How a Twin Pregnancy Is Different
on Oct 27, 2012
by Alyssia Granger
If you are pregnant with twins, you might be wondering how a twin pregnancy is different from a single birth pregnancy. Let's explore the differences.
If you are pregnant with twins, you might be wondering how a twin pregnancy is different from a single birth pregnancy. Whether this is your first pregnancy or not, there are a few things that you need to know about how it might be a different experience. Today we are going to talk about the differences that might exist when you are growing two babies instead of just one. You might think that a twin pregnancy would be a whole lot different than a single one, but most women say there are just a few minor differences. Let’s talk about those. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
While we won’t go as far as to say that your pregnancy symptoms are doubled when you are carrying twins, it is common to experience more symptoms or increased symptoms when you are pregnant with twins. This goes for morning sickness, as well as weight gain, fatigue, and edema (swelling). It is just science- two babies growing in there make for more symptoms for mom than one baby! So, expect to experience all the ups and downs of pregnancy a little more when you are carrying two.
It is no surprise that women who are carrying twins will spend more time at the doctor. Twins are considered a high risk pregnancy, so you will have more doctor’s visits. This also could mean more ultrasounds though, so that is a few extra chances to see your little ones in the womb. Doctor’s visits will also be more frequent because you will need extra monitoring since moms of twins are often at a higher risk for gestational hypertension and gestational diabetes, as well as preeclampsia.
Twin pregnancies rarely make it to 40 weeks gestation like many single births. In fact, most twin pregnancies end between 36 and 37 weeks. This is not always a bad thing, however, since it will give you a chance to meet your bundles of joy sooner! You should also keep in mind however, that since twin births have a higher chance of being in the breech position, and C-sections are also way more common with moms of twins.
Of course, some women feel exactly the same or even better with a twin pregnancy. Some women notice no differences at all. Scientists are still researching to find out more scientific differences between twin pregnancies and singleton ones. As of right now, these are the main differences that science has found in the differences in carrying twins!
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Alyssia is mom to 2 giggley twin girls, Sophia and Emma, and son Hunter. She's a Southern girl, passionate about photography, travel and her husband Josh.