Expecting Twins and Have Preeclampsia/toxemia

Updated on May 10, 2009
J.K. asks from Leechburg, PA
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My husband and i just found out a week ago that we are expecting twins. I am almost 5 months pregnant. I have two other children and with the first pregnancy i had preeclampsia and had to be induced 3 weeks early. With my second pregnancy same thing expect it got much worse and turned into toxemia i was in the hospital for almost 1 month before they finally decided to just take him early. My blood pressure is already starting on the rise and i am afraid that they will take the babies to early because of my issues, has anyone else gone through this. Any advice would be a great help.

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answers from Erie on

As the mom of 28 week preemies - twin boys - who just turned three years old, I just want to congratulate you and suggest that you relax. I can't make any preeclampsia recommendations, as I didn't have that complication. However, I did want to weigh in on some twin info. My OB told me that twin lung development occurs earlier than for singles - an amazing marvel of the human body, most likely because twins usually deliver earlier than singles. In our case (and in several others that I've since observed) the twins were much more stable at each stage of gestation than a single would have been. The only other piece of advice I can offer is to research the NICU options in your area. While I hope that you won't need it, you want to make sure that you have the best taking care of your little angles if it's necessary. Oh yeah, and twins are more than twice the fun so get ready ;)

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answers from Allentown on

Hi, J.! Congrats on the twins! How exciting!

Sadly, most OB's are unaware of the TREMENDOUS amount of evidence showing that pre-eclampsia is actually due dietary deficiencies.

If you google "THE BREWER DIET" you'll come accross a cure for it (at least, for the vast majority of people). Most pregnant moms don't get nearly enough protien. You need a ton while you're pregnant & even more when you're pregnant w/ twins.

Hope that helps some!!!!



answers from Lancaster on

I read a health book about woman who had preeclampsia in her own pregnancy and through her own research, she stopped it in it's tracks during the 2nd one by finding out that in preeclampsia often leads to magnesium deficiency and she asked her OB to look into it, and they supplemented her magnesium somehow (IV, oral? don't remember) and she avoided it.

I remember the woman had to educate her doctor on this, as it wasn't standard procedure or something. Sorry - no specifics, I can probably dig up the book if you want the title. Just wanted to through it out there so no stone was left unturned in keeping you and your twins healthy - congratulations!



answers from Pittsburgh on

Hi J.,

Congratulations on your pregnancy! How exciting! I would suggest that you interview a bunch of different OB's and tell them about your situation and see what they say. I would definitely want to go with the person with whom you feel most comfortable and who has your best interests in mind. Ask around and see what they all - you may be surprised at how similar or dissimilar their reactions are.

Good luck! And congrats again on your pregnancy.


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answers from Harrisburg on

I had twins but didn't have preeclampsia/toxemia. Just make sure you get the best medical care possible. Maternal Fetal Care in Harrisburg is good and Hershey Medical is good too. Babies who make it to 34 weeks have the same long term prognosis as full term babies so you have maybe 12 weeks to go?


answers from Allentown on

Hi J.,

Go to your local health food store and talk to a nutritionist and look up in some books on how to take care of yourself with these conditions.

Good luck. D.



answers from Philadelphia on

Yep, I had preeclampsia and something else called HELLP syndrome with my 1st child. HELLP is *very* deadly! Please look it up and know the symptoms, I suffered for 3 days of throwing up thinking it was a bad tv dinner. When I finally went to the hospital they delivered the baby in about an hour and said if I didn't make it to the hospital I would have been dead in a half an hour. So please look it up and know it.

There's not a darn thing you can do about pre-e. Its the way we were built. Not good for baking babies. If you have faith in your dr., you should be fine. Make sure you have a BP monitor at home and take it a different times of the day. Stay on your medication that sort of thing!

My 1st son was born at 28 wks almost 7 yrs ago. He was 1lb 10oz and it was terrifying, but now he's on his way to hockey practice (literally he just left). My 2nd son I was in and out of the hospital from 24 wks. He was born at 37 wks as soon as the amnio said his lungs were cooked. Because we kept a good eye on things he was 8lbs 1oz. I started with pre-e again, and they took him as soon as they could.

I'm sure you know much of this, but stay off your feet, lay on your left side (that's the side right?), watch your salt, and if you start feeling headaches, nausea, or pain in your side let your dr. know about it! Take it easy at work, you may have to take leave, especially since you're pg with twins!

Also, I don't know where you live, but I'm in Delaware County, if you need OB recommendations.

Good luck!

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