There are two things in life for which we are never truly prepared: twins. Josh Billings
Who knew that being pregnant with twins was so dramatically different from a singleton? Not me! After having had three sons, I thought I knew most things about pregnancy. Now I know that a twin pregnancy ain’t the same as a singleton, it’s much tougher. Of course, a singleton pregnancy is no walk in the park. Clearly growing an entire person is hard work.
Here’s how things roll in the first trimester when you’re pregnant with twins. Imagine the worst and longest hangover of your life. Triple those crappy feelings. Now you’re getting the gist. I’ll say this from the get go. This shit is about to get real.
Pleased to meet you, morning sickness
Standard morning sickness is rotten. Morning sickness with twins is next level. Actually, who am I kidding. There’s no morning sickness with a twin pregnancy. It is All. Day. Sickness. The waves of nausea keep rolling in. The extra hormones really do kick you in the butt.
If you are pregnant with twins, avoid public places where random wafts of smells will leave you heaving in the gutter. Like the smell of eggs from a cafe. Don’t catch public transport, someone might decide to eat Chinese takeaway and you’ll be emptying your handbag to puke into. If you are feeling tired, beware, a flood of nausea will overtake you. Don’t lift the lid on the toilet to flush a tissue, you’ll be flushing again once you’ve finished chucking. You might even end up on anti-nausea meds. Living the high life.
Tired. Oh so tired.
You’re body is working hard in any pregnancy. But oh my word, you’ve never known tiredness until you’ve had a twin pregnancy. Maybe in the first trimester of a singleton pregnancy you’d trot off to bed early. When you are pregnant with twins you won’t even utter the words ‘going to bed early’. You’ll plonk yourself on the couch and be asleep within seconds.
The simplest things will exhaust you. You’ll find your eyes getting heavy when you’re in the shower. Doing the most basic chore will wear you out. You’ll wonder whether it’s physically possible to keep going. When you wake in the morning your overwhelming feeling is that you need to sleep for days. The exhaustion is undeniable and it is awful.
Keep that stinking food away from me!
Perhaps it’s the heightened sense of smell, or the nausea, but a twin pregnancy creates full on food aversions. That regular coffee a day? Nope, can’t even handle the thought of it! Those sneaking Tim Tams at night? Not a chance! An open block of chocolate left on the bench will send shivers down your spine.
The flip side, you’ll crave food to the point where you can’t banish the thought from your mind. The food you are craving is the ONLY thing you want to eat. Take tangelos, as a random example. Maybe your husband couldn’t find tangelos in Coles. You’ll send him on a mission to find tangelos, with instructions not to return until he finds them. Then you’ll gobble them down like they are the greatest thing you have ever eaten.
You’re brain goes into overdrive
Finding out you’re pregnant, with twins, is an emotional time. Like, how the hell did THAT happen? One moment you’ll be totally freaking out about it. The next you’ll be paranoid about the health of the babies. You’ll be obsessed with seeing both those little heart beats at scans. Filled with worry about how early they might be born and whether those two little babies will be healthy.
There will be moments where you wonder how on earth you will care for two newborns. How you’ll afford two babies and all the extra stuff you suddenly need. Including a car to fit your soon to be large family. You’ll contemplate buying the biggest washing machine on the market.
You’ll also have irrational jealousy of those with a singleton pregnancy. It seems so unfair that you suddenly have a high risk pregnancy. Pregnancy for those with singletons seems so relatively simple and straightforward. Totally ridiculous and illogical, but real. Blame those pesky, double dose, pregnant with twin hormones.
Are you a twin mum? Was your first trimester a god awful experience?
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