I have a long story to tell but for simplicity I will keep it short.

I have done all the research on the fascinating subject of maternity and I definitely agree that there is too much intervention in our society. Never mind the unnecessary testing, women just simply do not have a choice when dealing with obstetricians and hospitals...there's usually no conversation, not even an illusion of options given to the pregnant women as to how she wants to go about getting care. Before we even get to writing a birth plan and having them honor it without using threats or scare tactics a woman's pregnancy is far from sacred these days. 

This is my first pregnancy and my husband and I naturally conceived fraternal twins! Exciting right? Well lets take all the bullshit that all women endure and multiply that by two because if you think you're treated like you have a medical condition while pregnant, having twins is like being treated for a crazy disease!!! 

So for the most part I can make choices based on singletons like how I want to be treated until the babies come, the fact that I do not want to be induced and I want to avoid a c-section at all costs... which is hard for twins never mind living in a state with most hospitals having a rate of 36% or higher!

I see twin success stories but I am craving more information on the birth and any tests that are unnecessary versus needed.  Thanks!

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I would love to hear if you have found any more information on this topic. The lack of information out there seems frustratingly limited. I agree, that it would be a good topic for Ricki and Abby to cover in thier next video. I'm finding out on the 21st of January if I'm caring twins. According to my doctor there's a high chance I am. I'm only 5 weeks and my hormone levels are higher than normal and according to my fertility doc this is a sign of twins. Does this mean my plans for an at home natural birth are dashed? It would be great to hear from anyone out there with some information or have gone through this. I also responded to your other post regarding twins...since the info out there is so limited I wanted to make sure you received my response. What state do you live in? I just found out that in CA, where I live, a law just went into affect that says twins are too high risk for midwife at home care. I hope you've found out some more information regarding the topic of twins and natural birth.

I am in MA where there are a lot of twins due to the IVF and such. Mine were natural but idk how that changes the medical perception of it. I have found a midwife who is comfortable with assisting in a natural unmedicated twin birth. The hospital she is affiliated with is very home-like and they have many routine procedures like keeping the babies on the mom to breastfeed after birth, no disturbance, no being shipped off to the nursery. The only thing I need to do is make it to 36-37 weeks to deliver at that hospital, otherwise I will be sent to BOS where their protocol for all twins regardless is to deliver in the OR. 

My midwife is great with my prenatal care however they are still pushing ultrasounds and weekly appointments. I am 29 weeks this sunday so I have a long 8-10 weeks to go, everything has been great so far and I dont expect that to change, but I am definitely more stressed about time and keeping the babies in there than i would be if i were just left to believe OF COURSE its going to be fine! so.. i guess still mixed emotions...

basically it all should be fine, twins are normal for our bodies. diet is probably more important, you need to eat a lot. I gained 25 lbs by 24 weeks. I think about 35 lbs now. its really important to gain early so that if the babies come early they are bigger. dont let your prenatal specialist ignore the importance of your vitamins, extra iron, protein and folic acid with twins is a must (something my OBGYN didnt mention but my midwife did) and to drink about a gallon of water a day. The message is if you take care of yourself and your body and rest A LOT, carrying twins should be no different. 

good luck to you :)

I'm so happy for you to have found a natural and healthy setting to have your babies in. The facility you've choosen sounds lovely!

I'm hoping to get so lucky but my options so far aren't very appealing...there are only two docs in the area that specialize in twins and both are in hospital setting. I was really wanting to have my baby at home with a midwife but I just found out that is now illegal in CA to do.

It's still early in the pregnancy for me and I've been told that even though I now have twins one can get absorbed by my body in the next two weeks so I'm just trying to not stress about my lack of options until I know for sure that I still have two in there on the 21st.

It's been tough though since I'm a planner and always have to have a plan. I'm just looking at this as a growing experiance for me (litterally :-) and hope this will help me be more patient and learn to keep my stress levels low while waiting for an answer to all my questions.

I think you're right on saying to yourself that it is OF COURSE going to be fine. Our biggest enemy is stress and I think the more possitive and stress free we stay the better it will be to keep those babies in there.

Do you think our bodies are made for two babies? I haven't done enough research on the topic yet to have an oppion but I do know a couple friends that had healthy twins with no complications. One of them even delivered the babies naturally with no intervention.

Again, I haven't done enough research but why do you think doctors consider twins so high risk? Do you think it's just fear mongering or the fact that doctors perfer to practice under a scalpel? I know there's a higher chance of the second baby being breach but as long as the doctor is prepared for that and knows how to deliver a breach baby souldn't that not be an issue? I would think it would be even safer given the fact that the doctor is ready for that possibilty.

I think you're right on with the fact that diet and supplements along with taking it easy and allowing your body to rest is the key to a healthy delivery of twins. We've been trying for so long now that I've been supplementing and eating healthy for over a year getting ready to be pregnant.

Getting pregnant with twins wasn't totally unassisted like you but we didn't go through IVF. We saw a fertitly specialist that help me to stimulat my ovaries with an injectable medication. Luckily we didn't have to go to the next step of IVF...I've heard that's very emotional. I was told that twins are twins no matter how you concieve them. There is no medical difference except that since you naturally have twins there's a higher chance yours are identicle since my twins are more than likely from two different eggs.

Make sure you look into whether you are taking Folate or Folic Acid...you do NOT want to take folic acid while pregnant. You body will not absorb Folic Acid the same way and it doesn't get passed through to the babies. Here's a link to an article that explains Folate vs Folic Acid further;
http://chriskresser.com/folate-vs-folic-acid

Also it is dangerous to take iron while pregnant unless you know you are iron defficent. If you've tested possitive for anemia be sure the cause is from low iron. Many doctors jump to that conclusion without ever testing iron levels. Here's an artical that explains it further starting at the bottom of page 11-17;
http://robbwolf.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Episode-83.pdf

Have you been tested for Vitamin D levels? When realized I was having problems concieving I turned to nutrition and diet first. Once step I took was to have my vit D levels tested and found our that they were way below average. I also found out that 50% of our populaiton is below average. Low vitamin D levels can be harmful to a growing fetus. Here's an article on general supplementation that also discusses the need for adaquate vit D levels;

I'm so happy for you to have found a natural and healthy setting to have your babies in. The facility you've choosen sounds lovely!

I'm hoping to get so lucky but my options so far aren't very appealing...there are only two docs in the area that specialize in twins and both are in hospital setting. I was really wanting to have my baby at home with a midwife but I just found out that is now illegal in CA to do.

It's still early in the pregnancy for me and I've been told that even though I now have twins one can get absorbed by my body in the next two weeks so I'm just trying to not stress about my lack of options until I know for sure that I still have two in there on the 21st.

It's been tough though since I'm a planner and always have to have a plan. I'm just looking at this as a growing experiance for me (litterally :-) and hope this will help me be more patient and learn to keep my stress levels low while waiting for an answer to all my questions.

I think you're right on saying to yourself that it is OF COURSE going to be fine. Our biggest enemy is stress and I think the more possitive and stress free we stay the better it will be to keep those babies in there.

Do you think our bodies are made for two babies? I haven't done enough research on the topic yet to have an oppion but I do know a couple friends that had healthy twins with no complications. One of them even delivered the babies naturally with no intervention.

Again, I haven't done enough research but why do you think doctors consider twins so high risk? Do you think it's just fear mongering or the fact that doctors perfer to practice under a scalpel? I know there's a higher chance of the second baby being breach but as long as the doctor is prepared for that and knows how to deliver a breach baby souldn't that not be an issue? I would think it would be even safer given the fact that the doctor is ready for that possibilty.

I think you're right on with the fact that diet and supplements along with taking it easy and allowing your body to rest is the key to a healthy delivery of twins. We've been trying for so long now that I've been supplementing and eating healthy for over a year getting ready to be pregnant.

Getting pregnant with twins wasn't totally unassisted like you but we didn't go through IVF. We saw a fertitly specialist that help me to stimulat my ovaries with an injectable medication. Luckily we didn't have to go to the next step of IVF...I've heard that's very emotional. I was told that twins are twins no matter how you concieve them. There is no medical difference except that since you naturally have twins there's a higher chance yours are identicle since my twins are more than likely from two different eggs.

Make sure you look into whether you are taking Folate or Folic Acid...you do NOT want to take folic acid while pregnant. You body will not absorb Folic Acid the same way and it doesn't get passed through to the babies. Here's a link to an article that explains Folate vs Folic Acid further;
http://chriskresser.com/folate-vs-folic-acid

Also it is dangerous to take iron while pregnant unless you know you are iron defficent. If you've tested possitive for anemia be sure the cause is from low iron. Many doctors jump to that conclusion without ever testing iron levels. Here's an artical that explains it further starting at the bottom of page 11-17;
http://robbwolf.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Episode-83.pdf

Have you been tested for Vitamin D levels? When realized I was having problems concieving I turned to nutrition and diet first. Once step I took was to have my vit D levels tested and found our that they were way below average. I also found out that 50% of our populaiton is below average. Low vitamin D levels can be harmful to a growing fetus. Here's an article on general supplementation that also discusses the need for adaquate vit D levels;

I'm so happy for you to have found a natural and healthy setting to have your babies in. The facility you've choosen sounds lovely!

I'm hoping to get so lucky but my options so far aren't very appealing...there are only two docs in the area that specialize in twins and both are in hospital setting. I was really wanting to have my baby at home with a midwife but I just found out that is now illegal in CA to do.

It's still early in the pregnancy for me and I've been told that even though I now have twins one can get absorbed by my body in the next two weeks so I'm just trying to not stress about my lack of options until I know for sure that I still have two in there on the 21st.

It's been tough though since I'm a planner and always have to have a plan. I'm just looking at this as a growing experiance for me (litterally :-) and hope this will help me be more patient and learn to keep my stress levels low while waiting for an answer to all my questions.

I think you're right on saying to yourself that it is OF COURSE going to be fine. Our biggest enemy is stress and I think the more possitive and stress free we stay the better it will be to keep those babies in there.

Do you think our bodies are made for two babies? I haven't done enough research on the topic yet to have an oppion but I do know a couple friends that had healthy twins with no complications. One of them even delivered the babies naturally with no intervention.

Again, I haven't done enough research but why do you think doctors consider twins so high risk? Do you think it's just fear mongering or the fact that doctors perfer to practice under a scalpel? I know there's a higher chance of the second baby being breach but as long as the doctor is prepared for that and knows how to deliver a breach baby souldn't that not be an issue? I would think it would be even safer given the fact that the doctor is ready for that possibilty.

I think you're right on with the fact that diet and supplements along with taking it easy and allowing your body to rest is the key to a healthy delivery of twins. We've been trying for so long now that I've been supplementing and eating healthy for over a year getting ready to be pregnant.

Getting pregnant with twins wasn't totally unassisted like you but we didn't go through IVF. We saw a fertitly specialist that help me to stimulat my ovaries with an injectable medication. Luckily we didn't have to go to the next step of IVF...I've heard that's very emotional. I was told that twins are twins no matter how you concieve them. There is no medical difference except that since you naturally have twins there's a higher chance yours are identicle since my twins are more than likely from two different eggs.

Make sure you look into whether you are taking Folate or Folic Acid...you do NOT want to take folic acid while pregnant. You body will not absorb Folic Acid the same way and it doesn't get passed through to the babies. Here's a link to an article that explains Folate vs Folic Acid further;
http://chriskresser.com/folate-vs-folic-acid

Also it is dangerous to take iron while pregnant unless you know you are iron defficent. If you've tested possitive for anemia be sure the cause is from low iron. Many doctors jump to that conclusion without ever testing iron levels. Here's an artical that explains it further starting at the bottom of page 11-17;
http://robbwolf.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Episode-83.pdf

Have you been tested for Vitamin D levels? When realized I was having problems concieving I turned to nutrition and diet first. Once step I took was to have my vit D levels tested and found our that they were way below average. I also found out that 50% of our populaiton is below average. Low vitamin D levels can be harmful to a growing fetus. Here's an article on general supplementation that also discusses the need for adaquate vit D levels;
http://chriskresser.com/9-steps-to-perfect-health-4-supplement-wisely

If you have any more information on twins and what to expect please let me know...I'm really concerned that everyone is making such a big deal that twins are high risk. And it's frustrating that there's not much information out there on the topic. Esspecially when it comes to naturally birthing twins without intervention.

Good luck on your next 8-10weeks...I'm cheering for you!

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