Double joy – expecting twins

Our 10-point twins plan on pregnancy, birth and beyond

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1. Embrace elasticated waistbands

Unsurprisingly, women expecting twins tend to put on more weight than those carrying a single baby. On average a woman expecting one baby gains around 11-15kg. For a twin pregnancy, this increases to 16-20kg, a combination of two growing babies, fluid and placenta.

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2. Clear your diary

Because all twin pregnancies are considered high risk, it’s usual for you to have more antenatal appointments and ultrasound scans. You’ll have regular appointments at the hospital throughout your pregnancy, as well as seeing your midwife as often as every two weeks.

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3. Eat little and often

Side effects like nausea and vomiting can be more of a problem. Eating little and often can help keep nausea at bay.

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4. Report bleeding

Bleeding is more common in twin pregnancies. It isn’t necessarily serious, but women who have any bleeding are advised to contact their midwife.

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5. Be aware of pre-eclampsia

At your check-ups, your blood pressure will be checked for any sign of diabetes and pre-eclampsia, as well as common conditions such as anaemia. Pre-eclampsia occurs when there is a problem with the placenta, and this can cause growth problems in your unborn baby. It is three times more likely in twin pregnancies.

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