Did you go into panic mode the minute you were told that you were expecting twins? I know that I sure did! It was my second pregnancy, and just when I thought I knew what I was in for, I discovered that I was in for double trouble. The thoughts racing through my mind ranged from what on EARTH is going to happen to my body when it’s growing TWINS, to being fearful about a high-risk pregnancy and all of the complications it can entail.
With my first pregnancy, I found the book What to Expect When You’re Expecting by Heidi Murkoff to be a valuable resource for a new mom. With my twin pregnancy, I skimmed through the chapter on having twins and immediately knew that I needed a much more in-depth resource to learn everything I could about becoming a mother of twins, and more specifically, what to expect while growing them inside of my body.
I took it upon myself to round up the best books to help parents of twins understand more about the journey they’re about to embark on, from pregnancy through early childhood.
First things first, before we get into the best pregnancy books for twins, I want to reassure you that it’s going to be OK. You’re going to rock being a mother of twin and it’s going to be FUN. I know how rattled you must be if you just found out that you’re going to be having twins. While there are surely challenges, it is such a joy to be a parent of twins. Your twins will share a special bond unlike anything you’ve ever seen and it will make up for all of the challenges of the newborn and toddler years!
Now that we’ve handled that, here is the ultimate list of twin books to help you manage your twin pregnancy!
The author of this book is Natalie Diaz, the creator of the popular blog Twinivirsity. It's my second favorite blog for moms expecting twins... after my own blog, of course! 🙂 This book is full of practical advice for new parents of multiples, from pregnancy through the first year of having twins.
Raising twins can seem scary, but Natalie breaks it down for you in a fun way. After reading this book, you will feel prepared to take on life as a twin mom!
This is a great book to walk you through exactly what is going on with your twin pregnancy. From a healthy twin pregnancy to one with complications, it has all of the essential information you need to make informed decisions throughout your pregnancy.
This book has a lot of medical research and language, so it can be hard to digest in one sitting. If you're looking for the best twin pregnancy book that goes into the most detail of your actual twin pregnancy, you will want to read this book, hands down!
It guides you through exercises that are safe for twin pregnancies, and a nutrition guide to make sure you AND your babies are getting everything that you need.
Expectant twin dads may not be growing the babies themselves, but it's crucial that they understand what is going on during twin pregnancy.
Twin Dad Joe Rawlinson offers logical advice to help the expectant twin add learn how to best support his partner throughout pregnancy and beyond. His guide will help prepare you for what to expect as twin parents.
The book has a focus on the financial strain that the surprise of twins may cause and how to best set yourself up for success financially, with money-saving tips. If you have any anxiety at all about becoming a dad to twins, this book will give you practical tips that will ease your anxiety and prepare you to confidently bring twins into the world!
It is down-to-earth, helpful, and an overall very pleasant book that every father of twins should have the opportunity to read!
This book gives you all of the details you need to have a safe and healthy pregnancy. I especially liked the details about twin fetal development and learning in-depth the differences between identical twins and fraternal twins.
This book was written by an OBGYN who became pregnant with twins herself and realized there was a need for more information out there for expectant twin mothers. It covers what to expect from trimester to trimester, the signs of pre-term labor, and all about the process of birthing twins.
It is one of the best pregnancy books about twins you could read if you're looking to know everything possible about having a healthy pregnancy.
I found the first edition of this book, "Ready or Not... Here We Come!" for $1 at a local consignment shop when I was pregnant with twins. I purchased it because #duh, it was $1 and it was the best $1 I've ever spent!
While it wasn't packed with as much helpful advice as some of the other books on this list, it was such a fun read. It was really nice to read about twin pregnancy complications and raising twins in the first from someone who had actually been through the process. After reading the book, I felt as if Elizabeth was my best friend and I felt encouraged that if she could get through it with her humor intact, then so could I!
This book has been promoted by the international breastfeeding resource La Leche League. This book is very pro-breastfeeding and aims to give every twin mom the skills and tools to successfully breastfeed twins.
Breastfeeding can be challenging for ONE baby, so when you add another baby into the mix, there are double the challenges.
If you have questions about whether or not your body can produce enough milk for twins, the best tandem breastfeeding positions, and how to handle breastfeeding if your twins are in the neonatal intensive care unit, this book will answer all of those questions.
This book covers what to expect during a twin pregnancy but also goes into detail about every challenge of raising twins through the first few years.
While it covers a broad variety of topics pertaining to twin pregnancy and raising twins, it doesn't get very in-depth. It is an excellent broad overview of the challenges that may arise and strategies to handle them throughout your journey with raising twins.
Pediatrician and twin-mom, Dr. Shelly Vaziri Flais, offers expert advice for raising healthy, well-adjusted twins and triplets in this fully revised and updated second edition. This book combines Shelly's real-life experience with her medical knowledge, to give a well-rounded and helpful book.
While this book only gives a brief overview of what to expect during the actual pregnancy, it has a lot of information on raising twins during the first few years.
From sleep schedules to potty training to all of the unique issues and challenges of raising twins, this book will give you what you need to raise twins without losing your sanity.
While this book isn't for twin pregnancies per se, it is crucial to learn all about healthy sleep habits for babies BEFORE you're in a state of pure sleep deprivation. This book is one of my favorite twin parenting books and has lots of helpful tips on how to get your twins to sleep well, even if you aren't a fan of sleep training.
Learning about how to set my newborn twins up for success with good sleep habits is one of the best things I could have ever done. My twins were sleeping soundly through the night and taking solid naps from very early on and it saved my sanity. I highly recommend this book!