Discovering you’re expecting more than one baby can be an exciting and worrying time for both you and your partner.
You will usually find out if you’re having twins when you go for your first ultrasound scan.
In the UK, there are over 10,000 multiple births each year and around half of women having twins give birth before 37 weeks.
It’s a good idea to discuss your birth options with your midwife or consultant early on in your pregnancy. Twins or triplets are more likely to be born early and need special care after birth, so your medical team is likely to advise you to have a hospital birth.
You will be closely monitored throughout your pregnancy and your midwife will work with you on a plan of care for your pregnancy, which will include additional scans and appointments. They will make sure you get the right support you need and answer any questions. Your midwife might be able to put you in touch with twins’ groups in your area.
When you’re having more than one baby, you are more likely to develop high blood pressure or diabetes.
Breastfeeding multiple babies
Don’t be put off by breastfeeding just because you are having twins. Your body will produce enough milk for your babies and breastfeeding is a lovely way to calm your babies and create a strong bond with them.
Your midwife can show you how to hold your babies, so they attach and feed well.