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So you are having twins?! I will never forget the moment the Ultrasound Tech told my husband and me you are having twins! This was our first pregnancy so everything, I mean EVERYTHING, was new to us.
We are in the doctor’s office, having our first ultrasound and the Ultrasound Tech says…
“Do you see that?! There are two!”
Me: “Two of what?”
Her: “Two Babies”
My Husband: “That doesn’t surprise me.”
Me: Staring daggers into my husband b/c REALLY?!?!…..REALLY?!?!
The rest of the appointment…
- You are having twins.
- You are now a high risked pregnancy.
- You will have to go to a Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist (aka a gazillion extra doctors appointments, but also a gazillion extra times you get to see your babies via ultrasound).
- Your chance of a c-section just went up.
- Your chance of gestational diabetes also went up.
- Your chance of early labor goes up too.
- Congratulations. Any other questions? See you next time.
This was our 8 week appointment. We had not told anyone that we were pregnant. Now we had two secrets to keep…we were pregnant and we are having twins.
If you are a first time mom (or even a seasoned mom) and just found out you are having twins, my advice is to take time to freak out a little bit. This is a big thing, a shocking thing and probably an unexpected thing, so yes, it is OK to freak out a little.
Also, Welcome! You just joined the exclusive “twin mama” club. CONGRATULATIONS!
Ok, What Else?
- Buy and read the twin pregnancy books, if that is your thing. My recommendation is When You’re Expecting Twins, Triplets, or Quads 4th Edition: Proven Guidelines for a Healthy Multiple Pregnancy
- Join a few Twin or Multiple Facebook groups. Don’t join too many or it will start to feel overwhelming.
- Tell family & friends when you are ready and prepare for LOTS of twin related questions.
- You will have a lot of doctors appointments between your regular OB and the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist. If possible, make your appointment, in batches, ahead of time.
- Plan doing things earlier than you expect. For example, have your baby shower, put in your car seats, set up your nursery, etc slightly ahead of when you were originally planning.
- You do not need two of everything, but you do need a lot of stuff. I’ll be putting a list together later of the items I suggest.
There you have it! My first of many posts on being a twin mama. Remember, you’ve got this! Take it one day at a time. Most importantly, take care of yourself!
“There are two things in life for which we are never truly prepared: twins.”Josh Billings