Thursday, November 19, 2015

Twin Birth Story: Carly

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Where do you currently live?  Fargo, ND

How far along were you when you found out you were expecting twins
3 weeks (IVF)

Any issues during your pregnancy? At 27.5 weeks pregnant, I started spotting and also noticed increased fluid. We went the ER and discovered that Baby A had a small rupture in his sac. Therefore I was admitted to the hospital on bedrest for the next 7 weeks. At 34 weeks pregnant, I would be induced. If the babies staying in longer than that, there were more risks to them than being born.

Memorable/funny moment when you were pregnant: 
The most memorable moment that sticks out in my mind is when we went to the fertility clinic to have our first ultrasound done at 3 weeks. We had transferred two embryos during our IVF procedure (due to a previously failed IVF transfer) so we knew we could very well be pregnant with twins. The ultrasound tech did his magic and there they were on the screen, two perfect little babies. I looked over at my husband (who was more worried than I was about having twins to begin with) with tears in my eyes. I have never seen him looked more shocked in my entire life. I just laughed and he sat they silent for a good 5 minutes until the tech left the room.

Looking back, what is one thing you would tell your pregnant self? Slow down. I know that I was trying to do too much and get too much done before the twins arrived and I think that is why I ruptured. Nothing is more important then their health, everything else can wait.

How many weeks/days were you when your twins were born? 34 weeks

Baby A's Information: Jase Anthony
4 lbs 11 oz
18 in

Baby B's Information: 
Braeley Ann
4 lbs 11 oz
17.75 in

Did you have a c-section or natural delivery? I was induced at 7am that morning and did attempt natural labor, as both babies were head down. I started pushing at 10pm and after 3 hours with no progress, they performed a c-section. Both babies were then taken to the NICU immediately to be evaluated due to their premature birth and size. My husband followed them to the NICU and I then was able to see them at 9am that morning.

Any NICU time?  If yes, for what reason and how long? Yes, both babies were in the NICU for two weeks. They were healthy overall, however, they just needed help figuring out how to eat on their own and keeping warm. We were extremely blessed.
Did you have any complications after delivery? I had no complications physically after. The only issue was due to the nature of being induced and then having a c-section, the doctors had to deliver the medications differently. As I was being sewn back up and moved into recovery, the pain medications wore off and I could feel everything. It took 30 minutes for me to receive any pain meds.

How long did you stay in the hospital? 
4 days

Did your twins stay with you or the hospital nursery at night? NICU

What are three things you are so glad you had (or wish you would have had) at the hospital? 
My breast pump. Due to the babies being in the NICU, I could not nurse. I spent a lot of time on that pump getting my milk to come in so the babies could have it. 
Comfy clothes. A c-section is not the most fun surgery to recover from, so my pajama pants were my best friend. 
Describe one of your favorite moments while you were at the hospital: 
My favorite moment was arriving in the NICU on the day Jase was scheduled to come home. We were so so happy he was ready to leave the NICU bad we were also very worried and anxious that Braeley had to stay. Then the doctor did his afternoon evaluation and decided Braeley was also ready to come home. Tears of happiness were flowing.

If you had one piece of advice you could give an expecting mom of twins, what would it be? The most important thing right now is to cook those babies. Don't try to be super mom right off the bat and rush around getting things done. Ask your husband or family to help. Take this time to rest and don't overdo it. Your life is about to get all sorts of hectic, so take as much time as you possibly can to relax.

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