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What No One Tells You

Written by The Twin Source



  • You are going to be hands-down bigger than you ever thought possible for a pregnant woman. It is going to come fast, you will be showing quite a bit in your first trimester, and by the end you will see a look of fear in some people’s eyes when you walk into a room. That is the truth, so prepare for it. Remember, you are not pregnant with just two babies—you are also pregnant with double the amniotic fluid, two placentas, etc. It all adds up and up and up.

  • Your pregnancy is considered high-risk, and that is a fact. In the words of Twin Mom Carrie’s doctor, your twin pregnancy is not cute. The good news? You will get to see and hear your babies more often, as you will be monitored much more closely than a woman carrying just one baby.

  • You will be relying on your partner more than you ever thought you would. Twin dads are a special breed, and for them we have a dedicated area. Never forget that you two are in this together. And rest assured that the mutual respect you will have for each other and what you have created will be almost impossible to quantify.

  • If someone offers to throw you a baby shower, consider the timing. Ask if it can be scheduled for around the end of your second trimester or the very beginning of your third in case you are placed on bed rest toward the end of your pregnancy. The same goes for any “babymoon” travels you might be planning with your partner.

  • Your hormones will spike just a few days after the babies are born. This happens to all pregnant women to some degree. It is best to be prepared for it, as those emotions can blindside you when you least expect it.

  • After you give birth, there is a very good chance that your tummy area will still look pregnant for months (that is correct—not days or weeks, but months) afterward. The absolute worst part is that people will comment about it. They might ask, “When are you due?” or they might say, “You are just glowing!” and on and on and on. It is so humiliating and definitely a bit depressing. We often resorted to telling strangers teeny, tiny white lies, such as “Due this summer!” or “Thank you! I just feel sick all the time. Excuse me.” It’s not the most honest response, but you’ll be doing yourself a favor if you can end the conversation as soon as possible!
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