Every baby is a blessing from god. But, you should consider yourself handpicked-by-God if you are blessed by two buns in your oven. Now, with more children comes more responsibility and stress and you have to manage them at the same time. You can’t just ignore the boy crying when you are busy with the girl. So, for that we have come up with 10 tips to manage your twins like a pro before and after the delivery.
Put your health first
Be sure you’re eating healthy and staying sufficiently hydrated because your nutritional needs are different when you’re pregnant with twins. Also, listen to your body, don’t disregard symptoms like cramping and discharge— call your doctor to be safe.
Expect more aches and pains
“Our bodies were only really meant to carry one,” said Natalie Diaz, author of “What To Do When You’re Having Two” and founder of Twiniversity. With twins, your uterus grows twice as much and your belly twice as quickly, so expect to have back pain and round ligament pain. You may start feeling uncomfortable as early as 25 weeks. And with so much extra weight, especially on your cervix and pelvis, you may have to cut back on work hours or even go on bed rest.
Clear your schedule for more doctor’s visits
You’ll likely see a high-risk doctor who will make sure you’re healthy and your babies are growing well— but who may also require more appointments. After 30 weeks, you may have sonograms every week to make sure your amniotic fluid levels are adequate and your babies are growing well.
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A study in the journal Pediatrics found that moms of multiples were 43 percent more likely to have moderate or severe postpartum depressive symptoms than moms who had singletons.
Many moms who have twins have already struggled with miscarriage and infertility, which can put even more stress on them. Ask for help from a family member or friend, hire a babysitter or mother’s helper and look for organizations or online communities for moms of multiples.
Get ready early
Full term for twins is 37 weeks, but be prepared because you may go into labor earlier. The period of your delivery is inversely proportional to the number of babies you are going to give birth to. According to the March of Dimes, close to 60 percent of all twins and more than 90 percent of triplets are born prematurely (before 37 weeks). The average twin pregnancy lasts 35 weeks. Triplet pregnancies average 33 weeks, and quad pregnancies average 29 weeks.Educate yourself about the most common risks and complications of twin pregnancies, but don't obsess about all the things that can go wrong. Become familiar with the warning signs of preterm labor.
If your babies are in the NICU, or go home with medical problems, don’t expect the worst. God has chosen you to handle them altogether because you have the power to manage the same. You should never be anything but positive, and then you worry about something when someone tells you to worry.
Get a twin feeding pillow
While you’re at the hospital, request a visit with the lactation consultant, but also talk to every single person who walks into hospital room because every culture has a different way of breastfeeding and their techniques might help you. You can also consider purchasing a twin feeding pillow and alternate your babies and breasts at each feeding to keep your milk supply equal.
Have a routine
The earlier you get your babies on the same feeding and sleep schedule, the easier it will be. So even if only one wakes up for a feeding, wake the other one up so their schedules will eventually be in sync.
Ride the storm
Chances are, your babies will be teething and sick at the same time as one another and although it will be tough, remember: As they get older and you’ve been through it a few times, it will get easier.
Make time for your partner
Nobody thinks about preparing their marriage, especially after having twins. Since couples who have twins are more likely to end up divorced, it’s important that you make time for each other, get out as often as you can for a date night and make sex a priority.
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