Twin Pregnancy: 13 Exciting Facts Every Mom Pregnant with Twins Should Know
For expecting mothers, it can be pretty exciting to find out you are pregnant with twins. You aren’t just carrying a miracle but have a double blessing growing slowly and daily inside of you.
A singleton pregnancy is fun, but a twin pregnancy will be a lot more fun as you count down to the time when you get to meet, bond with and find out cute facts about your adorable bundles of joy. Well, you don’t have to wait too long as you can begin to find out really interesting things about your babies while they are still in the womb.
13 Exciting Facts About Twin Pregnancies Every Mother Expecting One Should Know
1) Your chances of a twin pregnancy increases in your 30s and 40s
This time in a woman’s life, might be characterized by a little more difficulty trying to conceive, however it also comes with the silver lining of having a higher likelihood of twin births.
Other factors that increase your chances of a twin pregnancy include:
- Being 35 years of age and above as your body produces more more follicle stimulating hormone, the hormone responsible for the release of mature eggs.
- Women with a history of fraternal twins in the family.
- Women who are tall – about 164.8 cm and above – are also more likely to get pregnant with twins.
- Women who are of African-Americans descent.
- Women who take a lot of dairy products
- Women who have had a few previous births before.
- Women who go on fertility treatments and make use pills and other medications including Clomid, Femera and Gonadotropins
2) You might experience more intense morning sickness
Although not proven, it is believed women pregnant with twins have a higher likelihood of a more intense morning sickness. Since morning sickness is caused by the presence of the pregnancy hormone, Human Chorionic Gonadotropic (hCG) women with twin pregnancies will likely have a higher amount of this hormone in their systems, leading to more intense morning sickness.
Thankfully, most episodes of morning sickness clear by the 12th-13th week, bringing the much desired relief they seek.
3) Twins have a really strong bond which begins quite early in the womb
Lots of people see twins share a special bond and marvel at how strong it is, but did you know this bond starts being developed very early on in gestation – as early as 14 weeks in utero? Yes, twins start to interact from as early as 14 weeks while they are still in the early stage of development.
4) Your twins might fall into any of the three types of twins
Yet more exciting facts for the mom pregnant with twins is that your twins might either be identical, fraternal or semi identical (twins that are genetically alike, but not quite as genetically identical as identical twins.
5) One of the twins can get eaten
A sad fact for a mom with a twin pregnancy is that one of the twin can get eaten. This syndrome, called the Vanishing Twin Syndrome, is actually quite common as only 1 in 70 twin pregnancies produce a twin.
6) Twin pregnancies also comes with some mild discomforts
While uncomfortable pregnancy symptoms are common in all types of pregnancies, even singleton pregnancy, twin pregnancies are more likely to experience them. Some of these symptoms you can expect to find include back pain, sleeping difficulties and heartburn.
7) A twin pregnancy can have different birth dates
It is possible for twins to have different birthdays if one gets born at way earlier than the other- like one arriving at midnight and the other during the early hours of the day. However, in such cases, just one day is usually selected to represent the birth of the twins.
There have been cases though, where the birth dates of the twins could not be merged as they were born many days apart. There have been an instance where a twin was born 87 days apart as one arrived prematurely.
8) The country with the highest rate of twin pregnancy goes to Benin
Nigeria used to hold the world record as the country with the highest rate of twin births with over 4% of it’s births being twin pregnancies, however, Benin has soon over taken this record to be the world champion with 27.9 twins per 1,000 births.
9) You need more folic acid with a twin pregnancy
While a singleton pregnancy needs just 0.4 miligram of folic acid daily to greatly reduce the risk of birthing a baby with defects like spina bifida, a twin pregnancy needs more than twice that quantity and a woman pregnant with twins would get placed on 1 milligram of folic acid daily to get the same protection.
10) Miscarriages are more common in twin pregnancies
A high number of pregnancies end in a miscarriage, even singleton pregnancies as an estimated 10-20% miscarriages have been recorded. However, for a twin pregnancy, the percentage of miscarriage is slightly higher. In 9% of cases, the mom will lose both babies while in 21% of time, she will lose just one baby.
While miscarriage is higher, it doesn’t mean the pregnancy will end in one as women pregnant with twins under more monitoring and may be required to perform a few more ultrasounds to monitor and keep the twin babies safe.
11) You are likely to pack on more pounds
Most women add some extra pounds when pregnant and for a singleton pregnancy you can add up to 25 pounds. This weight gain is more for women pregnant with twins as most can add up to 35 pounds.
The good news though, this this quite is very easy to shed afterwards and usually comes off within 3 months to one year post delivery.
12) You are at a higher risk of gestational diabetes and preeclampsia
Gestational diabetes is a little common in twin pregnancies (2-9%) and brings about health complications like high blood pressure; preeclampsia and pregnancy loss during the later part of the pregnancy.
A few things can increase your risk of gestational diabetes including a history of diabetes, high blood pressure and being pregnant with twins. However, with proper monitoring and care, the pregnancy is usually carried to term and delivered.
13) A woman with a twin pregnancy is more likely to have a preterm birth
You are also likely to have your baby preterm or between 36 to 37 weeks as most twins arrive up to four weeks early.This happens because your uterus has likely run out of space, seeing as there are two babies growing in there and occupying the space.
For twin pregnancies, your stomach swells extensively and your body will induce contractions when your uterus reaches its maximum capacity.
Most twin babies are usually strong enough to go home, however in cases where one or both of the twins are too small or not quite developed to thrive on their own they are usually taken into special care until they are well able to do.
More Fascinating Facts about Twin Pregnancies
- Your chances of having twins increases tremendously – up to four times more if you are a fraternal twins yourself.
- If you are breastfeeding when you fall pregnant, your chances of having a twin pregnancy is nine times higher.
- Twins are more likely to be left-handed and as high as 22% of twins are as opposed to 10% of singletons who are.
- On average, twins get born 17 minutes apart, but some have been known to come later.
- It is possible for a set of twins to have different fathers if the mother released two eggs during ovulation that got fertilized by two different sperms.
- More twin pregnancies get born through a caesarian section than through a normal delivery.