Twin surprise at my 12wk...

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Twin surprise at my 12wk...
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Sat, 02-19-2011 - 12:00am

I had an u/s at 7 weeks...saw ONE baby. Heard the heartbeat on Monday...the doc only heard ONE heartbeat.

But then today (12 weeks, 4 days), I went in for a scan and meeting with a high risk specialist and she finds TWO babies with TWO heartbeats.

HOW DID MY OB MISS THIS?!?!

I have very mixed feelings about twins. As I have mentioned several times on this EC, I have a heart-shaped (bicornuate) uterus. This means I have two seperate halves of a uterus that don't really connect because there is a 'wall' that seperates them. And both of these babies are in the same 'horn' of my uterus. Two babies, one half of a uterus. I just don't see that turning out so well...

My other two singleton babies were born at 34 & 35 weeks, which is not bad for a woman in my condition. But throwing a set of twins into the mix puts me at no more than 30 weeks before I literally pop. There will be hospital bed rest, progesterone shots, and lots of appointments with numerous doctors.

I really hope that my two little blessings make it to 30 weeks and beyond, but I can't help but feel like I'm going to lose them. This was literally my worst nightmare for a pregnancy. And I still can't believe it's happening to me. I have been a mess all day, but I am starting to feel OK with it. I really have no choice but to go on and think happy thoughts, right?

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Sat, 02-19-2011 - 1:44am

Wow thats definitely a surprise! I know it was and still is a huge shock, but just remember a positive outlook can make all the difference. And I'm sure the doctors will be really thorough and make sure you and those babies stay happy and healthy. Good luck! Keep us updated!


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Sat, 02-19-2011 - 11:37am

Oh, my, what a shock!

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Sat, 02-19-2011 - 2:07pm

Wow - that is a surprise! I'll be praying for you and the little ones. Your OB will do his/her best to take care of you 3 - stay positive if you can!

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Sat, 02-19-2011 - 6:01pm
That is very scary and I can understand your concern! Keeping you in my PT. I really hope your doctors have the wisdom to be able to keep you pregnant for a long time and that BOTH your babies enter the world healthy.
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Sat, 02-19-2011 - 7:39pm
Congrats & I see your concerns.
I think a twin pregnancy is always a worry. Do you know what kind of twins they are?
What did your Dr say about how high risk this was with your uterus?
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Sat, 02-19-2011 - 8:09pm
I'm sorry about your uterus. It must be so hard to have to deal with a serious complication like that. I just wanted to remind you that the survival rates of babies born between 28 and 31 weeks is 96%. I hope your babies can cook longer, but I just wanted to help you stay positive. Congratulations on having two new people to love and be loved by, and good luck with you cervical length. KUP!
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Sun, 02-20-2011 - 11:37am
Wow, what a surprise! :) P&PT but like the others, I'm sure your high risk specialist and OB will do everything they can to help you keep the babies in there as long as possible.

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Tue, 02-22-2011 - 3:00pm
Wow! That is intense. Keeping P&PT for you!! Can't wait to hear how things are going. I'm sure it will all be fine. Happy thoughts!! Congrats!!
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Sat, 02-26-2011 - 12:48am

I too am in the same boat as you... Now, 15 weeks pregnant with twins.... Have a bicornate uterus also.... Hoping that everythig goes ok...

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Sat, 02-26-2011 - 9:45am
Congrats on your twins!

I am really scared out of my mind...but I just have to stay off of google and go with it :)

My high risk doctor is the one that found the twins; I only went to her to see where the baby had implanted and to talk about progesterone shots. I am really glad I saw her because finding out about twins at the 20-week scan would have been more than I could handle!

I would demand to see a high risk doctor; mine said I was so incredibly high risk (on top of everything, I am deathly allergic to some types anesthesia and I have a muscle disease) that she wants me to see her practice only and ditch my regular OB. Plus, I need to deliver at a more well-equipped hospital, and my regular OB doesn't deliver at our area's 'best' hospital.

Are your twins on one side, or did they get lucky and get a roomy side to themselves? Are your sides equally shaped, or is one bigger than the other? Are the twins fraternal? How long did you carry your first child? These are all factors in determining when your twins will be born and how complicated things will get. My high risk doctor was able to answer all of my questions and give me a estimate of 29-32 weeks delivery if things go well. We also decided on progesterone shots (they start at 16 weeks), and a cerclage if my cervix shortens before 24 weeks. She told me that I will most definitely be on bedrest in the hospital for some period of time (days, weeks...).

Sometimes, your regular OB and high risk doc can collaborate. And then if things get too complicated, your high risk doctor will take over.

If you would like to exchange email addresses, send me a private message on here. I would love to stay in contact and keep up with how you are doing. Plus, it's nice to compare what different doctors say!

All the best to you and your twins; I really hope things go well and I will be sending lots of prayers your way :)
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