1st Trimester: 1st Prenatal Visit

It's the first doctor visit of your twin pregnancy, congratulations! Twins can be diagnosed as early as 6 weeks, so you've learned about your double surprise early. During this visit, your doctor will check your overall health and determine your due date. He or she will also look for risk factors that might affect your health or your babies' health based on your medical history, family history, and age. Your doctor will answer any questions you have about pregnancy. He or she will explain that having twins puts you at a higher risk for pregnancy complications such as preeclampsia and preterm delivery. There's a lot to cover, so this will probably be the longest of all of your prenatal visits.

What You Can Expect:

Be Prepared to Discuss:

It's important to be as open as possible with your doctor during your pregnancy so that your doctor can help both you and your babies be safe and healthy. Be prepared to openly talk about:

  • Your personal and family medical history, including any chronic health problems
  • Your ethnic background; some groups are more likely to pass on genetic disorders like cystic fibrosis
  • Your lifestyle habits that could affect your babies, such as alcohol use, smoking, or illicit drug use
  • Any incidence or history of domestic violence
  • Your current emotional state and any history of depression or mental illness
  • Diet, exercise, and optimal weight gain during pregnancy

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Questions to Ask Your Doctor:

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  • What is my due date?
  • Will my symptoms be worse with twins?
  • Are there symptoms I should tell you about?
  • Which twin pregnancy books do you recommend?
  • How much weight should I expect to gain?
  • What types of foods should I eat? Which should I avoid?
  • Is it safe to exercise? Should I avoid any activities?
  • Do I need prenatal vitamins or other supplements?
  • Are there any medications I should avoid?
  • If I have health problems, will they affect my babies?
  • How long will morning sickness symptoms last?
  • Are there precautions for sex during pregnancy?
WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Kecia Gaither, MD, MPH on August 25, 2014

Sources

SOURCES:

Natali Aziz, MD, assistant professor of obstetrics & gynecology at Stanford University School of Medicine.

William Goodnight, III, MD, FACOG, assistant professor in obstetrics & gynecology at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill, board certified in maternal-fetal medicine.

Harish M. Sehdev, MD, FACOG, associate professor of obstetrics & gynecology at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine in Philadelphia, board certified in maternal-fetal medicine.

ACOG: "Having Twins," "Routine Tests in Pregnancy."

American Academy of Pediatrics and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "Guidelines for Perinatal Care, 6th ed."

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "Your Pregnancy and Childbirth Month to Month, 5th ed."

American Association for Clinical Chemistry: "First, Second, Third Trimesters: Urine Screen for Sugar and/or Protein."

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