11 Weeks Pregnant with Twins

11 Weeks Pregnant with Twins

Yay! You’re 11 weeks pregnant with twins! No matter if you just found out today or if you found out a few weeks ago, take a deep breath, we got you covered. Twiniversity was created to ease all fears and anxieties as much as we can. We’ve compiled a bunch of stuff we think you’d like to know about being 11 weeks pregnant with twins. So let’s jump in.

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10 Weeks Pregnant with Twins
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what's going onWhat’s going on with those twinnies?

Your twins each weigh about 0.25 oz, which is about the size of a lime.

Your twinnies are almost fully formed. They’re kicking, stretching, and even hiccupping, although you can’t feel any activity yet.

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to do list

11 Weeks Pregnant with Twins

  • Plan the babies’ budget. If you never even thought about this, I’m extra glad we brought it up. SO many new families just jump right in and end up going into debt just because they never thought about how much they should spend. Good news though, having twins is not twice as expensive. It’s about 1 ½ times as much. BUT yes,  you will still need to pay for two colleges at some point. HOWEVER, if you here of any universities handing out BOGO scholarships, PLEASE let us know! : )
  • Do Kegel exercises. Your pelvic floor will thank you. No matter if you planning a vaginal delivery or are just opting for a c-section from the start, your pelvic floor is going to go through a bit of tough time with two babies laying on it 24/7 for a few months. So Kegel away! If you don’t know what we are talking about, check out this podcast.
  • Start a pregnancy workout. Maybe skip the triathlons for a few months, but don’t neglect staying active. Speak with your OB about a realistic activity plan for your particular pregnancy. Don’t assume you can do it all, but don’t assume you can’t. This is the time when you’ll really need your healthcare professional to chime in on their thoughts regarding your pregnancy in particular.

 

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5 pregnancy tips

5 tips for a better 11th week of your twin pregnancy

  1. Eat light meals. We know you may not feel your best because of morning sickness, but please try to squeeze in a few small meals a day. Don’t focus on the “breakfast”, “lunch” and “dinner”. Eat like a hobbit (hey, we should make that a new hashtag!) If you never read or saw Lord of Rings, Hobbits eat about a dozen times a day. My favorite meal of theirs is elevensies. So go on and channel your inner Hobbit!
  2. Get plenty of rest! PLEASE! We cannot stress enough how important it is to get rest. SO MANY mamas forget that making two babies is hard work. Your body is going through A LOT. Give it a break when you can.
  3. Stay hydrated. A gallon! Yup. I said it. Drink a gallon of water a day if you can. If you have trouble figuring how to measure your water, there are some great water bottles on Amazon to help you with just that.
  4. Wear comfortable clothes. Are you feeties hurting? Your body can change from head to toe, and it’s not all bad, so don’t get nervous. Your feet are the roots to your tree, so treat ’em well. Please don’t wear flip flops, you can trip and they provide NO support at all. Invest in ONE or two pairs of shoes like Sketchers. They will keep your feet cozy, warm (or cool) and protected.
  5. Remember to take your prenatal vitamins, including extra folic acid for twins. Speak to your doc about which vitamin is best for you. Did you know that many insurance companies cover the cost? Yup. So look into that because you have months of these vitamins ahead of you.

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Advice from other Twiniversity moms when they were 11 weeks pregnant with twins

  • Eat more frequently than usual; smaller and more frequent meals have helped keep nausea at a minimum. – Kaylan C., Roswell, GA
  • Talk to other moms of multiples, share your symptoms with your partner, and give yourself permission to take it easy. – Darci F., Chicago, IL
  • Take it easy if you need to. – Kristen N., Ballston Spa, NY

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Concerns other Twiniversity moms had when they were 11 weeks pregnant with twins

  • When will my energy level be back?
  • Ready to get to the 2nd trimester!
  • The fact that I am feeling better compared to weeks 6-9 is great but a part of me wonders if everything is okay. Eager to see/hear their heartbeats again.

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doctor questions

Questions Twiniversity moms had for their doctors when they were 11 weeks pregnant with twins

  • Is there anything I can do for constant metallic taste in my mouth?
  • Suggestions for exercise program going forward?
  • How much weight gain is normal?
  • Should I be taking additional prenatal vitamins?
  • Delivery plan: odds of c-section vs vaginal delivery?  
  • How long can I plan to work?  
  • What can I do for my insomnia?
  • What should I plan for in terms of being able to travel? We have some trips planned and I want to know what I should expect.    
  • Are symptoms subsiding okay?     
  • When will I start showing?

Typical tests that are done  

Chorionic villus sampling (or CVS) is an optional test and is typically offered between weeks 10-13 of pregnancy, when the test results might have a significant impact on the management of the pregnancy. Chorionic villus sampling can reveal whether a baby has a chromosomal condition, such as Down syndrome, or other genetic conditions, such as cystic fibrosis. Ultimately, the decision to have chorionic villus sampling is up to you. Your health care provider or genetic counselor can help you weigh all the factors in the decision.

Typically, first trimester screening is done between weeks 11 and 14 of pregnancy. First trimester screening is a prenatal test that offers early information about a baby’s risk of certain chromosomal conditions — Down syndrome (trisomy 21) and extra sequences of chromosome 18 (trisomy 18). First trimester screening includes a blood draw and an ultrasound exam.

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5-Pack of Pants Extenders

Rachel’s Remedy Breastfeeding/Sore Breast Relief Packs

The Belly Book Pregnancy Journal

Bellaband Pants Extender

Snoogle Pregnancy Pillow

Boppy Pregnancy Wedge

Boppy Pregnancy Support Pillow


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what to do when you're having two

An excerpt from Twiniversity founder Natalie Diaz’s book, “What To Do When You’re Having Two

what to do when you're having two

What is a high-risk obstetrician and do you need one?

It’s not uncommon for an expectant parent of multiples to see a high-risk obstetrician. A high-risk obstetrician is assigned to patients who have predetermined medical issues that might affect their pregnancy. It could be any condition, from a blood clotting disorder like the one I had, to a heart problem. You may also need to see a high-risk obstetrician if complications develop during your pregnancy. At any time during your pregnancy, your obstetrician could refer you for an additional examination. If you do get a referral to see a high-risk doctor, don’t set yourself into panic mode. Sometimes your doctor just wants to get a second opinion or may want to investigate a possible condition further but is limited by the sonogram equipment in their office. Don’t worry until a doctor tells you to worry. Many parents of multiples visit both types of docs. Look on the bright side; you’ll get more sonograms, which will give you more opportunities to see your babies.

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REMINDER: Don’t forget to take a belly shot!

11 Weeks Pregnant with Twins

Belly Shots

Ultrasound Pics

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