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7 Ways In Which A Twin Pregnancy is Different from a Single Pregnancy

  • January 18, 2018
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Twin pregnancy

While you won’t know until weeks after your pregnancy that you’re carrying twins, your body will keep signalling you in its own ways. For most of the part, the symptoms are the same. However, since you’re carrying two babies instead of one, your experience is going to be much different from a singleton pregnancy (i.e. a pregnancy with one baby). Here are some insights of how a twin pregnancy is different from a singleton pregnancy.

1. It’s a high-risk pregnancy 
It doesn’t matter if you’re in perfect health. A twin pregnancy is automatically labelled as a high risk one, mainly because the human body isn’t wired to carry more than one baby at a time. It may be common, but it’s still risky. Your obstetrician will ask you to be extra careful. You’ll be closely monitored at all times and be made to undergo a whole battery of tests to ensure all is well. Just follow the doctor’s orders, and you’ll be fine.

2. Your symptoms will show earlier
Whatever a woman experiences in a singleton pregnancy, women expecting twins experience double of that and earlier than others. Right from intense morning sickness early in your pregnancy to experiencing foetal movement – your symptoms show a few weeks before a singleton pregnancy.

3. As will your baby bump
A twin belly at 32 weeks is as approximately as large as a singleton belly at 40 weeks. That’s to say, you’re a whole 8 weeks early in your growing belly! Get ready for “Oh my, are you carrying twins?!” type of questions from everyone you meet early in your pregnancy. Don’t worry about how large your belly looks – it’s normal, since you’re making room for two babies!

4. Extreme fatigue 
More often than not, during your pregnancy, you’ll find yourself unable to move even one step because of how tired you’re feeling. A simple walk from one room to another, which ordinarily doesn’t take any toll on you, will now exhaust you fully. Although fatigue is a common feature in singleton pregnancies, it isn’t so magnified as it’s in the case of a twin pregnancy. This is because your body is working overtime to provide sufficient nutrients to two tiny humans.

5. Also, more ultrasounds
After the initial ultrasound to confirm your twin pregnancy, you will have to undergo another one between weeks 10 and 14, and one every two weeks after the foetuses have developed to closely monitor their growth, development and position. By the time you’re near your due date, you’ll have enough ultrasound scans to fill up a little photo diary! (Please note: gender determination of the foetus via ultrasound or any other method is illegal in India.)

6. But, less exercise!
While women pregnant with a single baby are told to get as much exercise as they can, women expecting twins are told to let exercise go completely. As mentioned earlier, from its early weeks, a twin pregnancy will start to take a toll on your energy levels, making you feel too exhausted all the time. Moreover, since twin pregnancies are considered to be high-risk, your doctor will recommend you to limit your exercise or even skip it entirely, especially if you’re experiencing high fatigue.

7. Be ready to deliver early
Preterm delivery is fairly common in case of a twin pregnancy, wherein the babies are born by or in less than 37 weeks. Many factors come into play to influence a premature birth. These include – the babies’ low weight, preeclampsia (i.e. high blood pressure developed during pregnancy), problems in the placenta, and likewise. The best thing you can do is to be prepared for an early delivery – book yourself a bed at the hospital, check your health insurance coverage in case of twin pregnancy, keep supplies ready for your stay at the hospital and for the babies, baby-proof the house, and don’t take up any new tasks! 

7. Be ready to deliver early
Preterm delivery is fairly common in case of a twin pregnancy, wherein the babies are born by or in less than 37 weeks. Many factors come into play to influence a premature birth. These include – the babies’ low weight, preeclampsia (i.e. high blood pressure developed during pregnancy), problems in the placenta, and likewise. The best thing you can do is to be prepared for an early delivery – book yourself a bed at the hospital, check your health insurance coverage in case of twin pregnancy, keep supplies ready for your stay at the hospital and for the babies, baby-proof the house, and don’t take up any new tasks! 

We know it can feel overwhelming to carry not one, but two little humans in your body. But, no pregnancy is without its fair share of risks. And if you follow your doctor’s orders, eat, hydrate and rest well, you should be just fine! Have any more questions for us? Drop them in the comments below. 

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