The early weeks of pregnancy are fragile—and confusing. Here, the answers to your questions.
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“I didn’t know what to expect with one baby. So the fact that I was going to be having two really threw me for a loop.”
Janella Gaylord, Cobleskill, N.Y.
I discovered I was having twins at 12 weeks. My husband, Mark, and I were completely shocked. I decided to switch to an OB-GYN who specialized in twin pregnancies because I was older (I gave birth at age 37) and I thought I would be better taken care of at a practice that catered to mothers expecting multiples. I was nauseous until 14 weeks, but found that keeping food in my stomach helped. In my second trimester, I felt really good, but I got big really fast. (I stopped looking at the scale after I gained 30 pounds.) Toward the end of my second trimester, I started feeling very uncomfortable. Because of the size of my belly, it was hard to sleep. In my third trimester, it was summertime and I had a lot of swelling.
I wasn’t anticipating going to full term because I was told that it was unlikely with twins, but my weekly ultrasounds showed that my cervix was not dilating. I wasn’t put on bed rest, but by 35 weeks I was lying down much of the time. I decided to have a scheduled Cesarean section at 38 weeks. I was in recovery for four days and ended up back in the hospital a week later because I was still bleeding. It turns out that part of the placenta was still attached and had to be removed. My advice for moms-to-be of multiples: Don’t feel guilty about taking a nap or time for yourself. Being pregnant with twins is hard work.