually went into labor before 38 weeks, but my babes just didn't want to come out and rather than an induction with questionable outcomes, I opted for the section. If you are given the option of an epidural though, I would take it for either route you wish to go. I say this only because if you don't get one and try vaginally but end up needing to go to section, they usually have to anesthetize you because it'll be too late to do an epidural. That was one of my biggest fears was to be knocked out during the birth. I really wanted to see them right away and hear their first cries.



 
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Old Jan 23rd, 2017, 17:48 PM   5
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I worked a lot during my pregnancy, very long crazy hours on my feet. Usually did 14-16hr days, 6...sometimes 7 days a week until I was around 25 weeks...which is when I went down to about 5 days a week. I worked like that until four days before my scheduled c-section at 38 weeks.
Honestly, everyone is different...IMO, you just have to go with the flow.
Good luck and congratulations!



 
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Old Jan 24th, 2017, 04:15 AM   6
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Old Jan 26th, 2017, 22:58 PM   7
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I planned on working until 36 weeks (Thanksgiving break for me!) but stopped at 34 weeks due to too many contractions when on my feet teaching. The babies were born a week later at 35+1. For reference, I worked the day I delivered my singleton. 35 weeks was a victory for me. I am petite and my doctors never expected me to make it past 36 weeks anyways ☺️

Best of luck! Twins is a wild ride compared to a singleton.



 
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Old Jan 27th, 2017, 06:27 AM   8
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Thank you ladies,
I'm a planner and I hate not being able to plan this lol.
I'm just going to have to take every day as it comes.

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Old Jan 30th, 2017, 07:17 AM   9
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I planned on 36 weeks, then found out it was twins and aimed for 32-34 weeks. However I had a job on my feet all day, heavy lifting, lots of stairs. I had problems in my legs from 11 weeks, ended up taking a week off sick as I could barely walk at 22 weeks. At 23+6 weeks I started getting complications with babies and contractions rather than just stuff making me very ill so was put on modified bed rest and had to stop working then. My singleton pregnancy wasn't exactly better either, problems with my legs, back and hips were considerably worse and I was in absolute agony, struggling to walk and on and off crutches from 10 weeks. Just have to see how your individual pregnancy goes.



 
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Old Jan 30th, 2017, 13:28 PM   10
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27 weeks. I'm a hairstylist and on my feet all day



 
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