Ok, sit down, and take a breather. Yes, you, the mom expecting twins. You have recently found out that you are expecting two babies and you are over the moon, but just as soon as you jumped for joy, you realised that this would probably be just as challenging as it will be beautiful.
Your tummy will get bigger and your budget will have to stretch further. But there is no need to worry — there are many women who’ve gone through this before you, and even lived to tell the tale.
Talk to parents who have raised twins
It’s always a good idea to talk to moms or dads who are parents to twins. Doing this will help alleviate some nerves as most will tell you, it becomes the new normal. Yes there may be some double tantrums and double trouble moments, but there will also be double hugs and kisses.
Up your folic acid intake
Now that you know that you are expecting two bundles of joy, you will need to up your folic acid intake. Pregnant women need more folic acid to help protect their developing babies from birth defects, and the sooner you start the better. “We recommend 1 milligram of folic acid per day for twin pregnancies and 0.4 milligrams for singleton pregnancies,” says Manju Monga, MD, the Berel Held Professor and the division director of maternal-fetal medicine at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in Houston who has twins. Folic acid is known to reduce risk of neural tube birth defects such as spina bifida.
A healthy diet is important for all expecting moms, but becomes even more crucial when you are eating to support the development of two healthy babies. According to doctors, you don’t have to eat significantly more than if eating for one baby. The best thing to do is to listen to your body and to eat when you are hungry. Make sure that you eat well, so that your babies get all the right nutrients.
It’s a good idea to double up on the crib, feeding pillows and everything else your twins may need. A feeding chair made for nursing twins will also come in handy, and so will extra clothes. This also means you are likely to get a lot of presents at your baby shower. Buy what you don’t have after the baby shower, to make sure you have everything and that you don’t triple up.
More time at the doctor
Women expecting twins spend a lot more time at the doctor’s office, as your growing babies will have to be constantly monitored. Morning sickness may also be worse since you will have higher levels of human chorionic gonadotropin. The good news is that the morning sickness should settle within 12 to 14 weeks of pregnancy.
More back pain
Moms carrying twins complain of back pain, sleeping difficulties and heartburn more often than moms carrying one baby. Slow things down a bit, and remember to be gentle on your body, it is busy growing two little people.
Rest often after 20 weeks
Make sure that you take things easy after 20 weeks. As like with all pregnant women, you should avoid lifting heavy objects, and drink plenty of water. This is also a good time to stop working, and to avoid long commutes or travel.
All new moms can use some support after giving birth. With two babies, this is a definite necessity. Start looking for a nanny before your due date, since you won’t have much time after the babies arrive.
Well, as you can imagine, giving birth to two babies in the same day is no child’s play. There is a large possibility that you could give birth to one baby naturally and the other by Caesarean section. Most twins are born prematurely. With technology and top-notch medical care on your side, your multiple birth experience is more than likely to be a positive one — with the end result being two healthy bundles in your arms. And, as with all aspects of pregnancy, the more knowledge you have about delivering twins, the more comfortable you’ll be when delivery day actually arrives.
Recovering physically from a multiple birth is very similar to the recovery period of a singleton, except it may take a little longer for your breasts and tummy to return back to normal. There is also a higher chance that you will have a higher rate of postpartum bleeding after your delivery. Go easy on your body. After all it has just delivered two beautiful babies.