Pregnancy is an exciting time filled with lots of emotions, as there are undoubtedly many changes taking place as you prepare to welcome a new little baby into your life. If you’re expecting two new additions to your family, you may want to take some extra precautions in order to have the most successful birth possible. On this #BumpDay, we’ve compiled a list of the important things you should know if you’re pregnant with twins.
- You may grow quicker than a single pregnancy. With twins, your belly can grow about six to eight weeks ahead of what it would look like with a single pregnancy. This can cause some discomfort and skin irritation. To combat this, use MD Mom’s silky liquid baby powder on any places that start to chafe and rub.
- You may need more folic acid. Taking folic acid before and during your pregnancy is essential to help lessen the risk of neural tube birth defects, spinal defects, and brain defects in your baby. Women who take the recommended dose of folic acid before their pregnancy and through the first trimester reduce their baby’s risk of neural tube defects by up to 70 percent. For twins, it’s recommended that you get about 1 microgram a day, compared to 0.4 micrograms for a single pregnancy.
- You’ll be eating a lot more. For multiple births, it is normal for the average woman to gain 35 to 45 pounds during pregnancy. Generally, you should expect to add about 300 more calories a day per baby, so that means that for twins, you should be consuming about 600 extra calories a day. A balanced diet during pregnancy includes protein, carbohydrates, fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats.
- Your morning sickness may be worse. When you are carrying twins, you have higher levels of the Human Chorionic Gonadotropin hormone. HCG is made by the placenta during pregnancy and is responsible in part for the feeling of morning sickness. With higher levels, you may feel more nauseous than mothers who are pregnant with only one baby.
- With two babies growing, your rapidly expanding belly and changing hormones can also result in dry skin. As your hormones change, your skin can lose some of its moisture and elasticity. Try a gentle hypoallergenic moisturizer, like our moisturizing balm to keep your skin soft and reinforce its natural defense system.
- You should be especially attentive to doctor’s appointments, screenings, and other appointments. Being pregnant with twins means you are at a higher risk of complications, like developing gestational diabetes or having a cesarean birth. Make sure you are seeing your doctor regularly to lessen these risks. Preterm delivery is one of the most common risks of having multiples. Most mothers carrying twins go into labor at 36 or 37 weeks, unlike single-births, which usually occur at 40 weeks. Your doctor will monitor your risk for a preterm delivery at your appointments.
- Doctor’s appointments will also take longer. For ultrasounds, they usually take twice as long as single pregnancies. Expect to be making more check-in appointments and staying for a longer period of time. Most doctors recommend coming in every two weeks during the second half of your pregnancy.
- Stay away from high-intensity exercises and nap frequently. Having one baby puts a lot of stress on your body, so having two can cause extra discomfort. Make sure to rest often to reduce swelling and leg pain.
As long as you follow our extra pregnancy tips and consult with your doctor frequently throughout each trimester, you should be on your way to welcoming your new twins without any bumps in the road! 🙂