We’re Pregnant – with Identical Twins! The First Trimester Recap

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Taking you through our journey through my third pregnancy, this time with identical twins! I’ll be sharing everything about my first trimester, including nausea, the shocking moment we found out we’re having twins, and more.

We’re Pregnant Again – with Identical Twins! The First Trimester Recap

I can’t believe I’m actually typing this, but… we’re pregnant with identical twins! Identical twins. Identical twins. Typing it somehow makes it feel more real.

Where do I even begin? I’ve done first trimester recaps with both of my children (with Luca and with Roma) but this one feels very different. Actually, it has felt very different since the beginning. So let me back up to the beginning and talk about our discussion around having a third baby and how all of this happened (it was quite the shock the way it happened!)

I want to preface this post with a trigger warning. I know that for anyone struggling with infertility now or at any point, it can be extremely painful to read about experiences like mine. I have friends around me who struggle with their fertility, friends who have miscarried early and late in their pregnancies, and I’m very conscious that pregnancy is a miracle, a blessing, and an absolute gift, and I never have and never will take it for granted. While I want to share my story, I also want to be sensitive to others who may not have as simple of a journey as I have had so far with pregnancy and fertility. I’m sending you my love and strength.

How We Found Out We Were Pregnant

Lu and I were so torn over the decision to try for another baby, or stop at two. We both came from larger families (I am 1 of 3 and he is 1 of 4) and when we first met, we talked about having “very festive Thanksgivings,” meaning, we wanted a bigger family. However, after COVID and the pandemic and everything, we weren’t sure if 3 was the right choice for us. We were leaning towards not trying and just being thankful and grateful for our two, Roma and Luca. However, if I was going to have a third, I wanted to keep their ages close together and that would mean to start trying for another soon. Long story short, we had a conversation and decided two was it for us. The next day, I found out I was pregnant!

No, we weren’t trying, but we weren’t on any form of birth control (I never went back to it after getting pregnant with my first, because I didn’t like the idea of hormones messing with my breastfeeding journey or possibly delaying my chances of future pregnancies, so I just ditched it.) The month before we went to Florida for the holidays (in December), my period was 2 weeks late. Now, I have never had a late period. Like, never, ever, ever – I have such a predictable cycle (on or off birth control), so I was worried that I was pregnant back in December! But, 2 weeks later, I got my period. Hmm… weird, I thought! And, phew!

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Then, we had sex (yes, that’s how it happens!) the day after New Year’s day. There was just never time to get intimate while we were staying at my parents’ house in Florida (where my sister and her BIL were also staying at the same time!) and Lu was sleeping with Luca every night, so we were never even in the same bedroom at night! However, everyone left the house for separate reasons that day (literally, this was the only time that ever happened) and ….. we jumped on the opportunity! I looked at my ovulation tracker app (Flo – which I used to avoid ovulation days!) and it said I wasn’t ovulating – phew! Little did I know, that one wonky cycle the month before must have changed my ovulation days and…. pregnant I became!

Since my period was 2 weeks late the month prior, I had purchased so many pregnancy tests, and I happened to have one left over. My period was 2 days late again, and I was in the bathroom, about to hop in the shower, and I saw the test and took it. I hopped in the shower and afterwards, got out, looked at the stick and sure enough…. two lines. I was pregnant. At this point, I’m not into big reveals and surprises with my husband and he was about to go out for the morning to golf with my father and BIL, so right before he went, I pulled him into our room and showed him the stick. He was as shocked as I was and then happy (I think we both secretly wanted more kids, but we were just scared to do it.)

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How I Knew We Were Having Twins Before My First Prenatal Appointment

After the shock wore off, I was excited to be pregnant again – and, pregnant with my sister! My sister’s due Memorial Day weekend, so we will only be 4 months apart. Since you don’t go for your first prenatal visit until week 8/9, I had some time in Florida and then a couple weeks when I got back to Jersey City (in February) to see the doctor.

In the meantime, I had symptoms that I had never had before with either of my pregnancies:

  • Nausea: from week 6 to 10, I was nauseous all day long. It would start around 11 and last until about 6 or 7pm, on and off, but mostly consistent. I never puked, but there were times when I did get that wet mouth feeling, and I had a lot of moments when I couldn’t do anything but lay down.
  • Food aversions: with the nausea came food aversions. Guys. I couldn’t eat a single vegetable. I remember looking at broccoli and thinking, “I could never!” This was extremely difficult, because I am writing a cookbook and had to test 6 recipes a day – the smells and the sights of vegetables made me so nauseous. More on that later.
  • Signs and a gut feeling: this sounds odd, but I had the “feeling” it was twins. I kept seeing signs everywhere – I’d see more twins out (like, at the grocery store) or they’d pop up in my Facebook or Instagram feed. I read two books and both included characters that were twins (which wasn’t in the synopsis when I bought the books.) I felt I was having twins, I can’t explain it! A mother’s intuition!
  • Ravenous from week 4: I sound crazy, but almost right after I took the pregnancy test, I was insatiably hungry. I felt so silly being so hungry and thought at first maybe I was making this up in my head. But if I didn’t eat, I felt depleted. Now that I’m reading about twin pregnancies, many twin moms report that they have the same symptom and it’s your body storing your fat for the pregnancy earlier on, which makes you hungry.
  • Discharge: not to gross anyone out, but the white thick discharge was (and still is!) insane. Like, I was worried my uterus was slowly melting or something – it was out of control!

I told my family I thought it was twins. My grandfather allegedly had twins in his family, so my grandmother said, “It’s possible!” I just had this feeling. The thought made me extremely nervous and terrified, but also a little excited at the same time (twins are cool blessing and a certain type of miracle.)

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First prenatal visits: no twins?!

It was time for my first prenatal visit at around week 8/9 and when I sat in that chair, I was fully prepared to see twins: just like in the movies, two little sacs. When the doctor did my sonogram and listened to the heartbeat, to my surprise, I only saw one sac and one little baby. Hmm, well, that’s much easier, I thought and went home and mentally planned for one. Easy, I’ve done this twice already – I’ve got this!

The second appointment, at 10 weeks, they listened to the heartbeat and took my blood for some prenatal testing. Still, no mention of twins. And at 10 weeks, I was showing – I couldn’t believe, especially at the end of the day, how much I was showing. I just attributed it to all the bread and cheese I was eating during my first trimester – it’s all I could get down. A little extra weight gain was the reason I gave my little bloated belly. Little did I know…… twins were in there!

Apparently, this can happen when one twin is positioned in a way where it is “hidden.” Apparently, it’s very rare, but it happened to us – they totally missed it! And we heard the heartbeat, as well (thinking it was only one.)

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My 12 week ultrasound: twins it is!

This is when my life changed. I went for my 12 week ultrasound on Thursday, March 18th. This was an ultrasound where they check to make sure the baby is growing properly, measures lengths, and scans for things like Down’s Syndrome. Going into this, I was nervous – it always makes me nervous, and I’m just praying silently that everything is okay. I’m all alone, because of COVID, Lu can’t be in the room with me. She lays me down, puts the tool on my belly, starts scanning, and is very quiet at first. I’m looking at the screen, but I can’t tell what I’m looking at and she says, very calm, “Are you seeing what I’m seeing?” My heart sank, oh no, what is it?! And she goes, “There’s two in there. Twins.”

You can imagine my shock. I covered my eyes and said, “Oh my god. No, no, I’m only having one! Oh my god. Oh my god.” After the shock wore off a bit, I said to the technician, “I knew it!” and told her all about how I thought they were twins in the beginning, blah blah. I was absolutely shocked during the 1 hour scan. She said I was reacting better than most people would, but I just was totally stunned. I had mentally accepted one, I had two appointments to confirm one, so I wasn’t expecting to see two. But sure enough, there were two heads, two sets of legs, and two heartbeats.

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The appointment was a bit scary after that. The high risk doctor came in and spoke to me about my twin pregnancy. She confirmed that I was having identical twins, but that they are not the highest risk identical- they are monochorionic/diamniotic twins, so they share the same placenta, but they have their own thin sacs which separate them, so they have their own separate amniotic fluid. There are so many risks to this type of pregnancy, and I was still in such shock, I just shook my head “yes” and “okay” while the doctor explained what was happening. I think I absorbed about 10% of what she said. They did some more blood work.

My due date is end of September, only a few days after Luca was born (Luca’s birthday is September 25th!) but most twin pregnancies don’t go to full term, especially identical, so the doctor told us probably around Labor Day weekend.

Thankfully, the scan went well and the babies were healthy. I walked out of there with a LOT to Google and a LOT to think about. I thought about surprising Lu with the news, but I was shaking when I walked out of there, so I just told him the second I got in the car (he had waited for me, because it was pouring rain outside.) He didn’t believe me and was totally shocked, too. He was driving, so he couldn’t really process what was happening and we got home and we decided to just talk about it after the kids go down. I also had the results in an envelope with the gender (they’re identical, so the genders are the same!)

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Decisions, decisions… and the gender!

That evening, we sat down together on the couch with the envelope containing the gender, written on a piece of paper by the doctor. Both of us looked at each other and said the same thing: TWO MORE?!! It was a mix of terror, disbelief, confusion, and just utter shock. We weren’t feeling excitement yet, it was all about logistics, how we’d make this work where we live, what this meant for our lives, and just how we’d manage having 4 under 4 at first! We called our families and there were laughs, jokes about minivans, and lots of congratulations and love. Since I am born on April Fool’s Day, plenty of “is this an April Fool’s joke?”

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We opened the envelope and recorded a short video of our reaction to text to our family and friends. No formal gender reveal like the last times, this was just us, at home. Sharing the gender soon! Any guesses? Here are our faces when we found out:

Pregnant with Twins, First Trimester

We decided to stay in our current apartment, instead of moving to the suburbs. We came to this decision, for a few reasons:

  1. We have enough living space and if we put Roma and Luca in the same room, we’ll free up a bedroom for the twins.
  2. Moving to a new town away from family and friends would be incredibly isolating overwhelming, and frankly, we’re going to need more help, not less help!
  3. Lu is most likely going to start working from the office again this summer, so I would be alone at home in the morning and at night with the kids alone, knowing nobody. Sounds dreadful.
  4. Luca and Roma are already enrolled in schools for the fall, which are conveniently a 5 minute walk from our apartment.
  5. The thought of purchasing, furnishing, and moving into a home with 2 toddlers while pregnant with twins seems like….. a LOT.

So if you see a crazy lady with 2 toddlers and newborn identical twins strollin’ through Jersey City, you’ll know it’s me!

The First Trimester Overall

As I mentioned in the beginning of this now extremely long post, I had some symptoms that I never had with either of my previous pregnancies, but there were some other typical ones that were just heightened.

Let’s go week by week (I made a little note in my phone to remember all of this.)

  • Week 4: So hungry! My sensitivity to smell also started. I remember smelling my sister’s perfume from across the house.
  • Week 5: I started to feel a little fatigued and a little nausea (very light) started to creep in later in the day, around 4pm.
  • Week 6: The nausea kicked in, along with the food aversions (no vegetables for me, only bland/basic foods like grilled cheeses and bagels)! Also, the hormones kicked up, which heightened everything. At one point, I almost killed Lu because he unplugged my slow cooker half way through a recipe. Also, if I didn’t eat immediately when I woke up, I would get very nauseous.
  • Week 7: The nausea worsened and my sense of smell got out of control sensitive. I also got smell aversions, which I didn’t think was possible, but the smell of Lu’s deodorant angered me (haha!)
  • Week 8: Extreme bloat, it almost seemed like I already had a bump. The exhaustion also kicked in this week, and I couldn’t do anything but nap from 3:30-4:30pm-ish.
  • Week 9: If I didn’t eat every 1.5 hours, I would get nauseous, so I started eating more frequently, smaller meals. Little did I know, it was the demanding needs of carrying twins – I should’ve been upping my caloric intake.
  • Week 10: FINALLY, the nausea faded away and I could start to eat normally again. I remember my first salad, I felt like a new woman. I also started craving cartons of raspberries – I ate eat one a night for the next 2 weeks!
  • Week 11: I started to work out again! It felt so good to move my body, after taking so much time off from exercise. My boobs also started to swell and be a bit swollen this week.
  • Week 12: This was when I went for my 12 week ultrasound and found out we were having twins! Some of the dizziness and nausea came back, and I started upping my food intake to properly nourish myself, now that I was expecting twins.
  • Week 13: I changed my diet after reading When You’re Expecting Twins, Triplets, or Quads, a book about how to properly nourish yourself for a healthy multiples pregnancy. I can’t believe the macro-needs of growing healthy twins! Also, I’m having pelvic floor issues again. I scheduled an appointment in April with my pelvic floor therapist to discuss what can be done during a pregnancy to help.
  • Week 14: We’re in it, but so far symptoms are just slight headaches on and off, and my belly has POPPED. It’s unbelievable, I look 20 weeks pregnant in the morning and 25 weeks by 3pm. I can’t believe the size of this belly!

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Due to the demands of writing a cookbook (we turned the manuscript in yesterday!!) and the nausea, I completely stopped working out in the months of January and February. I tried to squeeze in a workout or two on the weekends, but during the week, I couldn’t. Any time I had that I wasn’t working, I was resting, saving energy up to spend it with my toddlers, or just laying down and resting.

If you know me, you know I love HIIT workouts and spinning, but with a twin pregnancy, things are a bit more delicate, so I’m planning on switching from those types of workouts to light strength workouts and long walks (now that it’s nice out.)

First Trimester Favorites

You don’t need much in the first trimester, especially now that we’re all working from home and living in stretchy pants. But there are a few things that I already have purchased especially for this pregnancy (since I’m showing sooner) and books I’m reading to quell my anxiety about having twins.

  • Binto vitamins: when I found out I was pregnant, I told the specialists at Binto and they changed my vitamin plan to include what I need for a healthy pregnancy (including prenatal vitamins, of course.) You can use code INSPIRALIZED for a discount off their customized vitamin plans.
  • When You’re Expecting Twins, Triplets, or Quads, an eye-opening read about how the proper nutrition during a multiples pregnancy can reduce your risk of pre-term birth, low birth weight, and more.
  • Lululemon aligns (with pockets): I bought these during my pregnancy with Roma and they are just the best – they’re supportive and last up until the very last day of your pregnancy!
  • Mama Mio tummy butter cream and Zoe Organics Belly Oil: my belly is going to be HUGE this time, and to prevent and treat discomfort from skin stretching, I stocked up on the same creams I used with my other pregnancies. I like oil at night (it soaks into the skin overnight better) and cream in the morning.
  • This comfy bra to wear during the daytime – it’s supportive, but light. I’m obsessed!
  • These Maternity AG Jeans – they don’t have a belly panel or band, but somehow, they are so comfortable and don’t dig into my love handles and give me an awkward shape. They grow with you and will be great to have postpartum, as well. I’ve been wearing them since about 9 weeks, when my regular pants just didn’t fit anymore.

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My Fears Around Twin Pregnancy & For All the Twin Moms..

Thank you for all your kindness in advance. While I’m talking a lot about being shocked and all the changes that need to happen, I truly feel blessed. I feel like I was chosen to carry these miracles, and I feel so lucky to be able to experience a twin pregnancy, twin birth, and have twin children. It’s very cool, and I am excited to grow our family and see Roma become a big sister!

However, I am fearful. I’m fearful of having to have a C-section with newborn twins and two demanding toddlers, living in a 3 story apartment (stairs!) I’m fearful of all that can go wrong with an identical twin pregnancy, like Twin-to-Twin Transfusion (you can Google that!) and preterm labor. I’m fearful of the night time, taking care of two babies (we’re debating whether or not we need to hire help for this) and the nursing experience. I’m going to do everything that I can possibly do to have the healthiest pregnancy possible, but understand that some things are out of my control. And of course, I’m worried about giving attention to all of my children – 4 is a lot!

Lastly, I do have one thing I’d like to ask you…. for all twin moms (identical or not!), can you please share your best advice, how to handle the first few weeks, your tricks for surviving the night time. Anything and everything twin-related!

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Anonymous says:
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Meaghan says:
Through Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/inspiralized/
Chrissie says:
Congrats! Twins are so magical! Find a local group with the link.... these ladies are legit!
Cecilia says:
I highly recommend getting snoo bassinets if you can afford them. I have Mono/Di twins that just turned two and we used the Halo Bassinets but if I had to do it over again I would splurge on the Snoos. It will be VERY hard, especially if you exclusively breast feed both (which I did for 10 months) but remember it is all just a phase and it will get easier!! You've got this Mama!
Lindsay williams says:
Ahh... our stories are quite similar! I unexpectedly learned that I was expecting identical twin girls (due September 19th). I have 4 children which include a set of fraternal twins (10 years old). I am excited and also nervous! Would love to email and swap stories ! I have had a history of preterm labor with all of my pregnancies so am extra nervous now (due to my age, 40, and high risk pregnancy). Hopefully we can cheer one another on during this exciting time!!

Jodie Benson says:
Hi there! At 40 (me) and 47 (hubby) years old, my husband and I got pregnant again. Our older kids were 17, 16, and 12. Girl, Girl, Boy. We were surprised and a little shell shocked at first, but then we got pretty excited. We too kept getting told there was only one baby. My oldest two kept teasing that we were going to have twins. Well..... We went to our 20 weeks scan and got told our appointment works take twice as long because there were two babies. We started giggling and talking. We were both extremely thrilled. On February 24, 2013 we had fraternal girls via c-section. I didn't have any complications from having a c- section and I healed quickly. I chose to just do the c-section rather than try for vaginal delivery since I didn't want to end up having to do both. It was a good thing as well, because my second baby curled up behind my ribs and decided she wasn't coming out. They had to push her down. I was so fortunate for those first two months that my husband could take off work and that we could afford to. We both got up for each feeding and fed them at the same time. Then diaper change. My husband was so wonderful about doing this with me. After he went back to work and the girls were a little bigger we would do feedings solo, one baby works get fed and changed and then the other one. He would do the 10-11pm feeding while i slept and then I would do the 2am and he would do the 6am, since he had to be up for work anyway. It worked fairly well. After they started sleeping 6 hours at a time I would do the 10pm feeding and hubby would do the a.m. During the day my older girls would help if I really needed it. I didn't have them do too much though, because I didn't want them to feel as if they lost their teenage years. It took quite a bit of teamwork, but we managed. That first 6 months was the toughest. Once they started sleeping for longer stretches it got better. Once they were a year old and didn't need the middle of the night feeding we established a strict bedtime routine. We had two rocking chairs in their room. We had mini cribs for each of them to save on space so they could share a room. My hubby works take one and i would take the other. They would get cleaned up/bathed and then diapered and dressed for bed at 7:00. They'd get their last bottles and get rocked and sung to until about 7:30/7:45. We did this routine every night for a couple of years. It helped establish their sleep habits. My other kids were older while yours are still really young. I'm sure that will play into your decision to seek help. Having twins can seem overwhelming, but if you have a good routine and keep things organized it helps a lot. Good Luck! And be prepared for people to ask silly questions and sometimes just be pushy or rude.

Marcela Ortega says:
Congratulations Ali and Lu!! I just want to say how exciting your news was, I’ve been following you for some time and although I am the mother of a now 20 year old, I just relate so much to you. I enjoy seeing your content about the kids and your activities with them and as much as I wanted another child, it just wasn’t in my cards so I get extremely excited when someone shares their pregnancy news. I often read your posts and think about how much has changed when I was pregnant (19 and without a clue in the world) so I still dream of what I would do now if I was expecting, and your approach to raising a family is just so... refreshing. I truly send you and your lovely family the best well wishes all the way from California and I look forward to seeing your posts and progress during the next few months (and years!). Also I’m sure you’ve gotten this in a comment but Melissa Wood Health has some great light, pregnancy workouts! Sending you so much love ❤️
Catherine says:
Omg!!! So exciting, and so scary!! Been there!! I had a 1.5 year old at home. We tried for one more. Went in for my ultrasound late bc, it was our second...what’s the rush, ha! We were hit with the news of di/di twins. I went into hysterics. I had no feeling like you that there might be 2. The idea was like not even mentioned. They don’t run in either family, etc. apparently hyper ovulation is a thing and bam- twins! It took me MONTHS to get excited. I was in panic mode. All the same reasons, house, car, having (only 1!) but still, a 1.5 yr old at home. It all worked out, though I did have to have a c-section which was not my plan. I had a doula and a completely natural child birth with #1. But the c-section was bc baby A was measuring quite a bit smaller than baby B and they were worried. All good and recovery was not bad. So don’t stress that part. We ended up moving into a bigger house with a guesthouse. My mom moved in. I put a couch in the nursery and nursed them at the same time - always! (At least until they got too big or distracted to nurse together). Definitely hire help if you can, I don’t know what I’d of done without my mom and my husband being there to hand one baby off to while still nursing the other. They are 4 now. We are surviving!! And you will, too. Just breathe!!! You’ve GOT THIS MAMA!!!!! What a miracle!!!
Marnie Schreiner says:
Yay! Congratulations! Having twins is great, definitely a lot of work I won’t cover that up but it’s amazing and so much fun! Don’t let anyone scare you, just keep your babies on the same feeding/sleeping schedule and your life will be 👌🏼 Mine are 3.5 now and have an 18 month old (all boys) and it’s the best!

Stephanie says:
Fellow MoDi twin mom here! I have (almost) 2 year old identical boys. First, this is SO exciting! I have followed you for years and always thought we would be friends in real life, and the fact that you are having identical twins now solidifies my thoughts that we would be best friends. Also I could have thrown up just from saying the word broccoli in my first trimester. Oh, and if you are ravenous now just wait until you start breastfeeding them. Identical twin pregnancy is... scary. I would go into my MFM appointments holding my breath every 2 weeks (I am sure you will start going often around 20 weeks or so). At my 30 week appointment we found that Baby A had TTTS, so I got steroid shots, and we scheduled a csection for 34 weeks. Overall my pregnancy was wonderful. I was able to continue doing Barre classes up until that 30 week appointment and, other than the first trimester, I felt really good. My biggest piece of advice is to think realistically about birth. We spent 37 days in the NICU. Not all identical twins end up there, but it is certainly common. I don't say it to scare you, but I do think I would have been a lot more terrified if I thought I was going to be able to hold my babies right away, and then they unexpectedly were whisked away to the NICU. I knew that was likely going to happen, and I mentally prepared myself for it. Their time in the NICU also meant pumping instead of nursing. It ended up working better for me even after they got home because it meant me and my husband could share feedings. I was able to build a great freezer stash, which meant mom could actually leave the house every once in a while. 10/10 recommend. :) I have perfect little toddler boys now, and while all the scariness during pregnancy and NICU time will never be forgotten, it is hard to believe these boys were ever so fragile. I am SO happy for you and love that you will be sharing this journey for other twin (especially MoDi) parents. I wish I would have had you as a resource during my twin pregnancy. Best of luck- I will be cheering you on the whole time! : )
Anonymous says:
Congratulations!! Such an exciting time! I had your exact same experience 14 years ago - mono / di identical twins on my third pregnancy - taking us to a family of six. And you are right - it changes everything logistically! We also had to say goodbye to our recently purchased new car, book two hotel rooms, etc. I too was alone when I found out - my husband had taken the older two on a long planned camping trip and I was going to join them after my "routine" ultrasound. I didn't sleep a wink that night running everything over in my head! My best advice is to prioritize getting comfortable with tandem breastfeeding. It changed everything for me. Even when I was alone with the kids, both babies were happy, it was quiet, and I could talk and interact with the older two. Once that was working well, I felt like I could take care of everyone. So get the big twin poppy, and give it your best shot. Congratulations again - it is a very busy season, but honestly, I miss it now! Here's my crew of girls - twins on the ends.

Karen K says:
Congratulations ! Such exciting wonderful news Ali - love to you all xxx
Deirdre says:
Hi Ali, huge congratulations on your pregnancy. My sister-in-law just sent me your instagram video about finding out you were having twins and it was like watching a parallel universe 😊 I am 13 weeks + 2 on my third pregnancy (2 + 4 years old boys already) and I'm expecting monochorionic twins in early October. I also was told one baby initially at 8 weeks then found out at 10 weeks there were in fact two! I also attended the scans alone due to Covid and just blurted the news out to my husband over the phone after my scan. The logistics kept me awake at night initially plus the anxiety of all the risks involved. I've been completely wiped out the past week with a sinus infection and have struggled to get out of bed the past few days. I'm doing my best to eat and drink as much as I can but it's hard right now. I really hope I'll be over this dose soon andy energy levels will increase 🙏 My Dad is a twin and he has identical twins brothers so even though it was a huge shock to find out we are having twins we were kind of playing with fire on this pregnancy 😊 One day at a time now and just hoping for two healthy littles babas at the end of the day. Look after yourself. I'll be following everything x
Anonymous says:
Congratulations! I have 5-year b/g twins and I didn't find out until I was 10-weeks. I went into the ER, thinking I was having an appendicitis and ended up with an ovarian cyst and a 2nd baby! My twins did come early and I had to have an emergency c-section due to placenta abruption. While we had a long NICU stay, I have an entire group who loved and cared for my kids while I could recovered. NICU doctors and Nurses will always hold a special place in my heart for how they love and care for the families in their care. My best advice is don't be afraid to ask for help and be gentle on yourself. There are so many things that are changing and two at one time is amazing and crazy at the same time! They will have an amazing bond that is incredible to watch. Do what works for you and your family! Congratulations again! Welcome to the twin mama club! You are a super woman!
Courtney says:
First....CONGRATS!!! I have B/G 4 year old twins. It was a very long process trying to have kids with many rounds of IUI's, IVF and 2 miscarriages so learning that we were having twins was truly a miracle and one I will never take for granted but everyday is something new and a challenge with two! I had them at 34 weeks and they were in the NICU for about 2 weeks. That was tough leaving them there and being at home but the NICU nurses are the most amazing people you will ever meet and get your children on such a schedule that when you bring them home eventually things are a little easier. I don't have much advice since its basically survival and we didn't know anything different since we don't have other kids. Everyone will give you LOTS of advice but you honestly have to do what works best for you and your family. I can't imagine having 2 kids then twins but you are a SUPER mom and will be amazing. Can't wait to follow along on this journey with you! Best of luck and try not be too nervous about the pregnancy, I was SUPER freaked out and it was actually a breeze. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions. Courtney Coyne
Anonymous says:
I am now the 64y ear old mother of identical twin boys who are 26. They were a c-section birth because they were both breech. one weighed 6.7 pounds and the other 6.9. I gained 50 pounds. We painted one of the twins toenails bright pink so people could tell them apart. When they were born my oldest son was 19 months and my daughter was almost 5. Although I had enough breast milk i pumped for them for 3 solid months because they simply would not nurse. Didn't have much help but we survived and I wouldn't trade it for anything. Look at the Kia Telluride. It is an amazing vehicle which you may like instead of the mini-van. Feel free to contact me. Always happy to help. As a side not I am a RN as well. Take care, Susan
Phi says:
Hi!!!! Congrats!!!! Boy/girl twin mom (and we had a toddler first) so 3 under 3! Best advice is to try and stick to a schedule and get the twins on the same schedule, it’s hard but totally helps. You’ll find your zen and everything will seem manageable :) you’ve got this!! Honestly, we joke sometimes that the twins are easier than the toddler!
Sonja says:
I have been following you and cooking stuff from all your cookbooks for many, many years. I have some zucchini that needs to be used and of course I thought to “inspiralize” it! Came to your site and was like, WAIT! WHAT?! I am so out of the loop! Not anymore though! So unbelievably excited for you and your family! Can’t wait to read all your blogs and IG posts moving forward. ❤️❤️❤️
Anonymous says:
Very excited for you! Congrats.
Meg Metz says:
Congratulations Ali & Lu! I don’t have any advice... but I just wanted to say I’m so excited for you guys. Ali I’ve followed you for years and you’re truly the most amazing mother. Congrats again! ❤️
Anonymous says:
Congratulations! I pray you have a easy and blessed and healthy pregnancy. My only comment would be to make sure your dinner plates and glasses are lead-free. So many beautiful China and glazed dishes have dangerous levels of lead and cadmium. Some say on the packaging. Some you have to Google. The only reason I know about this is that it happened to a friend of mines child! 🙏❤
Ann says:
I don't have twins but just want to say congratulations on your wonderful news! My youngest is 18 now and my other two are in their 20s, so I miss those days with little ones! Enjoy it! Sending prayers your way!
Emily says:
Ali, I've been following you since the days of the Paderno spiralizer (before you even had your own!). I love how open you are with your followers, and I truly am so happy for you - I told my own family! Congratulations, and thank you for sharing this special story with us.
Andrea says:
I'm so glad I happened to come across your story, because I was in your exact situation a year ago. I gave birth to mo/di twins in August 2020 when my oldest was 3, and my second was just 18months, so I've been taking care of four kids under 4yo. It has been the happiest time of my life, and the hardest! I had a very complicated pregnancy, involving TTTS and Selective IUGR, but we made it to 34 weeks and I miraculously have healthy babies. I learned a ton in the process, so I'd be happy to share further info if you develop any issues. Now, every day is a challenge, but so far, my most helpful purchases are my wonderfold wagon, my twin z pillow,and my freemie breast pump. I'm so grateful for these genius inventions. Good luck! I wish you the best!
Jen says:
Congrats! Fellow twin mom here. I can't resist offering advice. 1. Know that the first year will be very challenging, but once they are 1 or so, they play together and you'll get to witness one of the most precious relationships on earth develop. 2. Don't like Dr. Luke's weight targets for moms throw you off. I wasn't gaining for the longest time then suddenly was 80 lbs heavier! 3. Hire help–for the babies and your toddlers 4. Keep them on the same eating and napping schedule. Tough waking up a waking baby I know. 5. I highly recommend the Twin Z nursing pillow. One of my twins didn't nurse well and I didn't have a large supply so I eventually used the Twin Z to bottle feed them simultaneously while pumping wearing a pumping bra. Seems crazy but it cut our feeding time down to 30 minutes. 6. Go on lots of dates now! https://twinznursingpillow.com/product/twin-z-pillow/

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the soup that broke the internet! 😜🥣haha, just kidding, but after posting this on stories, my DMs were flooded with, "share the recipe!" and then dozens of you made the soup solely based off my story videos (which is why I shared it!)⁣ 👏🏼

I'm still deep in the newborn fog to take proper photos and build an SEO-friendly blog post (it's an hours-long process), so I'm sharing it here in the meantime - just save it to refer back to! you're going to want to make this alllll winter long.⁣ ❄️

potato and brussels sprouts white bean soup w/ or w/o chicken sausage⁣ 👇🏼
serves 4-6

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil⁣
1/2 red onion, diced⁣
2 garlic cloves, minced⁣
2 carrots, diced⁣
1 large celery rib, diced⁣
1 15-ounce can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed⁣
1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary⁣
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme⁣
4 cups vegetable broth (I'm using @bonafideprovisions and it's honestly a game-changer! code INSPIRALIZED for 15% off!)⁣
salt and pepper⁣
1 1/2 pound bag creamer potatoes, halved⁣
1 pound chicken sausage, sliced⁣
12 ounces shredded brussels sprouts⁣
shredded Parmesan cheese (I'm loving @foragerproject's vegan Parmesan shreds)⁣
red pepper flakes to garnish⁣

heat half the olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. add the onion, garlic, carrots, and celery and cook for 5 minutes or until onions are translucent. add the cannellini beans, rosemary, thyme, and stir. add the broth, 2 cups water, and season generously with salt and pepper. bring to a boil and boil for 5 minutes. use an immersion blender to blend the soup. add the potatoes, bring back to a boil, and reduce heat to a medium-simmer and let cook for 10 to 15 minutes or until potatoes are tender.⁣

while potatoes cook, heat the remaining oil in a large skillet over medium heat. add the chicken sausage and cook until browned. add the brussels sprouts, season with salt and pepper, and cook until sprouts are tender and chicken is cooked through. keep aside. if you're vegetarian, just simply omit chicken sausage.⁣

once potatoes are done, add the chicken and sprouts to the soup, stir, and serve. top with cheese and red pepper flakes.