overweight with twins-- risks? weight gain?

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overweight with twins-- risks? weight gain?
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Mon, 04-18-2011 - 3:21pm

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Brigid, 42 yrs. old, daughter born 2002, Pregnant! Due date Jan. 6, 2012 Son born Dec. 29! Lilypie First Birthday tickers
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Mon, 04-18-2011 - 9:27pm

I would say it sounds like your mind is made up!

Regarding being overweight with twins, I was about 30 pounds overweight to begin with and my boys turned out fine. Around 25 weeks my blood pressure went up, so I had to take Labetalol for the rest of the pregnancy. Then around 32-33 weeks it eventually stopped working (I developed mild preeclampsia), so I delivered at 35 and 5, but my boys were only in the nicu for 12 days, and that was simply as grower and feeders.

Weight gain wise, I gained about 26 pounds. My doctor recommended between 30-35 pounds, but being I was overweight this was perfectly acceptable.

Rebecca

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Tue, 04-19-2011 - 11:49am
Thanks for the reply! After posting on another couple of boards and talking to a friend of mine with twins, most people seem to have not gained much more with twins than with a single, and theextra risks related to being overweight seem low, so dh and I are leaning towards transferring two, to increase our odds that at least one will stick. The doctor should call later today, so I will talk to him and see his thoughts. I won't do 2 if he thinks that would be a risk to me or the baby(s), of course. So, if I end up pregnant with twins, I'll be back!
Brigid, 42 yrs. old, daughter born 2002, Pregnant! Due date Jan. 6, 2012 Son born Dec. 29! Lilypie First Birthday tickers
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Tue, 04-19-2011 - 8:26pm
Hi there and good luck on Wednesday! I started out a bit overweight, gained 72 lbs with my twins. I gained 71 with my first, a singleton. With the twins I had less complications because the weight gain was water and babies more so than with my first pregnancy.

As for how many to transfer, that's up to you. Just understand that 60% of twins are born premature, your risk of complications (pre-e, gestational diabetes, etc) is increased also. I don't want to sound like a Debbie downer but a twin pregnancy is just plain hard. Also, how would you feel if one of the embies split and you wound up with triplets? Something about the ivf process gives higher odds for that as well. Just some things to think about.

Again, good luck, I'm crossing my fingers that every thing goes smoothly and you have a bfp soon. :-)
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Wed, 04-20-2011 - 1:47am
I just wanted to wish you the best for tomorrow!
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