Twice as difficult? The difference between expecting twins and one baby

The size of your stomach isn't the only thing that makes a twin pregnancy different from a "normal" pregnancy. You can read more here about what to expect when you're expecting twins.

Jenny Jansson

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Reviewed by Jenny Jansson

Certified midwife

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Before we take a closer look at the differences between expecting twins and expecting one baby, we want to remind you that all pregnancies are different. It's not as simple as saying it's twice as hard to be pregnant with twins - even if lots of women might feel like that.

Before we take a closer look at the differences between expecting twins and expecting one baby, we want to remind you that all pregnancies are different. Here's a list of some of the reasons why a twin pregnancy is extra challenging:

  • The stomach is larger and heavier throughout the pregnancy. At week 30 the stomach will be just as big as a full-term pregnant woman's stomach who's expecting one baby.

  • The surge of pregnancy hormones is higher, which can worsen pregnancy symptoms such as fatigue and nausea. This is completely individual and depends on your reaction to the hormones.

  • Complications such as low blood levels, pelvic pain, swelling, and back pain are more common, and there is a higher risk of pre-eclampsia and gestational diabetes.

It's also important to remember that a twin pregnancy is always classed as a risk pregnancy. That's why you'll go for more regular check-ups with your care provider throughout your pregnancy, sometimes as frequently as every week. You'll also have more ultrasounds and your birth will be planned with a doctor.

In addition to the extra stress during pregnancy, the first time as a twin parent can be very overwhelming. All of this combined makes it extra important to get plenty of rest, eat well and prepare for parenthood when you're pregnant with twins. A good way to prepare is to go on a course for new twin parents to be. There are lots of courses all over the country – look on the internet or ask your care provider for tips!

Jenny Jansson

Reviewed by Jenny Jansson

Certified midwife

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