Have you met Finneas and Hazel? How about Eden and Savannah? Have you welcomed newborns Max and Emme into the world? These are just names of the products of the twin pregnancy of some of Hollywood’s favorite celebrities, namely Julia Roberts, Marcia Cross, and Jennifer Lopez, respectively. At the rate twin births take place in the US today, we’ll have new sets of Mary-Kate and Ashley, or Dylan and Cole, rising to fame every decade.
People who find out they’ll be having a twin pregnancy have different emotions. Some are ecstatic, overjoyed at the thought of being doubly blessed. Others are shocked, apprehensive, and even horrified at the thought of raising two kids at once in this tough world we live in today. Still, most parents are mainly concerned with how to cope with the double effort in child-rearing and, ultimately, how to raise their twins properly.
Before that, however, parents, especially the mother, should first find out how to go through their twin pregnancy without – or just less – trouble. There are a lot of myths that surround twin pregnancies, and it will surely benefit the moms-to-be – before they panic – to discover which ones are true.
There are many factors that can contribute to the event of a twin pregnancy. These include one’s age, race, and family history. However, it does not necessarily follow that those who have twins in the family are the only ones likely to bear twins themselves. Even unprecedented twin births in the family occur.
It is also not true that those who are having twins experience worse symptoms than those who aren’t. Some who undergo through a twin pregnancy may have more swollen breasts or may feel more sickly and fatigued, but there have been others who have gotten away with suffering only in the same amount as other pregnant women have.
Today, pregnant women can find out early on if they’re having a twin pregnancy through a scan, so they no longer have to rely on genealogy and the severity of a headache. If one feels that she is having twins, it is best for her to go straight to her health provider or obstetrician-gynecologist, so she can be informed and prepared for the journey ahead. Women going through a twin pregnancy are required to go through more scans and attend more antenatal appointments than women going through a single pregnancy. This is to make sure that the mother does not have a high blood pressure, for an incident of pre-eclampsia – a disease unique to pregnant women and connected with high blood pressure – is more probable in women with a twin pregnancy. These scans and appointments are also necessary to check if both babies are developing at the proper rate.
A twin pregnancy stretches for approximately 37 weeks, three weeks shorter than a single pregnancy, which lasts for generally 40 weeks. During this period, it is a must for women with a twin pregnancy to be extra careful with their condition and to exercise patience in all things (they’ll definitely be needing this when there are already two tots wreaking havoc in paradise). Humor aside, women with a twin pregnancy should not feel helpless and troubled. There are many online sites dedicated to helping moms and dads with twins.