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Arti and Ganesh met on a dating website in India and married before heading to Australia, only to find out once they arrived they were pregnant with twin boys. Arti is hoping for a natural delivery but understands it might not be possible as twins are considered a high risk pregnancy. The midwife struggles to find the twins heartbeat for monitoring but she finally finds them both beating away. Dr Pesce arrives to help deliver the twins just in case there are any complications. Arti is absolutely amazing and the twins arrive naturally without a hitch! One needs a little help breathing as he’s a bit stunned but both Swarit and Taksh are totally healthy baby boys.

Are your boys fraternal or identical?

Swarit and Taksh are fraternal boy twins.  They are both totally different from each other in every way.  Not only do they look totally different, but they behave totally differently.  One is always smiling and wants to interact with toys, the other is happy to just lay there and observe.

My aunt had twins a long time ago, but no one else in our family has twins.  It is very special.

How old are they?  And how are you coping with it all?

The boys are 4 months old now.   It’s getting a bit easier.  I wont lie, the early days were very very tough.    I just kept repeating what my friend told me.   That “It is just one day you need to get through, it is a new day tomorrow”.

How are they sleeping and feeding?

I am lucky that they alternate their wake up times, as I am finding tandem feeding hard. 

One of them had bad colic, so we gave him formula at night for few weeks.   As his colic has slowly started to settle down, we have weaned them off the formula and are back to just breastfeeding.    

How far along where you when you discovered you were having twins?

We managed to get Visas to move to Sydney.   We arrived in Sydney on the 29th December, in time to see the fireworks.  We were going to have a bit of a holiday and look around before we went back to India for a few months to pack up and move to Australia properly. 

I had done two home pregnancy tests at home, as my period was a bit late, but they were both negative.  However, I wasn’t feeling well once we arrived in Australia.  On our second day I got another home pregnancy test.  And it was positive!   I did the test early in the morning, and I walked back into the hotel bedroom with a big smile on my face.  My husband asked me what was I smiling about.  I showed him the test, he was a bit stunned!

We decided to go to the doctor, and he said that we should have a dating scan done here before we went back to India so we knew exactly what was going on.   And it turned out I was 8 weeks pregnant with twins!!!

What was your reaction when you found out it was twins?

We were at the sonographer for the dating scan, and the sonographer said “I think we have a surprise here.  There are two”.  We just looked at each other in shock.  We stared blankly at each other.  It wasn’t until we left the ultrasound place that we started smiling.  We were so excited!!!  It was so special.

However, all of a sudden we had to make a lot of big plans.  The doctor told us that because it was twins, it was a high risk pregnancy and that he didn’t recommend me going back to India for the few months to pack up our life there.    So we had to decide if we were staying in Australia or returning to India.

We decided to stay!  We literally only had our suitcase of clothes with us.  

The hardest part was we had tell all our family that not only that we were pregnant, but we were pregnant with twins AND that we were staying in Australia and not coming back to pack up our life there. 

How did you and your husband prepare for the twins?  You didn’t even have anywhere to live at the time!  Or any of your personal belongings!

We did lots of shopping!!!    We started with the home side of things, and did lots of trips to Ikea and everywhere.  It was so much fun!  Then once we were organised we started getting the baby stuff.

It was scary, but we knew we had some of my cousins here and a couple of friends, as backup incase it didn’t all work out.   But thankfully it did.

What made you agree to be on One Born Every Minute?

I was at the hospital by myself.  A Midwife was handing out flyers and there was a producer in the waiting room we could talk to.   I decided to go and talk to her.  She was so lovely.   She walked me though what it was all about, as I had not heard of the show in India.  I really liked her, but said I needed to speak with my husband.

My husband not so sure about the whole idea.   He was worried about what our families would think, and he said we really needed to consider all things that could happen.  We met with the producers to talk about our reservations, and again the producers were lovely.  They said they would make sure it was all discreet, and that they would show us the final version and get our consent before it was aired. 

We made the decision to go ahead with it, as we were comfortable we could always pull out if we weren’t happy with the final show.

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How did you feel watching back your birth episode? 

It was beautiful!  And the producers were correct, everything was nice and discreet, while still showing everything.  We were really happy.   It brought tears to our eyes to watch it.

Are you excited to see it on TV tonight?


Yes.   Both our mothers are here at the moment, so we are going to all watch it together tonight. And all our friends and family know it is going to be aired tonight.  I am going to put the babies to bed early tonight.  I’ve wanted to watch the show each Tuesday night, but the babies had always been awake and crying.  So I will put them to bed early tonight so I can see it.

What gestation were your twins born at?

38 weeks.  I am so pleased I made it to full term as it meant they didn’t need any special care time.  It was so hard to sleep at the end though, and I was so uncomfortable.  Other than being uncomfortable I was fine.   I was actually doing the Baby Momma Dance the day before my induction, trying to get them to come out!

I was induced at 38 weeks though.  On the morning of the induction they had no problem with Baby A.  They attached him to the foetal monitor.  However, they couldn’t get a trace of Baby B’s heartbeat.  I knew he was OK though, as I could feel him moving.   But they had to get the head midwife and then the doctor to get the trace on him.   He was dancing about in there!

Something funny happened at 37 weeks.  I went for a scan, and the sonographer said that he thought there had been a mistake and I was actually having triplets!!!   I was a bit shocked.  I called my husband, who was at work.  He was really shocked.  He turned to his colleagues immediately and told them, and they were joking that he was going to need to be admitted to the hospital for the delivery if it was triplets!!  I was pretty sure it was only twins, but they had to call me back in for another scan the next day to be sure.  And it was only twins!

What was the thing about the birthing process that surprised you on the day?

The whole experience was beautiful.  The midwives were amazing, so calm and beautiful.   My midwives were so lovely.  Kate, Rita and Amanda made the whole process just perfect.  I really didn’t expect it to be so beautiful.

How was your stay in the hospital?

I had a bad time after the actual birth.  I had a lot of trouble feeding.   My nipples were sore and I was crying a lot.   I didn’t think I could do it, but the Midwives were so helpful with expressing and feeding.  At one stage I begged for formula and I was crying and they wouldn’t give it to me.  At the time I was not happy, but now I am glad, as I pushed though, and now at 4 months they are breast feeding well.  I am grateful for the Midwives help and support.

Is the Australian birthing process different from birthing in India?

Yes!  So different.  In India the fathers are not allowed in the room, regardless of if it is a vaginal birth or a c-section.  I had always hoped that he would be there to hold my hand, and it turned out he was!!!  If we were in India, it wouldn’t have happened that way. 

And the Doctors here are so nice.  They can be grim and tense in India, but here the Doctors were so happy and encouraging.  They made me laugh, and forget about what was happening.  It was so lovely.

I am so thankful for my experience.

Do you have family support here in Australia?

Mu mother came here before the boys delivery.   My mother told my husband that it was going to be difficult once the babies were born, so we got a visa for his Mum to come over and she came over when they were born to help.   So I have had both our Mums here to help.

We are all going back to India when the boys are 6 months old, after they have had their 6 month vaccinations.   We will have a grand welcome for the babies back in India. 

We will then come home on our won with the boys and our Mums will stay back in India.  I’m a bit nervous as to how we will cope.  But I’m sure we will be OK.

Have you found much support for your twin pregnancy and beyond eg. online support groups or your local multiple birth association?

I have joined an online Indian Mothers Group, they have been very helpful.

Both of my close friends here have small babies, one was born in February and the other had her baby two weeks before the twins were born.   So we have been supporting each other.

Are you getting out and about much?

We have just started going out. We went out to the shopping centre the other day, and have been on the bus.  We are going to take them on a train next week.   It was a bit stressful when they both started to cry at the same time while we were out, but we managed.

Do you think people will recognise you when you go out now?   Twins are such a fascination to the general population anyway!   I wonder if people will recognise you?

Do you really think so?  Oh my gosh????

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Our twins have Cerebral Palsy and both twins came home on oxygen.

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Author:  Emilie Upson

Twins born at 28 weeks

Our journey with health issues for the twins started straight away. They were born at 28 weeks and weren’t breathing so were resuscitated, I didn’t get to see either twin until hours later.

NICU journey for twins born at 28 weeks

During their 12.5 week NICU stay we dealt with quite a number of things, blood transfusions, jaundice, feed intolerance, infections, CMV diagnosis for both twins, sepsis, a surgery for torsion of testes on twin 1 and laser eye surgery on both eyes to repair twin 2’s ROP.

However, the most prominent was the frequent, and never ending, apnoeas and bradycardic episodes which meant they stayed on oxygen.  They started with the ventilator, then CPAP for quite some time, then onto high-flo and finally we were onto lo-flo and I thought we were fine. But at 36 weeks they were both diagnosed as having Chronic Lung Disease and I was told they would probably come home on oxygen. 

Note from Twinfo: Please see HERE for a list of common NICU terms.

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Congenital heart defect in one twin. Our story.

open heart surgery in twins

Author:  Shannon Foster

My twin pregnancy and journey has been a Rollercoaster from the start. From the shock of finding out it was 2 babies instead of 1, to going to my 18 week ultrasound and finding out that Twin A had some sort of congenital heart defect (CHD).

32 weeks pregnant with twins

At the 32 week scan it was confirmed that she had a Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD) and pulmonary atresia which would require open heart surgery. We were informed that she would be staying in NICU on medication to keep her valve open long enough for her to grow big enough to have surgery.  

Note: For a full guide to NICU terms please see our guide HERE.

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My twin birth story

So fast forward to the girls birth.  I went into labor 3 days before my elective c section was booked. So it became an emergency c section. 

Tatum Leora was born at 8.38am weighing 2.55kg and Arabella Eva was born at 8.39am weighing 2.21kg. I got a glimpse of both of them, before they were whisked away.

Arabella went straight to NICU and I didn’t get to see her again till the next day. Tatum was on oxygen for a few minutes then came through to me in recovery. 

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7 Tips For Reducing Anxiety

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Author: Pam Hird Naturopath

Pam Hird is a qualified and accredited Naturopath, Nutritionist, Herbalist and Personal Trainer. Pam excels at helping men and women take control of their mental health and various health conditions through natural medicine and healthy lifestyle changes. She understands the juggle of being a parent and anxiety that can come with it. You can find out more about Pam HERE.

Pam shares with us 7 tips for reducing anxiety.


We live in a fast-paced 24/7 world. You are trying to juggle many areas in your life and you never seem to stop until you finally collapse into bed at night. Even then you aren’t guaranteed a solid sleep because the kids might wake up! It’s normal to feel stressed and anxious from time to time.

However, for someone with anxiety, these feelings can be ongoing. It can be a constant and exhausting daily battle that you don’t always feel like you are winning. We can make small changes in our life and day to day routine to help reduce anxiety and overwhelm.

7 Tips For Reducing Anxiety

Take Some Time Out

You have multiple children, I get it, it’s not that easy to always take time out. I’m not talking about luxurious indulgences and spending all day at the spa! Or even the 5 minutes you take to skull your morning coffee in-between multitasking 100 things! I’m talking about the 10 minutes you could take to sit and just stop. Do something calming such as playing music, art therapy, deep breathing, yoga, meditation, and other relaxing activities may be useful to help reduce anxiety.

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Say No More Often

If you are feeling overwhelmed and wondering how to help stress and anxiety, don’t be afraid to say ‘no’ to things that will just add to your stress or create more anxiety for you. Saying no doesn’t make you a bad person, you are just simply looking after your health and wellbeing.

Eat well

Eat a fresh whole food diet, which includes plenty of colour and variety. You can check out Pams easy recipie for Cauliflower Hash Browns HERE.

Ensure you eat adequate protein from a meat or plant-based source as it provides essential amino acids for healthy neurotransmitter production. Try and avoid processed and packaged foods that are high in sugar as fluctuating blood sugars may trigger anxiety.

Include plenty of foods high in magnesium, such as green vegetables, nuts, seeds, and dark chocolate (70% and above). Magnesium is important in helping to regulate the stress response and consume oily fish such as salmon and sardines, 3-4 times per week to boost essential omega 3 fatty acids.

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Move More

Exercise is the most underrated anti-anxiety tool there is. You don’t need fancy equipment you could simply go for a walk or do a work out from YouTube. Low to moderate impact exercise may help the nervous system overactivity and manage anxiety, stress and improve your mood.

Identify your triggers

Even though becoming a parent is an exciting time it could trigger feelings of stress or anxiety for you. Or there may be certain events, situations, your finances or food such as caffeine or alcohol which can aggravate anxiety and trigger panic attacks.

It is important to recognise these triggers and get strategies to help you in these situations. If you have a dietary trigger, complete avoidance is recommended.

Focus on the present

Have you ever noticed that when you dwell on the past or worry about the future you start to feel stressed or anxious? This can create a world of overwhelm for you. Simply focus your mind on the present moment and it can help you feel a little more relaxed.

Talk To Someone

Speak to a counsellor or psychologist who can give you some techniques to help manage your anxiety. If going to speak to someone isn’t an option than just speaking to a friend can help lift the weight off your shoulders.

Anxiety can be really isolating for some people and if you feel overwhelmed with trying to change your diet and lifestyle around then just pick one thing to focus on. Once you have mastered that then move onto the next. Don’t expect things to change overnight because they won’t, give yourself time and be kind to yourself. You have got this.

You can read Pam’s blog on 10 ways to reduce stress HERE.


Pam Hird

Pam Hird is a Naturopath, Nutritionist and Personal Trainer based in Sandgate, Brisbane. Pam also does Skype and phone consultations. Private health fund rebates available.

Pam offers FREE 15 minute calls where she can explaore with you how she can help you.


Contact Pam for appointments or enquiries.

12 ways to protect the Christmas tree from twins or triplets!

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Christmas is a magical time for children of all ages, so naturally they will be drawn to the tree.   This is no doubt causing you some extra stress as you worry how on earth you will keep your multiples from destroying the tree.

Don’t worry, as always, Twinfo has you covered.    Here are our top 12 ways (in no particular order) to protect the Christmas tree from twins or triplets!

1.      Don’t put one up!

 Now before you start calling me the Christmas Grinch, this won’t appeal to everyone.  But for some families it makes perfect sense to not put one up.

We decided not to put one up for our twins first Christmas.  We were going away over Christmas, and we were too sleep deprived to even care about a tree.  Neither of us could summon up the extra energy required to out it up, nor could we fathom the thoughts of having to pack it away!   So, we just didn’t bother.  Our twins were 6mths old.

Alternatively, decorate your living area with lights and ornaments, to give the full festive atmosphere, but just don’t use an actual Christmas Tree.   There are several great alternatives you can use as a tree.

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Hernias, abdominal separation and abdominoplasty after twins

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Author:  Domna Lovatt

When I find out I was having twins I didn’t think much about how my body would cope with the pregnancy or the aftermath of my prebaby 50kg frame carrying 2 nearly 3kg babies to 37w+1. I just assumed that my body would cope and it would go back to the way it was pre-baby, just like after our first baby when fortunately for me everything went back to the way it was before. I certainly didn’t think I would be having abdominoplasty after twins due to hernias and abdominal separation.

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Abdominal separation and hernias after multiples

Abdominal separation and hernias can occur with single pregnancies but the incidence tends to be higher for us mums of multiples. I ended up with 4 hernias and abdominal separation and let’s not forget the loose skin (which had varicose veins in it).

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One Born Every Minute Australia Twin Birth Story

One born every minute twin birth story

***** Please note, this post contains the loss of a twin *****

As parents we all love hearing birth stories.  This was one of my driving reasons to publish as many twin and triplet birth stories on the Twinfo blog that I could.  However, reading about it is one thing, watching it unfold in front of you is another.  Which is the reason why over 484,000 people nationally are tuning in to watch Channel 10’s new factual series, One Born Every Minute Australia.

One Born Every Minute Australia is based on the UK version, and it takes us right into the birth units, via 60 high tech cameras, at Sydney’s Westmead  Hospital.     I was honoured that Channel 10 asked me to interview Bianca, one of the participants.  Bianca and her husband Daniel, appear in episode 5 of the show where we follow the birth of their twins. 

About Bianca and her family

At the time of speaking to Bianca, which was a week before the episode was aired, Bianca’s twins, Hunter and Brooklyn, had just turned  3 months old.   Being a twin mum myself, the first question I asked her was how was SHE?  And how were the babies sleeping?  Bianca thought she was “doing OK” and that thankfully her boy twin, Hunter, was generally sleeping though the night.  Brooklyn, however wants a few more extra cuddles from Mum, but she is close to sleeping though. 

Which is lucky, as Bianca has three other children.  She has an 8 year old, who lives in Sydney with her Dad, and 4 year old Mackenzie whose dad passed away when she was six weeks old.   Bianca and Daniel also have Peyton, who was born last August, and now they have the twins.   Payton was only 4 months old when they found out they were expecting twins.   To further complicate things, when Bianca and Daniel were 7 weeks pregnant with twins they were given the devastating news that 4 year old Mackenzie had Leukaemia. 

Personally, I cannot wait to watch Episode 5, and I’m thrilled to share my chat with Bianca with you.

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Twin pregnancy and an unexpected diagnosis

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Author: Bianca Jones

Finding out we were pregnant with twins

My husband and I were trying to conceive for a while so when I started gagging while brushing my teeth, I had a feeling it was our time. I went for a dating scan around 6 or 7 weeks, and that was when we found out we were having twins. We were beyond happy and excited, but also oblivious to the difficulties that could come with twin pregnancies and twins. We certainly didn’t expect a twin pregnancy and an unexpected diagnosis!

My twin pregnancy

Initially, my pregnancy was pretty uneventful. I wasn’t overly sick, but had constant nausea and I started showing around 13 weeks. By about 20/21 weeks, I was big. I struggled physically with my job, which was fairly physical and often cried to my husband from the pain on the way home in the car. But I was prepared to bare it until finishing up at 28 weeks.

I hated people telling to me to ‘rest now while you can’, when I was sleeping for maybe 4 or 5 hours maximum a night due to discomfort. I dreaded bedtime, despite being completely and utterly exhausted, I knew I wouldn’t be getting much sleep.

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Move YOU back up the Priority List- Top 5 Tips for successful eating habits to get YOU back

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Author: Ashleigh Buxton – Pure Wellness by Peach

(Ashleigh is a qualified Nutritionist AND a mother who understands the juggle).

Do you remember it? Or perhaps you are feeling it right now?

That post birth haze and early days at home with a newborn! It is still so vivid in my mind, even though it was 16months ago now!  Where has time gone?

The overwhelming feelings of love, pain, pride, emotional ups and down, ohh the sleep deprivation and the constant thinking about the next feed! I know you get it, I mean at times I just felt like a cow! And as one hard phase came and went, another had begun.

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Haemorrhoids in twin pregnancy. The unspoken joys of a multiple birth pregnancy!

Hemorrhoids with Twin pregnancy

(Please note: This article is an overview of haemorrhoids in twin pregnancy, or triplet pregnancy, and should not replace your health care professionals advice).

Ahhh……the joys of being pregnant with twins or triplets.  Particularly the joy of haemorrhoids.  Haemorrhoids are one of the fun things that nobody mentions when talking about being pregnant with twins or triplets.

What are haemorrhoids?

Haemorrhoids (or sometimes referred to as piles) are enlarged veins in your anus and lower rectum.  The swelling makes them susceptible to irritation.  This can cause anal bleeding, painful bowel movements, anal pain and itching.  Although haemorrhoids can be painful and very unpleasant, they can be treated quite easily, and even prevented. Unfortunately, it is quite common to get haemorrhoids in twin pregnancy. And in triplet pregnancies as well.

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