There is a certain feeling of nostalgia you experience when you find out that you are expecting twins. Twins happen in rare cases and it is truly amazing to be expecting not just one, but two cute little additions to the family. Just like there are countless books about pregnancy, there are many more about being pregnant with twins.
Pregnancy with twins is very different than a normal one. There are a lot of things which doctors may not explicitly tell you about being pregnant with twins but which you can definitely find on the internet and in countless books that you might read when you are pregnant.
Here are 7 things you must know about being pregnant with twins:
1. High risk?
The intention behind you knowing this little detail is not to scare you but to make you more careful. There are a lot of risks associated with being pregnant with twins. These include - preterm delivery, preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, etc. This is the reason why you should strictly follow your doctor’s advice and stick to it religiously.
2. Placental care.
If you have identical twins, the twins share the same placenta but if you are expecting fraternal twins, then your babies have different placentas. In some cases, it may so happen that one of the babies may get the shorter end of the placenta which could implicate the pregnancy and require special precautions to make sure that both the babies get the required amount of nourishment.
3. Preterm delivery
Delivering before the expected date is quite normal for mothers expecting twins. While this is a common phenomenon, doctors take sufficient precautions after birth to make sure that the babies do not suffer any complications.
4. More visits to the doctor’s office
You may wonder why the doctor calls you for regular check-ups more often than he does other pregnant women. The reason is quite simple, it is because you are carrying twins as opposed to most women who carry only one baby. You may find this a little annoying, but the frequency of these visits are for your own benefit.
5. You’ll grow quickly
Most pregnant women do not even look pregnant in their 3rd month. But if you are carrying twins, you’ll grow quickly in size. So make sure you arrange for maternity clothes a little earlier than otherwise.
6. Small meals over traditional ones.
Eliminate the idea of “three square meals”. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, while essential should not be the only meals you have during the day. You are eating for three and need to have small meals throughout the day to keep your hunger satisfied.
7. Mixed Emotions
While all pregnant women go through a roller-coaster of emotions during their pregnancy, women who carry twins face emotions of higher intensity. Pregnancy with twins can be extremely uncomfortable at all times and you will probably face more negative emotions than positive ones. Ask for help in such cases and take care of your mental as well as physical health.
But this is not to worry you, because you will take the best care of yourself and your little ones. Stay safe and welcome those babies to the world together!