The loss of a twin. The rollercoaster of emotions.

Twin loss

(Please note:  This story is about the loss of a twin)

Author: Danielle Lyne

3 years after our triplets I really wanted another baby. Partner not so much but he agreed.  It took us a long time to fall pregnant. Finally we got that positive test I had waited so long to see. At the first ob appointment and we found out it was twins. Twins after triplets I thought I’ve got this.

We then found out at 15 weeks both were GIRLS!

I was over the moon.  Our 19 week growth scan both babies are still girls (ha ha) and growing perfectly.  The 22 week ob appointment everything was going well. Both babies heartbeats on the doppler were great. At our 24 week appointment I mentioned that baby B wasn’t moving like baby A, but I wasn’t too concerned as I could get a good reading on my Home Doppler.  The Midwife checked and she found B’s heartbeat too. We went in to see my ob and I got up on the chair for an ultrasound….my world fell apart.

Baby B had no heartbeat.

It was an echo of her sisters heartbeat we had heard moments before. I can’t tell you the pain I felt that day. The thoughts running through my head. How was I going to get through this? What am I supposed to tell the kids, family, friends? My partner was at work an hour away and it was the only appointment I had gone to by myself. My obstetrician cried with me. We have quite a long history as he had looked after me through all my pregnancies. I gathered my thoughts and drove home.

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Is Hyperemesis Gravidarum worse with twins and multiples?

Is Hyperemesis Gravidarum worse with twins

Author: Caitlin Ryan

What is Hyperemesis Gravidarum?

Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) is also known as “severe morning sickness”. Doesn’t sound that bad right? It is so much more than that. An all-consuming black cloud surrounds you during what is supposed to be a happy time for you and your family. It is severely debilitating, depressing and isolating and only truly understood by those that have experienced it. Imagine a bad hangover and gastro combined that doesn’t end. For 9 months. 24/7. And you’re getting close to what it feels like to experience HG.

“If morning sickness is a drop of rain. Hyperemesis Gravidarum is the hurricane.”

HG is severe vomiting and nausea in pregnancy. It is estimated to affect around 2% of pregnant women. There is a higher incidence of HG in multiples pregnancies. For some women it lasts for some of their pregnancy and for others like me it lasts the entire pregnancy and only stops once the baby is born (or babies). For some women the symptoms even linger post birth.

I suffered with HG for the duration of my pregnancies with both my daughter in 2014 and my boy/ girl twins in 2017.

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Hyperemesis Gravidarum with triplets

triplets Hyperemesis Gravidarum

Author:  Emma Thomas

 

My husband and I had been trying to conceive for some time, however, I had very irregular periods (I only got a period once every 2-4 months), so it was hard to know if my “missed period” was due to being pregnant, or whether I just hadn’t ovulated as usual.  Both my mum and aunty had a condition known as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), and Mum had warned me that it can “run in the family” and can cause fertility issues.  Women with PCOS often don’t ovulate, so they can go months without periods; this also makes it extremely hard with timing when trying to conceive.

 

Diagnosed with PCOS

After several months of trying with no success, I went to see my GP.  I mentioned the family history to my doctor when I explained our struggle to conceive, and he said that he’d normally tell patients to keep trying for at least a year before he would do any investigations.  However, due to my family history of PCOS, our situation was different, so he sent me for an ultrasound.  It was found that I had polycystic ovaries and I was referred to a gynaecologist and fertility specialist.

 

The gynaecologist looked at my scans and agreed that I had polycystic ovaries, however, because I didn’t have the usual symptoms of the “syndrome” (e.g. overweight, acne, excessive body hair), he didn’t think I had PCOS as such.  He told us to keep trying for another month, then go back to see him if we still hadn’t had any success.

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A natural triplet birth story. Triplets born at 33 weeks

natural triplet birth story

Author: Danielle Lyne

Where to start really?

We had 2 girls who at the time were 3 and 8 months. We thought we would try for one more as we really wanted a boy to finish our family off. First month trying and we conceived. The first ultrasound is one I will never forget. As the wand was put on my belly I immediately saw 2 sacs. I gasped and said ‘oh no’ my ob put the wand back on my belly and then we saw 3. I swore….a lot. All 3 babies looked great with nice strong heartbeats.

My triplet pregnancy story

My pregnancy was pretty smooth sailing. We found out at 17 weeks we had 3 boys. All separate sacs and placentas. We were warned of preterm labour and expected the boys to be here between 28-32 weeks. Week 33 rolled around and here I was measuring 54 weeks and feeling ginormous.

 

triplet belly photo

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Tips for parents to ensure their multiples and twins get enough sleep at daycare

twins get enough sleep at daycare

Author: Donna Moala

Will your multiples and twins get enough sleep at daycare????  One of the biggest stresses about putting your precious multiples into daycare is wondering if they will sleep or not! Donna Moala from Bub2Sleep, one of the amazing Twinfo sleep consultants, shares her top tips to ensure they do.

 

Looking for a daycare? Questions to ask to ensure your multiples and twins get enough sleep at daycare

As all multiple birth parents know, sleep is essential, not only for the babies growth and development, but for the parents sanity!! The last thing you need is your multiples coming home from daycare tired and exhausted because they have not slept.

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What you need to know to avoid burns in children. Tips for tired multiple birth parents.

burnt hand from heater

Author:  Dr Bronwyn Griffin

How tired parents can avoid burns in children

It’s 5:30 am, you have woken up for the 9th time to your babies.  You know that your day needs to kick start now.  Your older two children need to get ready for kindy and school. You push the “boil” button on the kettle to obtain the much needed first caffeine infused drink of the day.  You change the babies nappies, make drink, seat yourself on cosy corner of couch and set up for the feed. Whilst taking your first sip of that glorious caffeinated solution your 8 month old twin suddenly lunges for your coffee whilst breastfeeding. Your coffee goes all over you and worse still, all over the baby. Chaos commences!

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I was airlifted to hospital with twins – at 36+4 weeks

airlifted to hospital with twins at 36 weeks

Author: Jess Webster

 

I’d say, not many people get to go in a plane at 36 weeks pregnant with twins. I did. It wasn’t for business or pleasure though. I was airlifted to hospital with twins at 36+4 weeks.

This is my remote area birth story – part two of my blog submissions. In part one, I finished writing at just shy of 36 weeks. I’m here to update on how the rest of it all went and how we are today.

Note from Twinfo:   Please read the AMAZING first part of Jess’ Story HERE before you read this update.

Final OB appointment before being induced with twins

I had an appointment with my OB on the 8th of February. It was going to be my last until I was being induced the following Thursday. I mentioned to her that I was starting to get concerned about Twin Bs lack of movement. She was still moving plenty according to the books but not enough for her if that makes sense. Everything else was looking okay but the OB preferred I go to the hospital and perhaps have a CTG done. I attended the hospital and had two hours of monitoring done and everyone was happy with their heart rates and movements. I wasn’t. Because of this, they decided to admit me. I stayed in hospital that night, had more monitoring done and results never varied much.

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Hyperemesis Gravidarum while pregnant with twins

Hyperemesis Gravidarum while pregnant with twins

What is hyperemesis gravidarum?

Whilst the majority of women may experience what is commonly known as ‘morning sickness’, a small percentage of women develop hyperemesis gravidarum, which is a really severe form of nausea and vomiting that can last all day.

What causes hyperemesis gravidarum?

According to Standford Childrens Health the cause is unknown however it is thought to be hormone related.   Unfortunately it is also more common in multiple birth pregnancies.

 

 

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How to cope with multiples or twins crying at the same time

twins crying at same time

When you first find out you are pregnant, you wonder what your baby will sound like……the first cry, the first laugh, the first words.  But then you find out you are expecting more than one baby! And the panic may set in.  How will you cope with multiples or twins crying at the same time???

This isn’t an article on possible reasons why they crying at the same time – there are lots of general articles on why babies cry. This article is purely to help you cope with multiples or twins crying at the same time.

 

Multiples or twins crying at the same time – how to decide which baby to go to first?

There are three basic options and it will depend on why they are crying as to which one you will use:

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