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twins 38 week induction

Im having twin girls in April. My doctor keeps saying they are planning to induce at 38 Weeks if I make it that long. They said there was an increased chance of stillbirth along with other complications if I go to 40 Weeks. Im concerned about the developmental risks for my babies. My doc never even asked if that was what I wanted. Does anyone have any experience or advice on this?
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I'm expecting twins too! Congrats.  My doctor is going to induce me at 38 weeks as well if they don't come before.  From all the research I've done it's totally routine to make sure twins are born by 38 weeks before they run into any type of distress or iugr.  
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I would definitely research routine induction further. What is necessary for some may not be for all. Studies show that babies do need every second in the womb, and that it can be detrimental to their health and brain development to induce early. I'm not saying that anyone who requires an intervention is wrong, I just think we should all do our research. Check out what The World Health Org. Has to say:  http://whqlibdoc.who.int/publications/2011/9789241501156_eng.pdf

I would just suggest that everyone question "routine" medical procedure and figure out if it is right for your unique circumstances.
I gave birth to my b/g twins at 39.3 weeks without any medical intervention at home and have two perfect 10 month old twins :) congrats mama!
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38 wks is full term for twins. My doc has explained to me that as I measure at 40 wks, my body thinks and reacts as though im 40 wks, even tho my girls are only 34 wks. It would be dangerous for a single baby to exceed 42 wks and the same applies (even more so) for multiples.  Discuss it with your doc if u feel unsure. No one can answer u better than a medical professional...in my opinion
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My doctor wants to induce me at 37 weeks, my twins share a placenta. If they had their own placentas she would induce at 38 weeks. I have the same concerns as you, and if everything's going well towards the end of my pregnancy I may ask my doctor to wait till 38 weeks to induce.
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Sori quick question, when have u  all been told about induction? im 30 weeks and so far nobody told me anything....
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Thank you! My doc only gives me a brief explanation every time I ask. I just like to have as much info as I can. I was told they wanted to induce at around 20 Weeks when I went in for the ultrasound.
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I tried to ask today to d doc and have been told (and i jad to insist)theyll tell me closer to d date...and on the other hand he told me im measuring a 40 weeks preg with singleton!!
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While expecting twins
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If your babies are born at 20 weeks they have 0% of surviving...24 weeks is the earliest that they can survive outside the womb.  No doctor would recommend inducing at 20 weeks, so I would ask again.
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Sorry... After I posted I realized the context of your post...:/
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My doctor told me about wanting to induce at what weeks as soon as I found out it was twins at 18 weeks.
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