The Complicated Twin Pregnancy I had – Low Amniotic Fluid situation

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Today when I look at my daughters – almost three years old, talking like grown-ups, I tend to forget all the difficult times I have gone through to bring them in this world. I remember when I was pregnant and was once so stressed & depressed about all the risks & difficulties that I had gone through to conceive and sustain the pregnancy and my gynecologist told me – “Once your kids are in your arms, you will not even remember these difficult days at all.”

 

She was absolutely right. I never look back at my pregnancy days in a sad depressed way now. But I would still like to talk about those days to new moms to be to caution them about some of the difficulties that could have been avoided which I didn’t about back then and suffered a lot.

 

I was carrying twins, thus along with other complications that Twin Pregnancy brings along, I was also suffering from Oligohydramnios or more commonly known as Low Amniotic Fluid during pregnancy. My AFI (Amniotic Fluid Index was constantly low ever since the 12th week of pregnancy. This, if untreated, could have resulted in low birth weight for my twins. With a twin pregnancy, the chances of birth weight going beyond 2 KGs is anyways a big challenge, with this condition it could have been worse. Thus my radiologist & gynecologist were always cautious about it.

 

What was done to treat my condition

 

  • I had to increase my water intake to multiple folds. I was asked to keep sipping drinking water throughout the day to keep myself hydrated.
  • I was hospitalized twice during the pregnancy, once during 24 weeks and once during 30 weeks for hydration. Fluids to improve my Amniotic Fluids were injected intra-venous for 2 days at a time to help my condition get better.
  • I was given a powder called Arg9 to mix with water and consume twice a day. This further helped in hydrating me and increasing the Amniotic Fluids.

 

With the help of constant monitoring and all the above-mentioned methods, I was able to sustain my pregnancy till 34 weeks, post which my AFI started to decrease again resulting into an early labor situation. I had a cesarean section delivery in the 35th week and my daughters were born weighing 1.9 KGs and 2.1 KGs.

 

Today when I read the success stories of moms who overcame these conditions and were able to have a vaginal delivery and about places like Sitaram Bhartia Hospital who are cautious from the very beginning and focus on healthy & happy mom & childbirth experience, I feel happy that moms have such options & hospitals that believes not only in good maternal health but also believes in educating them early on to be able to make informed decisions.

16 Responses

  1. I’m sure it must have been a tough time for you and I’m glad it was managed properly by experts. Having a good hospital and doctor is really important at such a crucial time. And rightly said, educating moms is really important to make them aware of the situations that may arise.

  2. I haven’t a had a personal experience but my aunt who had a very complicated pregnancy after 4 natural abortions is all praises for this hospital. The child delivered is now a teenager and even till date, whenever we discuss anything related to child birth or pregnancy, it’s inevitable to mention it’s name.. The team of doctors have really left a lovely impression on our minds.. The couple received sessions for training and all, and I think their pictures while my uncle is giving her a back massage are still put up there..

  3. It must have been a tough time to let go.. But memories of twin pregnancy are much special to cherish..

  4. You went through hard times during pregnancy.. especially twin pregnancy. This blog can guide many how not to.panic n follow medical team to sail through tough pregnancy. God bless you n your lovely family.

  5. Lubna Khalil

    Very informative post. I too faced the problem of amniotic fluid, but worked on it and had a safe pregnancy and delivery

  6. Your gyanae put it in the right way!

  7. It’s very important to maintain good amount of fluid.glad that you have written about it. I still remember the days when we used to be tensed about the reports and trusted our doctors to take the best decisions

  8. zainabraazi@gmail.com

    Twin pregnancies are tough! I was on bed for a long time too! And, somewhat similar situation!
    I would never feel hungry … and even I was hospitalised twice!
    But, yay to being twins mums!

  9. I too had a low amniotic fuild with my second pregnancy almost towards the end and there were no chances of increasing it to the level that I can go for a normal delivery. But I am happy to have good supportive doctor, staff that made the whole process smooth and risk free.
    And yes what you said is right, when we hold these time miracles of God in our arms we forget all the pain in one second.

  10. Yeah we forget every pain just Aftr delivery when we hold baby in our arms, but yeah hell needed that we shud be provided proper knwldge abt deliveries…sitaram bhartia take care of every single delivery issues which every mom will appreciate…

  11. It must have been super tough for you. Am glad you wrote about this and made this informative for other expecting moms.

  12. I can imagine the tough time you went through and yes the right Doctor and the hospital makes a hige difference! Will definitely recommend it to a friend who is due in a few months

  13. What stands out is the fact that your doctor says that once the baby is born, and once they are grown up. You will not remember the tough phases so much as the beautiful moments. Glad you overcame all complications and had a healthy delivery

  14. Beautifully expressed and this topic needs special mention as it it one of the most common issues suffered by most pregnant women. A good gynae who can help overcome such situations is truly a blessing for a expecting mother.

  15. Thanks for this super informative post Shalu! True to the fact we forget all our pains post our babies

  16. when i hear such stories and the way you guys battled it all i feel is God seriously made mother because he can’t be everywhere….and so true hospitals which are cautious and help mothers sail through these hardships are blessings

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