First Trimester With Twins
This is your first trimester with twins! It's likely that you've only just found out you're pregnant with twins, in which case, congratulations!
Right now, your body is making all of the necessary changes to allow your twins to grow up big and strong, so you can expect pregnancy symptoms that are pretty rough. But these symptoms won't last long, and in only a few weeks you can expect all these symptoms to slow down. Round about the time you start showing!
We've got a detailed week by week breakdown below, but here's a quick rundown of what to expect.
Your Twins in the First Trimester
Your twins are still small, and they're going to stay small all the way through til the end of this trimester. By the end of week 12, expect your twins to be around the size of little plums. They'll be around two inches long, like a curled finger, and they'll only way around half an ounce each! That's tiny!
But even though they're so small, they've got a lot of development going on. By the end of the trimester, your twins immune systems will have started functioning, they'll be moving with purpose, already reacting to outside influences, including each other, and they might even have a small amount of tiny little hairs.
Key Things to Expect in the First Twelve Weeks
- Around a quarter of women experience some sort of bleeding in the first trimester, so if this happens to you, try not to worry. Bear in mind if you do experience any bleeding, it should only be light spotting, so if you experience a heavy flow, cramps, or abdominal pains, always call your doctor.
- Start taking a prenatal vitamin as early as you can. The earlier the better.
- Morning sickness can be really tough with twins, so do what you can to control it. Eat little and often, stay away from foods that heavily affect you, and try and eat as balanced and healthy a diet as possible.
What Pregnancy Symptoms Can I Expect in the First Trimester?
- Tiredness: Getting progressively worse over as the weeks go. Make sure you get rest where you can.
- Nausea: The dreaded morning sickness that hits hard and can take a lot of women out of commission. Bear in mind that morning sickness isn't a guarantee. Some women are barely affected, and some don't even have the slightest hint of it.
- Mood swings and emotional changes: Pregnancy can be tough on you. It's okay to have a bad day, but if you are, try and let everyone around you know. Trust us, it makes things so much easier.
- Cramps: You'll be getting this all over your lower half. We'll go into it on a week by week basis, but you can expect such fun stuff as uterine, round ligament and even regular old leg cramps.
- Heartburn, gas and bloating
- Vaginal discharge: Whilst this is normal, if it bothers you, you can use panty liners. Don't use tampons though, because on rare occasions, this can bring outside germs inside the vagina.
- Linea Nigra: Or the dark line that appears on your belly. This normally appears in the second trimester, but for twins it might appear earlier.
- Food cravings: Try not to deny yourself anything. Eat as healthily as possible, and keep your diet varied, which can be difficult because you might also experience...
- Food aversion: One in two of us will also have problems with particular foods. Sometimes its the taste, but you might also notice that your sense of smell is supercharged. If certain foods are causing you issues, feel free to give them a miss, but try and eat as healthily as possible.
- Constipation: Changes in diet, your body, and your hormones can make going to the toilet a scary proposition. If you're struggling, talk to your doctor, because some constipation medicine isn't safe to be used during pregnancy.
- Needing to pee more often: Or the opposite of the above. This is more likely to become a problem in later months, but you might also experience it now. Again, panty liners are your friend, and make sure you keep drinking plenty of water.
The first trimester with twins can be complicated. After all, this is the period where your body is making all of the difficult changes that it needs to get you through your pregnancy. But we're here with you, no matter how far you are along. If you need a little extra help, just click on the articles below to find out what you're going to be facing, week on week.