Having twins and multiples means more of everything — including morning sickness. The majority of all pregnancies experience nausea to some degree, and that increases with each additional baby in the mix.  The severity of the nausea is also increased with each additional baby.

Pregnancy nausea is usually attributed to the increased hormones during pregnancy. Many of these hormones are produced by the placenta. So, when there is more than one placenta (as in many twin pregnancies), more of these pregnancy hormones are produced — causing increased nausea.

“Morning Sickness” can occur at any time of day, but is often associated with the morning because it can be more strongly felt with an empty stomach. In addition, a twin pregnancy can put more pressure on the tummy — increasing nausea.

Banana and Crackers at bedside for Morning SicknessOne little trick to help with this is to keep crackers or a banana at your bedside. When you get up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom (as pregnant twin mamas often must do), eat a little bit. It is healthy for you and your babies — and will help reduce the morning nausea.

Increased nausea is one of many signs that you might be having twins.

Do:

  • Eat small meals often
  • Take a nap and get plenty of rest
  • Learn your particular triggers and avoid those foods and smells that increase your nausea
  • Dress in layers so you can peel off if you get too hot (feeling too warm increases nausea)
  • Drink lemonade, eat watermelon, or something with ginger — as these help reduce nausea
  • Exercise (but talk to your doctor about the amount and type that would be appropriate for your twin pregnancy)
  • Eat salty potato chips
  • Consult with your doctor — keep your doctor informed of your level of nausea (too much naseua can indicate a problem)
  • Eat healthy with lots of protein

Don’t:

  • Do not drink a large amount of fluids with meals
  • Do not lie down after eating
  • Do not skip meals
  • Do not cook or eat spicy food

While morning sickness in a twin pregnancy can be more severe and can last longer into the pregnancy, it is survivable — as is just about everything twin related.  Take it one day at a time, and your little sweethearts will be here before you know it.

Did you or do you have morning sickness with your twin pregnancy? Any tips for coping?

Copyright 2010 Kathryn Whiteley — TwinParenthood.com

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