Let’s start off by diving into the first trimester of a twin pregnancy – what you can expect for yourself, what your babies’ development looks like, and how you can set yourself up for a healthy, comfortable pregnancy.
The twin pregnancy experience can vary greatly from mother to mother, which is why it’s so important to attend regular checkups and ultrasound appointments with your healthcare provider. During these appointments, you’ll be able to share any abnormal symptoms you’re experiencing and receive advice concerning diet, activity levels, and medications.
Pre-eclampsia is a complication of pregnancy that usually happens at or around 20 weeks. Some of the symptoms of this complication include headaches, swelling, blurred vision, and high blood pressure during pregnancy.
Pre-eclampsia can strike suddenly during pregnancy, which is why regular doctor visits are important to keep up with. You’ll want to have every chance to pinpoint any potential signs early on.
Babies are rapidly gaining mass and will start to make movements within your womb. As your morning sickness is subsiding, your babies’ bones are starting to harden and take shape, and their eyes are beginning to move behind their lids.
You may notice more achiness and fatigue as your babies continue to get bigger. You’ll start to feel little flutters of movement as your babies are getting increasingly active. Your twins can now hear and are beginning to grow hair!
Many twin mothers start to experience Braxton Hicks contractions during the late stage of their second trimester, which are false contractions the body produces in order to practice for eventual labor. You may notice your babies begin to respond directly to sounds they recognize, and their fingerprints and lungs are reaching full development.
The same mother getting pregnant with more than one set of twins is extremely unlikely. The odds of this happening are around 1 in 3,000. However, having multiple sets of identical twins is much more unlikely than having multiple sets of fraternal twins.
In general, twins can be safely delivered starting at around 34 weeks. Some healthcare professionals will recommend that women carrying twins give birth earlier than the 40-week mark based on the sizes and growth rates of their babies.
If you’ve had a Cesarean section with a past pregnancy, most doctors won’t recommend vaginal delivery with twins. However, the best course of action for the delivery of your twins should be left up to your doctor. They will consider your medical history, the positioning of the twins, whether your cervix stays dilated after the delivery of the first baby, and other factors.
Twins tend to be just as active as single babies in the womb as they develop. During the second trimester, twins will begin to make noticeable movements and even respond directly to familiar stimuli, like your voice.
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