Welcome back or hello for the first time! Congratulations on being 9 weeks pregnant with twins. I know, it’s all so new. It’s exciting and scary. We feel ya! Twiniversity is filled with hundreds of thousands of twin moms and dads from around the galaxy (earth predominantly) but we are pretty sure even with people on other planets find out there is a bonus bun in the oven, they get freaked out too.
What we have below for you is your one-stop shop for all things you’ll need when you’re 9 weeks pregnant with twins. You’ll find that we have a page like this for each week of your pregnancy so don’t forget to come back week after week, after week, after week, after week…ahhhh you get the point. Even though you’ve graduated out of being 8 weeks pregnant with twins, you should go back and check it out. We don’t want you to miss anything.
All kidding aside, we have compiled what pregnant (with twins!) women need to know when they are this far along in their pregnancies. You’ll find your weekly to-do list, pregnancy tips, pregnancy concerns, questions to ask your doctor, advice from other pregnant moms of twins, and tons of other info below to help you through this week in your twins pregnancy. So get to it and enjoy!
- 9 weeks pregnant video
- What’s going on with those twinnies?
- To-do list
- 5 tips for a better 9th week
- Advice from other twin moms
- Concerns other twin moms had
- Questions twins moms had for their doctor
- Product recommendations
- An excerpt from “What To Do When You’re Having Two”
- Belly shots of 9 weeks pregnant with twins
- Ultrasound photos of 9 weeks pregnant with twins
- Articles you should read this week
- Videos to check out
- Register for class
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9 weeks pregnant video
What’s going on with those twinnies?
At 9 weeks, the babies are far from being fully formed. Your twins each weigh about .07 oz, which is about the size of a cherry. They are continuing to grow and are gaining weight rapidly!
The arms and legs your twinnies aren’t noticeable yet, and they look more like teeny tiny beans. The hearts are beating healthily! Yay!
Your twinnies’ basic physiology is in place and their embryonic tails have disappeared. You should have two .9 inch long babies. Tiny! They each weigh just a fraction of an ounce but they are about to start gaining weight fast.
- Research local moms of multiples clubs. A good place to start is the club search on the Multiples of America website.
- Continue scheduling prenatal visits with your doctor!
- If you’ve already committed to your OB, research the local hospital he/she has privileges to delivery your babies at. If you are still looking for an OB, maybe research hospitals FIRST if you have a selection. You will ideally want to choose one with at least a Level 3 NICU. If your babies come early and you are at a hospital without a Level 3 NICU they may need to be transferred to another hospital, which means you won’t be able to see them until you are discharged. If your level 3 NICU is too far away, then find out if your doctor has connections to one nearby.
- Look into High-Risk doctors too. Often, twin families need to see a high-risk doc in addition to their regular OB. Don’t worry about it. Everyone is just making sure you have the best care possible. It’s fairly typical for us, BUT ALSO, don’t worry if your doc DOES NOT suggest you see one. Every human is different. It’s not all lumped by age, geography, ethnicity, etc. Every pregnancy is unique and your medical team notices that.
5 tips for a better 9th week
- Nauseous much? This is very typical for your 9th week of pregnancy. Your HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin hormone aka pregnancy hormone) is PUMPING right now and that’s contributing to your queasiness. Add stress and a change in your eating habits and you just added two more layers to the problem. Eat popsicles, eat smaller amounts often, and sip ginger ale, eat ginger candy to fend off nausea. Some expecting moms even find the wristbands that folks wear for motion sickness helpful. Ask your doctor about Diclegis for nausea if it’s just too much for you to handle on your own. Pregnancy symptoms at this point could also include low blood sugar.
- Take naps when you can and go to bed early. Don’t feel guilty about missing the latest episode of you and your partner’s favorite show. You can DVR it and watch it later. Get the rest while you can.
- Try to talk about how you are feeling. Sometimes if you keep it bottled up inside, you’ll erupt volcano style, and no one wins with that. Whenever you feel, good, bad, happy, sad, angry, whatever…. talk about it. So many moms and dads regret not saying what was on their mind in fear of hurting their partners feelings only to find out later that they felt the same exact way. Open up and share. Share your fears, dreams, hopes and wishes for the next generation of your family. Mood swings during pregnancy are very common! No need to worry if you are experiencing every emotion in the span of an hour. At 9 weeks pregnant, your mood swings will be in full force. This is due to a peak in the levels of the HCG hormone.
- Invest in a pregnancy pillow. HOLY MOLY! You’ll thank us for this tip! It’s not nuts to start thinking about clipping some coupons now for basics like diapers, wipes, creams etc. Don’t start filling your house up just yet, but start hoarding those coupons or start your price comparison shopping online.
- Drink all the water. If you think we are going to say this every week. You’re probably right. You have NO IDEA how important staying hydrated during pregnancy really is. This will cause very frequent urination, but it is VITAL to stay hydrated. I’ll spare you the details, but you have to trust me on this one. – mixed with a splash of lemonade or some fresh cucumber slices. Heck, add a literal chunk of watermelon in a tall glass of water if the season permits. There is no wrong way to drink a glass of water. Except standing on your head. That’s probably not a great idea. We’d skip that.
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Advice from other twin moms
- Talk to your babies to assure and calm yourself of nerves, all while strengthening your bond with them to alleviate any fears or doubts you might be having. – Shelley M., Chicago, IL
- Keep eating as healthy as you can, but listen to your food aversions. – Kellie F., Utah
- Relax, you need all the rest you can get. – Alicia S., Henderson, NC
- Listen to your body. If you’re tired, sleep. If you’re nauseous, go into a dark room and try to sleep it off. – Janelle K., Poquoson, VA
- Just keep going! – Hillary M., San Jose, CA
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Concerns other twin moms had
- Fear of miscarriage
- The timing of the birth to make sure I’m covered at work when I have to take leave
- Babies making it to term
- Genetic and prenatal testing results
- That they will be healthy
Questions twins moms had for their doctor
- If I have pain, how can I manage it? (headache, knee pain, etc)
- I’m not hungry? How much should I be eating?
- What are the chances of miscarriage at this stage (after seeing two healthy and strong heartbeats)?
- When will the nausea stop?
- What are some things I can do to fight constipation?
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An excerpt from “What To Do When You’re Having Two“
The best way to come to terms with this life-changing news is to talk about it. If you try to sweep it under the rug, it will eventually come back to bite you. I’m not saying that you have to immediately share it with the whole world (unless you want to) but it’s important that you and your partner communicate openly so that you can both come to terms with the news together.
Yes, this news is overwhelming. Yes, this news is scary. But guess what? This is going to be so much fun! My husband always describes having twins as the, “best worst thing” that’s ever happened to us, and that is completely accurate. When you hold those two babies in your arms for the very first time and look into their tiny little eyes and see yourself, you’ll wonder why you ever worried about anything at all.
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REMINDER: Don’t forget to take a belly shot!
Belly shots of 9 weeks pregnant with twins
Ultrasound photos of 9 weeks pregnant with twins
Articles you should read this week
Videos to check out
Register for class
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