Things to look out for when pregnant with twins

If you're expecting a baby, then you're hopefully working hard to do everything that your doctor says is necessary if you want to have a healthy child. There are a lot of rules to follow while you're pregnant, as well as a great deal of changes to get used to in your body. However, if you think there's a lot going on when you're having one child, imagine what it's like to be pregnant with two.

Learning that you're having twins can be both exciting and a little scary, but there are things that you should know if you want to have a healthy pregnancy when you're expecting two little bundles of joy. 

Expect to get bigger, faster than your friends 
When you're pregnant, chances are you'll hear stories from all of your friends and family members who have had children about what it was like when they were pregnant. However, if you're having twins then you may find that your belly is growing a lot faster then your friends' bellies did - but you shouldn't be concerned.

According to a recent article published in The Huffington Post written by a woman who had twins, if you're having twins, then after four or five months, your belly may closely resemble that of a woman who is eight to nine months pregnant with one baby. 

You need folic acid
WebMD spoke to Manju Monga, M.D., the division director of maternal-fetal medicine at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center, who explained that women who are having twins should get more folic acid than expectant moms only having one baby. 

"We recommend 1 milligram of folic acid per day for twin pregnancies and 0.4 milligrams for singleton pregnancies," Monga told WebMD. 

Consider taking a load off  
It's important to remember that carrying two babies puts a greater strain on your body much faster then if you're only having one. This is why it's important for you to take plenty of time to rest. You don't want to do anything that may cause you to go into early labor, since twins tend to be smaller and need to spend as much time in the womb as possible. This is why{In addition, you should be off your feet as much as possible and follow all of your doctor's orders. 

Morning sickness may hit you harder - WebMD also spoke to Abdulla Al-Khan, M.D., the director and chief of maternal and fetal medicine and surgery at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey, who explained that you may need to take a little extra time off during the beginning of your pregnancy due to morning sickness. 

"One of the things that is postulated as causing morning sickness is high levels of human chorionic gonadotropin, and we know that levels of this hormone are higher in twin pregnancies, so women carrying twins have a higher incidence of nausea and vomiting in the first trimester," Al-Khan told WebMD. 

Gaining more weight
While it's important to remember that you're not eating for three, when you're expecting twins you do have to gain more weight then if you're just having one baby. Of course, every woman needs to gain a different amount of weight during their pregnancy. For example, overweight women may need to gain less while smaller women may need to gain more. Talk to your doctor to find out how many extra pounds you should pack on while pregnant and be sure to keep to a healthy diet. 

If you find out you're pregnant with twins - don't panic, just get prepared. 

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