Finding out you are having twins is an exciting, but somewhat overwhelming feeling. Many mothers wonder how different twin pregnancies are than singleton pregnancies. Check out these five facts about twin pregnancy that a lot of people don’t know!
1. Twins have a lower birth weight, but the mothers gain more weight throughout pregnancy.
Carrying two babies causes women to gain more weight during pregnancy. Women who are a normal weight should aim to gain about 37-54 pounds throughout the pregnancy as opposed to 25 to 35.
2. Extra Folic Acid is a necessity when you are having two babies
Folic acid helps reduce the chance of birth defects, such as spina bifida. The amount you need increases with each baby you are carrying. One milligram of folic acid is the recommended amount for twin pregnancies.
3. The chance of delivering early is higher with twins
More often than not, moms carrying twins go into labor around week 36 or 37. Though most women get concerned when they deliver early, if a baby is born after week 34, there isn’t a reason for concern. Even if babies are born after 34 weeks, there is still a chance the baby will be born at a low birth weight.
4. Morning sickness is more common with twin pregnancies
Morning sickness is caused by the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin, which is higher during twin pregnancies. Even if women experience more morning sickness in their first trimester, the feeling subsides around week 12 or 14.
5. There is a higher chance or conceiving twins naturally in your 30s and 40s.
Conceiving when you are older may increase the chance of a twin pregnancy. Ovulation patterns change as you get older, which means there is a possibility you could be ovulating two follicles at the same time when you’re older.
For information on twin pregnancies, consult your physician.