Preparing for Multiple Pregnancy

Having twins and multiples is just not the same as having a single baby – and it is very important for expectant parents to be aware of the risks, potential complications and birth options. Multiples also require many times the preparation that you would normally need for a single baby.

Here are a few pointers that could help a  when you are looking forward to the birth of your twins or multiples:

Be Informed

The best way to be prepared is to be well informed. When you are expecting twins or multiples, you may also find that your doctor does not give out much advice or information, as most health professionals are not multiple-trained. So get as much information as you can, earlier on in the pregnancy.

Research on the Internet, join a Twins and Multiples Club (if you can find one in your neighborhood) and ask a lot of questions. Ignore any negative comments from non-multiple parents as this may only make you more anxious and remember they have no experience. Instead, you could sign up in an online twins forum for real advice from other women pregnant with multiples.

Be Ready

Pack your bags early and get organized. When it’s twins or multiples you are expecting, they may arrive earlier than expected. Approximately 80 per cent of multiple births occur before the expected due date.

Beware Of The Risks

As there is a higher risk of complications with twins than with single births – it is important that you be aware of what to expect, so you can plan your line of action. But there is no need to panic or live in a state of fear as expert medical monitoring can help reduce many of the risks associated with multiple pregnancies.

Along with the regular monitoring of fetal growth and normal complications of pregnancy, like high blood pressure, you will also be monitored for complications specific to multiple births, such as intrauterine growth retardation and twin-to-twin transfusions. By adhering to your appointment schedule – which will be more frequent – you can ensure that you are getting the best care possible.

Get Rest

Since your body will be working twice as hard, it will need twice as much rest. Ensure that you take regular breaks from your daily activities. Getting at least eight hours of sleep will also ensure that your body is properly rested. Your doctor may prescribe taking an early leave from work, getting help with the housework and even bed rest at home.

Prepare For Breast-Feeding

Take good care of your health, as it is also critical for successful breast-feeding. Eating right, drinking plenty of fluids and resting whenever possible will help your body produce the quantity of milk necessary to feed more than one baby. Make sure you have an emotional support system in place, including your partner and your physician, a lactation consultant, or another experienced breast-feeding mom you can turn to for advice.

Get Help

It can be challenging and physically demanding to care for one newborn. So it should not be surprising that having more than one baby can increase the work and stress. With one baby, you can sleep when the baby sleeps, but with two or more, you’ll be lucky to get a five-minute nap!

Line up help now, before the babies are born. Call relatives and friends and don’t be shy in asking for help.

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