I will never forget the day my hubby and I found out we were expecting twins. First, it never crossed my mind that we could ever have twins, even though it runs in my mother’s side of the family.
I remember when we went to my OBGYN appointment because the night before I was having horrible stomach pains. We already knew that we were expecting, so I thought that there was something wrong with my pregnancy.We went for a check up the next day, my doctor was staring a little too much at the sonogram screen, when she then whispered ” I see two heart beats”. We couldn’t believe it, we were in total shock but excited at the same time. We went from a family of three to a family of five!
Finding out you’re expecting twins can make you feel all kinds of emotions, from being nervous and scared to feeling happy and excited. These feelings are totally normal. Being pregnant with twins is totally different than having a singleton pregnancy. This guide will help you understand and know what to expect when you’re expecting twins. You are not alone!
Congratulations mama on your twin pregnancy and welcome to the twin mamas club 🙂
10 things you can expect when you’re expecting twins
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1. You may experience severe morning sickness
I experienced morning sickness for about two months or so. I felt really nauseous but never vomited. If you are carrying twins or more, you may experience severe morning sickness. Which can leave you feeling drained, and dehydrated. Please, speak to your doctor know if you are experiencing this, so your doctor can provide you with medication to control it.
2. You will definitely feel double the kicks
I just loved feeling my babies kick and move around in my belly. Even though they probably didn’t have enough space, you can definitely feel their individual kicks, which is amazing.
3. Double the hunger
I was eating like every 20 minutes or so during my twin pregnancy (well at least it felt like it). That included drinking some kind of liquid, I just felt hungry all of the time. Thankfully I was always craving fruits and coconut water, so at least It was for the most part eating healthy foods. When carrying multiples you will definitely feel hungrier than what you might be expecting to be. Try eating healthy foods like more fruits and vegetables!
4. Baby A and baby B
Once your doctor finds out you’re expecting twins, she or he will start referring to your babies by calling them baby A and baby B. Baby A is the baby who will be born first and baby B is the baby who will be born last. It’s an easy way to talk about both babies individually. These two letters are inescapable when you’re carrying twins, so prepare to hear baby A and baby B from your doctor in every visit, even though you may already have names for your twins.
5. More doctor’s appointments
Expecting twins only means having to go to more doctors appointments because the babies need to be monitored more frequently than if you are expecting one baby. This ensures that both babies are growing at a normal rate, and that they are both gaining the right amount of weight. There are also more scans performed on you, again to ensure that you and your babies are healthy!
Carrying one baby can make you feel very tired, imagine carrying two! You will get tired quickly and will find yourself that laying down anywhere is your idea of a good day! When I was 8 months pregnant walking was a chore and I was forcing my body to do it. I recommend having small break. For example, if you have to cook, do not stand the whole time, rest in between. It will make you feel much better.
7. Sleepless nights
I would say that after my 5th month of being pregnant with my twins, I could not get a good night sleep. It was just impossible for me. My belly was growing and I felt so heavy. Bathroom trips were so frequent that I could have slept in the bathroom and made it easier for myself. Keep in mind that the more your babies grow, the more uncomfortable you are going to feel. This pregnancy pillow helped me a lot in feeling comfortable while sleeping. I loved it!
If you are carrying twins, you will most likely be put on bed-rest early on in your pregnancy. This could be for a number of reasons, your feet are too swollen (like mine were), you are at risk of pre-term labor, or to alleviate the potential risk of having pre-eclampsia. This article will help you survive bedrest and actually enjoy it!
9. Preeclampsia warning
Carrying multiples puts you on a higher risk to develop high blood pressure and if it’s not treated you can even develop preeclampsia! So just be careful, read and inform yourself about twin pregnancies. I am a survivor of HELLP Syndrome and postpartum eclampsia! Check your blood pressure and just be cautious about it. Here’s a helpful article you can read and look out for the warning sings of pre-eclampsia!
10. Early Delivery
If you are carrying twins you are more likely to give birth before your due date. Most of twins births happened before the 37 weeks. I was lucky enough to give birth when I reached my nine months (36 weeks) but I was 3 weeks earlier than my due date. So just be prepared for an early delivery and have everything ready for your twins ahead of time!
If having twins totally through you over a loop and you don’t even know where to start preparing, I highly recommend the Expecting Twins guide! It’s the ultimate twin pregnancy survival guide! You’re going to have the knowledge of how to survive a twin pregnancy, how’s the labor and delivery process going to be like and what twin products you need to make life at home so much easier! Take a look at the twin pregnancy guide! for more information 🙂
You should definitely read these two articles to prepare for your baby’s arrival:
I hope you enjoyed reading this helpful article about what to expect when expecting twins, I’m so excited for you! Welcome to the twin mamas club 🙂