Pregnancy, Labor & Delivery

Pregnant with twins? Congratulations! I know this is an exciting and, perhaps, terrifying time in your life. The ability to bring a new life into the world is truly a miraculous gift. If you have any concerns about how you will get through it, try to focus instead on your good fortune. You have been chosen to care for more than one new life as best as you can. Enjoy this unique phase of your life.

Pregnancy is a very personal, life-changing yet short-lived experience. In the grand scheme of things, your all-important pregnancy will serve as a small blip in your life story. Plus, it is likely to be easier than what is to come once the babies are born! Here is how I think you can make the best out of your twin pregnancy journey:

Take Photographs of Your Growing Bump

I tend to steer clear of cameras because a great picture does not come easy for me, and when I was pregnant, I was much less likely to pose for a photograph. Thankfully, my husband and mother managed to capture a few, so my daughters now have a reference for where they came from.

If you’re like me, try to pose for the camera once in a while – later you’ll be glad you did. Plus, I think documenting your growth can be a great psychological motivator for reaching as close to your original due date as possible. 

 

Twin Pregnancy

Me at about 20 weeks
-S.H. 2011

Twin Pregnancy

Me at about 35 weeks (2 wks before delivery)
-S.H. 2012

 

 

Commit to Healthy Eating and Allowable Exercise

If there is ever a time to watch what you eat, it is during your pregnancy. Your goal should be to give your babies the best nutrients you can, and this cannot be accomplished unless you follow a well-rounded diet that includes lean protein, fibrous carbohydrates, healthy fats, and lots of fluids. (As a bonus, the less junk you eat during pregnancy, the less fat you have to worry about losing after delivery.) Read more about a Healthy Twin Pregnancy in my upcoming post.

Unless your obstetrician has advised otherwise, you should aim to maintain some form of exercise during your pregnancy. However, this is not the time to start a new fitness regimen. If you are not accustomed to a regular exercise routine, walking is a safe bet. A stationary bicycle, swimming, the elliptical machine, and stair climbing are some other lower impact activities that you may also consider. Read more about Safe Exercises During Twin Pregnancy in my upcoming post.

Use Your Frequent Doctor Appointments to Add to Your Photo Album

When you are pregnant with twins (or more), you are likely to be subjected to more frequent appointments with your obstetrician than women who are pregnant with a singleton. You should never skip a visit, and use them as an opportunity to ask all the questions you have gathered since your last appointment. If you dread the doctor’s office, look at your visits as a chance to catch a glimpse of your growing beauties.

 

Twin Pregnancy

Twin B looking relaxed during same exam
-C.H. 2011

Twin Pregnancy

Twin A covering her ears during an early exam
-C.H. 2011

Pamper Yourself!

Your body is working very hard to create those living beings inside your womb. Treat your body right – no one else will. Develop a keen sense for your body’s signals.

  • If you’re feeling tired, take a break. I used to close my eyes on the subway to and from work, mastering the art of the power nap (which came in handy once my twins arrived). 
  • Put your feet up often (this also helps to reduce swelling) and wear comfortable shoes and clothing.
  • Ensure you’re getting enough sleep. Most pregnant women need at least nine hours a night, so if you have to get to bed earlier than normal to achieve this, do it and don’t feel guilty about it.
  • If you’re feeling stress, get a pedicure or consider a prenatal massage at your local spa. Engage in any healthy activity that will help you relax. Read more about my Suggested Products for Your Twin Pregnancy in my upcoming post. 

Have anything to add? What helped you enjoy your pregnancy? Send me a Tweet with your thoughts! 

  6 comments for “Pregnancy, Labor & Delivery

  1. Mark
    October 30, 2015 at 1:47 am

    Hi Carmen, I really enjoyed hearing your story, and you present a lot of information women can easily relate to. I feel your posts could prove useful for pregnant women as well as those with twins on the way.

    I can appreciate how you took what a lot of pregnant women see as negative situations, and showed us how they can be attacked in a positive manner, like exercising and taking photos at certain intervals to make everything more exciting.

    Have you been able to fully accept leaving behind the working life to be with your girls? It must have been a tough transition!

    • Fit4Twins
      October 30, 2015 at 2:33 am

      Hi Mark! Thank you for the positive feedback. I am so focused on ‘twinning’ that I sometimes do not realize how much I may still have in common with women who only have to carry one baby at a time! Thanks for that. I do want my website and posts to reflect who I am, and never more than during pregnancy did I come to believe in the power of meditation and positive thinking. I am so pleased some of that came across in my story. You pose an interesting (and difficult) question about what it has been like to give up a traditional career for my girls. I actually find that it was an easier transition to make when they were younger, but now that they are growing more independent (and more prone to tantrums and other mentally exhausting behaviors), I have found myself daydreaming of a full-time job outside of the home. At the same time, I know that my former, full-time “working life” would no longer be the right fit for me. For now, I am enjoying using some of my pre-mommy skills and previously dormant brain matter to write about them!

  2. Debra
    October 30, 2015 at 2:14 am

    I love that you are offering practical, and also heartwarming advice to women who are pregnant with twins. Your story is amazing and I can see how reading about your pregnancy and delivery would put expectant moms at ease. I especially like the advice to take pictures during pregnancy, a time when it’s normal to shy away from the camera. So very true that these pictures will be much appreciated later on!

    • Fit4Twins
      October 30, 2015 at 3:03 am

      Hi Debra! Thank you for visiting my website. A wise woman once told me that “we all have an amazing story; we just have to tell it,” and your positive feedback helps me better understand what she meant. I do hope my experiences and (mostly) positive perspective will relieve someone else’s stress. I believe there is always hope, and it starts in your mind.

      I am thankful for the few pregnancy pictures I have; they do mean so much more later. A pregnancy with multiples is riddled with so many potential complications that it can make the otherwise miraculous experience feel incredibly unpleasant and, dare I say it, unlucky. At the moment, I am working on my first pregnancy-related post, and I hope it is as well-received as my introductory page. Thanks again for your kind comments.

  3. Kristena Calhoun
    February 12, 2016 at 6:08 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing your story. It is always refreshing to hear stories of women and their pregnancy experience because it gives everyone a different way of looking at their situation.

    Is your site just going to continue with stories of how things are going with raising twins?

    I think it would be helpful to other multi birth parents to have somewhere they can go to see how someone else is handling it.

    • February 16, 2016 at 11:11 am

      Hi Kristena, thank you for your comment on this page. Pregnancy is certainly an individual experience, but I do believe that remembering the positives in any difficult situation can be beneficial.

      My website is still in its infancy, and my greatest challenge has been finding the time to write quality content without sacrificing my other priorities and obligations as a stay-at-home mom. My goal is to build out content related to raising twins but also to include my own interests in health and fitness, a kind of self-care that has been more of a challenge for me to juggle. Thanks again for visiting my website. I hope you will bookmark it and check it out again in the future. 🙂

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