Do twins develop differently in the womb than singletons?
Thanks for the compliment and congratulations on your twin pregnancy
. Twins are always more exciting than singletons, beginning in pregnancy
. You'll want to find out if they are monozygotic (identical) or dizygotic (fraternal). The ultrasound should have given you that information by now.
All twins are at risk for being a bit underweight at birth
. Their growth keeps pace with that of singleton babies until about 30 weeks in the womb, when it begins to increase more slowly. About half of twin pregnancies end prematurely, so don't hold onto that due date too tightly. It's also more likely that you will deliver one or both of these guys by C-section and that one or both of them will be positioned breech -- that is, not head down.
Twins are very individual, even identical ones. They will have different personalities that you may sense even now and will come to appreciate more after birth
. Don't be surprised if you feel more attached or attracted to one or the other at first or that those feelings switch to the other later. Over time, you will feel a balance of affection, attraction and care for them as individuals. You may even be a little jealous of the close relationship they are likely to have with one another.
There are some resources to enrich this experience for you. Read Elizabeth Noble's book, Having Twins,
now in its third edition. Join and get the magazine of the National Organization of the Mothers of Twins Clubs ( www.nomotc.org
). Check out Mothers of Super Twins ( www.mostonline.org
). Eat right, put your feet up and enjoy this very special event.