Twins born at 32 weeks 5 days – Our story

Twins born at 32 weeks + 5

Author: Josie Teggeris

6 weeks pregnant and over the moon BUT I’m in hospital on a drip for extreme nausea and constant vomiting. By morning I thankfully felt better and it was during a routine ultrasound that I was told there was not only one baby growing but two!

Hyperemesis Gravidarum with twins

Blessed with two, double the trouble but throughout my pregnancy it was double the damn hormones!  This lead to an early diagnosis of the medical term for severe all day sickness called “hyperemesis gravidarum”. This was horrible, this was constant and by week 12, I had to stop work completely. My amazing OB advised if it hadn’t subsided by this stage it will continue throughout the whole pregnancy. And damn it, he was right.

My pregnancy was dependent on medication.  This was to help subside the vomiting and nausea but it didn’t stop it from coming out up to 6 times a day. To say my pregnancy was terrible was an understatement, because it was completely debilitating on all levels.

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Natural and C-section birth story with Twins

Giving Birth To Twins Naturally

Author: Caitlin Ryan

Even though I was pregnant with twins (DCDA) I guess I just thought in my head I would have an uncomplicated natural delivery. Just like my first baby, but I would just push two babies out this time. That was the delivery option we had been discussing all along in my OB appointments. It didn’t exactly go like that though. The 3 of us ended up in 3 different parts of the hospital post birth………………

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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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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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