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!
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 :)