If you've just found out you're pregnant with twins it's likely you're feeling excited, nervous and overwhelmed...
Whether you’re over the moon that you have twins on the way (imagine those cute matching outfits!) or you’re worried about how you’ll cope with two babies (double the cost, double the stress and double the trouble), twins are a big adjustment.
There are complications that can surface with multiple babies, but the rewards are endless… double the love, double the fun and two babies from just one labour!
We spoke to Liz Halliday, Deputy Head of Midwifery at Private Midwives, to find out everything you need to know...
1) Early pregnancy symptoms might be more noticeable
"Having twins can result in a higher level of hormonal changes, which mean that pregnancy symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and tiredness can appear earlier and be stronger than if you were having one baby." says Liz.
Make sure you take extra care of yourself, especially during the first trimester, when symptoms are often more challenging. Despite feelings of sickness, make an effort to fill your plate with nutritiously-dense foods (think veg, complex carbs and proteins) and drink plenty of fluids.
The support available to you:
TAMBA is a fantastic resource you can use to connect with other parents of twins. For face-to-face support, join your local twin's club – TAMBA’s website has a list of ones registered in the UK.
Be easy on yourself, too. The house doesn’t have to be immaculate. Your friend’s invite to pop over can be turned down if you’re just too knackered. Rest up and sleep when your babies sleep. Remember you're doing a great job!
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