How will my twin pregnancy differ from a singleton pregnancy?

Pregnant WomanYou will find that you will usually get bigger quicker, wear maternity clothes sooner than with a singleton pregnancy.
You may have more severe pregnancy symptoms (although not all twin mums do) You will be scanned more frequently than with a singleton, especially if you are expecting monozygotic (’identical’) twins who are sharing a chorion.

You’re more likely to be seen by a consultant. Twin pregnancy is also usually slightly shorter than a singleton pregnancy. You may need to go on Maternity Leave sooner than if you were having one baby. However it largely depends on how your pregnancy is progressing and how strenuous your job is.

What happens next? Once you’ve established your pregnant you normally get invited to a ‘booking in’ appointment where you meet the midwife at around 10-12 weeks. In this appointment you will have your blood pressure checked your urine sample will be tested and your weight checked.

Your midwife will take a blood sample to determine what blood group you are and if you are rhesus positive or negative.

You will also be asked about your family medical history and about any previous pregnancies. You might find out very early on that you are pregnant and have quite a wait before you go to your booking in appointment. If this is the case and you have questions for your midwife in the mean time please don’t hesitate to contact him/her or your GP.

If you have any health worries at all, go to your GP, midwife or A&E if appropriate. If you have vaginal bleeding, severe morning sickness, severe or prolonged headaches (especially after 20wks), any sign of swelling seek medical attention urgently.

It can be useful to buy a small notebook to jot down any questions you might have for your health team about your twin pregnancy. Make sure you leave plenty of space to jot down the answers to the questions and take a pen with you!

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