You are more likely to become pregnant with twins naturally when you are in your 30s and 40s.
We all hear that the older we get, the harder it is to conceive, but advancing age may actually increase the likelihood of a twin pregnancy
If you have twins pregnancy you may need extra folic acid.
Women pregnant with twins may need more folic acid to help stave off birth defects.
Folic acid is known to reduce risk of neural tube birth defects such as spina bifida.
Women pregnant with twins will have more visits to the obstetrician
Twin pregnancies require more monitoring than single pregnancies, “We tend to do more frequent ultrasounds for growth in twin pregnancies
if you are pregnant with more than one baby, your risk of having miscarriage is higher than with a single pregnancy.
Its more common to have vaginal bleeding. Almost 30%
Of women of multiple pregnancy report vaginal bleeding compared with up to 20% in singleton pregnancy
Morning sickness may be worse with twin pregnancies.
morning sickness is worse in twins pregnancy because of high levels of human chorionic gonadotropin, The good news is Most morning sickness abates within 12 to 14 weeks of pregnancy — even in twins pregnancies.
Moms pregnant with twins complain of more back pain, sleeping difficulties, and heartburn than moms who are carrying one child. Moms pregnant with twins also have a higher rate of maternal anemia and a higher rate of postpartum hemorrhage (bleeding) after delivery.
You don't feel the babies kicking any earlier with twin pregnancies.
“Generally when you are pregnant with twins, fetal movements become more noticeable at weeks 18 through 20 of pregnancy, and the same is true in singleton pregnancies fetal movements actually depends on whether she has been pregnant before. “If you have been pregnant before, you know what fetal movement is, but if you are pregnant for the first time, you really can’t distinguish the movement from gastrointestinal activity.”
Moms pregnant with twins may gain more weight than moms carrying one child.
“With twins, mothers gain more weight as there are two babies, two placentas, and more amniotic fluid “You also need more calories for twin pregnancies.”
“The average weight gain is 13 kg for singleton pregnancy and 17 kg for twins. We don’t want moms pregnant with twins to gain more than 20 or less than 7 kg
Risk of developing gestational diabetes is higher in twin pregnancies.
“The gestational diabetes risk is higher in twin pregnancy. the biggest risk of gestational diabetes is having larger babies and requiring a C-section delivery
“While gestational diabetes is more common, the morbidity associated with it is less common because twin babies are not big babies.”
Still, moms who develop gestational diabetes during pregnancy are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes later in life,
Risk of preeclampsia during pregnancy is higher in twin pregnancies.
“People really don’t know what causes preeclampsia to start, but we know it occurs more frequently in twin pregnancies Preeclampsia is marked by high blood pressure, protein in the urine, and sometimes swelling in the feet, legs, and hands. It is the precursor to the more serious, potentially fatal eclampsia.
Labor (and delivery) may come early with twin pregnancies.
Most moms carrying twins go into labor at 36 to 37 weeks, as opposed to 40 in a single pregnancy, “Generally, if the twins are born after 34 weeks, there should not be a major concern, “Twins are at higher risk of preterm labor and delivery and have higher degree of respiratory issues.” As a result of being born too early, twins may be born at low birth weights, and such babies tend to have more health problems than babies born weighing more than 2.5 kg
Unfortunately, there is no evidence that bed rest alone prevents preterm labor or delivery in twin pregnancies, and the use of agents to stop preterm labor have not been proven to be effective either
Cesarean section deliveries may be more common in twin pregnancies.
“The likelihood of having a C-section is absolutely higher in twin pregnancies, “There is also a higher incidence of the baby being in breech position among twins than singletons.” When the baby is in a breech position, a C-section delivery is usually required.