Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Twin Birth Story: Diana

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Where do you currently live?  El Dorado Hills

How far along were you when you found out you were expecting twinsI was only 6 weeks along!

Any issues during your pregnancy?  
I had a SCH (subchorionic hemorrhage) that loomed through my first trimester. I had several trips to L&D following some severe bleeding scares. Unfortunately, there was nothing they could do, but wait until 24 weeks (viability) to do anything about it. Thankfully, the SCH resolved itself by 16 weeks.

At 36 weeks, I had elevated blood pressure, some swelling and protein in my urine - early signs of preeclampsia. I was closely monitored for several days until my doctor decided to move up my delivery date by one week - from 38 weeks to 37 weeks. May 1st - May Day!

Memorable/funny moment when you were pregnant: The most memorable moment of being pregnant was on Christmas Eve when we found out we were having two precious girls! Our anatomy scan was a week prior, but we had the ultrasound technician seal up the top secret results for us to hand deliver to my Mom who wrapped up two (pink or blue) gifts for My husband and I to open in the company of our family on Christmas Eve! It was such a special evening! Lots of excitement among our big family - who were mostly right there in the room with us, but some of our extended family were virtually there by way of FaceTime! I love to reminisce by watching the video my niece took as the genders were revealed to us and our family! No better Christmas gift than a beautiful gender reveal!

Looking back, what is one thing you would tell your pregnant self?  After years of dealing with the emotional and stressful ups and downs of infertility, it was really important to me to appreciate every moment of this pregnancy I worked so hard to achieve. I wanted to optimize the pregnancy experience I thought to be an absolute miracle by absorbing every moment to the fullest! I wanted to take good care of my body that had been through so much through infertility treatment. Looking back, I feel I met my goal! So, I would say to my pregnant self - way to go you! You did it!

How many weeks/days were you when your twins were born? 
Exactly 37 weeks.

Baby A's Information:  
Evelyn Ann
May 1st, 2014
8:56 am
5 pounds 4 ounces
18 inches

Baby B's Information:  Lucette Lynore
May 1st, 2014
8:57 am 
5 pounds 8 ounces
18 inches

Are your twins identical? No

Did you have a c-section or natural delivery?  I had a scheduled c-section. I delivered two beautiful daughters without complication with the great support of my husband at my side! I won't lie and say I wasn't shaking like a leaf as they prepped me for surgery and started the spinal! Yikes! I was pretty worked up, but once I heard those sweet healthy - every worry melted away! My heart was full and I have been completely over the moon in love with my new family since that moment!

Any NICU time?  If yes, for what reason and how long?  I feel so fortunate to answer no here.
Did you have any complications after delivery? No, again - so thankful to answer no here.

How long did you (the parents) stay in the hospital? 
Three nights.

Did your twins stay with you or the hospital nursery at night? With us.

What are three things you are so glad you had (or wish you would have had) at the hospital? 
A cell phone charger, a flannel sheet from home for the hospital bed and comfy pajamas. The fresh smelling flowers from loved ones to brighten up the hospital room would be my fourth favorite thing to have while recovering and bonding with my new babies!

Describe one of your favorite moments while you were at the hospital:  Skin to skin time with my girls and feeding them during the quiet of the night.

If you had one piece of advice you could give an expecting mom of twins, what would it be?  Treat your body and growing babies with lots of rest, healthy food and find time to do special things for yourself during your pregnancy - you deserve it and your babies will thank you for it! Special for you is special for them - everyone wins!

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