Twin pregnancy – a special moment in time

Flashback Friday time! I’m joining in with Karin’s link up over at Cafe Bebe with this post

EVERYONE knows I am a twin mum because it’s all I talk about! Day in day out. I love it, I wouldn’t have it any other way and I count myself incredibly lucky after years of Trying To Conceive when the big 4-0 had already come and gone – no mean feat in itself but to find out we were expecting twins was possibly one of the most magical moments in my life and one I shall never forget.

So forgive me if I indulge now as this weekend, on Sunday to be exact, the girls will be three which makes this time 3 years ago I looked like this

Photo removed until I get a better one!

Did I hear you groan? Yes, you’re right it’s massively courageous of me to post a nude photo of myself, it’s not quite Demi Moore (damn lighting problems and you can’t get the make up artists these days) but I have checked and rechecked and I can’t see any naughty bits. I see a massive bump and my eyes giving away the strain my body was under during those last few weeks as I waited for a due date that never seemed any closer.

scan of twinsOn my 37 week visit to the consultant I had a melt down, I told her I really didn’t think I could go one day further. I wasn’t exaggerating. I was exhausted, my legs were swollen all the time, I had heartburn, I couldn’t sleep properly and overall I’d had enough and it’s never good when I’ve had enough of something as I want it OVER and NOW.

She listened, intelligent woman that Mrs Singh, and she booked me in for an induction the following week but she said I was more likely to come in naturally beforehand as she couldn’t see me making it that far.

You wanna bet?

Two days of induction, three pessaries later I was in the delivery room having all the right contractions but do you think these two had any intention of joining us? Hell no, they were tucked up so high inside neither of them could descend towards the birth canal.

C-section was declared and in a whir of organisation I was trollied off to the operation theatre and the girls came into the world whether they liked it or not. Daddy almost feinted at the thought of me being cut open and hid behind the sheet acting as a barrier with me but I’m not allowed to tell anyone and he will deny it till the cows come home so don’t bother asking him – got it?

On retrospect, because it’s so easy to look back, I wish I had waited for a natural delivery to occur on it’s own. They were both head down, I’d have had an audience of about 30 people as I gave birth, quite the norm with twin births – it could have been my claim to fame! But jokes aside I wouldn’t have had to stay in hospital with drips, and wounds and major abdominal surgery to contend with.

I have found my pregnancy diary and started to work on it, I hope to be posting it for free download as soon as possible but lets get the girls 3rd birthday party over and done with first and to start with I’m going to have to cancel their Peppa Pig bouncy castle as we’re forecast torrential-all-day-non-stop-big rain tomorrow. :(

First hold of my twins


  1. Karin @ Cafe Bebe
    July 15, 2011 / 11:15 AM

    You ROCK Mari! I just asked on Twitter, if I should post a photo of me in a bit of a “Demi” as I wasn’t sure. I’ve not done the classic Demi but more of an arty farty one with editing & such. What a glorious bump you had! And what amazing girls as well. Happy Birthday to them and congrats to you! ;)

    Mwah xx


  2. Funky Wellies
    July 15, 2011 / 1:25 PM

    You look much better than Demi in that photo! And I love the one of the scan and of you with your babies too. Do not wish to have done things differently, your girls arrived safely, that is all that matters.

  3. Jenny Paulin
    July 15, 2011 / 6:21 PM

    Wow Mari you may have felt crap but you and your bump look beautiful. It’s unusual to carry twins so long isn’t it? I thought they were normally c section? Maybe that’s just happened to people I know. I hope the twins enjoy their 3rd birthday despite the rubbish weather xx

  4. PhotoPuddle
    July 15, 2011 / 7:42 PM

    You just posted a nudey photo – giggle! But seriously, bump pictures are the best though aren’t they? I don’t have any naked ones but did take a bump update picture every week and looking back on them now I can’t believe I looked like that! Our bodies are amazing!

  5. July 16, 2011 / 12:54 PM

    What a fabulous post! You are a brave girl but I’m so glad! Have a wonderful w/e all of you!

  6. July 16, 2011 / 6:53 PM

    Hi, I found you on Mummys little monkeys blog hop. You looked amazing!
    I really wish I had taken more photos of my pregnant body, it’s such a special time. I thought that twins always had to be born ealry and by c-section too. Doing it naturally must be ridiculously hard work! x

  7. Rebecca English
    July 19, 2011 / 4:38 PM

    Gorgeous photos. Getting to 37 weeks is no mean feat. I was so exhausted in those last weeks too. I just wanted it all to be over. Think it is so worth those weeks of pain to get healthy babies who don’t need special care. What size were they? In the photo they look really bonnie.

    • Mari
      July 21, 2011 / 7:59 PM

      They were 6lbs 2oz and 6lbs 3 ozs excellent weights – no wonder the little porkers couldn’t move down towards the birth canal!

  8. helen harris
    September 17, 2011 / 10:34 AM

    thanks for sharing! im also a twin mummy, girl and boy c section @31 weeks xxxxxx

    • Mari
      September 18, 2011 / 7:55 AM

      Nice to meet you! Best of luck with the competition xx

  9. Orlena
    April 26, 2013 / 9:33 PM

    Lovely post but don’t feel bad about the C-Section. I had a section with my first and had to stay in for 4 days (he went to SCBU.) Then no 2 was a normal delivery, as were my twins…but I also had to stay in for 4 days with them as the boy had to go to SCBU too. Ah well, although I was climbing the walls at the time I’m very grateful that all my kids are safe and sound thanks to modern medicine.

    • Mari
      May 2, 2013 / 10:29 AM

      Absolutely Orlena, they are safe and healthy and we are very lucky indeed, thanks for commenting

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