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In many ways, a twin pregnancy is like a single-baby pregnancy. Healthy twins develop like a single baby does until the last trimester, when their growth slows down. Twins are usually born before the usual 40-week due date.
For the mother, carrying twins can be more difficult than carrying a single baby. And her risks are higher for pregnancy problems. That's why keeping up with prenatal checks and tests is especially important.
Twins develop from embryos to babies like a single baby does.
With a twin pregnancy, your body makes high levels of pregnancy hormones. So morning sickness may come on earlier and stronger than if you were carrying a single baby. You may also have earlier and more intense symptoms from pregnancy, like swelling, heartburn, leg cramps, bladder discomfort, and sleep problems. Your belly may grow bigger, and you may gain more weight, sooner. Talk to your doctor about how much you might expect to gain.
When you're carrying twins, you and your babies may be tested and checked more than you would for a single-baby pregnancy.
Twins tend to be born early, but 38 weeks is a goal when mother and babies are doing well.
As you get closer to delivery time, your medical team will help you know what to expect and what to do. As questions come to mind, keep a list so you can remember to ask your doctor.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
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Current as of: June 16, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Femi Olatunbosun MB, FRCSC - Obstetrics and Gynecology & Kirtly Jones MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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