Some Fascinating Facts and Sage Advice for Mothers Giving Birth to Twins

It’s a whole different ballgame bringing twins into the world.

Congratulations, you are about to welcome not one, but multiple humans into this crazy experience we call life. It’s nothing short of miraculous and let’s be frank: it’s going to be a lot of work!

As overwhelming as that approaching birth can be, we are in exponentially better shape when it comes to twins and labor than the old days. Modern medicine has reduced many of the common problems parents have encountered historically.

Couple that with the fact that twins are way more common these days, and there is more information out there on what makes having twins unique, from conception to birth. Here are some key differences, fun facts, and wise words from those who have been the lucky parents.

  1. You are more likely to have twins in your 30s and 40s. Just ask actress Geena Davis, who had twins at the age of 51! After the age of 35, women don’t ovulate every month, and so when they do, there is a chance they can release more than one egg at a time1.
  1. Morning sickness might be more severe with twins. Well, think about it: morning sickness is often the result of trying to feed yourself and the baby at the same time (no placenta yet). If you are cooking double-time, you are releasing more of the hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin, which causes nausea, and, well actual barfing1.
  1. You’re going to need to supplement more with twins. Folic acid is pretty important even with a single pregnancy, but it’s common for women with twins to experience a deficiency in folic acid to prevent birth defects. Other essentials are high amounts of calcium, iron, and potassium2.
  1. You might spot. There’s just a lot going on, and it’s not necessarily a sign that something is wrong. Check in with your nurse and monitor yourself if it happens.
  1. Moms of twins need to take it easy in the third trimester. When you consider how hard your body is working by the last phase of gestation, it’s a good idea to nap daily and keep exercise to strolling and stretching. No lifting, no extra weight like backpacks or shoulder bags, and consider taking your maternity leave a little further in advance of your due date. Some doctors will also put women on bed rest to prevent issues leading up to labor.
  1. They might come early. Twins have been known to surprise their parents and doctors will often induce late twin pregnancies, which they consider to be around 39 weeks, simply because they want to be proactive about avoiding complications2. Every mother is different, however, and so you should talk to your obstetrician or midwife about your specific case.
  1. Twins are a little smaller than the average baby. It’s true! They usually catch up, but because they are sharing resources with their sib and they like to arrive to the party early, sometimes they fall just behind the average curve with things like birth weight, length, and growth rate2. Often twins have caught up to their peers by the age of three or so.

If you find yourself anxious about your upcoming delivery, and studying up makes you feel less apprehensive, you might want to seek out some of these fantastic resources: The Twins and Multiple Births Association: https://www.tamba.org.uk/

and http://www.multiplebirths.org.uk/.

 

 

References:

 

  1. http://www.webmd.com/baby/features/11-things-you-didnt-know-about-twin-pregnancies
  2. http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/pregnancy-week-by-week/in-depth/twin-pregnancy/art-20048161?pg=1

 

 

About Susie Almaneih

Susie Almaneih spent several years during her young adulthood teaching children dance at her church group, as well as other cultural-based activities. Susie now spends as much time as she can giving back to the families in her community. Over the years, this love for community has evolved into a deeper love for delivering positive and creative content and awareness to families of all ages.

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