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.
- Feeling Movement – I felt my singleton moving around so much more than I did the twins. It was like he was having a party in there. This makes sense, since he had more space.
- Delivery – Both deliveries were vaginal, but the twins were delivered in an operating room, due to the higher risk of needing an emergency C-section. There were also about 5 more people (doctors, nurses, etc) in the delivery room for the twins than during delivery of my singleton.
- Swelling – I felt like I was walking around with water balloons on my ankles for the twins. The doctors would look at my ankles during appointments and just say “I’m sorry”, not the best feeling… The amount of extra fluid in my body during the twin pregnancy was much greater leading to extreme swelling.
One thing that I was surprised was the same, was my morning sickness in the first trimester. I thought I would feel much better with my singleton, but that was not the case.