POSTS WITH TAG: twins & multiples

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    Twins are such the oddity! Wow! Two babies at one time! How did that happen? The theory goes that twins skip a generation, that twinsing runs in the family. That if you eat a lot of yams you may have twins. That if you do the deed twice in one day it will happen. That if you do the twist after having sex you will have twins. Twins? You must have taken fertility drugs or had some kind of procedure to make that happen. Frenzy! Twins, as it turns out, can be just a beautiful thing that happens. I think it's a lucky thing. Like magic. I have twins. I have a friend who has two sets of twins. And I just learned about this one mom whose twin babies are the fourth generation of twins to be born in her family.

    Melanie Gwynne is a twin and she gave birth to twins. Her dad is a twin. And her grandmother is a twin. Welcome to Twintopia!

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    Sigh. Why in the heck isn't anyone ever satisfied when a gal has her first baby? It's like everyone expects her to pop another kid out as soon as possible, something even the Duchess of Cambridge isn't exempt from.

    And now OK! magazine is reporting that Kate Middleton is expecting twins, which has to be the biggest bunch of rubbish we've heard since ... well -- the last time the tabloids suggested Kate had two buns in the oven.

    Gah. Aren't regular old pregnancy rumors enough these days? I guess the idea of the royal couple giving Prince George not one, but two siblings is just way more intriguing.

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    Plenty of parents wind up having their babies fairly close together in age -- but one mom in the U.K. is getting way more than she bargained for after conceiving triplets four weeks after giving birth to her first child!

    I know. My head is spinning too over the idea of have four babies all under the age of 1 in the span of less than a year. Holy. Moly.

    Sarah and Benn Ward had a tough time getting pregnant with their son, Freddie. They decided to go ahead and start trying for another baby shortly after his birth, thinking it would take quite some time again.

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    Don't get me started on the annoying things people say to moms of multiples. Too many assumptions when we should just be overjoyed a family gets not one, but two, or three, or more surprises when they find out they are pregnant. It doesn't really matter if a woman got pregnant because the wind blew in her direction or if she had to undergo some procedure. Pregnant! Rejoice! Be happy! But there are times we need to point out miracles. Because miracles are, well, miraculous and incredible and are like bright little fireflies on the darkest night of the year. Ready for some light? Let me tell you about Chad Doss and his wife Amanda.

    Chad, 31, had a vasectomy. He has two kids 12-year-old Caleb and 9-year-old Kaitlyn from a previous marriage and he thought he was done. Then he met Amanda, 27, in 2011. She adores his children and loves being a stepmother. But they wanted to add to the family, so a reversal it was.

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    There is rarely a day that goes by when we aren't bombarded with images of celebrities, models, or even fitness bloggers who gave birth three seconds ago and have already dropped all the weight and wiped out all evidence of stretch marks. Look, some women have secret tummy tucks and others are purely and truly genetically predispositioned to lose the weight quickly -- I don't feel there's anything wrong with their enviable selfies.

    But lest we forget that a great many women -- most, I'm going to say -- aren't going to have washboard abs one month postpartum, this amazing and brave blogger and mom of three is here to remind us that we shouldn't be ashamed of our real postpartum bodies. And she's willing to prove it by sharing photos of her own body 11 months after giving birth to twins. 

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    Mom Gives Birth to Twins 8 Days Apart

    posted by Mary Fischer December 11, 2013 at 4:38 PM in Pregnancy
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    Most twins are born within such a short duration of each other that it's sometimes easy to forget which one of them is "older." But would you believe a mom from Bermuda actually gave birth to twins eight days apart? Yep. It's a phenomenon known as a "delayed interval birth."

    Edonna Bean's pregnancy was progressing along normally, and then in her 18th week, one of the twins' amniotic sac ruptured. Doctors in Bermuda were fairly confident that the baby was not going to make it -- but there was no way Edonna and her husband Ryan were going to give up on their babies.

    And that's when Edonna says something miraculous happened.

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    After five years of struggling with infertility, Annie Johnston couldn't help but be hopeful when her sister, Chrissy, offered to be a surrogate for her in an effort to help her become a mother.

    But when the doctors implanted embryos in Chrissy, they figured they'd go ahead and implant some in Annie too. She'd never had a positive pregnancy test in all her time spent trying to conceive.

    She figured she might as well give it one last shot, and guess what? It worked. She wound up pregnant with not one, but two babies. And in a crazy twist of fate, Chrissy wound up expecting twins too -- making Annie a mom of quadruplets. Yep. A surrogate and her sister pregnant at the same time with the one sister's kids. Kinda makes your head spin.

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    Of the moms you know who've had twins, did any of them have a natural birth? I honestly can't think of one twin mom I've ever bumped into who hasn't had a C-section to deliver them. It isn't surprising since the assumption seems to be that it's the best route to go when dealing with more than one baby.

    But a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine shows that twin births can be vaginal, and that delivering via C-section isn't always necessary as long as things are progressing normally.

    Of the 2,804 women who were studied, only 44 percent of those who planned a vaginal birth wound up having a C-section. Moms who had scheduled C-sections, however, had them 91 percent of the time.

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    A mom in the U.K. recently gave birth to a set of identical triplets -- something so rare the chances of it occurring are 1 in 200 million. It happens when one, single fertilized egg splits and becomes three different embryos, resulting in three identical babies.

    Karen Gilbert delivered the baby girls via C-section, and they were premature after being born two months early. But thankfully, Ffion, Maddison, and Paige are finally at home with their parents and 3-year-old sister, Faye, where they belong.

    And while Karen says they are all starting to develop their own personalities -- it can't be easy to tell three identical little girls apart all the time.

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    40-Something Mom of 7 Is Pregnant With 13 Babies

    posted by Mary Fischer September 30, 2013 at 3:20 PM in Pregnancy
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    Remember how crazy it was when we found out Octomom was expecting eight kiddos and we wondered what in the heck it felt like to be pregnant with that many fetuses? Yeah, well an Iraqi mom knows how she felt and then some -- because she's reportedly pregnant with 13 babies.

    Yes, I said 13. As in twins times six plus one. As in a baker's dozen. As in this woman has 13 babies in her womb.

    For reals. A doctor at a hospital in Iraq told reporters that images actually confirm that she has 13 buns in the oven.

    And did I mention she's already a mom of seven -- and she's in her 40s?!?

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