Being a mom of twins, I can relate to the percentage increase in twin births on a personal level.
It was my first pregnancy, and I’m sure you can imagine my surprise when I discovered I was carrying more than one fetus. At 8 weeks gestation, I went into my doctor’s office for complications. The nurse conducting the sonogram was very silent and I waited with baited breath for the bad news that I might be experiencing a miscarriage. After a long silence, she finally said, “Now don’t freak out on me.”
Naturally, I began to freak out, imagining the worst. Then she turned the sonogram screen to my view and said, “I see two heartbeats.”
It took me another moment or two of panic to figure out she meant twins, and then she showed me the little pounding muscles in different spots on the screen. I couldn’t believe my eyes.
Four years ago this month, my husband and I welcomed two identical girls into the world. At 36 weeks gestation they were born only 10 minutes apart, four ounces difference in weight, and completely healthy!
Whether you’ve carried twins or a singleton however, all pregnancies are unique and this edition addresses some of the key post-pregnancy issues we go through. I hope you enjoy this edition of Central Florida Health News magazine, and Happy Mother’s Day!