Mums who have had twins know how exciting and slightly frightening it is.
There are so many things to consider with twins, especially practical issues like money, clothing and equipment required for twins, how you will feed them and what the pregnancy will feel like.
This guide will answer some of your questions about twin pregnancies and what you can expect.
Will I have identical twins?
The odds of having fraternal or non-identical twins are slightly higher than identical twins. Identical twins occur when one egg splits into two which is quite a rare occurrence, about 1 in every 285 pregnancies produces identical twins.
Will I need to increase my food intake?
Yes, sustaining two babies requires extra nourishment. Unlike women just carrying one baby, you can increase your calorie intake in the first trimester, ideally by 300 extra calories. You can add 680 extra calories in the second trimester and 900 in the third.
You may also need extra vitamins and minerals to take, particularly iron as women who are pregnant with twins are more susceptible to anaemia. More iron is used to support the healthy growth of two foetuses.
Will my bump be massive?
With twins, you can expect to gain anything from 35 to 45 pounds by the end of your pregnancy. During the first half of pregnancy, your doctor will suggest you gain approximately one pound a week. During the second half, you'll be encouraged to gain slightly more.
Because of the additional weight, twin pregnancies tend to be more uncomfortable. Get plenty of rest and put your feet up to avoid swelling and leg pain.
What will carrying twins feel like?
Most women report feeling more tired during a twin pregnancy than with just one baby. You’re likely to experience a sore back, heartburn, less lung capacity and difficulty sleeping.
Don’t lift anything heavy, get as much rest as possible and be prepared to get big a lot faster than you would with one baby.
Could I go into labour early?
There is a risk of preterm labour associated with twins. Your doctor or midwife will monitor the growth, size and movement of the babies carefully throughout pregnancy. Other conditions that can occur during a twin pregnancy include premature rupture of membranes, uneven growth, high blood pressure, preeclampsia, and diabetes. Report anything you are worried about to your doctor.
More than half of twins are born before 37 weeks, so think about taking your maternity leave early.
Will I need a C-section?
Twins can be safely delivered vaginally or by C-section but it depends on the position and weight of the babies, their size and overall health of mother and babies. Your midwife will advise you on what is the best option to deliver your little ones.