First Time Pregnant

by Heather
(SA Adelaide)

Hi, my name is Heather and this is my twin pregnancy story.

It was the 5th of july 2006. I was on the pill when I fell pregnant. I went and had an ultrasound to see how far along my pregnancy was when the nurse told me she found two heart bets. What a shock, I started to cry. I could not belive it.

My other-half's sister has a set of twins which are identical and they are two years old. I was going to have twins. I could not belive that there was going to be another set of twins in our family. They where in seprate sacs so that meant they were not identical twins. I was only 6 weeks pregnant.

From that moment I started feeling sick inside all through my pregnancy I could not eat or drink anything. I could not even cook for my other-half when he got home from work. I could not stand the smell or sight of onions and red meat. I was chucking up all the time. (Even in labor I was still chucking up 'till my babies were born, then it just went).

18 weeks came and I had a ultrasound where I found out I was having a boy and a girl.

It was the 16th of january 2007 when I noticed I was bleeding so I went to the hospital. I had just gotten out of my other-half's car when my water broke. It was to early for my twins to be born. I was so scared. It does not matter how much you prepare yourself, you can never be ready.

The hospital tried to stop the contractions for 16 hours when they decided to let mother nature take it's corse. I was in so much pain and I was so tired. After 16 hours I had an epidural put in so I could not feel my contractions. My baby boy was born by forceps delivery at 11:49pm on the 17th of january 2007. He was 1860 grams and 42cm long. They had to break my daughters water then by forceps delivery again my daughter came out 3 minutes after. She was 1800 grams and 42cm long.

They where so cute, but so tiny. I had never seen a baby so small. I had been in labor for 28 hours. I fell asleep as soon as it was all over.

My baby boy had to stay in SCBU (special care baby unit) for 14 days, as he could not breath on his own. We nearly lost him, but thank God he pulled through. My daughter was very strong from the start. My son also had bleeding in his head. Which, as a new mum, it really scared me. I didn't think he was going to be able to live.

They both had to stay in hospital for 2 months. And, I'll tell you, that was so hard leaving the hospital with out them. Everyday was a struggle to leave the hospital, as I would always leave crying. My babies were born 8 weeks early. My twins came home from the hospital on the day they were meant to be born which was 11th of March 2007. But now my twins are 2 and a half years old and you would never even know that they where premature. My little girl is still as beautiful as she was when I first saw her. My little boy has changed so much. He looked just like me when he was born but now he is the splitting image of his dad. When he was that age you would of thought it was the same person.

Having twins is not easy. If you do not have the support from your family and friends you will find it so hard. I am now thinking of having another baby. But hope I do not have twins again, as I would love to just see how it feels to just look after one baby.

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