So, you're expecting twins? Congratulations! Are you still in shock? I sure was. The thought of bringing two babies into the world at one time scared the heck out of me, especially since I was already the father of two boys (ages five and three).
I remembered how much work the first year was with both of them, with all of the diapers, the bottles, the sleepless nights, etc I wondered how in the world we were going to do it with two babies? I immediately started stressing out about all of things that we were going to go through once the babies were born. Little did I know at the time that the most stressful part of having twins was already upon us during the pregnancy.
I did not know at the time that a twin pregnancy is not at all like a single pregnancy.With our first two pregnancies, it was relatively low impact for me (I know, all of the women reading this are rolling their eyes, especially my wife). But to my wifes credit, its true. I figured I had about eight months to play as much golf as I could before the birth of the twins, and thats when I would really have to become involved. After all, my work was already done for the time being, right? Boy, was I wrong! There are many things that happened during the pregnancy that surprised me, or that no one told me about. Id like to tell you about some of those things here, so maybe youll be a little more prepared for what happens during a twin pregnancy than I was.
First, pre-term labor is fairly common in a twin pregnancy. I didnt even know what pre-term labor was until it happened to my wife. This was definitely the most stressful thing about the pregnancy, and its something that I dont remember anyone warning me about. Maybe my wife mentioned it to me, but you know how it is, there was probably a ball game or something. My wife went to a routine check-up at about the 25th week of pregnancy. After being gone for an abnormally long time, she phoned me from the hospital and told me that they were keeping her overnight because she was having contractions.
What a shock! I couldnt understand how that could be so early in the pregnancy. The babies were less than 3 lbs. each at the time, so we were both extremely worried. They wound up giving her medication to stop labor and kept her in the hospital for a couple of days. This was the first of four trips to the hospital to stop labor. The good news was that the medication that they gave her successfully stopped the contractions each time, and she was able to carry the twins past 36 weeks.
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