Twin Pregnancy FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions About Pregnancy With Twins

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Finding out that you are pregnant with twins is an exciting but also overwhelming prospect. Because a twin pregnancy has some additional risks and precautions, you may have many questions and concerns. Here are the answers to many frequently asked questions about twin pregnancy.

What's Different About a Twin Pregnancy?

Obviously, the main difference between a twin pregnancy and a regular pregnancy is the presence of two fetuses.

What Are the Signs of a Twin Pregnancy?

Just as every woman is different, everyone experiences pregnancy differently. While some women will experience dramatic symptoms. The thought will cross the mind of almost every pregnant woman at some time: "Could there be more than one in there?" In some cases, the idea may be a passing fancy, yet for others, it is a strong hunch.

What Kind of Doctor Should I See if I am Having Twins?

A twin or multiple pregnancy requires more careful medical supervision than a singleton pregnancy, so choosing the right doctor is an important decision. There are different types of doctors who can provide care during a twin pregnancy.

Will I Have to Go on Bed Rest?

A survey by the National Organization of Mothers of Twins Clubs found that 70 percent of mothers of multiples experienced bed rest during pregnancy with twins or more. However, in recent years, doctors have become less rigid about sentencing women to bed for the duration.

Can There Be a Hidden Twin?

Many women suspect that they are having twins, even when an ultrasound only reveals the presence of one baby. Most likely, they are not having twins, but there are some exceptions.

What Is Vanishing Twin Syndrome?

In recent years, enhanced use of ultrasound early in pregnancy has increased the frequency of diagnosis of twin pregnancy, and unfortunately, has produced a heightened awareness of the phenomenon of Vanishing Twin Syndrome (VTS).

How Much Weight Will I Gain With a Twin Pregnancy?

As you might suspect, a woman who is having multiples will see more of an increase on her scale than if she were only having one baby.

What Should I Wear During My Twin Pregnancy? 

Maternity clothes for moms of multiples can be a tricky issue. Even traditional maternity wear may not accommodate the expansive girth of a twin belly.

Will I Be Able to Work During My Twin Pregnancy?

It will be up to you and your doctor to determine the best course of action depending on your physical condition during your pregnancy.

What's the Typical Gestation for a Twin Pregnancy?

Generally, twins and other multiples are born earlier than singletons.

Will I Have to Have a C-section With Twins? 

The position of the babies and other factors will determine the optimal option for delivery.

Are My Twins Identical or Fraternal?

One of the first things that people want to know about twins is whether they are identical or fraternal.

How Many Placentas are There in a Twin Pregnancy?

It depends! The number of placentas can vary depending on the type of twins.

Should I Take a Childbirth Preparation Class Before Delivering Twins?

Childbirth preparation classes are an important part of pregnancy, an opportunity to prepare for the birth of their baby and as they learn about the process of labor and delivery. However, if you are expecting twins, triplets or more, the traditional class may not meet your needs.

What Is the NICU?

You may hear other parents of twins mention their babies' experience in the NICU. If your babies are born early, they may require hospitalization in a specialized newborn nursery.

After an Ultrasound, My Doctor Said That My Twins Are Mo/Di. What Does That Mean? 

Your doctor is describing the chorionicity of your twins, a classification of how they are situated in the womb.

I Feel Like There's So Much to Do to Get Ready. What Should I Do Before My Twins Are Born?

It's certainly true that having twins will bring some big changes to your life. Here's a checklist of things to consider as you get ready for twins.

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