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Twin Preemies twin momma_xo 2 kids; Ontario 6 posts
8th Jun '12

Hey,
anyone want to shed a little light on what to kinda of expect as my baby girls get bigger? Will they really be delayed? These are my first children so Im not even sure on how a singleton develops. My baby girls are 15 lbs, so im sure there not lacking in that department. I guess Im just wondering about the norm, or if there is even one..



Thanks in advance :)
-C

~RJS~ Stockholm, Sweden 4528 posts
8th Jun '12

How premature were they? Me and my twin sister were 4 weeks premature, I spent a few days in the NICU and had a few difficulties, but I did most things "on time" (as expected).



ETA: maybe you are you asking if twins are delayed? I've heard they can be, but it isn't by much, in that case. Sorry, it seems like you're asking two different questions, Idk, bad reading comprehension rn here

twin momma_xo 2 kids; Ontario 6 posts
8th Jun '12

they were born at 34w , perfect health - they only went to the nicu because the hospital couldn't release them under 35w and i'm sorry about the confusion, What i was trying to say was that I was told they could be delayed, and was wondering if anyone has dealt with it or if its just put out there from doctors as a precaution. Hope that makes more sence

~RJS~ Stockholm, Sweden 4528 posts
8th Jun '12
Quoting twin momma_xo:" they were born at 34w , perfect health - they only went to the nicu because the hospital couldn't release ... [snip!] ... was wondering if anyone has dealt with it or if its just put out there from doctors as a precaution. Hope that makes more sence"


ah okay. I can't help you with that, I only know myself as a 36weeker. I don't know much about children being born earlier than that... Hopefully you'll get your answers from someone who knows :)

** 3 kids; 1 angel baby; Conway, Arkansas 3579 posts
10th Jun '12

My husband was born at 27 weeks when he was born and he was but not for long and my son was born at 35w5d and he was a slight bit

Pamela Heestand Japan 2 posts
16th Jul '12

My twins were born at 26 weeks 2 days. They are now starting high school in the fall. My daughter was 1 pound 10 ounces, my son was 1 pound 15 ounces, 11 and 11 1/2 inches long respectively. My daughter was found to have a grade 3 intraventricular hemorrhage, several blood transfusions for infections, and all the rest of the NICU somplications but was never on a venilator. My son was on a vent for 3 weeks, and had his fair share of medical issues as well. Both were released from the NICU at about my due date; son was 24 hr oxygen, daughter only needed oxygen to feed. Matching apnea and heart monitors for about 6 months. As far as developmental delays- I'd say they were pretty delayed. My son didn't walk until he was nearly 18 months old- didn't even sit up on his own until about 14 months. Motor skills were generally slow, although the girl-child seemed to catch up much quicker. My son's left optic nerve wasn't developing at the same rate as the right so we fully expected him to lose sight in the left eye but because we started with patching and other therapies, he has great vision now; just poor muscle control. He's had tubes in his ears (which may have added to the difficulty walking since he was always feeling off balance), adnoids removed twice, two surgeries to reposition eye muscles to allow him to use his eyes together, (and now wears glasses/contacts). My daughter has had no complications from her brain bleed what so ever. They are both honor role students in school, very "normal" in every other way, shape and form as their peers. Most wouldn't be able to tell that they had such a rough start in life. Step one for you- find a local Mothers of Multiples Club and join right away. They will/can offer you the best hands-on support you could ever want. Step two - once you are involved with a Mothers of Multiples group, ask lots and lots of questions! Many have been through what you are going through and can pass on recommendations for pediatricians, therapists, and whatever else you will need. Step three - check with your hospital/NICU unit for recommendations of support. Our hospital offered a "Parent supporting parent" group. Again, great peace of mind and comfort for the soul.