If you're here, you either suspect, or you've just found out that, you're having a twin pregnancy.
First off, congratulations! You should consider yourself incredibly lucky. You're joining a privileged club that a lot of women would love to join.
Second. Relax. I'm sure there's a lot going through your mind right now. Primary of which is probably 'Oh god two babies at once how do I do this!' Needless to say, there's an awful lot of support out there for you. Twins are getting more and more common. Your doctors deal with this all the time. Your friends and family are going to be there for you all the way. And last but not least, you've got us.
We're Twinstuff, and this is what we do. The thousand and one questions running through your head right now? We've almost certainly got the answers. And if we don't, our awesome community certainly does!
It's safe to assume that this is going to be the case, because you're here reading about it on Twinstuff.com, right? But surprisingly, early on it's actually really hard to tell if you're really having twins, or if you're just having bad pregnancy symptoms.
The easiest way of confirming you're carrying two babies, and in fact the only way, is to have it confirmed by an ultrasound scan, which is generally not performed until at least the 10th week, if not slightly later.
But if you're early in your pregnancy, or just suspect that you might be carrying more than one, there's a few major symptoms that you can rely on.
There's a lot more symptoms to go through, but remember that all of these are just guidelines. Again, the only way to confirm is with an ultrasound, so if you haven't had yours yet, take these with a pinch of salt.
If you want a more detailed breakdown of the signs that you might be carrying twins, we recommend you read these articles.
Having twins is surprisingly different than having a singleton baby. After all, you've got to remember that we're only really built for having one baby at a time. It's really a marvel that we can actually have twins at all!
The first thing that you need to know, is that almost all twins are born premature. Full term on twins is generally around the 36th and 37th week.
Second, because you're carrying two babies, as well as being born premature, there's a good chance that they're going to be born slightly smaller and lighter than single babies. But the good news is that in the vast majority of circumstances, this causes absolutely no problems.
(That's not to say that there aren't possible complications and issues that can arise, but we'll get into them later.)
Third, a carrying twins can be a whole lot harder on the body. You're carrying a lot more weight, your body is trying to provide all the nutrients that two growing babies need, and you're full to bursting of all those pregnancy hormones. The same ones that cause all those lovely pregnancy symptoms like morning sickness and indigestion. So you're more than likely going to have a lot of strong pregnancy symptoms.
Lastly, and unfortunately, is possible complications. The reality of twin births is that there is a lot more that can go wrong, and that certain types can have significant problems that can cause issues during your pregnancy.
The good news is that the vast majority don't suffer from these problems, and only the rarest types are at risk. (Did you know that there's actually multiple types of twins?) If you want to know more about a particular type of twin, just click the images below.
Your doctor should tell you anything you need to know specific to your pregnancy, so if he doesn't mention any extra risks, it's best not to worry. More stress is the last thing you need right now.
Even if you've been pregnant before, this is a whole new experience. It's a lot more intense than a normal pregnancy. There's a whole lot more going on, both for you and for everyone around you, and there's a lot more to consider.
We touched on this above. Because of the difference in pregnancy hormones in your body, expect your pregnancy symptoms to be significantly worse than anything you might have experienced before. Whilst not all women will experience morning sickness and nausea, being pregnant with twins tends to make morning sickness much more debilitating, and women who have never suffered from morning sickness before find it knocking them down a peg.
On top of this, you can expect to feel a whole lot more fatigued than you're used to, even if you're really fit and healthy. After all, your body is taking care of two babies in there, and that takes an absolutely massive amount of nutrients. So try and eat as healthily as possible, even if you've got strong food aversions.
Because twins are naturally at higher risk than single babies, they're monitored a whole lot more by your doctor.
If you've gone through a previous pregnancy, you might be used to a scan every four weeks or so. But with twinnies, your doctor might want to see you every two weeks, which can increase to as much as once a week later in your term, or if you're carrying mono-di or mono-mono twins.
Don't be worried about all these visits and scans though. They're there simply to monitor the growth of both of your babies, because on rare occasions there can be issues, but normal scans pick these up, and caught early enough pretty much everything that could affect your twins can be cured.
Despite all of the scans and check ups, when you're not at the hospital, expect to be doing a whole lot less than usual.
When you combine the extra weight you're carrying, the fatigue, the nausea, the lack of sleep and all the other issues, you might not feel up to much in your day to day life.
There's good news and bad news here. The bad news is that the first and third trimesters can be more difficult. The good news is that the second trimester is generally amazing, and it gives you a great reason to take it easy, get your life and home ready for your twinnies, and just focus on yourself to give yourself everything you need.
Sleeping when pregnant is hard enough. Sleeping with twins. Well, lets just say that if you don't have problems sleeping, you could probably sell your secret and become and instant millionaire.
There's a few things you can do, but the best thing is to look into pregnancy pillows. If you've never seen one before they're a specially designed pillow that curves around and supports your entire body, making sleeping so much simpler.
Until you really look, you don't realise just how many options there are out there. Firstly, there's a massive amount of twin specific baby products out there, from strollers to diaper bags. And then there's the wonderful opportunities, from baby showers, themed nurseries, all the way to adorable coordinating outfits.
No matter how early or far you are in your pregnancy, our comprehensive week by week guides are here to walk you all the way through the process, hand in hand.
We go into everything you need to know, including what symptoms to expect every week, how your babies are developing, and other hints and tips to help you through it.
Just follow the link below, and don't forget to bookmark or favorite it. You're going to want to come back to it later.
This is probably your first time having twins, right? After all, the chances of having two sets is absolutely miniscule! (We'd know. We wrote an article about it...)
There's a lot to know. After all, they're completely unique. Whether it's the way they're so alike, (and so completely different in their own ways,) your twinnies are going to fascinate absolutely everyone who sees them. That's why you should count yourself lucky to be adding two new members to your family!
If you've ever wanted to know more about twins, we've collected every article we've ever written about them in one place, which you can find here.
This will be an amazing, turbulent, tumultuous roller coaster ride, but it's one that you're not going to want to miss. And once you're done, you're going to have two bright, bouncing healthy babies to love and adore!
It can be hard, but with your friends and family at your side, and regular visits to back here to Twinstuff to find out everything you need to know about your pregnancy and beyond, we know that you've got all you need to be the best mom possible.
If this is your first time here, we'd recommend becoming a member of our community or Facebook Group and joining the discussion. Our members are all active, friendly and would love to welcome you amongst them. Plus, if you've got any more questions and you can't find the answer straight away, they're sure to know exactly what you're talking about.
If you don't fancy joining our members forum right now, you should click here, where you can learn more about the upcoming weeks and months.
Either way, thanks for reading, welcome to Twinstuff, and good luck!