Healthy Pregnancy Facts For Twins
Twins: double the fun, double the trouble, double the love, and double the worry! If you are having twins, you may be feeling even more anxious about the pregnancy. After all, carrying not one but two babies is a pretty big deal! Read on to discover some top tips for a healthy pregnancy:
- Put your health first – There is only one place to begin, and this is with your own health. Make sure you are eating healthy and staying sufficiently hydrated. When you are pregnant with twins, your nutritional needs are going to be different. Listen to your body. If you are experiencing any symptoms out of the ordinary, such as discharge or bad cramping, call your doctor to be safe. Don’t worry about being a nuisance – it’s better to be safe than sorry, as they say.
- Anticipate more pains and more aches – Unfortunately, as you’re carrying two babies, you’re now going to have twice as many aches and pains. After all, our bodies are only meant to carry one. When you carry twins, your stomach goes twice as quickly and your uterus grows twice as much, so it’s only natural that you’re going to end up having round ligament pain and back pain. You can start to feel this as early as 25 weeks. This may mean you have to go on bed rest or cut back on work hours earlier than anticipated.
- Visit the hospital you’re going to give birth at – It’s often a good idea to visit the hospital you are going to give birth at in advance. This will put you at ease, as you will already know what to expect and you will be familiar with your surroundings. You will also meet some of the health professionals that work at the hospital. Midwives can deliver twins, and you may even meet the midwife that delivers yours. Of course, nurses and midwives are constantly busy, so it’s best not to disturb them while they are on duty.
- Find support now – Mothers of multiples are 43 percent more likely to have severe or moderate postpartum depressive symptoms when compared with mothers of singletons. This is according to a study in the Pediatrics journal. Plus, a lot of mums that have twins have already struggled with infertility and miscarriage, which can result in even more stress. This is why it is a good idea to make sure you have support systems in place already. This can include finding online communities and forums for moms of twins, as well as asking friends and family members if they can help you to look after the babies so you can have some time to yourself.
- Clear your schedule for more doctor’s visits – Last but not least, you are going to be visiting the doctor’s office a lot more regularly. You may have to have sonograms each week after you reach the 30-week more to ensure your babies are growing well and your amniotic fluid levels are adequate.