Welcome to the ultimate guide for everyone pregnant with twins!
Congratulations! You’re pregnant with twins! And Twiniversity is here to help. We’ve posted all of our top articles for expecting twins below in a quick and easy guide to get you prepared for a twin pregnancy, twins baby showers, twins delivery day, and all the ins and outs of preparing to bring home newborn twins, and beyond!
It’s an exciting time and we’re so glad you found us!
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- The Best of Twiniversity
- Twin Pregnancy Concerns and Solutions
- Your Twins Home and Nursery Prep
- What Will I Need For Twins?
- Twins Baby Showers
- Twins Baby Registry
- Your Twins Delivery Day
- New Twin Life
- Positive Twin Birth Stories
- Realistic Twin Birth Stories
- Bed Rest with Twins Stories
- Medical Issues Stories
- Learn About Twins
- What are the symptoms of twins in early pregnancy?
- How is twin pregnancy different?
- What to expect pregnant with twins?
- Are twins high risk pregnancies?
- What causes twins in pregnancy?
- Which parent carries the gene for twins?
The Best of Twiniversity
Twin Pregnancy Concerns and Solutions
Your Twins Home and Nursery Prep
What Will I Need For Twins?
Twins Baby Showers
Twins Baby Registry
Your Twins Delivery Day
New Twin Life
Positive Twin Birth Stories
Realistic Twin Birth Stories
Bed Rest with Twins Stories
Medical Issues Stories
Learn About Twins
What are the symptoms of twins in early pregnancy?
The symptoms in a twin pregnancy are the same as in a singleton pregnancy except they are typically stronger. If you would have nausea with a singleton pregnancy, you’ll feel EXTRA nauseous when you’re pregnant with twins. Your hCG levels will also be a lot higher than with a singleton pregnancy but you would only be able to know that with a blood test (which is typically done with reproductive assistance) but even then there’s no magic number to indicate twins. The only way to truly know if you’re having twins is to have a sonogram at your doctor’s office.
How is twin pregnancy different?
Twin pregnancy is typically a lot more difficult to manage than a singleton pregnancy. You may experience typical pregnancy symptoms in a more extreme manner, such as more nausea, more shortness of breath, more high blood pressure. But if this is your first pregnancy you probably will not know the difference — you may feel like this is how pregnancy is supposed to feel! On the converse, just because you’re pregnant with twins doesn’t mean that your symptoms will be hard to manage. A lot of twin moms report that they had typical pregnancy symptoms that can be compared to symptoms of a singleton pregnancy.
However, once you are getting around 32 weeks or later, you will really start to notice how difficult and painful a twin pregnancy can be. Around 32 weeks, your belly will measure about the size of a full-term singleton pregnancy and you’ll start to wonder how you’re possibly going to make it all the way to 38 weeks! Just hang in there and take it one day at a time.
What to expect pregnant with twins?
When you’re pregnant with twins, expect the unexpected. Educate yourself on the warning signs of preterm labor, the warning signs of preeclampsia, and read up as much as you can on what to do to prepare. Our expecting twins class (offered in NYC, Chicago, Houston, and online) is a great way to learn all you need to know to prepare for your twin delivery and bringing home your babies (we also offer an online breastfeeding twins class!)
Are twins high risk pregnancies?
Many twin pregnancies are considered high risk, but not all (some are considered “medium risk” if all is going well). Your doctor will advise if you need to see a high-risk doctor, often found in the Maternal Fetal Medicine unit of your best local hospital.
What causes twins in pregnancy?
Twins occur at random, by reproductive technology, or by conditions that are genetic, such as hyper-ovulation. Learn more here.
Which parent carries the gene for twins?
The mother would be the parent that carries the gene for twins. The gene versions that increase the chance of hyperovulation can be passed down through the mother’s side of the family. Hyperovulation would cause fraternal twins, as multiple eggs are being fertilized at once.
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