Surprising Differences Between Singleton and Twin Pregnancies

Wondering how different a twin pregnancy is? Check out some of the most surprising differences between singleton and twin pregnancies.

Differences Between Singleton and Twin PregnanciesI thought I had pregnancy down pat after I had my first baby. I did the research, went through nine months of pregnancy, and delivered my baby in a predictable way. My second pregnancy will be just as simple, I figured, especially now that I’d already gone through it once.

So, imagine my surprise when the doctor announced I was having… twins.

Let’s just say I was not prepared for two babies. Suddenly, I entered a new world with its own lingo and protocols I’d never heard of or didn’t need to know with a singleton. I never even knew the word “singleton” until I became pregnant with twins.

Surprising differences between singleton and twin pregnancies

I felt like a first-time mom all over again, and for good reason. From twin pregnancy symptoms to new guidelines, I had no idea how different a twin pregnancy could be compared to a singleton one.

I knew close to nothing about a twin pregnancy and was scared of having twins. Sure, I figured twin bellies were larger than normal, and that the babies were more likely to be born on the smaller side. Otherwise, I was clueless.

Scared About Having Twins

As you might imagine, I’ve since learned a lot about carrying twins. Helpful things like the best ways to take care of yourself and increase the chances of a healthy twin pregnancy. I also followed new timelines, from when to stop traveling to how much weight to gain (and by when).

This is the information I’d love to pass on to you so you don’t feel as overwhelmed as I did. Because—from the symptoms of twins to different energy levels—being pregnant with twins is nothing like carrying a singleton.

Take a look at a few surprising differences between singleton and twin pregnancies. As one parent said about the article:

“Thanks so much for writing your experience. I’m a mother of 3 singletons, so me and my doctor were surprised when we saw not one but two babies in my ultrasound. I was overwhelmed with joy but also worry. I felt like a beginner all over again. You’re right twin pregnancies are not the same at all. I’m more emotional, tired, hungry, nauseous, and I get more headaches easily sometimes by just doing basic cleaning are the house. I’m at 16 weeks now. But your advice and story gave me a lot of clarity and ease. Thank you.” -Briana

1. A much larger pregnancy belly

I was sitting in the waiting room during one of my prenatal appointments when I saw a pregnant woman walk in. Common enough to see in a doctor’s waiting room—except her belly was large. I knew right then she must have been carrying twins.

Only later, when I, too, was in the later weeks of my twin pregnancy did I know just how big our bellies can get. How large is a twin belly compared to a singleton? As I say in my book, Expecting Twins:

A twin pregnancy at 32 weeks is equal to a singleton pregnancy at 40 weeks. Don’t feel like you’re exaggerating when you say you’re tired or have morning sickness. They’re real and common among twin moms.”

While singleton moms are ready to get their babies out at 40 weeks, twin moms have a few more weeks to go.

In fact, one of the reasons I felt down about expecting twins was because I was imagining the worst with my belly. I couldn’t imagine myself getting so large, and scared myself by searching online for images of twin bellies (note: don’t search for images of twin bellies!).

Thankfully, while our bellies do get larger than singletons, the change happens gradually. Your body will adjust to the extra weight so that, come the third trimester, it’s not as bad as you may have originally thought.

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2. More fatigue and morning sickness

“I think I’m carrying a girl,” I told my husband before our first prenatal appointment. “My nausea and fatigue are worse this time around. Maybe it’s because the baby is a girl.”

Long before I learned I was having twins, I noticed a difference in morning sickness and fatigue. The nausea felt more intense than with my singleton. I also felt tired more quickly, even from simple movements like a walk around the block.

Extra fatigue and morning sickness are more common in a twin pregnancy. After all, you’re housing two fetuses and likely two placentas, doubling the symptoms even in the early stages of pregnancy.

You’re also producing more hormones that contribute to all sorts of physical and emotional changes right from the start. And the extra blood and other fluids flowing through your body add extra weight.

Thankfully, my morning sickness began and ended around the same times as my singleton pregnancy. While the nausea felt more intense, at least it only lasted for a few weeks in the first trimester. The fatigue, however, doesn’t go away as easily, and, I’d argue, worsens as the pregnancy progresses.

Just found out you’re having twins? Here’s what to do next.

Having Twins

3. Less need to exercise

With my singleton pregnancy, I exercised often, from walking to swimming to prenatal yoga. So, I was surprised when I took my normal walk around the block and felt ready to pass out a few minutes into it.

“Is exercise necessary with this twin pregnancy?” I asked my doctor at my next appointment. She smiled and shook her head. “You can do yoga and stretching, but I won’t have you doing aerobics or strenuous activities.”

This blew my mind away. During my singleton pregnancy, I had heard and practiced the importance of exercise. I was encouraged to exercise throughout the pregnancy to better improve my health during those months.

As always, check with your doctor about your own physical needs, since yours differs from mine.

But I learned that a twin pregnancy poses different risks. For instance, your body is hard at work making two babies, not one. Between rest and exercise, rest became more important than over-extending yourself.

And a twin pregnancy can come with its own set of complications that exercise could worsen. Whereas exercise is often a positive factor in a singleton pregnancy, it can become a risk with a twin one.

My doctor advised that I should still be limber throughout the pregnancy, but to choose simple movements. I followed a slow pace and stretching exercises over vigorous and lengthy ones.

Try mild exercise as long as you can, then cut back when it gets to be too much. And don’t get down on yourself or think you’re not tough enough if you get winded after 10 minutes of exercise, even if you’ve been previously active.

Singleton moms might be able to walk miles every day, but a twin pregnancy is a whole other ball game!

4. Increased risks and more prenatal visits

No matter how healthy you may be, carrying twins means you’re automatically considered a high-risk pregnancy. Our bodies aren’t meant to carry more than one baby, no matter how common it is to give birth to multiples.

Many of these complications are manageable, but your doctor will want to assess them along the way. After all, the best way to increase your chances of a healthy twin pregnancy is to attend all your prenatal appointments.

So, while a singleton mom might see her your doctor once a month for the first few months, you might see yours every two weeks. And if you’re like me, you might even need to see your doctor several times a week if you run into complications she needs to monitor.

I also received more sonograms with the twins than I ever did with my first pregnancy. My singleton pregnancy included a total of three sonograms, but with the twins, I’d get an ultrasound at nearly every visit. This isn’t so much for the sake of having mementos as it was to monitor the babies’ growth.

Get more tips on how to have a healthy pregnancy.

How to Have a Healthy Pregnancy

5. More time resting

A twin pregnancy is deceiving. It seems silly to feel tired when it doesn’t look like we’re doing anything, but our bodies are working at a tremendous pace creating two babies. So much so that we feel exhausted even if all we’ve done is sit all day.

Think about it this way: Your body needs a total of 600 extra calories a day to make your babies. That’s a lot of energy it’s using! Imagine exercising long enough to burn 600 calories every day, and you can see why your body feels exhausted.

Don’t be surprised if you barely make it through the morning before needing a lunchtime nap. And you just might find yourself spending most of your time on the couch, especially in the third trimester.

Include downtime into your day so you don’t get to that point of feeling exhausted from simple activities. But don’t wait for your body to feel tired before you force yourself to rest. Cut strenuous activities you used to do or take them down a notch.

In other words, take it easy. If you feel like taking a nap, take a nap. If you’re too tired to stand up to cook, don’t. Lie down often and take care not to lift or carry anything heavy.

Taking it easy becomes even more crucial during the last few months when you’re most uncomfortable and just about ready to give birth.

Check out my tips on how to cope when you feel tired all the time.

Tired All the Time

6. Drinking one gallon of water a day

I always considered myself an avid water drinker. I don’t drink anything else, other than tea. So, when I heard that I should drink one gallon—or 16 (8 ounce) cups—of water a day, I assumed I already was.

Just to be sure, though, I began measuring and tracking how many cups I drank for the day.

To my surprise, I barely reached 10 cups, and that’s with me trying. I never knew how difficult drinking 16 cups of water is, but after that experiment, I made it a point to. I bought a one-gallon water bottle which I kept at my side to track how much water I actually drank.

Why one gallon? Dehydration can trigger complications like preterm contractions and early labor. Drinking water can also relieve uncomfortable pregnancy symptoms like morning sickness and constipation.

And with a twin pregnancy, your body needs an extra dose of water to stay hydrated.

7. Taking a lot more vitamins

With my singleton pregnancy, one prenatal vitamin a day was enough to cover all my needs.

My twin pregnancy, however, needed way more than one prenatal vitamin. For instance, my doctor recommended an extra 2,000 IU of vitamin D and 1,000 mg of calcium. To compare, my prenatal vitamin only contained 220 IU of vitamin D and 145 mg of calcium.

She also gave me an extra iron supplement and recommended at least 1mg of folic acid (the prenatal vitamin only had 400g). On the positive side, taking all those vitamins helped me reach my 16 cups of water requirement!

With all that iron in your body, talk to your doctor about increasing your fiber intake to ease constipation. Supplements or eating fiber-rich food usually do the trick.

8. Limited to no travel

When I was pregnant with one baby, I was able to travel all the way up to 36 weeks. Not so with twins, where my doctor preferred I didn’t travel at all. And if really I had to, 24 weeks is the latest many doctors will allow their twin moms to travel.

Why the travel restrictions with pregnant twin moms?

Travel itself is tiring even for the average person—you don’t want to add extra stress to your already exhausting pregnancy. (Remember that “rest is important” section?)

Complications can also happen more often and at any time during a twin pregnancy, so staying local is advisable if anything happens. Your doctor can monitor you more closely or admit you to a hospital for emergencies.

And if you deliver early while traveling and the twins are admitted into the NICU, you won’t be able to take them home until they’re ready. You then run the risk of being stuck in a different place away from home while you wait for that day.

9. Earlier preparation

The last few weeks of your pregnancy are dedicated to preparing for the baby, from getting your gear assembled to packing the hospital bag. But with a twin pregnancy, you’ll want to prepare even earlier than singleton pregnancies.


54% of twin pregnancies are born prematurely (less than 37 weeks), with the average twins born at 35 weeks. My own pregnancy was scheduled to go no later than 38 weeks, before that was eventually moved to 37 weeks because of complications.

We rarely have the space or resources to house our twins through 40 weeks or beyond, so most twins are born earlier. Complications and certain types of twin pregnancies also make it more likely you’ll deliver your twins early.

For instance, mo/di and mo/mo twins tend to be born earlier because these twins either share a sac, a placenta, or both. Even di/di twins like mine don’t always make it all the way to 38 weeks—I ended up going into labor with my twins at 35 weeks.

While no one wants their babies born that early, it’s also smart to avoid putting things off to the last minute. Have your hospital bags packed, car seats installed, and cribs ready to go no later than 30 weeks. Mo/di and mo/mo twin twin moms should be ready even earlier than that.

Hospital Bag Essentials


Before having twins, I thought twin pregnancies just meant your belly gets huge and your babies had a low birth weight. Boy, was I wrong.

You’re more tired starting much earlier in your pregnancy than if you were only carrying one. Exercise can be taken down a notch, especially with the increased risks of a twin pregnancy. Instead, rest is more important, as is drinking double the water and taking more vitamins than a woman pregnant with one.

With increased risks and complications, pregnant twin moms are also advised not to travel at all, or if they must, to do so before 24 weeks. And because most twins tend to be born prematurely, you’ll want to have your hospital bag and baby gear essentials ready to go.

It’s overwhelming to consider how different a twin pregnancy can be from a singleton one, but now you’re one step to feeling better prepared!

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  1. I loved you post! I have 4 1/2 YO twins and a 6 mo old, and I agree the difference is shocking. Luckily, I had my twins firstbecausethe difference between pregnancies is nothing compared to the difference once you have the babies huh?

    1. Thanks Mara! We’re switched; I had my singleton first and then my twins. I agree that the sleep deprivation with twins was rough! Although since I did have a singleton first, it’s hard to compare because I sort of “knew what to do” with the twins. It was just tougher dealing with double the work lol!

  2. This is my first pregnancy and I’m having twins so I have nothing to compare this to! So far I’ve felt great, but I’m still in my first trimester. I really appreciate your tips, they will definitely help! I’m still trying to wrap my head around trying to drink a gallon of water. Water is all I drink, but that’s a lot! Thanks again for this post 🙂

    1. Congrats Rachel, and welcome to the world of twins 🙂 And I’d say it’s a pretty good sign you’re feeling great even with the first trimester. With my first trimester I was already miserable (though it could be because it was my second pregnancy, and therefore more progressed).

      And yes, isn’t it nuts about drinking a gallon of water? I also drink nothing but water but found that I still came up short.

      Congrats again and feel free to drop me a line if you have any questions!

  3. I had 4 single births before being surprised with twins. I am pregnant again with a single and I laughed as I read these. They are all spot on!!! Especially vitamins!!!!! I remember the last month (I went to 37weeks and 4 days) that I could have sat in a chair and stared out the window all day and been perfectly content. There wasn’t any energy or brain power left to do much more than grow those little guys! (Well big for twins….both almost 7 lbs a piece!) Oh and the exercise. I remember a friend asking me if I was exercising in that “Of course you are.” sort of way. I laughed and told her I couldn’t….spotting all the first trimester, and contractions starting in the second….you just don’t want to push it.

    1. Isn’t it crazy how different twin and singleton pregnancies are? It just blew my mind away. But wow, 7lb each baby! That’s literally like two singleton babies in one 🙂 Mine were on the smaller size, about 4 and 5. And it’s so true, that while we’re “just lying there,” our bodies are hard at work making these babies. My doctor explained all the hardships of twin pregnancies when she said our bodies just aren’t designed to carry more than one baby.

      How is your now-singleton pregnancy going compared to now that you’ve had twins? Hope all is going well Marie!

  4. My doc (same that I had for my first) told me to walk, exercise and anything except contact sports for as long as i could. Nauseous and tired while taking on an opening shift to help pay for the coming bills i was logging 10k steps a day for the first 4 months. Then my brain went and i couldn’t think so i dropped working. My doctors theory was make my heart stronger, make my body work to keep this pregnancy and it would develop strong vessels and I would have a better chance of having the natural birth I wanted. Lots of healthy foods, some vitamins and positive education. Got them out myself at 37+1 !

    1. That’s awesome you were able to exercise! I did light walking for a few months too until after a while I also felt like dropping after just walking around the block one time. With my singleton though, I credit exercise for my very smooth pregnancy with him. I was working out til 8 months with my singleton.

      I think one thing that did me in with the twins was how horribly I ate. I tell anyone I can that if they’re having twins, to eat healthy food. I think my focus was on packing in the calories, which is hard when you can barely eat, so I ate unhealthy, but high-calorie food. I gained the weight, but my body suffered. Now I learned I should have eaten high-calorie healthy food, and to juice my meals into smoothies.

      Thankfully all went well. That’s great your babies made it past 37 weeks! Mine came out on their own at 35w6d.

  5. Thanks for the info this is my first pregnancy and I thought I was just not tough enough when the extreme symptoms hit or when I get winded after 10 minutes on the treadmill when I was previously very active. Also other singleton people talking about how the walked miles every day :/ I really feel better

    1. Hi Brandi,

      Glad you feel better! Twin pregnancy is no joke, and having had both twins and a singleton, it really is different. I was one of those singleton moms who could exercise all the way to 9 months, whereas with the twins I couldn’t even walk around the block. Take it easy and rest if you need to—you’re a tough mama with a really difficult task of growing two babies 🙂

  6. My twins are 6 now. It’s funny to think back to my pregnancy with them. They were my first. I was out on bed rest from about q3 weeks til the end of my pregnancy. I even had one over night stay at the hosp at about 27 weeks with a bout of pre term labor. I woke up with the pre term and didn’t do anything that would have caused it. But luckily they stayed out until my c section date at 37w6d. I also had zero appetite while pregnant. I didn’t have morning sickness … I just assume there was no room so I had to force myself to eat. I’ve since had 2 more single pregnancies and with thosevi are plenty and worked up until delivery. Twins are a crazy thing!!

    1. Hi Meg! So glad to hear that you went all the way to 37w6d, even after a 27w scare! I went up to 35w6d but thankfully no complications and they came home with us.

      I had the zero appetite too during the first trimester, and during the third, eating was a challenge. And that’s great you didn’t have morning sickness. Isn’t it crazy to compare twin pregnancies with singletons? So different!


  7. Wow I wish I would have seen this when I was pregnant. My twins are my first and only pregnancy so far. Boy was it a tough one too. I was diagnosed with hyperemesis in my first trimester, so bad I lost 32 lbs before I even reached 12 weeks. I was even on an at home IV & had a zofran pump. Luckily I was able to reach 37w5d and they weighed about 7 & 5. Twins moms are some tough ladies is all I gotta say lol

    1. Oh my goodness Amanda, 32 lbs! Wow and I thought I had it bad when I could only gain 2 pounds during the first trimester. But hey, you plugged through mama! 37w5d is awesome, and look at those baby weights! Every time I see another mom of twins I just feel like giving them a high five!

  8. Nancy Wilson says:

    I had my appendix out the day before my twins were born, that was 47 years ago. Also I did not know I was going to have twins. They were born @ 28 weeks, they weighed 5 & 5lbs 2 Ozs. They were @ Cleveland’s rainbow hospital for 3 weeks. Also I had them naturally even though I had had my appendix out the day before. They were a wonderful surprise I thought I was going to have a 10 lb. boy. These were the days before you knew what you were going to have. Those days were better & more fun. The doctor thought that I would go home after the appendix & continue with the presence. Also he told me I had miscounted, ha one look at the babies & he told me I counted correctly.

    1. Wow Nancy those are still pretty big weights for twins being born that early! How did they not notice that you had twins when they had your appendix out? My mom was also saying that was how it was back in her day. There was no sure way to tell how many or what gender.

  9. I am pregnant with identical twins, I have had 3 single babies already so I can deffinately say that this pregnancy has been a challenge. I have ultrasounds every 2 weeks, and I have an umbilical hernia which makes everything worst. Lots of pain and always tired. I am excited to meet my twin girls but at the same time I am very nervous.. Thank you for sharing your experience.

    1. Wow congrats Gaby! Yikes and I thought I had it hard with my singleton lol. You are definitely not alone. I can attest that a twin pregnancy is no joke! Tiring from day one. Here’s hoping for a healthy remainder of your pregnancy!

  10. This is my first pregnancy. I was 17 when I found out I was expecting twins and then turned 18 a month later. Since this this my first I don’t know the difference between just carrying one rather than two. My due date is March 20th but my doctor told me he’s only letting me go to 38 weeks because I’m having twins.

    1. Nina Garcia says:

      Congrats! I had a similar experience with the earlier due date because of twins.

  11. Great summary, I wish you had written this before I had mine! Particularly the rest and water. The only thing I would add is talking to your Dr. about nausea medicine and constipation, don’t wait.

    1. Nina Garcia says:

      Oh yes, especially with extra iron, twin moms are more likely to suffer from constipation!

  12. I’ve found this very interesting and valuable to read. We just found out 2 days ago that we are having twins (we are already 14+5 weeks)

    Thank you for taking the time to put together notes on what you went through, I will be visiting to read more soon.

    1. Nina Garcia says:

      Congrats on the twins, Marilu! And thanks for reading the blog. I’m glad it can be a resource for you. Keep us posted on the pregnancy and let me know if you have any questions! ~Nina

  13. Annalee Thomasson says:

    Love this! I’m 28+4 with di/di boy/girl twins and I. Am. STRUGGLING. I barely make it through the morning before I need a lunch time nap. And other than a few morning chores, I spend most of my time on the couch! So glad to see that I’m not crazy – a twin pregnancy really is a whopper! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Nina Garcia says:

      Hi Annalee! Yes, once you hit past 24 weeks it gets harder and harder, sadly. You are definitely not alone and these are things that sound all too familiar to me. I pretty much parked myself on the couch the whole day too.

  14. Love this article I wish I had read this when I was pregnant with my twin boys. I was going to be a mother for the first time and was having a hard time with my job, and my kids father being deployed. Everyone at the time thought I was the same as a singleton pregnancy thank you for sharing some of the differences.

    1. Nina Garcia says:

      Rachael, I’m glad the article resonated with you! Isn’t it crazy how different the pregnancies can be? And I can’t even imagine not having my husband nearby through it. Hats off to you, mama!

  15. Every pregnancy is different. I experience worse morning sickness with my first single birth than I did with twins. The main difference for me especially as they got bigger was I could not stand for long periods of time, sleeping was difficult, and the heaviness of my belly (had to wear a band if I was walking long distances). Other than that I had an easy twin pregnancy that lasted 39weeks and 2days.

    1. Nina Garcia says:

      Sherri that’s awesome your pregnancy lasted so long! I agree that standing and carrying the weight was a bigger challenge with twins than a singleton. I remember being up and about til 8 months with my singleton before finally feeling tired. With twins that came much sooner!

  16. This pregnancy I feel much heavier than my last one three years ago. I feel heavier than my first born almost 11 years ago. I am 8 weeks today and already showing. I have had a few miscarriages in between. I feel super drained, super heavy and running down the hall to catch my three year old after her bath leaves me needing aassive break. Is it possible I am having twins?

    1. Nina Garcia says:

      Hi Mary, it’s possible, though I’m sure many single pregnancies have felt just as draining, especially if this isn’t your first. Typically, our bodies are more tired for second and subsequent pregnancies, and symptoms generally show up much sooner than the first time around. The best way to confirm is to ask your doctor to take a sonogram. But wouldn’t that be a surprise to hear you’re expecting twins! I wasn’t expecting twins at all and instead assumed I was having a girl (because it felt so different from when I was carrying my boy).

  17. Have a question. I’m am a twin. My sister both girls we are twins. Is it possible if she or me ahve twins babies?

    1. Nina Garcia says:

      Hi Yane, having fraternal twins can sometimes run in families (identical twins don’t).

  18. thanks for this article!
    i think the bonus comes when the babies are born! 2 babies in the arms!

    1. Nina Garcia says:

      Absolutely, Jen!

  19. Niccolina says:

    Must be nice to be pregnant and not work! I have to work on top of all of it.. no naps whenever I feel!

    1. Nina Garcia says:

      Same here! I had to work in an office during my twin pregnancy and it was NOT easy. I ended up leaving much earlier than with my singleton.

  20. Thank you for writing this article. I’m 34 weeks pregnant with mo/di twins and I’m at the point where I’m feeling miserable but I’m glad they’re almost here. Your article made me feel so much better. I feel as though I have been complaining a lot during the third trimester but man, it’s a lot of work. Reading this actually made me feel normal! Thank you!

    1. Nina Garcia says:

      Oh boy you’re in the home stretch Sarit! You have every reason to complain by this point—I was already complaining in the first trimester, lol! And yes, it’s all totally normal, and completely different from a typical pregnancy. By the way, if you’re interested in caring for the twins after they arrive, definitely check out my free 5-day email course, Bringing Home Twins: https://sleepingshouldbeeasy.com/bringing-home-twins/ Lots of helpful tips there for you! Best of luck with the remainder of your pregnancy, Sarit! xo, Nina

  21. They told me exercise is still important with my twin pregnancy, you don’t want to gain too much weight as that can result in the babies getting too heavy too quickly and then arriving too early.

    1. Nina Garcia says:

      Good point, Laura! Yes, if it still feels like your body can take it, exercise definitely has its benefits.

  22. Fellow twin mom here. World of difference between my twin pregnancy and my singleton. More morning sickness, it lasted longer, I was tired earlier, etc. I was miserable. I could not function and keep the house clean and take care of my oldest, shower to keep myself clean, etc. I was so tired I couldn’t make myself food cause I couldn’t stand for longer than 60 seconds without blacking out. Just a bathroom trip wiped me out. It was too hard on my body. I was put on bedrest. My husband often came home and made dinner and fed us then did all the chores, ran me a bath, then washed me, did the laundry, so on. He did everything! I also couldn’t travel after 24 weeks with the twins. I remember trying to walk on our cruise ship at 23 wks and it was so hard to walk that long hallway. It felt very similar to 38 weeks with my singleton. The movements in the belly are way crazier with twins than a singleton. I don’t remember that being mentioned. Very alien-like. I was induced at 38 weeks cause its standard practice I guess? Both twins came out over 7 lbs. no complications. I have no idea how that happened with all the things that happened while I was carrying them. I also had lost weight during the pregnancy due to how stressful it was and how hard it was for me to feed myself. I had one hell of a pregnancy. I passed kidney stones twice too! Hospitalized twice to be monitored. My twins are 6 now and they’re still giving me trouble.

    1. Nina Garcia says:

      Sounds about right, Kay! I totally know what you mean about walking. For me, it was walking from my bedroom to the dining table! And sorry to hear about the kidney stones—those are NOT fun… and TWICE! But wow that amazing your twins came out at 7lb each! I guess it was all worth it in the end 😉

  23. It sounds like your twin pregnancy was treated very different from mine. The doctors didnt really change much for my protocol except for extra appointments. otherwise I was able to exercise ad much as I could handle and could travel up until about 32 weeks. Fortunately I was very blessed with an easy pregnancy, vaginal birth and full term twins at 38 weeks

    1. Nina Garcia says:

      Wow that’s great, Lauren! Getting to 38 weeks, especially. Thanks for sharing your experience!

  24. I had it just the other way around. My first pregnancy was with twins. The second one was a singleton. I have to say, the belly size was slightly bigger the second time, during first Trimester and first half of second trimester. I think this is due to my stretched out belly from my previous twin pregnancy. During the third trimester however, I agree the twin belly was slightly bigger. I was more tired the second time with my Singleton which I think was due to raising a set of twins during pregnancy which I didn’t had to do the first time. I think I was also seven years older during my Singleton pregnancy. I worked full time during my twin pregnancy until one week before delivery as the doctor prescribed bed rest due to preeclampsia symptoms. For my second pregnancy with the Singleton I have been working from home due to the pandemic and no serious complication so far.
    So I think the differences between twin and Singleton pregnancy can vary depending on other factors, such as age, first or second/third pregnancy, workload, etc.

    1. Nina Garcia says:

      Every pregnancy is definitely different!

  25. I have read many twin blog posts, and this by far is the most informative I have come across. This is my 4th pregnancy after all singletons, which were relatively easy, in comparison. I am grateful that the worse symptom I have is being tired all the time. My doctor hasn’t really spoken to me about exercise, and I am contact sport athlete. I am not sparring, but this got me thinking that I should probably tone it down a bit, or at least talk to me doc about it.

    1. Nina Garcia says:

      Thanks so much for your kind words, Sirena! Yeah, it’s always a good idea to talk to your doctor about it, especially if you feel unusual discomfort. Best of luck in the rest of your pregnancy!

  26. Oh man, this article made me sob. Week 22 and I just recently realised how different this pregnancy is compared to my first one! Thank you for validating my feelings, my fears and my exhaustion. I sort of knew all that but still felt a little lazy deep down. I am going to keep going back to this post. Thanks again.

    1. Nina Garcia says:

      You’re definitely not alone, Justyna! Hang in there, mama <3

  27. Jessica R says:

    im on my second twin pregnancy!!my first twins[girls] are only 9 months old and im currently 4 months pregnant again with twin boys
    any tips??

    1. Nina Garcia says:

      Wow! Congrats Jessica! I don’t have experience with that particular situation, I’m sorry. But hopefully things will go smoothly with your double pairs 🙂

  28. Thanks so much for writing your experience. I’m a mother of 3 singletons, so me and my doctor were surprised when we saw not one but two babies in my ultrasound. I was overwhelmed with joy but also worry. I felt like a beginner all over again. You’re right twin pregnancies are not the same at all. I’m more emotional, tired, hungry, nauseous, and I get more headaches easily sometimes by just doing basic cleaning are the house. I’m at 16 weeks now. But your advice and story gave me a lot of clarity and ease. Thank you.

    1. Nina Garcia says:

      I’m so glad to hear that the article resonated, Briana! You’re definitely not alone—you can do this, mama <3

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