Soon-to-be parents are thrown through a rollercoaster of emotions when they find out they're pregnant with twins. Whether this is their first pregnancy or second and onward, being told there are two babies growing side by side within your uterus is shocking. There can be quite a difference when carrying a singleton in comparison to carrying two babies at the same time. Everything you learned about single pregnancies may as well be tossed out the window because twins throw quite a fork in the road.
After the news of twins is released, it's smart to do some research and jot down a list of questions to ask your doctor for your next visit. Considering most twins come early, it's better to have a handle on everything your wondering before the second-trimester approaches. So grab a pen and some paper and start jotting down these questions!
10 ARE THE TWINS SHARING A PLACENTA?
The placenta is a major part of your unborn baby's life and your pregnancy. It's the function that allows your baby to eat, go to the bathroom, and even breathe, according to the Mayo Clinic. Knowing how vital a placenta is, do twins share one or do they have their own?
Well, according to The Bump, it decides on the kind of twins you're having (which is another question to ask). Diachronic-diamniotic twins have their own placentas, monochronic-diamniotic twins share the same placenta (but are in different sacs), and monochronic-monoamniotic twins share both the sac and the same placenta.
9 HOW WILL THE TWINS BE DELIVERED?
It's only natural to wonder about the pain of childbirth. What are the pros and cons of having a vaginal delivery versus a C-section delivery? When pregnant with twins, the same question arises since there are two babies to be born. Do both come out of the canal or is a C-section almost always recommended?
According to Twiniversity, how a woman gives birth totally depends on the individual. From the babies positioning to the woman's health to the views of the doctor — there's no one answer to this question but your doctor will come up with a birth plan to help ease a woman's fears and concerns.
8 HOW MUCH WEIGHT GAIN IS SAFE WHEN CARRYING TWINS?
According to WebMD, a woman carrying one child should gain around 25 to 35 pounds. With that being said, how much weight should a woman carrying twins gain? Well, Talk About Twins explains a woman carrying twins may need to gain more than the expected to make sure both twins are being nourished equally.
They note that women should gain anywhere between "31 to 50 pounds," as long as they discuss it with their doctor. Eating more of the right kinds of foods before the third trimester can really help with both babies' brain development.
7 DO TWINS REQUIRE SEEING A SPECIALIST?
If having twins sounds like a lot of work to you, pregnancy is no different. Although mamas are just eating more and trying to stay healthy and hydrated, some may need to see specialists to make sure their pregnancy is safe and sound.
Seeing a specialist during your pregnancy totally depends on the individual. A good ole fashion gynecologist or obstetrician should do the trick but if the babies are growing oddly or mom is experiencing health complications, a specialist may be enlisted.
6 IS BED REST NECESSARY LATER IN PREGNANCY?
If the unborn babies are having a hard time growing or forming, a doctor may prescribe mom to go on bed rest. And yes, it's as boring as you'd expect. A soon-to-be mama can't do anything but relax, sit, and lay down so that her babies can continue to thrive in a safer environment.
Not every woman carrying twins will be prescribed bed rest. For some women, bed rest may actually worsen their pregnancy, according to Hopkins Medicine, thanks to blood clots and the like. The site continues noting if a doctor is at all worried, they may remind you to slow down a bit and to chill out on the activity.
5 HOW EARLY IS TOO EARLY TO GIVE BIRTH?
When you think about most people you know who've had twins or even a woman carrying twins on TV, most go into labor early (strictly by observation only). Verywell Family notes women who had "preeclampsia, placental dysfunction, and twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome" are also more likely to deliver early.
Some twins are born around the 28-week mark instead of the typical 37-40-week mark, but that's not a bad thing. Twins born early may need a few extra days in the hospital but it's quite normal. Twins born after the 40-week mark is actually more uncommon and concerning than being born early!
4 WILL I HAVE MORE DOCTORS APPOINTMENTS?
Does having two babies at one time mean seeing more than one doctor more regularly? Yes! WebMD explains that carrying twins can cause more complications and concerns, so to make sure mother and babies are doing well, more prenatal visits will need to be made.
Monthly visits are totally acceptable for the first 24 weeks, but once it gets to the 24-32-week range, an appointment will need to be made every two weeks. The longer your pregnancy goes, you'll eventually need a visit to the doctor every week.
3 WHAT VITAMINS ARE MORE NECESSARY WITH TWO BABIES?
Prenatal vitamins are essential for pregnant women. It doesn't matter if you're having one baby or two. However, with two babies, a woman may need more of some vitamins than normal. WebMD notes folic acid is essential in any pregnancy but a woman carrying twins may need more than normal to keep a healthy pregnancy.
For twins, Manju Monga, MD. suggests on milligram of folic acid every day, while women carrying one child typically only needs .04 milligrams.
2 WHAT ARE SOME COMMON COMPLICATIONS WOMEN WITH TWINS CARRY?
Complications can arise in any pregnancy; no pregnancy is the same. Twins, especially, can come with their own complications likes preeclampsia (high blood pressure with child) and gestational diabetes.
Both of these complications can make both pregnancy and delivery a real pain. A woman's body may be so swollen she'll find it hard to even walk. WebMD also notes that women with gestational diabetes are also more prone to having C-sections.
1 WHAT EXERCISES ARE CLEARED TO DO?
Every new mom wants to be healthy throughout her pregnancy. If she remains in good shape and eats a well-balanced diet, her babies should remain strong and continue to grow. But as we all know, pregnancies differ in every woman and each has its own physical limitations.
BabyCenter notes women who are pregnant with twins should still be capable of working out, but it's best to do so slowly. It's also advised to talk to your doctor and to set up a workout plan that they can clear.