Don't believe everything you hear: six common myths about expecting twins
As twin parents-to-be, you've probably heard a lot of different things, but they definitely won't all be true. Read on and we'll unpack some of the most common myths about expecting twins.
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Reviewed by Jenny Jansson
- “You can feel when you're expecting twins.”
Lots of twin parents say that they knew there were two babies, long before they saw it on an ultrasound. There's no scientific evidence that you can feel when you're expecting twins.
“At week 12 you can see you're expecting twins.”
Not true, a twin pregnancy isn't visible so early. During a vaginal examination in week 12, however, you can feel that the uterus is larger than if you had been expecting one baby.
“You'll feel sick when you're expecting twins.”
When you're expecting twins you have a lot of hormones in your body and this affects some women more than others. But you can be pregnant with twins and not feel sick at all.
“You need to eat for three when you're expecting twins.”
The amount of extra energy you need will be different from woman to woman. An extra snack is usually enough, whether you're expecting one or more babies.
“You always have a planned Caesarean when you're expecting twins.”
Not true, half of all twin births are vaginal. Twin 1 who is closest to the birth canal needs to be lying head down for a vaginal birth to take place.
“It's twice as much work when you're expecting twins."
It can feel twice as hard when you're expecting two babies because your stomach often becomes both bigger and heavier than if you are "only" expecting one child. Pregnancy experiences are completely individual.
Reviewed by Jenny Jansson
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