Tag Archives: pregnancy

My Twin Pregnancy Week by Week: The Ultimate Planner for Moms Expecting Twins

When I was pregnant with twins w-a-a-a-a-y back when, few books on the subject existed. But from the handful of books that were available I quickly learned that my twin pregnancy was very different from a singleton pregnancy, and that I needed to take extra special care of myself. For instance, I had to make sure […]

Does Bed Rest Prevent Prematurity in Twin Pregnancy?

My twin pregnancy more than 17 years ago was pretty much uneventful. Every doctor’s appointment was met with good news. Blood pressure? Normal. Weight gain? Steady and plentiful. Still, as a precaution, my doctor encouraged me to take my maternity leave a bit early (around Week 30) and “get off my feet.” I wasn’t put […]

10 Reasons Why Having Twins May Not Be For You

Think you want to get pregnant with twins? 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 […]

Moms of Twins Can Practice Attachment Parenting But Should They?

I finally got a moment this week to read Time magazine’s exposé on attachment parenting guru, Dr. William Sears. Yes, I know. That was last week’s news (or even last month’s by the time I get this post published) but there’s still lots to be said. Not about the controversial photo on the cover, mind you, but on the whole concept of attachment […]

7 Must-Haves for Your Twin Pregnancy

In the weeks leading up to your twins’ birth, your mind is in overdrive. From getting your twin nursery ship-shape to taking a tour of the hospital where you’ll be delivering, there’s lots to do. And while these 7 Must-Haves may not be on your to-do list, they sure will help smooth the way for a calmer first month once you’re home with your twins. 1. Patience. Make no […]

Cut the Chaos: 6 Tips for Getting Your Twins on the Same Schedule

Like most new moms of twins, I don’t remember much of that first month home with my newborn boys. All that changed, however, when I got my twins on a regular schedule. For me, I needed them to nap twice a day at the same time so I could catch my breath, and I couldn’t relax or “turn […]

Twin Births 2008: 6 Fascinating Facts

The Final Birth Data for 2008 was recently published by the National Center for Health Statistics. The 105-page report is filled with dozens of maternal and infant demographic characteristics such as maternal age and method of delivery as well as infant birth weight and term of gestation. But the most interesting facts contained in the document are the ones […]

10 Things You Should Know About Your Twin Pregnancy

A twin pregnancy is not like being pregnant with just one (or “singleton,” as we like to say). It takes extra calories, many more visits to the doctor, plus more tests and ultrasounds. In short, it takes more patience and planning. But you can do! Below are 10 things you need to know if you […]

One is Not Like the Other: Differences in Identical Twins

This week, a mom posted a question on my Facebook page: “If twins are identical why do they have different issues? I thought they share the same genes.” Yup, monozygotic (MZ) or identical twins do share the same genes. 100 percent of their DNA, in fact. Whereas dizygotic (DZ) or fraternal twins are merely two siblings born on the same […]

Sex and a Twin Pregnancy

Looking for a research study that’s a bit more interesting than the health and habits of mice and rats? Then how about the Sexual Behaviour of Women with Twin Pregnancies published in this month’s edition of Twin Research and Human Genetics? Researchers from the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics at the University of Vienna, Austria wanted to investigate whether sexual […]