Have you recently been told that you are pregnant with twins? Knowing you are going to give birth for two babies instead of one can be both exciting and frightening. While the general terms of pregnancy apply to singleton and multiple births alike, there are some key differences to be aware of if you’re having twins. Here are a few less known facts about twin pregnancies that may help you prepare:
Twins tend to have a lower birth weight.
As you watch your belly grow and the number on the scale increase throughout your twin pregnancy, it may be hard to believe how you could have lower birth weight babies. However, it is very common for women to gain more, but have babies that weigh less compared to singleton pregnancies.
Extra folic acid is important.
Folic acid is a critical nutrient for the healthy growth of your baby. It has been known to reduce the risk for birth defects like spina bifida. If you are carrying more than one baby, you’ll need to make sure you are getting extra. Approximately 1mg of folic acid for twins.
Early delivery is more likely.
It is not uncommon for moms carrying twins to go into labor before the 40 week mark. In fact, many twins are delivered between 36 and 37 weeks. Remember that by week 34, your babies shouldn’t be at a major risk if they make their way into the world.
Morning sickness is often worse.
Human chorionic gonadotropin is the pregnancy hormone that triggers nausea or the dreaded “morning sickness.” With twins, the production of HCG is higher, which means your chances for experiencing morning sickness are unfortunately much greater.
Choosing a qualified provider is important
It is very important that you choose wisely when selecting an obstetrician to deliver your twin babies. While a vaginal delivery of twins is safe and very possible, you need to be well prepared for a C-section. Consider a provider that has experience with high-risk pregnancies and access to the resources to perform an emergency C-section if necessary.
For more information on having twins, please call North Pointe OB/GYN. We have a team of highly skilled obstetricians that care for women who are pregnant with twins or multiples.