If seeing the plus sign on the pregnancy test is exciting, seeing two little dots on an early ultrasound is a special kind of bliss. Unless you were expecting a twin pregnancy, the game plan changes in an instant and you're rethinking everything from your nursery setup to your feeding technique to your college fund. And then, of course, there are the things you can't do when you're pregnant with twins to consider, too. And while no one should be policing your body — pregnant or not — there are a few things to think over as you navigate a pregnancy with multiples.
Regardless of your health or age, a twin pregnancy is always considered "high-risk," according to BabyCenter. The extra weight and demands put on your body by one or more additional fetuses mean that you'll need to take extra precautions that you might not have needed if you were having a singleton pregnancy. You may need to see a perinatologist, which is a specialist in high-risk pregnancies, along with or instead of your regular obstetrician.
In addition to your medical care, you'll have to change the way you exercise, eat, dress, and shop in ways that moms of singletons don't. Because you'll be more likely to deliver early with twins, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), your baby shower may even have to be moved up. Of course, every pregnancy is different and the only advice you should take to heart is that of your health care provider. But if you're expecting twins and you're wondering what you're in for, here's a list of things you'll probably have to give up for the duration of your pregnancy: