Twin Pregnancy Vs Singleton Pregnancy

Twin Pregnancy Vs Singleton Pregnancy

What are the biggest differences between a twin pregnancy and a singleton pregnancy? Here are the Top 5 based on my personal experience: Ultrasounds – With the twins I would have an ultrasound every month and then every two weeks near the end of the pregnancy. I had at least 10 ultrasounds, maybe even more. My singleton pregnancy I had 2 ultrasounds. Third Trimester – Not a big surprise, but getting around with twins was much harder during the third trimester….

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Welcome

Welcome

Welcome to my blog. Have Twins First is a blog offering advice to parents with a focus on what it’s like raising twins versus a singleton. I started this blog to help parents by writing about my own experiences raising twin girls and a singleton boy. I hope you enjoy reading and find some helpful tips. Thanks, Jeanne  

Breastfeeding Twins – Part 4

Breastfeeding Twins – Part 4

Top 7 Breastfeeding Tips from Have Twins First (or second or third): General: Accept as much help as you can get around the house (caring for older children, cooking, cleaning, etc). This will allow you to concentrate on nursing/pumping. Take advantage of help from a lactation consultant. Nursing: Make sure you understand what a good latch is. Expect engorged breasts about 1 week after the start of nursing. The engorgement will be painful, but hang in there, it will subside…

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Breastfeeding Twins – Part 3

Breastfeeding Twins – Part 3

Before I get into describing the differences in breastfeeding my twins versus my singleton, feel free to check out my posts from the last two weeks for more clarification on this week’s write-up: My Personal Experience Breastfeeding Twins My Personal Experience Breastfeeding a Singleton I think the biggest factor influencing my breastfeeding journeys were the start of the lives of my twins versus my singleton.  The twins were brought to the NICU when they were born and I did not…

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Breastfeeding Twins – Part 2

Breastfeeding Twins – Part 2

Part 2 of the breastfeeding series is about my personal experience breastfeeding my singleton. I am adding this post, so that in Part 3, the differences between breastfeeding my twins versus my singleton can be explored. My singleton was born at 38.5 weeks.  He was healthy and able to stay in our room throughout our stay in the hospital.  Overall the labor, delivery, and recovery from the pregnancy was pretty standard.  He latched on the second attempt at the hospital and…

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Breastfeeding Twins – Part 1

Breastfeeding Twins – Part 1

Breastfeeding one baby is A LOT of work!  With twins, besides the obvious issue of now having two newborns to feed, they are born earlier than singletons.  Not to mention, the recovery time for the mother after a twin birth is longer.  There are a lot of extra factors to overcome in order to breastfeed twins, especially if you want to exclusively breastfeed them.

Babies R Us Registry Checklist

Babies R Us Registry Checklist

Before I get to comparing my list with the Babies R Us registry checklist.  I am excited to say the complete baby gear lists for both singletons and twins can now be downloaded by going to the Baby Gear tab or you can click on the links below: Singleton Baby Gear List Twins Baby Gear List What do you really need from that registry checklist provided by the retailers? As part of this post, I have included a markup of the baby…

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This, That, and the Other Thing

This, That, and the Other Thing

Below are more nice to have items, a list of items you do not need, and some general advice. More Nice to Have Items: Invest in the Nice to Have – Highly Recommended list first (see last week’s post), but I have also found these items to be useful: (1)* Crib Mobile *will need (2) for twins (1) Glider Chair – the glider is nice and comfortable, but definitely was not necessary. If you have a use for it elsewhere…

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