Pregnancy during the summer can put a lot of extra heat on the body and make it almost impossible to fully cool down. Carrying multiple children can make it even harder to stay cool throughout the day. This summer, make sure you are prepared with a cool home and these six smart pregnancy cooling techniques.
Drink a Lot of Water
The heat and the extra weight on your body can cause you to dehydrate fairly easy. The electrolytes that you lose during through sweating are important for your growing babies. Dehydration can also cause a variety of pregnancy problems, such a premature labor. Don’t enjoy the taste of water? You can stay hydrated with juices or sports drinks.
Use Cool Sheets and Bedding
Sleeping in hot temperatures is uncomfortable for anyone, and sleeping during pregnancy can be difficult. Combine the two and expectant mothers are left with many sleepless nights. You can reduce the effect of summer heat and improve your quality of sleep by using lighter fabrics and bedding materials. Put your winter comforter in storage and instead use sheets made from natural fibers, like cotton or silk. Fabrics made from natural fibers are more breathable and will help keep you cool.
Stay in the Shade and Cover Yourself
Not the best idea, believe me. Been there, done that!
Although you should avoid direct sunlight when possible, staying out of the sun entirely is not always an option. For those events that require sun exposure, make sure you are properly protecting yourself. Use a strong SPF sunscreen and always wear a hat. Suffering a sun burn is bad for the pregnancy and can make the skin feel even hotter.
Stock up on Frozen Foods
Pregnancy often comes with a variety of cravings. Frozen foods will help you cool down quickly, especially after time spent outdoors. Fill the freezer with frozen water bottles, frozen yogurt, ice cream, and any other frozen treat you enjoy. When you’re feeling especially heated, you can easily grab a treat out of the freezer for a quick snack that will help cool you down.
Take Cold Baths
Sometimes, despite all of your best efforts to cool yourself, nothing will seem to work. This usually occurs towards the end of the pregnancy when everything you do seems to cause discomfort. You can make it through those last few months of the pregnancy with cold baths. Run a quick bath and dip in for a couple of minutes. If you have a kid’s pool outdoors, you can achieve the same results with a hose and your swimsuit.
Upgrade Your HVAC
Not only do you want to be comfortable and cool throughout your pregnancy, but you also want your new babies to be comfortable too. A seasonal HVAC tune up or upgrade can help ensure that your air conditioning is properly working.
Being pregnant during the summer months has its perks, like getting away with wearing sandals or dresses during your pregnancy. However, it can be tough to cool down during these hot and trying months. These tips are sure to help cool you off this summer and make your pregnancy more comfortable.
My little, American twin miracles are 7 years, 6 months, 1 week & 2 days old.
Today, much like the beautiful, sunny morning that is now 16 years gone by..(WOW!) September 11th is still burned into my memory, as if it happened only yesterday. I can still remember seeing the towers collapsed from across the bay. The thick smoke erupting from what resembled two giant cigars burning in the distance. I was hit by a wave of sadness, a feeling of total despair, and complete and utter helplessness.
People crying all around, buses stopped on the sides of the streets in case the kids on board had one or even two parents among the missing or perished. Knowing my mother was somewhere inside there, not remembering exactly what floor she had been moved to. I hadn’t heard from her all day. It was something that I can’t explain fully in words here. Let’s just say it was a day that I, nor anyone I know of.. will ever forget.
As a proud NY-er, I know that I’ll forever be filled with thoughts of all of the wonderful people we lost on that fateful day back in 2001. The true heroes of 9/11. (Not forgetting the heroes that died, thereafter.) My heart goes out to all of the victims and the families of the victims, which could have included my own on that bright, September morn. Friends almost lost.. family almost lost. Acquaintances, who knows how many.. were lost.
9/11 victims, you did not lose your lives in vain. You brought our country together. You made us all stronger than we ever were before. Your bravery will be eternally appreciated by us, our children, and our children’s children, onward. We love and we miss you.
God bless you all! God bless the USA!
Today 16 years have passed, since our nation changed,
Cowards tried to take our strength, yet we grew strong again.
Today a nation’s tragedy, unites us one and all,
We still stand proud and raise our flag, we swayed but did not fall.
To break our spirit, yes you tried, but you failed miserably,
We came together, hand in hand, to bind in unity.
16 years have passed and true, our lives forever changed,
The heroes that we lost then, are remembered name by name.
We won the bigger battle, and the victors we’ve become,
We’ve taken out your leader, theAl Qaeda’s bin Laden.
You’ll never see us crumble, when you try you’ll always fail,
For America means freedom, and forever we’ll prevail.
Things That Make Me Sad About Back To School. How Do You Feel About It?
My adorable twinkettes are 7 years, 6 months & 1 day old. I cannot believe it!
I know many (no shame, no worries moms and dads. You are normal,) parents enjoy some of the admitted perks of back to school time. For me, I find it very sad, but truth be told, if I am not surrounded by chaos, I am honestly not living. Even if I do enjoy a break or two for a date night, or what have you, I don’t enjoy being apart from my brood all day long.
Admittedly, the school day does seem to fly by, and I get more work done here at home with them gone, it is true. We are constantly out and about all summer long, taking in the best of what life has to offer, and I feel most alive and overall, just most happy. And I do like that constant, fast-paced lifestyle. Life does get a bit boring after they are gone, and the summer turns to fall and then Lord help me, the ugliest season of all to me, winter. ICK! I am no a cold fan. I plan on moving somewhere much warmer soon, but not soon enough for me. (That is a whole other post.)
My girls still have gymnastics in the summer, so I don’t get that bonus some moms get of not playing taxi driver during the warmer months. I do empathize. It just makes me blue, and the kids much prefer home to school (YAY, I WIN, HA, HA!) That makes it harder when the big day comes around, also. It hurts my heart. Yeah, I get exercise running around in the summer, but now in my early 40’s it is just not enough like it used to be to keep me slim and in the shape I want, so yes, I can say come fall I will be able to workout, get my hide to the gym & be in the shape I desire. BUT we all remember that same damn promise from last year :). I usually just end up getting less.
What are your feelings about back to school?? Do you miss the kids or am I just crazy or something? Tell us what you miss if you do and what you like about them being at school all day. We’d love to hear from you, and yes, you can be anonymous :). They’ll never see this!! I know some moms do not work at home, and yes, that makes life better in other ways for you, and I can empathize there, if I were in that same position. But I get up early and work while they sleep, until they wake up in the summer. I am here in the home anyhow. I never miss a beat. It honestly, does make me want another baby to raise up and take care of all day while the others are away. (I do love kids.) I think we really should have more money, as things are very tight, first, BUT.. admittedly, my time is very short (nearing 42 in under 2 weeks, yet feeling 25), and I wanted to be in better shape 1st, but we will see what happens. I’d be thrilled!
I will admit that some days the chickeedes I have here at home DO drive me totally batty, and I crave bedtime to rejuvenate myself and face the next day, but regardless, I do prefer them at home. I guess silence is just too strange for me to truly enjoy after being a mom for so long! Having my son away from us, being in college doesn’t help for sure.
I have a school RANT stemming from last year still about them not allowing my twin girls together in the same class, which has already proven detrimental to both twins, one even more than the other, but both have been affected. But I am overall just livid about the lack of concern about their welfare at this school. A perk for moving as well, as I would never move where I wasn’t allowed to put them together until they wish to be apart. I will talk about that very shortly. Maybe my next post! I have very strong feelings there. My way worked, their way did not, and we tried a year of it.
Parents always know their own children best. That’s how I will end that one for now. It just makes it much harder for me to let go in come, OMG in 3 days!!! I have thought about homeschooling, just until we move, and my husband thinks that is just crazy. Late too, but crazy. I don’t know. I will rack my brains on that one alone for now. (Again, another day, another story.)
Thanks for reading & HOLD ON TO SUMMER, if just for the sunshine, depending on your take here :)!
A Mother’s Child Loss Poem On The Anniversary Of His Death
My beautiful twin girls are 7 years, 5 months, 2 weeks & 6 days old. My lost child would be 22 years of age, gone for 13.
FOREVER IN MY HEART – MY 1ST TRUE LOVE 8-2017
When I held you in my arms I thought I’d never let you go; That forever you would stay, but God said that wasn’t so.
The years they pass me by, but the sorrow still remains; The faith I hold inside, is that I’ll see you once again;
This world’s so dark and cruel, filled with questions, yet no answers; I try to comprehend it, but to me it never makes sense;
Your life so beautiful, with so much more left to give, Was brought into this world, and then told it could not live.
Now I gaze up at the stars, and when I speak, I know you hear; A whisper on the wind, from my room straight to your ears.
I may not stand alone, but sometimes life still feels lonely; There’s a missing puzzle piece, that is gone for all eternity.
But I know my time will come, and this pain will finally leave; When angels carry me home, where there’s no sorrow, nor disease.
I’ll hold you tight again knowing there’s no more goodbyes; For now I live my life, ’cause it’s not my turn to fly.
Each day I hold you close, in my head and in my heart; Your siblings never met you, but they’ve loved you from the start.
I tell them all about you, well, as much as I could know; As your time here was cut short, yet your impact, still it grows.
I wonder what you’d look like now, you used to look like me; What dreams would you be chasing, and today who you would be?
I already miss the grand kids that I’ll never get to meet; I know you’d be a great dad, as you’ve been a hero to me.
The memories in my heart are something no one can take; I just wish we had more time, here on earth, for more to make.
Today I mourn your loss, but also celebrate your life; I know your looking down, and you’re hoping I won’t cry;
Do know the tears will come, but the smiles, they will too; You’ll always be my first, very precious dream come true.
I miss you son! Today, and every single day of my life!!! You are and always will remain my 1st true love!
NEVER FORGOTTEN, MOM
Copyright Shelly @Twinpossible. All rights reserved.
I didn’t try to be poetically correct here. I just let the words flow from my heart. Writing is a fabulous outlet for any type of pain. You don’t have to be able to write poetry, but just to write about your pain, sadness, your inner most feelings, has helped me through horribly hurtful times in my life, from early childhood, and works wonder for the soul. It can’t erase your pain, there is no magic cure for that, but it helps. My heart goes out to every beautiful mother and/or father that has gone through such a horrible tragedy. Keep your faith strong, you aren’t ever alone, and you will be in your child’s arms again, one sweet day, when God calls you home!
My still baby/ little ladies are 7 years, 5 months, 1 week & 6 days old.
It may seem quite trivial. Diaper bags get packed up every day right? But remembering everything there is to pack and keeping it organized for one child vs. two, is a breeze in comparison. What do you pack? How do you pack it? Can you close the zipper? Do you own the right bag?
The 1st and foremost most important thing to do is to research diaper bag brands. Seek out and buy your diaper bag before the twins arrive. Not at 35 weeks when the brain is getting foggy and the body very uncomfortable.
You’d be surprised what a major investment this is, especially with a duo. It can either make your life more simple or much more difficult. With twins I vote for the 1st option hands down, don’t you?
I personally recommend the JU JU BE brand. At first I was thinking like $30-$40 (cheap) for maybe a Carters bag, but that was before I went and tested out various other styles at Buy Buy Baby, and read online reviews. Ju Ju Be most impressed me.
It’s got color coded compartments for multiple children, a crumb drain, Teflon stain-free material, expandable inside, top quality zippers that believe you me can take one heck of a beating and won’t ever split. (See my video below.) Memory foam soft and pain-free shoulder strap, and memory foam diaper pad. Now it’s the only way to go. I’ll never look at diaper bags the same way again!
With all of the stains another brand would have gotten by now and as many times as a zipper would break, or shoulder strap would’ve snapped, because they do get heavy and overfilled, we would have spent much more combined. This brand is such a find for parents of multiples. You will be shocked how much you can fit into even the smaller model. I have two, but surprisingly you will be able to
make due with the medium size for all trips based on how they expand.
So what are you putting inside that twin diaper bag?
It’s so easy to forget something, but #1…THINK IN 2’S! If you think in 2’s usually less things are forgotten.
Going out on a day trip?
`1) Pack two extra onesies for changing.
If it’s some place very dirty or you will be having numerous meals, bring 2 for each baby. An overnight trip add a couple more on for each baby.
2) Two pairs of soft pants
They go over the onesies if the weather is cool.
3) Two pairs of extra socks
One pair for each baby.
4) Extra pacifiers
Never leave home without ’em.
If you have a nookie sucker x’s 2, pack at least two. You may want to take an extra for each baby as per my experience, as these tend to vanish then reappear at times.
5) Two little sweaters
6) Two times the food
7) Burp cloths for the newer babies
8 ) Two or 4 bottles of milk or formula
9) Two swimsuits
10) Two bibs
Multiply that by two if the trip is going to be longer then one meal or about 4 hours.
11) Two small toys for the babies or tots
12) 1 diaper changing pad
Unless you want 2 for simultaneous changes. Get in on the fun honey 😉 .
13) Travel bag of wipes
A small package of wipes, or wipes in a zip lock bag to save space are a necessity. Those big tubs take up a lot of the room you have and are not needed. Just make sure you have enough for two hineys for the day.
14) 2x’s the diapers
You never know what might happen. It’s not just pee and poo. Sometimes diapers get ripped off, butts sit in puddles, etc, etc. I pack an even amount that is necessary for the length of the day, and then add a few extras. Never undershoot here or you may find yourself up at the drug store paying top dollar for what you already have at home.
15) Snacks x’s 2
I pack enough for one baby then add an equal amount for the other and put it in one zip lock bag. Put this up on top of the bag at the end of packing, or in a separate front compartment so you aren’t left with broken pieces or dust instead of snacks.
16) 2 sippy cups for juice
if the age applies.
17) Diaper rash creme
1 tube will do you just fine.
18) Small bottle of sunscreen
Again, if the weather is right for it.
Tylenol, Orajel, and any prescription meds your child or twins may take and need while you are gone.
20) Security items
If your toddler twins have a special blankie and you’ll be out late, bring them along. You don’t want to hear screaming later in the day or night, and I assure you that you will. Short trips are likely ok for MOST children.
Don’t forget about mom! Some brands like the one above have mommy compartments. I really appreciate this asset.
Mom’s essentials include:
1) Car keys
My bag has a sturdy clip for that so I never lose them.
Only bring what you need and a little extra in such cases of needing an extra beverage, food falling on the ground, emergency gas money, or cab money, etc. Life is unpredictable so be prepared. Don’t carry a ton of money.. just enough of it. Carry a debit card if preferred.
3) Mom still loves lipstick
Put your own compact and lipstick inside. That isn’t taboo. I think people appreciate a busy mom, especially a twin mom who still has it together enough to grab and throw on a bit of makeup. Pack it up mama!
4) Cell phone
Absolutely never leave home without your cell, especially if you are traveling without your husband. It’s a very important essential.
5) An extra outfit for mom? Maybe so!
If your twins are newborns especially, you may want to pack yourself an extra change of clothing in case something happens, and it just might. This may not fit in the bag you have depending on how large it is. When I need extra space for such things, I throw them into a plastic bag and just leave myself a permanent extra set of clothing in the back of the car. At some point they always get used. No searching, worrying, no fuss.
6) Hair scrunchies
Keeps your hair out of babies’ faces and food, and also keeping hair up guards against pulling.
DON’T FORGET:A soft pack cooler with ice bag!
Chances are you will want to pack more then what will fit in the sides or small spaces of an insulated diaper bag. For long day trips make sure you buy a nice quality, (I had one that busted at the zipper and one that didn’t work well at all because it was too cheaply made), soft pack cooler bag.
Go to Walmart, they have great packs that are affordable but high quality also. It’s great the ones that come with a larger frozen sheet you put in your freezer then take along when you are on the go. I love ours. A must have for Summer!
1) With twins STAY ORGANIZED. Prepare your essentials on a table or bed BEFORE you pack them up. You can fit a lot more in this way, by folding items and stacking them neatly and properly rather then just cramming a bunch of items into the bag. You’ll remember things better to, having things laid out in front of your eyes.
2) Finally, though you can’t pack items that will spoil the night prior, you can prepare most everything else. The day ‘of’ is always more stressful and hectic then the night before. Be smart, prepare early, and save yourself some madness. You’ll likely remember a lot more to, as your head will be more clear!
Happy traveling with twins in tow!
PS- Of course, in all of the hustle and bustle, please don’t forget the twins! 😆
When it comes to creating a beautiful home, there are tons of things you may have never thought about. Don’t feel alone. Most homeowners don’t know what to do from season to season. However, you can increase the value of your home and give it a look that’s the envy of the neighborhood with just a few easy tips. Before you spend hundreds or thousands with contractors, here are some ideas to get the work done.
Over time, your deck gets covered with dirt, algae, and other substances. After a few years, it makes your deck look less than legendary. If you get a chance, rent a power washer andgive it a thorough cleansing. Don’t over-wash. Just clean away the grime without damaging the grain of the wood.
Get an HVAC Tune-up
So, you could do it yourself, but sometimes it’s better to seek out the help of a professional. Their expertise will ensure that your HVAC system is in tip-top shape. When it’s running beautifully, your HVAC system makes your home perfectly comfortable while saving you money at the same time.
Take Care of the Lawn
One of the hardest parts of maintaining an amazing home lies in the greens. Your lawn is the first thing that people see when they come to your home. Fortunately, you can make your lawn so lush that you’re the envy of the neighborhood.
Before spring is in full swing, throw down a pre-emergent so crabgrass doesn’t get out of hand. If weeds start to litter your lawn afterward, put some weed and feed down. This eliminates the weeds while fertilizing the lawn you have. If you still have weeds, put down a liquid lawn weed killer. Make sure to apply it before it hits 90 degrees. Otherwise, you could burn out your lawn entirely.
Repair the Deck
A deck on your home can be more trouble than it’s worth unless you take care of your investment. After a few years, you simply have to maintain your deck. To make your deck last longer, you should varnish or seal it at least every two to three years. Not only will it prevent rot damage, but it’ll keep your deck looking spectacular all year long.
You may not have a green thumb, but taking care of plants adds value and curb appeal to your home. To ensure that your bulbs and plants thrive, fertilize frequently. Start by putting down a pre-emergent product plus a fertilizer. Not only do you create a fertile environment for the plants you want, but you also prevent weeds. Once you’ve reduced the weeds in your flower bed, put your flowers down and water them with a water-soluble fertilizer. This little boost will make a world of difference and you’ll be left with a vibrant landscape.
Cleaning and caring for the outside of your home isn’t hard if you know where to start. All you need to do is follow these tips, and you’ll be golden both inside and out.
Most Hilarious Baby Photos EVER & Twinpossible Family Update 🙁
My beautiful miracles are now 7 years, 3 months, 3 weeks & 5 days old.
Hi guys. Very sorry it’s been so long when I used to post almost daily, if not daily. I have been working super hard on my You Tube channel, trying to fight to make end’s meet while my husband still awaits his well-deserved disability for the past 3.5 years. He did have his hearing about 7 months ago, and was told it could take 4-6 weeks, which I thought was crazy, but HA on us, it’s been 7 MONTHS and not a peep. Apparently, the government doesn’t care if you become homeless, starving, lead a miserable life, suffering monetarily and needing to give up your dreams. It is the saddest thing I have ever personally seen. It is something I wish would happen to them, so they could feel what it is like to suffer like this.
There’s only so much I can do on my end and my girls are gymnasts, and it’s an expensive sport (thank GOD at least we have a paid for house, but it is not MY HOME, it’s hub’s mom’s house, and quite frankly, I want something of my own at this age and to live alone with my family, not with his mother and brother, and it’s been 12 years!! That makes me feel 16, and is beyond frustrating and hard to deal with at my age. I had more at 19 years old after coming out of being homeless and pregnant.) Sorry to rant, it’s one of those days. The wheels of justice have better start moving quickly, and then we can get the heck out of the state of NY and lead a halfway normal life.
I’m almost 42 and was hoping by now we’d have money to start trying for one last baby so I would feel inwardly complete, but I won’t do it without being more financially stable, as You Tube is highly irregular and certainly not paying the bills right now. It’s very disheartening. I never worked so much for so little lately. You Tube has been a cruel joke monetarily lately. This past month I made more in a day as a bartender than I did for a full month of work and cried, just wanting to give up. Trying to stay strong for this month, but I don’t know what is happening, and despite subs going up, it’s just not good. I feel like I should be working on finishing one of my books, something else, but there are only 24 hrs. in a day! Knowing my time is short for a baby.. VERY short, it’s very, very sad to me, that I might miss out on that experience because of this injustice. **BREATHE**. It isn’t fair. Allie said yesterday, ”That girls is so lucky. She has a baby sister.. I want a baby sister or brother.” I wanted to cry. We don’t prevent, but we likely need help like with the girls and that takes money on its own. Super sad right now.
So anyhow, since I too needed a good smile and some laughs for the day (week, month, year), I am posting some adorable, tagged baby pics to bring smiles to your faces (and mine). Be sure to check out 5 days a week of You Tube videos of our family by clicking HERE NOW and subscribing. The girls are growing up SO fast, it is crazy! (I will put a few photos below.) I am super pressed for time because of You Tube and the kids home for summer and all, but I promise to try to post more often.
If anybody wishes to donates to Twinpossible for the years of free advice I have offered over the years on this blog, and to help us out to get out of this place and to keep our girls doing their dream, their gymnastics, feel free to donate to us. I have been selling much of what I personally own on Ebay for their cause, and even eBay isn’t what it once was, and things just can’t get much worse, and I hate complaining, but it’s ongoing and I really feel like our dreams will never come true like this. My marriage is also suffering over this, severely. Prayers are also VERY much appreciated too!! I try and always put on a happy face and make the world laugh and help others, which does bring me great joy, but inside, sooo much is going on that people just don’t see on the surface, but it’s sooo there.
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As a parent, you want to make sure your home is safe enough for your children. However, you might be unaware of certain household items that could be harboring harmful ingredients. The chemical Bisphenol A (BPA), for instance, can be found in polycarbonate plastic containers and canned goods. It poses a significant problem because it could lead to potential brain and behavior issues in young children. However, there are ways you can avoid the harmful effects of BPA in your home, including opting for glass storage containers rather than plastic as well as choosing fresh or frozen goods as opposed to canned.
You’ll also find that several commercial cleaning products contain dangerous ingredients such as perchloroethylene, phthalates, and triclosan. Instead of exposing your children to these toxins, consider taking a DIY approach to cleaning. Baking soda with vinegar works wonders on your spills and stains, while a mix of vinegar and water is ideal for those pesky carpet messes. If you want to avoid harmful dishwashing soap, combine borax with washing soda for a kid-friendly alternative.
Do your children suffer from asthma or allergies? If so, there are different airborne contaminants that could trigger an attack. You should keep an eye out for products such as chemical-filled air fresheners and fragrances. Another way to purify your home of airborne toxins is tochange your air filter once every one to three months and schedule regular maintenance for your HVAC equipment. By taking a few proactive measures, you can improve your home’s indoor comfort and make it a safer space for the ones you love most.
Pregnant With Twins? Some Ways To Guess & Some Ways To Know!
My fast-growing sweeties are 7 years, 1 month, 3 weeks & 2 days old.
Baby Twin Girls, Plotting From The Very Beginning:)
When a woman discovers she is pregnant, a million questions run through her mind. ‘Will my baby be healthy?’ ‘Will my baby look like me, or his/her daddy? Will my baby be a boy or a girl? And then yes, it often happens to cross by the minds of many newly pregnant women, ‘I wonder if I’m having twins?’
Maybe you got an early positive on your pregnancy test, and wondering if that might mean something more, or perhaps you are extra tired, and nauseous feeling. Maybe you have multiples on your side of the family, and can’t help but wonder. Maybe you are showing really early.
Here are some things women ponder about, and frequently ask women who have twins, or are pregnant with twins, very frequently, about the subject, plus some real medical information, mixed in with my own, deep personal experience.
#1) Are higher HCG levels present, in twin pregnancy vs. a singleton conception, and do the HCG #’s rise faster then usual?
The answer? Yes and no. Meaning sometimes yes, and sometimes no, meaning it is unfortunately NOT a reliable way to predict the amount of conceptions you have, but it certainly may raise your eyebrows a bit.
Not all women are tested for HCG levels during pregnancy, so many won’t even know their ‘Beta’ numbers, but for those, mostly, whom have dealt with infertility issues, you know clearly, what I am referring to here.
In my own experience, I did not have any blood tests for pregnancy, using the ‘Qualitative’ version, which means, how much HCG is in your system, instead of are you pregnant, YES or NO, which is a more simple result, often referred to as as a ‘Quantitative’ test’, in any pregnancies aside from my daughter and the twins, so I only have 2 pregnancies to be able to refer to here, however, the amount of HCG does relate to positive pregnancy tests, a woman uses at home, so I do have some interesting information there, for those who only home test, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves here.
While more twin moms see higher numbers, then singleton mothers, then don’t, they still all, most often, fall into the range of normal for a singleton, which there is quite a variation, if you check out the data, so ‘Normal’ is very broad, hence loosening the ability to call this a direct tell tale sign, but a possibility.
Now my daughter, happen to start as a twin, but the twin did not make it, I never even saw any heartbeat or fetal pole at all, so it’s very hard to know, for me, what a singleton # would be for me, though likely each and every pregnancy is different, BUT my successful twin conception numbers did happen to start out even higher, and continually rise at a quicker rate, then even the vanished twin pregnancy, making me wonder a little, if it can be some indicator. I guess the world may never know, but again, it is fun to play the guessing game, until the ultrasound confirmation.
Take heart, if your numbers are high and nearly doubling, or doubling and more, like I had, in any pregnancy. It is a nice sign of a good sticky bean at least, so regardless of the number, you shouldn’t be worried about things moving along too well, just as long as the numbers are going up, up, and away!!
#2) Do pregnancy tests show up quicker & darker, when you are pregnant with more the one baby?
Again, some twin moms would swear, absolutely YES, but you will also find those on the other side of the coin. For me, luckily I have a lot of pregnancy testing under my belt, and can say in absolute certainty for ME, and I clarify again, for me, the answer is YES!
With my 1st two conceptions, I did not get a positive pregnancy until after my period was due, and they were singletons. I had one chemical pregnancy, which yields a positive, then seemingly quick negative result, resulting in your period coming slightly late.
Then I had a loss of a singleton pregnancy via miscarriage, that started with good beta numbers, not high, but not indicative of any problems, and got a positive pregnancy test at 13 days past ovulation, and it was faint, that is also the day my period happened to be due, so I had never gotten an ‘Early’ positive before.
With Mikayla, I got a faint positive on 11 days past ovulation, one of those Internet cheapies, so who knows what a decent test would have shown, before I hit the Doctor’s office. Maybe an earlier positive then that, but case in point, it still was early.
11 DPO (Days past ovulation), was a couple days before my period was to come, hence it was an earlier result. Remember I never had an earlier BFP (Big Fat Positive), and there was an unviable twin pregnancy, included here, which would make one wonder.
With my twin girls, my Beta level started at 83 points higher then Mikayla, and though my progesterone was slightly lower, my HCG levels started higher, and increased at an even quicker rate, then they had with Mikayla & the vanished twin, whom also was higher then a usual singleton conception, if there is such a thing, as ‘higher’, though some would say above, the middle, to upper range, of normal, can raise flags.
People did joke with me, that it sounded like I had more then 1 bun in the oven, based on these numbers, and I laughed it off, about 2,000 times, literally, but they were certainly CORRECT, as you can see by the name of my site here 😆 . I got my earliest positive EVER, at only 9 dpo, which was faint, but clearly visible, and also earlier then my unsuccessful twin conception.
It grew darker each day, and were markedly darker then my singleton friends, as they also continued to test in the days even a week or more, past the original positive pregnancy test date. Hey, when you want it for a long time, you keep wanting to watch that line like the Grucci fireworks display. It gets addictive and exciting.
So with this information, in my personal experience, I would say YES, that an earlier positive result and darker results for whatever day it is post ovulation, may yield a clue, and also indicate higher beta levels as well, just in case you aren’t being monitored, you can tell your numbers are rising decently, for a short while, but then you may concern or make yourself nuts, so a few days in, it’s a good thing to STOP TESTING!
If the test gets slightly fainter which can happen for any several number of reasons, it may cause panic, and you may think the pregnancy is in peril. I had a lighter test one day and got worried, but all was well, so it’s not worth it, it is just a fun experiment as long as you don’t get too caught up in it, and solely for fun purposes ONLY.
Again you will find ladies with singleton pregnancies getting super early tests at 8, 9 days post ovulation as well, so it’s just something to ponder, as you wait for answers, and also, if you know you own former ‘history’ with your testing, as I explained of mine, it could be a fun way of guessing how many beans you are carrying along with you, but is certainly not anything definite, and again, may never be proven, an indicator of twins or more.
** 4 of my own, 1 million pregnancy tests, are added at the bottom of this page**
#3) Increased Pregnancy Symptoms mean more then 1 Bambino in Your pouch?
For many YES, for me, NO, not really, except for being tired, but I did have other kids to tend to, so it’s hard to say. With my 1st pregnancy the symptoms were by far the worst, and the second would follow that. They actually got better with each and every pregnancy, so for me, not an indicator, but officially speaking YES, women who are pregnant with multiples, do frequently, have exaggerated pregnancy symptoms, due to the extra hormone levels in their blood stream.
These can be nausea, vomiting, dizziness, fatigue, mood swings, constipation, swollen breasts, tender breasts, and blue veins underneath the skin, in the chest and other areas. That was always my BFP tell tale sign, once I knew what I was looking for, anyhow. (Does not mean you must notice these, some women may not, and other may not until well after the positive pregnancy test, but it’s fun to look and to guess right?).
Like I said for me, the symptoms were not as bad with my twins as they were with the first baby I ever conceived, and the second not much better, but better, which makes me wonder, if it has to do with boys vs. girls, though some would swear me the opposite. I could argue for me, boys cause more pregnancy discomfort, and girls fewer, but some moms would definitely disagree with me, which would make that another imperfect statement to make.
Some mothers would also agree that their twin pregnancy was not as bad (Symptom wise) as a previous single pregnancy, though I would say that more would say the opposite, that it was more intense, you will still continue to find two sides of the coin on this one as well, though in parts it IS proven to be more fact then fiction.
#4) Fast, Early, Weight Gain In The 1ST Trimester
Ok, I can speak for myself quite easily here and say ‘HECK YEAH’, It was definitely (looking back), a symptom. I put on weight without doing a darned thing, in the 1st trimester, with my pregnancy with Mikayla and her lost twin, and my girls now. In the 1st trimester, for both pregnancies I put on more then the average weight, and 1/2 to most of the overall weight in the 1st trimester, and worried I’d go way over the norm, and that was not the case, the numbers leveled out as I went on, but initially, the body does seem to prepare itself for the extra nourishment, and fat stores it needs, for a multiple conception, by packing on the pounds sooner then later.
I’m sure you will find some twin moms that disagree, or lost weight, or didn’t notice, or would totally agree, but there is some proven fact that especially, in women that don’t have a nice amount of fat stores already on them, that the body will try and get things prepped for the taxing journey ahead with carrying twins, or more. This may be why, more twin conceptions naturally happen to women who are heavier, then those who are smaller in size.
#5) Your Uterus Is Measuring Large For Your Due Date
This can often happen because of miscalculation of the due date, or a larger then normal baby, the babies position in the uterus, as you continue on in the pregnancy, amount of amniotic fluid around the baby, and so on, BUT women with twins, ‘MOST always’ measure larger for dates, then a singleton pregnancy.
I say MOST of the time, because you will find a rare bird or two, who just happens to measure spot on and not know a thing. You might find this rare bird or two, hiding out on the Discovery Health Channel somewhere, but for the vast majority, if you get measured, your fundal height (Uterine height), it will most always be noticeably large for dates, especially as you get into the second trimester and so on.
With the girls, at my first OB appointment, which was at 8 weeks, the Dr. said he could clearly feel my womb, which meant, at/above the pubic region, when the uterus starts moving out of the pelvis, normally at around 12 weeks or so. I measured 4-6 weeks ahead for the 1st 27 weeks of the pregnancy, until things took an unexpected turn, and I measured at 38 weeks…meaning TERM!
The Dr. joked, that it’s all ‘All outward growth from here…HA HA HA…soon we’ll have to get out the wheelbarrow’. I wasn’t laughing. 11 weeks ahead???
One of the babies had turned frank breech and the babies were head to toe, fully extended, without bent knees and so that explained all the stretching pains i had been having. The positioning of the babies can absolutely cause your measurement to increase fairly drastically. Don’t panic as I did. I never did need to get out that wheelbarrow after all 😆
#6) Hearing Two Separate Heartbeats On A Doppler
Well, unless you are a trained professional, have been pregnant with twins before, and have used an at home doppler, trained to use a doppler at work, or just plain super savvy, it can be hard to clearly discern two separate heartbeats from one babies’ heart beat, and also your own heartbeat can cause confusion to some, as well, so playing around at home with a doppler, unless you are as savvy, or experienced, as mentioned above, is not a certainty, until later when it becomes easier to figure out.
What is a certainty of two separate twin heartbeats? Either a doctor performing the doppler ultrasound on you, and hearing it for himself, after all he’s a trained professional, or you hearing two heartbeats and discerning the differences by:
A)There is a bit of distance between them. though early on this is hard, because they start out really close, and are quite small, so it’s not a good predictor until later when you likely already know, but no harm in having a little fun, as long as you don’t go out buying two of everything just yet.
B) Hearing distinct two heartbeats that are clearly NOT your own (Over 110 BPM..I have a fast pulse rate, so 100 resting is not abnormal for me, but a fetus’ heartbeat is much faster, especially in the 1st trimester, where it rises peaks, falls a bit, then steadies out.
You need to hear two heartbeats, again proven to not be your own, check for your own rate FIRST, just in case you have been running a marathon beforehand, and the heartbeats should be much higher then that of your own.
Between 120-180 (Even 190 sometimes), BPM depending on where you are in the pregnancy, but remember, most of you will have a lower pulse rate, resting then my own, so there should be an even bigger, and easier difference, to your own ears, in that department.
Home doppler use can be tricky, and require some time to get used to, so in any pregnancy, don’t panic, many factors such as your weight, the babies location in the uterus, and how you perform the doppler, if you have a tilted uterus it can make things harder, and also just your hand at the wheel of the doppler makes a ton of difference.
Work slow along the lower abdomen, near the pubic region, when early on. Use lots of ultrasound gel, move your hand with the probe very slowly, have patience, and if at first you don’t succeed try, try again. It was one of the best investments I have EVER made! Guess I can sell mine now, since I’m DONE DONE..*WAH*. Interested? Email me. You definitely want the digital heart rate display.
C) Also the heartbeats usually will not be the exact same beats per minute, or you might be mistaking one for two, and be off the mark. They usually will be at least 5 beats different from one another, but some would say a good 10, possibly even more, is a definite indicator of finding two separate heartbeats.
You can always go & have your fun, but remember, not to panic or take things too seriously. Schedule an Ultrasound appointment, and find out for absolute sure, before buying a second crib!
#7) Increased fetal movement
Well if you have not had an ultrasound by this point, and still wondering if you have one or two in tow, you might just be going bonkers about now, and looking for any signs or indicators.
What is increased fetal movement? Well, early on, even with twins, things may seem just the same ‘activity wise’, with two babies, as it does with one. As they grow and become stronger, most women will notice a sudden & definite increase, in the amount of overall movement, taking place in various locations of their abdomens.
I have had calm babies, and feisty ones, and NOTHING compared to the activity that went on inside of my twin belly, and I do mean NOTHING. However, if i were a first time mom would i have known based on movement alone with nothing prior to compare it to? NO! Though, later on, the 2 sets of hiccups, in different regions of my tummy, certainly would have made me think quite a bit, about something not so normal, going on in there.
I’m certain without ultrasounds or proper prenatal care, (Or the realization of any hiccups), women could miss this sign, or just have some laid back babies, and not know, but again this is the minority of women, most get prenatal care and would exhibit other signs, alarming their Dr’s to perform an immediate scan.
Most twin moms would say they see more body parts in more places, and feel like they have aliens living inside of them, once the true strong movement begins, and I have to agree with that majority on this one. Hard to miss, if you are a true, been there done that, mom.
#8) Motherly Intuition Is NOT A Myth, It Often Proves Correct!
Some women, just sense…or just feel like they KNOW they are pregnant with twins or more. It may be intuition, mixed with dreams, and ongoing thoughts that just won’t leave their minds. There is something to be said about such intuition, as it is often correct.
Now in my case, it wasn’t correct, but then again I was in denial that I could possibly be pregnant with anything more then one baby, based on the way my cycle had gone down. When people joked with me about the numbers and such, I pushed it to the back of my mind, I had no inklings, feelings, thoughts, or dreams….but again, I wasn’t desiring a twin pregnancy at the time, I was afraid of it, so that may have temporarily shut off my motherly intuitions for this pregnancy, who knows? But a lot of women swear they are pregnant with a duo, and are found to be correct.
Some women really desiring twins, may have the same thoughts, but turn out only pregnant with 1 baby. This depends on how truly keep your ‘Mom-Dar’ really is, but many are right, though some can be wrong. Just like thoughts on gender. I was off on the twin part, but for some reason believed deep down, I had two girls, and POOF two girls it was, so you just never know.
#9) Natural Twinning Skips a Generation? NOT!
This means, if your mom had twins, meaning you are a twin, or you have twin siblings that were naturally conceived, you are safe from having multiples yourself, because it skips a generation? That is absolute hogwash!
Twinning is passed down from generation TO generation, so you have an increased risk of having twins, based on your side of the family. Any twins that run down your own blood line, will increase your chances for a duo.
On your husband’s side, there is no clear evidence, AT ALL, that his family history increases any type of twinning whatsoever, so if your husband is a twin, you are deemed safe. (For now, pending any future research that would say otherwise, but that is how it stands as of now, so no worries there.)
#10) Check Out That Girth? Are You Feeling Large & In Charge? Size Does Matter!
I know few women who are not first time mothers, because of course first time mom’s have nothing to compare it to, but I know few that would disagree with the fact that you grow larger, and faster, with multiples, than a singleton birth.
Now granted some babies are larger the others, but this is a more drastic difference then an ounce or even a pound or two, we are talking about a WHOLE other human being growing in there. I won’t say you will be double the size you were with your singleton, but you’ll get bigger for sure. I have yet to meet a twin mom who’d argue that point.
I grew slowly in the beginning, no one would ever have known I had two in tow, I carried very nicely, but when a certain point hit, my every week picture showed a drastic, nearly daily, much less weekly change, that I never remember in any singleton pregnancy of mine. Sometimes I would go two weeks before I’d see any growth, and even be worried with only one in tow. The growth rate was just, noticeably slower.
Not with the girls, there was consistent growth, sometimes, scary fast growth, especially once the third trimester hit. I didn’t topple over as I had expected to, towards the end, but I was definitely larger with twins, there is no denying that one, and way more uncomfortable as the end approached.
Also, let’s just say, areas that I remember being able to shave still, at the end of pregnancy before, were untouchable, and unreachable, with the twin pregnancy. It’s amazing how the human body can grow to fit so much baby inside of us, and the eventually get back to it’s prior state. (With time, patience, and a little work of course). It’s a truly miraculous thing!
#11- The Tell-All: Ultrasound Confirmation By A Trained Professional
There really is no greater way to know you are carrying twins, unless you are on the delivery table, and they say ‘It’s a girl’…’Oh, but wait..here comes a boy to!’ 😯 Imagine back in those days?? YIKES!
Ultrasound rarely does not detect a twin pregnancy. There are super rare cases of a twin being missed, hiding behind the other, or what have you, but if you receive several ultrasounds, that see only 1 baby, you can most definitely rest assured, you are carrying one baby. If you see two babies, chances are 100%, you are carrying twins, but the fact still remains, that starting out with twins, does not necessarily mean carrying twin babies to term.
There is a phenomenon called ‘Vanishing Twin Syndrome’ which happens in as many as 20-30% of all multiple pregnancies, which is quite a high number. Women who don’t get fertility assistance, may very well never know of the vanished twin, since they aren’t monitored visually, at such an early stage.
In fact 1 in 8 of us statistically started as a twin, but only 1 in 70 is actually born a twin, so the first trimester carrying twins, is always a risky one, because anything really can happen, as it did once to me. Just always remember, none of these things are preventable, or ever your fault. It’s all just a part of nature, and survival of the fittest.
And that article, is laying some myths to rest, finding truth in some things, we aren’t quite sure of, inaccuracies in others, finding facts from fiction, and some questions, will just have to go unanswered as of now.
This article is aimed at pregnant, wanting to become pregnant, or just interested persons, who are wondering if they to, could be one of the chosen, multiple mommies of our time, and is aimed at helping women who clearly want answers, a way to have a little fun, in finding them, via the facts, and my own personal experience, which people do enjoy hearing experiences, I know I sure do.
Thanks for reading, and visiting my website. If you find yourself pregnant with twins, and even if it’s just a singleton baby, I have a wealth of information, videos, posts, stores to buy baby gear, fun facts, baby photo contests, and much more, that may encourage you to Google friend connect my blog, if you blog yourself, or just follow my site, by bookmarking it, and stopping by every now and again. You don’t NEED to have twins, to be a friend, here at Twinpossible! Still much to learn & to do!
However many babies end up in your tummy, I wish you a safe, happy, and healthy pregnancy!
*For fun, some of my own tests below, from my past pregnancy with multiples.*
– With love..Shelly @ Twinpossible, where NOTHING is Impossible!
The Lingo: (For Those Unfamiliar):
BFP- Big, Fat Positive pregnancy test
DPO- Days Past Ovulation
POAS- Pee On A Stick (Peeing on a pregnancy test!)
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