Think you want to get pregnant with twins? Judging from the two most popular posts on this blog (here and here), I’m guessing that millions of moms-to-be definitely do. Sure, twins are cute (like when they sleep) but did you know that a twin pregnancy is considered “high risk” regardless of a mom’s age due to a greater possibility of dangerous complications like preeclampsia or preterm labor? Furthermore, twins can be a huge financial drain, not to mention that they add way more stress to the family. Still wishing for twins? You might want to reconsider once you know all the facts. Here are ten reasons why having twins may not be for you.
1.) The average woman pregnant with twins needs to gain approximately 46 pounds!
On the other hand, a woman carrying a singleton only needs to gain 25 pounds on average—nearly half as much! Why so much for a mom with twins? Adequate weight gain during a twin pregnancy has a direct correlation to healthy fetal growth and delivery. In other words, the more you gain the less likely to deliver preterm babies.
But there’s a price to pay for all that weight like backaches, constant breathlessness and swollen feet, indigestion, heartburn plus a lifetime of stretch marks thrown in as a souvenir. So if the thought of having your stomach arrive a half hour before you do or looking like Humpty-Dumpty in heels doesn’t appeal to you, then having twins may not be for you.
2.) You need to eat a lot of protein.
A mom carrying twins will need to eat about 3,500 calories a day with 20 percent of that coming from protein. That’s about 176 grams of animal protein! What does that translate to? About seven McDonald’s Big Mac hamburgers…every day.
So if you’re not a meat-lover (or worse, embrace a vegan lifestyle), then having twins may not be for you.
3.) Newborn twins go through approximately 7,300 diapers in the first year alone.
So if you don’t like the look, feel (yes, some of that poop will get on you), or smell of poop—or the $1,825 price tag that goes with it—then having twins may not be for you.
4.) Infant formula is expensive.
Two mouths to feed? That’s a lot of milk. So if you don’t want to spend $250 a month or $1,500 in the first six months, then having twins may not be for you. (The good news is that breastfeeding is free!)
5.) Small and bald, many newborn twins look a lot alike even if they’re fraternal (non identical).
So if you’re afraid of mixing up your babies in the middle of the night only to discover your mistake years later (oops!), then having twins may not be for you.
6.) A mother of twins hears the expressions, “Are they twins?” “Did you use fertility drugs?” “Do you have a favorite?” and other personal questions about ten times whenever she ventures out in public with her brood. (We’ve counted!)
So if you’re shy, loathe public attention, think celebrities are a bunch of narcissistic asses or can’t stand the thought of strangers touching your babies, then having twins may not be for you.
7.) Twins require stuff, and lots of it.
All that stuff can take over your entire house transforming it overnight to something right out of Hoarders. So if you don’t like clutter, mess or disorganization of any sort, then having twins may not be for you.
8.) Twins may be small when they’re born but they quickly gain weight.
And just like any other baby, they crave to be hugged, nuzzled and carried. Unfortunately they’re not very good at waiting for their solo turn. So if you have back problems and can’t possibly pick up two babies at once or prefer not to develop arm muscles that make you look like a Super Hero, then having twins may not be for you.
9.) Twins love to get into mischief together.
The saying, “Two heads are better than one,” definitely applies to twins. They quickly figure out how to work together to unlock front doors, climb like monkeys to reach every high place in your home just to see what’s up there, and ruin every nice thing you own just because they can.
So if you don’t like coming home to find that your living room has been turned into a winter wonderland with a fresh dusting of cake flour, then having twins may not be for you.
10.) Twins love to love.
So if double hugs, double wet kisses, and double, “I love you Mommy,” all sounds like fingernails on a chalk board to you, then having twins is definitely not for you!