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,
- 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..