What are the top 5 differences of twin vs singleton pregnancy?
As a mom of twins plus one I have had both a twin pregnancy experience and a singleton pregnancy experience.
In this post, I am sharing what I think the biggest differences are between twin and singleton pregnancy.
Twin Pregnancy Ultrasounds
Expect to have way more ultrasounds during a twin pregnancy. The ultrasounds are used to monitor that both twins are growing at a normal rate.
To give you an idea of what to expect, with my twins, I had an ultrasound every month, during the first 5-6 months.
After that, until 34 weeks of pregnancy, I had an ultrasound every two weeks.
My twins were born in week 35, but if I had stayed pregnant longer, I would have had an ultrasound weekly until birth.
To give you an idea of how different this is than a singleton pregnancy, with my twin pregnancy I had at least 10 ultrasounds. Meanwhile, with my singleton pregnancy, I only had 2 ultrasounds.
Getting Around In The Third Trimester
I’m guessing this is probably not a huge surprise, but moving and walking around when pregnant with twins was much harder during the third trimester.
Since twins are usually born earlier than singletons the length of time you will be uncomfortable might end up being shorter.
But, more importantly, the longer you keep those babies inside you the better.
Feeling Movement In Twin Vs Singleton Pregnancy
This one surprised me. I felt my singleton moving around so much more than I did the twins.
It seemed like he was having a party in there. When you think about it, it does make sense.
My singleton had so much more space!
So, even though you might think two babies would mean feeling a crazy amount of movement in your belly, the limited amount of space actually reduces how much movement you feel.
Delivery Of Twins
Deliveries for both of my pregnancies were done vaginally.
Twin pregnancy deliveries are different because even if you are delivering vaginally there is a good chance you will deliver in an operating room.
Having twins delivered in an operating room is common practice due to the higher risk of needing an emergency C-section.
Additionally, there were about five more people (doctors, nurses, etc) in the delivery room for the twins than during the delivery of my singleton.
Swelling In Twin Vs Singleton Pregnancy
The amount of swelling in my ankles during my twin pregnancy was extreme.
I felt like I was walking around with water balloons around my ankles. I even remember one doctor taking a look at my ankles during an appointment and just saying “I’m sorry”.
There wasn’t anything the doctors could do to help the swelling. I was instructed to keep my ankles elevated as much as possible, wear compression stockings (if I wanted to), and to avoid wearing tight socks.
At least, the swollen ankles didn’t mean there was anything wrong with me or the pregnancy.
Pregnancy causes there to be extra fluid in your body. And, growing two babies caused the amount of fluid to be much more than with a singleton.
This extra fluid is what led to the increased amount of swelling during my twin pregnancy.
One Thing That Was The Same
I was surprised that my morning sickness during the first trimester was the same in twin vs singleton pregnancy.
I thought I would feel much better with my singleton, but, unfortunately that was not the case.
If you are currently pregnant with twins or previously had twins and are now having a singleton, I hope this list helps you get a better understanding on what you might expect.
And, don’t forget to check out your twin baby registry checklist before you go too.
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