Throughout history, twins have always attracted a certain degree of attention and curiosity. Recently, high profile Hollywood mothers of multiples, like Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Lopez, have catapulted public interest in twins to a whole new level.
People often ask me what it’s like to be a mother to twins. In this five part series, I will share my own twin story as well as some tips from my book, Twins 101: 50 Must-Have Tips for Pregnancy through Early Childhood from Doctor M.O.M..
So how did it all begin?
Every mother of twins experiences what I call “the moment.” It’s the instant when they discover they are pregnant with twins. For a long surreal pause, you wonder if what you have just heard is true. Then when you realize that you truly are going to be a mother to twins, you are at once shocked and elated (and then shocked some more!). You know your life will never be the same.
My “moment” came early in my pregnancy. Seven weeks pregnant and spotting, I went to the doctor’s for an evaluation. Fearful that I was having a miscarriage, I held my breath as my doctor used ultrasound to search for a beating heart. Before I knew it, we were both stunned by two beating hearts on the screen. Twins! I couldn’t believe it!
The news of twins remains one of the most memorable moments in my life. I remember feeling a mix of emotions. There was fear that the pregnancy would be complicated and that I would lose the babies I had already fallen in love with. There was perplexity about what mothering twins would entail. But above all, there was indescribable joy and love for the babies growing inside me.
I have spoken with many mothers of multiples and they tell me they experienced the same mix of emotions. Two things I would recommend for expectant parents are to keep a pregnancy journal and to read as much as possible about twins. Both will prepare parents on a practical and emotional level for the wonderful journey they have ahead in parenting twins.
[As seen on my blog posting at DrGreene.com]