having another baby after twins...and what if it's twins again???

Katie - posted on 08/19/2011 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My twin boys are 3 years old now, and my husband and I are contemplating trying for another baby in the next year or two. Our pregnancy with our twins was totally unplanned, and we def weren't expecting TWINS! Of course we can't imagine life without them now, and I am starting to get really excited about the idea of having a baby again now that we are more "experienced" parents. However, I am not so sure I would be ready to have twins again. Of course if it happened we would consider it a special gift, but still...AHH haha. I guess I am looking for other's experiences of having another baby (or two) after twins....how old were your first twins, how did they adjust, etc. Also, does anyone out there know anything you can do to try to prevent a second twin pregnancy? I am just longing for the experience to care for just one infant. Any insight would be appreciated! Oh, and our twins are fraternal, and twins do run on my father's side of the family. He has twin aunts, twin brothers, and his sister (my aunt) has twin girls so I know our chances of twins again are def higher.

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Frances - posted on 08/26/2011

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we have two sets of twins and its wonderful. My boys are 5 years older than my girls and they help all of the time. They also fight, but thats natural. They each have a hand to hold.

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Danielle - posted on 09/13/2011

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I got pregnant with a singleton when my twin boys were 9 months old. The twins are now 2 and the baby is going to be 6 months at the end of this month. My husband wants to try for a girl but im afraid to. I already have three boys. Having the singleton was alot easier then haveing the twins. Both sides of our family has twins. I have twin sisters and on the husband side there are twins. So we are doomed. The chances of us having another set of twins is high. But if we did have twins again i hope they are girls. I hope this helps in a way.

Jane - posted on 09/06/2011

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I have a friend who had three sets of twins. Each set got a bit easier and they had already purchased two of everything so it was less expensive. There was no more sibling rivalry than among any set of kids.

Beth - posted on 09/06/2011

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We got pregnant again when our twins were 5 months old. I was scared to death about having another set of twins because the 1st set was unexpected. We ended up having a singleton (he alone weighed as much as my twins did together!). It's been a great experience but A LOT of work. My twin are alomost 22 months and my last baby is almost 6 months (and becoming mobile!!). It's been so much easier with this last baby since we went through new parent boot camp with twins :)

Cassie - posted on 08/26/2011

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My boys are 2.5 and we are also considering another baby. I'd like to have a girl, God willing. Not that I don't love my boys, cause I couldn't love them any more! I just know that they will want to do things that "mom's" aren't supposed to do! lol (Yes I know that I may not get a momma's girl, but a daddy's girl!) Like you, I am worried about the chance of another set of twins. Twins on my side go back a couple gen. to my great aunt who had I think 2 sets of twins and a set of tripelts! Now on my husband's side, he had a couple cousins that lost a set each, and a brother that has a set of fraternal little boys who are 9 mths older than our identical boys. I keep telling people who ask when we're having another one, that I'm waiting to see what my sister-in-law has first! I wish you luck and God's blessings!

Kelly - posted on 08/20/2011

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We got pregnant with a singleton when our twins were 11 months old. Caring for one was so much easier and our twins adjusted well. Then when they had just turned three and our singleton was 16 months we got pregnant again with twins. The second set of twins was easier then the first. I love that all of our kids are so close in age, but it does take a lot of work. even though your chances of having another set are slim, I would make sure you ready for twins again before deciding to get pregnant.

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There is nothing you can do to prevent another twin pregnancy, but it's highly unlikely you will have another set of twins. I was told by my doctor the odds were about 1:10,000. Of course, we beat those odds and have two sets of twins -- one set is 3 1/2; the other is 3 months. The second pregnancy was harder, but caring for the second set of twins is a lot easier.

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