Myheart: I travelled to Cape Town last year and had 2 embryos transferred and now have 14 week old twins. My partner and I just thought that it was such a long way to go to just transfer one and after considering the possibility of having twins we decided that we could manage. I was more concerned about the health risks for them (problems at birth and developmentally as children) but decided that I would just deal with whatever happened no matter what.
When we found out that I was pregnant with twins my Ob. here made it very clear the risks I was facing, in particular pre-eclampsia and premature birth, which spooked me a lot (he wasn’t one to mince his words) and he was certain that I would deliver early. Despite that though I had a smooth pregnancy and delivered with a scheduled Cesarean virtually at full term at 37+3 weeks (38 weeks is considered full term for twins). My babies were 2.6 and 2.9kg so, although smallish, they were a good weight for twins. They didn’t need any extra care at all after birth which was a tremendous relief and have continued to grow and progress well.
I had no real problems throughout my pregnancy apart from minor aches and pains. I didn’t even have morning sickness which was a great surprise as I expected the symptoms of everything to be doubly bad for carrying twins. I did feel hugely fatigued during the first trimester but that’s normal just for one baby. It wasn’t until about week 30 that I really started to feel that I was carrying twins – I packed on the weight at a great rate and suffered badly swollen ankles, not due to pre-eclampsia though. So while I found the last few weeks of pregnancy really hard going being so heavy so quickly and with painful feet, I felt lucky that I had made it that far into the pregnancy with no real issues.
It’s a tough decision deciding how many to transfer but I’m so glad we made the choice we did. We are so blessed to have two healthy baby boys and we have our instant family. There’s no doubt that there was worry in the back of my mind throughout the pregnancy but we just took one week at a time. Every couple has to decide for themselves what is right for them given the possibilities but for us it was absolutely the right decision.
Good luck with the decision you make. I wish you and everyone here the very, very best of luck on your journeys. May all your dreams come true