What To Expect From A Twin Pregnancy: ABC’s Of Multiple Birth
Imagine wishing and trying for one baby and ending up with two!
Statistics show that there has been an increase in twin pregnancy the past
few years and this short guide should answer any questions you have to
giving birth to multiples!
How do twins begin?
There are two
kinds of twins: identical twins and fraternal twins. In the case of
identical twins, the egg is fertilized and then splits into two cells.
Each cell carries identical DNA and so both children will look exactly the
same with only slight differences such as height or birthmarks. Fraternal
twins are not identical. Instead of having one egg that splits into two,
there are two eggs that are fertilized by two different sperm at the same
time so they could be of two different sexes with different physical
Early signs of twin pregnancy
An early sign of
twin pregnancy is excessive morning sickness and extreme fatigue. Morning
sickness is common with all pregnant mothers but those who are giving
birth to multiples tend to experience more morning sickness than usual.
Exhaustion is another early sign of twin pregnancy. Again, it is not
uncommon for pregnant women to be more tired than usual but those who are
having twins tend to undergo enhanced exhaustion. Twins are hereditary and
so if you are feeling excessively tired, are often nauseous and twins run
in your family, you very well could be giving birth to
Twin pregnancy facts
With twins, you’ll have to
prepare for double the trouble! This means you will probably be gaining
more weight than with a single pregnancy. Due to this extra weight, a
pregnancy with twins can often be more uncomfortable – severe exhaustion,
stronger backaches and headaches, etc. So get plenty of sleep and rest.
Try a pregnancy massage, a great stress reliever to those giving birth to
multiples. Also be prepared for a possible c-section, as with multiples
this is the more common way of giving birth. Because a twin pregnancy is
considered a high risk pregnancy, you will probably need to consult your
obstetrician more often than if you were having a regular pregnancy. Do
not be fazed as this is quite common with twins.
Having a twin
pregnancy is most certainly a mixed blessing. Whilst having two children
is an amazing experience, the pregnancy itself can be tough so make sure
to take care of yourself.
Article written by Sarah Mitchell from NamesToBe.com
(http://www.namestobe.com/). Here is another article
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