Every week for the past two years, with no exception, some parent sees me playing with my twins in a public place and says something on the lines of, “I don’t know how you do it. Raising twins must be so difficult!”
Depending on how much coffee (or wine) I’ve had, I either respond with a fake smile and “it certainly isn’t easy”, or I tell them that besides the first few sleepless weeks, I reckon it’s actually a little bit easier to raise twins.
This leaves them flabbergasted. And unintentionally adds fuel to the jealousy fire they’ve been harbouring over twin parents for most of their parenting journey.
Bec Judd tells Mamamia what it’s like to give birth to twins. Post continues below.
This got me thinking… if my experience of raising twins is the polar opposite to the average person’s perception, it’s probably worth laying this rumour to rest once and for all.
Here are the pros and cons of raising twins. Is it really harder than having just one child? You be the judge!
CON: Twice as pregnant
It’s quite obvious from the very beginning that the regular symptoms of pregnancy are going to be magnified when you’re carrying twins. You’ll get twice as big, have twice as many check-ups, and everyone around you will seem twice as worried about your health due to increased opportunities for complications. That can mean that, you guessed it, it’s twice as difficult to carry twins – both physically and emotionally.
P.S. people are twice as likely to tell you just how large you are, which is, well, annoying.
PRO: Shorter pregnancy
Not a huge fan of being pregnant? Well, a minor perk of carrying twins is that they often come out a bit quicker. Less than half of all twin pregnancies last beyond 37 weeks, with the average twin mum giving birth around 36 weeks. That said…
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