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Twin pregnancy is very different from what we twins moms call a ‘singleton’ pregnancy.
Most twin moms find themselves Googling their symptoms because “Sarah, Amy and Nichole didn’t have this happen”. I will raise both hands because I was that pregnant lady.
My life long best friend was pregnant with a singleton at the same time and I was constantly comparing myself to her. All of my ‘abnormalities’ made me feel even more like an alien than I already did.
You’re not doing yourself any favors by Googling everything. As you will be saying the rest of your life, its a twin thing.
Here are 13 things you should know about your twin pregnancy:
- Let’s just get this out of the way- you might gain a ton of weight. It’s recommended that you gain 30-50 pounds during your pregnancy. Yes, that is a lot. Yes, that sounds scary to our ever body conscious selves. But that is what comes from growing two healthy babies. I gained 62 lbs by the time I delivered at 32+6. Now here I am, one month postpartum, and I am down 54 pounds of that.
- How big you get is dependent on your torso. I was so anxious in the beginning when I saw how big some moms got during their pregnancies. My jaw actually dropped at some. But after the 20 week mark when we announced our genders, I started getting a ton of people commenting that ‘I was small for carrying twins’. Their comments really hurt me. The comments made me feel like I wasn’t doing enough for my babies to grow well. Then during my hospital stay, a nurse explained to me that I looked small because I had a very long torso. This essentially meant I had more room without filling out for the babies to grow into. Instead of growing outwards, they just found their way into my pelvis, ribs and back! Once they started moving, it was great.
- Speaking of moving, you will feel them everywhere. I would feel toes kicking my uterus, a booty pushing my ribs, and arms karate chopping my sides all. day. long. My baby A was most active in the early morning, afternoon time, and baby B was active at night. Twin pregnancy gives a new meaning to the word full.
- Swelling is rough. Everyone swells at some point, but I was a full blown balloon by week 22. I couldn’t wear any of my shoes, not even my husbands. My pants were tight, sleeves were tight. Everything hurt from the swelling. I never thought it would go away. But let me tell you, a week and a half after I delivered, I was back to my not at all swollen self.
- Heartburn sucks. Start taking Tums now because it’s already too late. Unless you’re one of those lucky ones!
- You might get morning sickness your entire first trimester. I belong to a couple twin mom groups on Facebook and I haven’t come across a single woman who didn’t get sick. Oh and P.S.- it might come with motion sickness. My husband drove me to work most days during the first tri. One day around week ten I felt ambitious and drove myself. About fifteen minutes into my drive I had to pull into the Wendy’s parking lot and puked for ten minutes.
- Another first trimester symptom– exhaustion. You have probably thought you felt exhausted before. Yeah, you were wrong. The level of exhaustion that comes during the first tri will make you think you have narcolepsy. I fell asleep everywhere. I took naps on my lunch at work, fell asleep working, and even took a nap before I drove home once.
- After your first trimester, start getting everything ready. Twins come early. Mine came about six weeks early after being admitted to the hospital at 28 weeks. Start getting everything out of the way now that you’re not so tired and have a little motivation.
- Speaking of early, it is very likely you will have preemies. I know it sounds scary, but my best recommendation for you is to familiarize with what premature means and what the NICU is. My babies were in the NICU for two weeks and luckily they were able to come home at the same time.
- Twin pregnancy comes with a lot of risks. You are considered ‘high risk’ because of it. Gestational Diabetes, Preeclampsia, Gestational Hypertension, Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome, and Preterm labor are the greatest risks. You should learn what they are and what the tell signs of each are. I had a very healthy pregnancy up until week 28 where the swelling grew to my face and hands, and my BP was over 160/105. Here is a list of twin pregnancy risks.
- A c-section is a real possibility. If there are any complications, or baby A isn’t head down, you will have to have a c-section. In those circumstances, a cesarean is the safest route for the health of both you and the babies.
- You will likely deliver in an OR. Sorry, but twin birth is (usually) not a fantasy birth. If you were hoping for a home or water birth, better luck next time. You probably will not find a doctor who will agree to a natural, drug free birth because of what could happen between baby A and B.
- Lastly, you will miss this. As much as the pregnancy sucked (let’s be real, it was horrible) I started missing it the very next day. I missed feeling their kicks. I missed feeling their hiccups. I missed holding my belly while I walked and slept. I missed keeping them safe inside of me the most. Even though I have them now to hold and love on, it isn’t the same as feeling their love from inside.
Rosemary Moncur says
I just wanted to leave a comment saying not everyone has all of the above. I am 35 weeks pregnant with twins and yes it’s been a very hard pregnancy and nothing like a single pregnancy but I have not been sick once. Felt a bit queasy and very tired in first trimester but was never sick. Also I have only had a little swelling in my feet, everything else is fine. Having a planned section at 37 weeks, just desperate now for it all to be over.
Congratulations on making it so far in your twin pregnancy! Getting to where you are I am sure has not been easy, and that is awesome that you haven’t felt the worst of symptoms. I totally understand the feeling of just wanting it to be over. But you are almost there! Enjoy those little ones!
I haven’t found that much information about twin pregnancy, it’s weird! So I am truly happy to read about your experiences! Thank you so much for sharing! I am on week 20, next ultrasound in a couple days and can’t wait to see how the babies have grown and to maybe get the genders too! My twin pregnancy has been pretty much as you described, rough to not say the least! I have two kids from before and the pregnancy with them was a walk in the park comparing to this! Haha. Wintery greetings all the way from Finland! Hope you and your twin miracles are doing great! 🙂
Oh gosh! Well I am so happy to help you! Feel free to shoot me an email or DM on instagram with any questions. I am happy to help! @twinsandcoffeepnw
Luckily with my twin pregnancy I haven’t had any sickness at all! The exhaustion though.. that’s definitely a real thing! I guess every pregnancy is different but these are good tips, especially for first time mommas!
I’m going to recommend this link to all the mamas who fear everything or believe in western medicine.
For the rest of us, we believe in our bodies and know home/ birth center births are possible. Breach is just another variation of normal and you can make it to 37 weeks.
We know our bodies don’t fail us.
Hello and thank you for your opinion! As someone who spent an entire month in the hospital on bed rest due to severe Pre-Eclampsia prior to my twin’s premature birth, I cannot recommend home birth options. I had a completely healthy pregnancy up until that point and ended up delivering my premature twins at 32 weeks which required an advanced NICU stay. Twin pregnancies can have a lot more complications than singleton pregnancies and while the extremes do not happen in every case, one should always look at all of the possibilities.