8 Weeks Pregnant with Twins
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What's going on with those twinnies?
Your twins each weigh about .04 oz, which is about the size of a jelly bean.
Your babies are moving but you won't be feeling their movement for quick a while yet. Their nerve cells are branching out and their breathing tubes now extend from the throat to the lungs.
8 Weeks Pregnant with Twins
- Find your local twins club or sign up for a mentor with our Parent-To-Parent Mentor Program. We might be able to match you up with someone in your area who can be a great person to meet up with for a cup tea and get the inside school on being a twin parent in your local neighborhood.
- Start taking belly photos. Trust us, you'll regret it if you don't. You are going to be SHOCKED (in a good way) at what your body is about to do. There are many local photographers who even package belly shots with newborn photos. Start to inquire. See…that mentor can come in handy for this too.
- Start thinking about when and how you want to reveal your twin pregnancy. Check out these fun ideas!
- Order your copy of “What To Do When You're Having Two“, by Twiniversity founder Natalie Diaz
5 tips for a better 8th week of your twin pregnancy 8 week sonogram
- Eat small meals often, even if you don’t feel hungry. Be smart about your choices. Remember, you're eating for three. Protein and vitamins. Try to eat things as close to their natural state to get the most amount of nutrients. Think baby carrots and dip. Peanut butter on whole wheat. It doesn't have to be fancy. It just has to fill you up and keep your body going to keep those babies healthy.
- Drink lots and lots of water. Your goal will be almost a gallon a day, starting now will get you used to this.
- Remember you are pregnant. It’s so early, it’s easy to forget you’re 8 weeks pregnant with twins. No smoking. No drinking. TRY TO REST!!! You’re growing humans. Don’t ever forget. Honestly, so many of us are trying to conquer the world before the babies come because we think that the universe is going to turn upside down when they get here. Trust us, it will seem like it, but it actually doesn’t. Pace yourself, please.
- Use a heating pad if your breasts are tender or consider grabbing some Rachel's Remedy. You'll need 'em while you’re breastfeeding. May as well get more use out of them now. : )
- Stay positive! You have so many good things ahead of you we can't list 'em. Even if you don't feel like smiling, DO! Studies show that even a forced smile can make you happier.
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Advice from other Twiniversity moms when they were 8 weeks pregnant with twins
- Rest when you can as much as you can. And eat small healthy meals. – Kristen D., Winsted, CT
- Be honest with your hubby and tell him how you’re feeling, even when it’s awful.
- Ask for help with other children or household chores. – Christina B., Pelham, NC
- Take warm scented baths to relax. – Erica P., Manchester, CT
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Concerns other Twiniversity moms had when they were 8 weeks pregnant with twins
- Getting bigger
- Twins coming early
- Miscarriage as a complication this week
- Losing one of the twins
- Making it to the 2nd trimester
- Overall health and safety of the babies
- Will it be an easy pregnancy (relatively) or more risky?
Questions Twiniversity moms had for their doctors when they were 8 weeks pregnant with twins: 8 week sonogram
- Are the babies growing at a good rate?
- Are twins identical or fraternal?
- When can I find out the gender?
- Can I exercise?
- When should I go on leave?
- Is sex safe for twin pregnancies?
- Is the hospital I've chosen equipped for a multiples birth?
- Is the pulling, tugging feelings I have in my lower abdomen normal?
8 Weeks Pregnant with Twins
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An excerpt from Twiniversity founder Natalie Diaz's book, “What To Do When You're Having Two“
Be honest – what was your first thought when you found out that you were expecting twins? Were you shocked, terrified, overjoyed, or did you feel a combination of these emotions? Were you totally overwhelmed and confused about why you felt exactly the way you did? Even if you were trying to conceive for a long time or knew that twins were a possibility, it's quite likely that you felt a jumble of emotions when you learned the news. This is totally normal. Some people even have a very negative reaction. The truth is that the thought of having twins can be really scary.
You might start asking yourself questions like: How am I going to do this? How will I be able to carry them to term? Who is going help me? Will I ever be able to go back to work? Will I ever get out of the house again? What’s going to happen to my body? Are the babies going to be born healthy? Am I going to stay healthy? How are we going to be able to afford this?
If you’ve said any of these things to yourself, you are not alone. I think that shock is the first thing that any expectant mother feels when she learns that she is having twins, no matter how she got pregnant in the first place. As I already described, I was disappointed when I first learned that twins were in my future. Living in a tiny apartment in New York City, a place that's not exactly accommodating to double strollers, I wondered how I could possibly fit them into my lifestyle. Carrying and raising two babies at the same time was never on my radar. Heck, for years I couldn’t even conceive. How could I have possibly imagined that I could conceive two babies?
REMINDER: Don't forget to take a belly shot! 8 week sonogram
8 Weeks Pregnant with Twins
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