Having dizygotic twins is often hereditary, however having monozygotic twins can happen to anyone.
You only get to know that you are going to have twins after your first ultrasound test which takes place around the 6th week of pregnancy. Some of the symptoms of the first trimester are as follows:
Feeling sick during pregnancy is very common and though some will actually vomit many will just feel nauseated without any vomiting. But during twin pregnancy, this symptoms become more severe. If you are vomiting then all the water and liquid from your system is going out. This may lead to dehydration. Also, you may sometimes feel dizzy when you stand up.
Consult your doctor if the symptom is severe. Drinking plenty of water and chewing on bits of fresh ginger can help any type of nausea. You can have ginger in the form of tea, biscuits and ginger drops too. Instead of having three large meals a day, you can opt for having food in small quantities throughout the day.
It feels like you are tired and exhausted all the time. There are a lot of changes that is going on inside your body, hormonal as well as physical. The level of progesterone hormone is high during pregnancy and it has a sedative effect.
During the first trimester your body is working even harder to help your babies grow, so rest whenever you can.
Anemia is also one of the reasons for excessive fatigue. Consult your doctor and find out whether you are anemic or not, and what are the medicines you should take to combat anemia.
Take rest, relax and try not to stress yourself at work. Take a nap whenever possible and go to bed early at night.
Early and rapid weight gain in the first few weeks is a typical twin pregnancy symptom. This is due to the extra blood and fluid your body is producing to support you and your two babies. The average weight gain for twins is about 5 kg more than with a singleton. Weight gain also depends on your diet. You should be careful with your weight gain as being overweight can have detrimental consequences on the development of your babies.
Swollen or tender breast is a common during pregnancy regardless of the number of foetuses. Tenderness and swelling is caused by the increase of hormone levels during pregnancy, as your breasts start to prepare for nursing.
As your uterus is growing it exerts pressure on your bladder resulting in your frequent visit to the loo. This does not mean you stop drinking water. Drinking less water would dehydrate your body and cause urinary tract infection, constipation and piles. But you can reduce caffeine intake.
Pain and burning sensation during urination requires immediate doctor’s attention; this can be a sign of infection which if left untreated can cause serious problems during pregnancy.