Pregnant with twins? what to expect
When pregnant with twins there are several things you can expect to happen. Of course not every twin mom experiences all of these. It’s important to be mentally prepared for some of the things you could experience with twin pregnancy. Check out my list of essential products to make your twin pregnancy easier. I think twin pregnancy is really about surviving lol, you are exhausted, sleepy, hungry, miserable, and to top it there are many complications so you basically have to take everything easy to also avoid a reason to go into early labor. With twins, there may be two placentas, two amniotic sacs, more blood, more amniotic fluid and more hormones etc hence more side effects.
I barely got any morning sickness with my daughter but with my twin pregnancy gosh it was intense. I tried so many things but none of them worked completely. With twins you are dealing with double the hormones hence the reason why for some people it’s more intense. luckily it went away by 15 weeks and never came back.
Less pressure to exercise
When i was pregnant with my first, i did my intense workouts throughout. However with the twin pregnancy, i did not do as much due to exhaustion and doctors advice regarding complications and early labor. This was because my body was making two babies so it was important to take things easy. Towards the end, even going up the stairs got me super winded, i had to start ordering our groceries online because it became impossible to do a whole grocery trip without being exhausted or starting to have Braxton hicks and pressure down there. Although they did encourage me to continue to stay active by walking and other light forms of exercise.
I had so many doctor appointments especially in the third trimester coupled with having to see a high risk doctor, then non stress tests and blood work. I felt like I was in the doctor’s office several times a week. It was all fun in the beginning but by the end I was over it. The only thing fun was getting to see my babies more frequently on the ultrasound.
High risk pregnancy
You get an automatic ticket to the high risk pregnancy category which means more frequent monitoring. Some OB’s will refer you to a high risk doctor immediately while some won’t. Mine initially said I didn’t need a high risk doctor since everything looked great. However at 20 weeks baby A developed suspected IUGR which is growth restriction so they had me start going to a high risk doctor every two weeks in addition to my regular OB.
Gosh the exhaustion and tiredness was real. From the beginning except for second trimester, i was tired. By 10am in the morning, i was already super tired, i used my lunch breaks at work to sleep rather than eat and at some point had to tell my manager incase i overslept. Hubby and i still joke about how i made a dent on the garage door because i got home from dropping my daughter at school, and was so exhausted. I decided to take a quick cat nap but forgot to put the car in Park till i dozed off and less than 10seconds later i hit the garage door. Your body is growing two humans, so it is definitely expected to be exhausted. Plus the dizziness, there was one of my ultrasound appointments that was taking quite long, i began to feel dizzy and nearly passed out, they had to have me sit, take a break and get some water to relax.
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People will definitely comment on your belly size when they hear it’s twins. For me everyone always said I looked really small to be carrying twins. But i was still bigger than i would have been if it was one baby. I was usually 4 weeks ahead in terms of belly size. At like 28 weeks i was measuring 32weeks lol. For some people your Belly may be really big to show there are two in there. Whatever the case people will comment lol.
You are expected to and probably will gain more weight than with a singleton pregnancy. With my first pregnancy, i gained 17 pounds but with this twin pregnancy, i gained 39 whooping pounds lolll. Although i honestly was not bothered by it, again with so many possible complications, i really just wanted healthy babies and no NICU time.
The office staff will know you
By the end of the pregnancy I knew nearly everyone in the building. I knew the people doing the blood work, security, secretary, technicians etc. You see them so frequently throughout your pregnancy, it is hard not to know them.
Fast belly growth
You will begin to show faster due to your belly growing bigger fast. I did not show super fast but still faster than my singleton pregnancy.
More side effects
With my Singleton pregnancy I barely had any side effects but with this pregnancy I had muscle cramps, morning sickness, swelling, loss of breath as I walked etc.
Possibility of Early or pre-term labor
With multiples there is a high chance of early labor and also risk of bed rest hence why we are monitored more frequently to reduce the chances. We had a scare once when i went to the bathroom and suddenly started bleeding, this was also the same weekend they had told us baby A had growth restriction, so you can imagine the fear we had all weekend waiting for the high risk appointment. The doctors will also have you choose a hospital that can take care of very small babies or premature babies. You don’t want to end up delivering early and have your babies taken to another hospital because the one you are in doesn’t have the capability to care for them.
Double the kicks
You will experience twice the kicks with twin pregnancy. Whenever mine started kicking, it always felt like a wrestling match in my tummy, everywhere was being pocked, some uncomfortable and hard, others tender. Plus a lot of times you can tell who is kicking at what points due to their position in the tummy.
Baby A and Baby B
You will get used to referring to them this way throughout your pregnancy. Baby A is the one that comes out first due to the position while B comes after. Referring to them this way helps to make everything simple and keep everyone on the same page.
Low birth weight/ Intrauterine Growth Restriction
Twins are more likely to be small when born compared to Singleton. From when i became 20weeks pregnant i suddenly had to start seeing a high risk doctor after the ultrasound had shown baby A which was the girl was only in the 7th percentile while baby B the boy was 50th percentile which meant baby A had (Intrauterine Growth Restriction). I remember when my doctor called to tell me and the possibility of losing her. I cried and prayed all weekend while waiting for my high risk appointment. This is one of the reasons you need a village of prayer sisters, i texted mine and they immediately called praying for us. Glory to God, My baby boy was 6 pounds while my girl was 5 pounds and 4 ounces at birth which is a really good weight for twins.
Your birth plan does not matter much
With multiples pregnancy and delivery You lose a lot of your choice in terms of delivery. Your delivery could go anyway no matter what you had planned and depending on the babies positions, chances of them flipping, etc you also have to deliver in the operating room in case something changes and they need to do an emergency C-section so forget water birth desires lol. Most doctors also won’t let you go past 38 weeks. If you ever wanted a water birth or home birth, it is highly unlikely that your doctor will allow that.
It is all worth it
No matter how hard your twin pregnancy is or all you go through, always remember it is all worth it. Seeing their smiles and watching their cute faces is so worth it in the end.