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Twin Stuff!, Issue #006 -- Twin Pregnancy Complications
March 03, 2009
This month's newsletter features an interesting and informative article about Twin Pregnancy Complications from the perspective of an M.D. and mother of twins...A great read. Also, check out our new Social Network just for parents of twins, the February "Two Cute" contest winner and our "Featured Mom", Kelly Damron.
March 1, 2009 ~ Issue #006
Due to popular demand, I have expanded on our original forum and created an entirely new, exclusive social network just for parents of twins aptly named,
My Twin Pregnancy And Beyond.
What does this mean for you? Lots more fun ways to interact and connect with other parents and families who have or are expecting twins...And it's totally free! Now you can create a more detailed personal profile, add photos, videos, audio and blog posts, join groups and, of course, browse the forum! Share as much or as little as you want. The cool thing is, once you join, you will have the option to meet and interact with some real experts in the twin community like:
Susan Heim - Author of several twin related books and parenting multiples expert.
Dr. Khanh-Van Le-Bucklin - Author, pediatrician and owner of TwinsDoctor.com
Shelby Tutty - Owner of DoubleUpBooks.com and an expert in the realm of twin related book titles. Be sure to join her new group "Twin Books" located on our network to learn all about the best books available on twin pregnancy, parenting twins and even books for twins.
Stacey Vandall - Owner of alototots.com and tremendously knowledgeable about twin gear and especially higher end double strollers.
Stephanie Wagner - An up-and-comer in the world of product reviews, she's also the mother of twins. Her site, AndTwinsMake5.blogspot.com offers that crucial insight we need as parents of twins looking for great products.
Twins. Twice the Babies, Twice the Pregnancy Complications.
I've previously had the pleasure of writing an article on this site detailing just what it's really like to conceive twins with the aid of IVF, a.k.a the ever-detested euphemistic "unnatural" way.
In a small aside, I dub my babies pure finest Astroturf when people get a little too nosey in the supermarket in combination with the word "natural" these days.
I shall now go on to relate something of the risks and management of twin pregnancy, partially from a medical perspective, and partially from my own experience.
Twin pregnancies aren't easy, most of the time.
Forgive me for sounding surprisingly gloomy for such a determinedly irreverent soul, because the vast majority of twins are born at or near term with no long term complications, but it bears remembering that some are sadly not so lucky. Additionally, even relatively minor prematurity has a much bigger emotional impact that I ever though it could, until it was me tube feeding my tiny baby and crying my eyes out for three days straight because neither twin has the strength to even attempt breastfeeding and my milk failed to come in.
My breasts may have LOOKED the E-cup business, but sadly, they should have been labeled "For recreational use only". But, I'm getting ahead of the story, again.
Simply put, growing two babies at once in a space designed for only one is very, very hard work. If nothing else, it's often incredibly uncomfortable. The uterus gets much bigger than usual (for obvious reasons) measuring around term size by the early third trimester. Blood volume expands even more than in a singleton pregnancy to supply the extra baby/placenta, with uterine blood flow at only 25 weeks gestation already being equivalent to full term with a single baby and therefore your poor heart has to pump this enormous load. It's like running a race, at rest. Things are simply physically harder than singleton pregnancies, and therefore it is unsurprising that there are increased risks of complications.
The medical risks were something which I was quite aware before even becoming pregnant, but gleefully disregarded as "Not THAT high". As many people in an infertility/loss situation are wont to do, I glossed over unpleasant words like "pre-term labor", "pre-eclampsia", "intrauterine growth retardation", "steroids" and "NICU", "septic work-up", "gavage feeding", "lumbar puncture" and the like when serenaded by the emotive aspect of getting ANY baby at all, let alone the miracle two at once. Iím an utter eSET (elective single embryo transfer) hypocrite. I can see why it would have been the safest thing for me to do, but I didn't do it. Not by my third IVF, anyway.
Unfortunately, however, I personally experienced each of the not-so-nice words in quotation marks above first hand during my pregnancy. So, to recap slightly, in case I have rambled excessively in this introduction, previous to this article I had the pleasure of sharing my IVF experiences that GOT me pregnant with twins in the first place. I now plan to pick my story up from the 'got pregnant and looking like I'll stay that way' point.....READ ON...
Now taking entries for March
This month's featured mom has an informative blog, great website and helpful book...
2) HOW DID YOU DECIDE ON THIS BUSINESS?
3) WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT THIS BUSINESS?
4) DO YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT ANY SPECIAL PROMOS, PRODUCTS, DEALS OR OTHER TOPICS?
5) TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOU, YOUR FAMILY, YOUR TWINS
AND HOW YOU MANAGE IT ALL.
6) ANY ADVICE OR INSPIRING WORDS FOR OTHER MOMS?
7) HOW DO OTHERS CONTACT YOU FOR MORE INFORMATION?
Until next month....
All the best, Kellie Asaro (site founder)
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