In the past few years, there has been a significant rise in multiple pregnancies. One of the main causes behind this is the increase in the use of fertility drugs.Being pregnant with multiples is not necessarily a high risk situation.Because you are carrying twins, you should listen to your body. You will notice a big change in your appetite between 4th and 6th week of pregnancy.
It is also very normal to feel exhausted or tired as your body is working very hard to produce two healthy bundles of joy. You must take a very healthy diet and take proper rest.
Some common symptoms of twin pregnancy are faster weight gain and a very large uterus. Most of the mothers gain around 20 lb of weight by the end of second trimester. A fast growth in uterus may be a sign of twin pregnancy. But more than expected growth of the uterus can also be due to the presence of too much amniotic fluid or the presence of uterine fibroid.
Morning sickness or nausea worsens during a multiple pregnancy. It can happen at any time of the day. Eating small and frequent meals may help to ease your stomach. Some women also develop allergy for certain type of smells and tastes.
Twin pregnancy results in a severe heartburn. This is because the uterus is growing at a very fast rate. Don’t lie down immediately after a meal, go for a short walk to aid the digestion of food. Antacids can also help with heartburn symptoms, but they must be taken only after consulting your doctor. Drink lots of water and increase the intake of fiber in your diet to avoid constipation as it can be very frustrating.
Mothers with twin pregnancies require a lot of proteins and iron for a healthy fetal development. Some women are also advised bed rest depending on the pregnancy complications.
There is an increased risk of miscarriage in twin pregnancy. Congenital abnormalities are also very common, so must go for a regular ultrasound scans to look for any problems. You are at a risk of a premature labor if you are having twins. Twin pregnancies tend to deliver 3 weeks in advance of single pregnancies.