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Q&A: Always a C-Section with Multiples?

I’m having twins. Is it inevitable that I’ll need a c-section?

Re: I’m having twins. Is it inevitable that I’ll need a c-section?

The Bump Expert

Not necessarily. It depends on your babies’ size and position. If they are both head-down, then you can deliver vaginally, and many twin moms do. There is a higher risk of complications, so you’ll need to be in a hospital and have a doctor skilled in twin deliveries. When you arrive, you’ll probably have an ultrasound to confirm that your babies are head-down and ready to go. Your labor will proceed much like a singleton mom’s, but when it’s time for delivery, you’ll probably be wheeled into an operating room instead of a regular delivery room. This is in case an emergency c-section becomes necessary for one or both twins (sometimes the first twin can be born vaginally but the second one has to come by cesarean). After your first twin arrives -- congratulations! -- your doctor will check on your second to see if he’s positioned well for delivery. If so, the doctor may break your water to encourage #2 to move along. Your contractions will restart soon (or you’ll get some Pitocin to help them along), and you can then start pushing, just the same way as before. It may only be matter of minutes before you greet your second child!

Q&A: Always a C-Section with Multiples?

I am pregnant with twins too! Congrats! I am currently 29 weeks and do not know if I will be having the girls vaginal or via c-section. My doctor's say it all depends on baby A's (closer to the cervix) position once we get closer to my due date. There is a possibility that you could have the first baby vaginal and then the second baby c-section...(hopefully this isn't the case). Good luck to you and I strongly suggest joining a Moms of Multiple Club in your area. They are the real experts and it is so comforting to hear stories from them. It really is hard to relate to someone just have a singleton.

Binodinks |

Q&A: Always a C-Section with Multiples?

My cousin had twins. She was told that if one may have to have a C-section, they should both have C-sections. Otherwise, you'd have to heal in two different ways, which I think sounds awful!

trueblue85 |

Q&A: Always a C-Section with Multiples?

I along with all of you are having twins and was told that it depends on baby A weather or not I will have a C-section. I just went for my 28 week ultrasound and baby B is in the perfect position and weighs more...when it comes time can they switch which baby is baby A?

svanhorn |

Q&A: Always a C-Section with Multiples?

I have twins and I was able to have a normal vaginal delivery. They did not make me go to the operating room but had extra staff ready in case of an emergency. Both my babies were in the head down position when I went into labor and my doctor said he could manually move the 2nd baby back into position if he rotated after delivering the first.

Mrsc49017 |

Q&A: Always a C-Section with Multiples?

they usually want you to deliver naturally if you can... that said they give you an epidural in case of the need of a c-section... they monitor you prior to delivery if babies aren't in distress and head down delivery is better and has less risk if done naturally... i am pregnant with twins at 26 weeks gestation!!!

Kummer2011 |

Q&A: Always a C-Section with Multiples?

No they can not switch which baby is baby a. Baby a is always the one closest to the cervix.

ktschauner |

Q&A: Always a C-Section with Multiples?

I am 29 weeks pregnant with twins. I am having one boy and one girl and up until 28 weeks my boy was baby a and the girl baby b, however at the the last visit the girl who has been breech until this point moved head down and is now what the doctor is calling baby a. So my twins switched from a to b. I think that baby a is just a reference of which baby will be delivered first.

rissak3 |

Q&A: Always a C-Section with Multiples?

I am also 29 weeks with twins. My doctor has told me from my first ultrasound at 6 weeks (when they found it was TWINS) that I would deliver via C-section because most likely both babies will not be in the correct birthing position. I have ultrasounds every 2 weeks and for the past month and a half, both babies have been side by side in breach position. I go back next week for another growth scan and we'll see if they've moved or not. My kiddos are already 3 lbs and 3lbs, 6 ozs. It's hard to imaginge going 9 more weeks but I'm thankful they are big and healthy!! Congrats to all of you and best of luck!!

joeyk135 |

Q&A: Always a C-Section with Multiples?

I am almost 27 weeks pregnant with twin boys. My doctor told me before we found out it was twins that I may have to have a c-section becasue my pelvis was not wide enought for one baby and then 20 days later we found out it was two. I was only 4 months along when I found out I was pregnant. I hope things change but I haven't heard word from my obgyn or my ultrasound specialist I'm seeing if I will be able to go naturally or not.

KalebIzaakCrabtree |