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Twin Pregnancy ~ what to expect when you’re pregnant with twins

You may be feeling like you’re on an emotional roller coaster right now, one minute feeling delighted, the next in floods of tears not knowing if you’ll be able to cope with one (more) baby let alone two! This is perfectly normal and totally understandable. This feeling usually passes after a while, especially when you find out more information and arm yourself with useful tips and advice from other twin parents’ who have already been there and done that! If it doesn’t, please see your GP or midwife for advice.

How will I know if I am expecting twins? The main way is to have an ultrasound dating scan  (’sonogram’) which will also tell you how many babies you’re carrying. Many women ‘just know’ they’re having twins, even before they get sent for a scan.
Signs that you *might* be pregnant with twins include:
  • Feeling very tired,
  • Extremely irritable,
  • Weepy,
  • Having very sore breasts,
  • Severe morning sickness,
  • Looking big for your dates.

Some people find that they have very severe pregnancy symptoms, but others have either very mild symptoms or none of the above. The most accurate way of telling if you are pregnant with twins is via a scan. If you think you have a likelihood of having twins, please see your GP to discuss having an early scan.

 
How long does a twin pregnancy last? Twin pregnancies are said to be ‘term’ at 37 weeks. Triplets  are said to be ‘term’ at 34 weeks. So a multiple pregnancy can be shorter than a singleton pregnancy. However, some twins do go to 40 weeks.
 
Can I be having twins, there isn’t a history of twins in the family? Absolutely! It is possible to have twins without there being a strong history of twins in the family. Especially if you’ve had assistance in some way to get pregnant, like IVF etc. However if you do have a strong history of dizygotic (non-identical or ‘fraternal’) twins in the family you do have a stronger chance of having twins.
Why am I so big for my dates?
This is because twins grow at the same rate as singletons for the first 26 weeks of pregnancy! This rate will start to slow down after 26 weeks.
I’m frightened, everything seems so daunting! Help! You can ask questions on the Twinsonline Facebook Page  and via Twitter www.twitter.com/twinsonline_uk Here you can get informal, friendly advice from other parents and adult twins that have been in a similar situation to you .
Please note if you have any medical concerns please go see your GP or contact your Midwife or Antenatal clinic urgently..

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Feeling your twin babies move.

When did you feel your twins move for the first time?
When did you feel your twins move for the first time?

Feeling your twin babies move.

When will I feel my twin babies move?

If it is your first pregnancy you might feel them move for the first time from around 17-18 weeks, maybe a little later. If you’ve already had children you might feel them move sooner than this ~ from around 14 weeks. It is not unheard of for you to not feel them move for the first time until 20+ weeks. It can be hard when it says in pregnancy and parenting books that you might feel them move from around 17 weeks but you haven’t felt yours move for the first time until later. If you’re worried at all please contact your midwife for reassurance.

How will I know if what I am feeling is my twin babies moving?

When you feel your babies move for the first time it may feel like a tiny ripple or even a slight touch of wind or perhaps a mildly fizzy feeling. You may at first only feel a gentle fluttering or it might take you a few attempts to realise that what you are feeling is them moving inside you. Eventually it will get more obvious as to what is happening and you might even be able to see the movement as you look at your abdomen. As time goes on the kicks will be more prominent and there’s nothing more rewarding than snuggling up to daddy and allowing him to feel them kick him too. (Why should he miss out on all the ‘fun’? :D)

Their movements may form a pattern, soon you’ll establish what a normal days movements is like for you.

You may also start to notice a pattern emerging. They might have times when they’re awake and active, and other times when they’re less active or you don’t notice their actions so much. Figure out what is ‘normal’ for you and your babies.

I’m not sure if my twin babies are moving or their movements have changed, what should I do?

If you find that you’ve not noticed your babies moving for a little while (especially if you’ve been busy going about your day) you might find it helps to lie down for a short period of time and drink a cold drink and see if that helps. If you don’t start noticing movements after a lie down and a cold drink contact your midwife or delivery suite for advice.

If you notice any changes to the amount or way that your babies are moving or you’ve not felt them move for a while get in touch with your midwife, antenatal clinic or delivery suite.  Sometimes when you notice a change in movements it can be that they’re kicking inwards or lying facing away from your front but it’s important not to assume that this is the case, always get checked out to be on the safe side. It also can mean that the babies are in distress or need help so it’s always important to ring and ask for guidance. Your midwife/ delivery suite may want to get you in for monitoring.

For more information check out this article from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists https://www.rcog.org.uk/globalassets/documents/patients/patient-information-leaflets/pregnancy/pi-your-babys-movements-in-pregnancy.pdf

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