Mother’s To Be Of Twins Wanna Know: How Can I Have A Healthy Twin Pregnancy?
Mother’s To Be Of Twins Wanna Know: How Can I Have A Healthy Twin Pregnancy?
The twins are 31 months, 2 weeks, and 6 days old.
This was the biggest concern for me when learning I was holding two little beans inside of my belly, instead of the one I was expecting. It’s absolutely normal to have added worries with an additional baby.
Some questions you may have lingering in your mind.
1. How can my body possibly handle a twin pregnancy? Can my uterus bear the strain?
I used to think that my uterus couldn’t possibly hold 11, 12 lbs. of baby when the most it ever held successfully was 7 lbs. 2 oz. And one of my babies came almost 3 weeks early as it was…NOT true. Scratch that one off of your worry list. You’d be shocked at how far that sucker can stretch!
2. Will I be placed on bed rest?
You have a greater chance of being put on it, but it is far from a definite, especially in today’s day and age. Doctor’s don’t automatically call on bed rest for everyone with multiples, as it once used to be. I didn’t see a day of it. Here’s more info. on bed rest with twins in case that should happen for you. It is not the end of the world IF it does happen.
3. Must I have a c section?
Absolutely not. You will see that many people will expect you to, but over half of women with twins have vaginal births, and many of the other half are elective c sections, or repeat sections. Read more about this subject in depth, and the importance of creating a birth plan early on.
4. Will my babies come early?
Over half of twins come early, but the vast majority of these will come between the 35th and 37th week of pregnancy, so still at a very healthy time to deliver multiples. With today’s technology you can rest assured that there has never been a better time medically, to be pregnant with twins.
5. Will my babies be healthy?
While there might be a slight increase in things such as cerebral palsy, mental retardation, stillbirth, even possibly SIDS with multiples, odds are definitely in your favor for healthy babies. It’s something you need not think about during your pregnancy.
Nobody I personally talked to over my own pregnancy, which was over 200 women in total, had any of the above listed troubles with either of their twins. Do talk to your doctor about your concerns. Also, please follow the advice below to do all that you can to have the healthiest twin pregnancy possible.
And then of course, there are worries about how twins will affect your life, your relationship, even your physical appearance. Let all of those worries slide for awhile, and just focus on your babies and having the best pregnancy you can possibly have. Worry and stress are not good for you nor the babies. As I have found out myself, everything falls into place over time. Worrying is a waste of precious pregnancy time. Please don’t sacrifice any of it. You will make it through, I assure you.
Things That will help you have a healthy twin pregnancy and healthy babies
1. Take your prenatal vitamins daily.
You can ask your doctor if there are any additional supplements you should take with two in tow.
2. Extra calories and extra weight gain for healthy babies.
Be sure to add an extra 300-600 calories to your diet for the extra baby you are carrying. There seems to be some controversy on exactly how many extra calories, but I will say between the above amount should do your babies and yourself just fine. The average weight gain with twins is between 35-45 lbs. A bit more than the averages for a singleton, though some will gain less and some will gain more. 1 poud per week on average seems best. Ex: 24 weeks = 24 lbs.
If you are underweight or overweight this may also affect your weight gain. Talk to your doctor about what he thinks your target weight gain should be. As long as your babies are growing well on ultrasound, according to their gestational age, your doctor will most likely be pleased with your weight gain.
3. Eat sensibly.
This helps grow strong, healthy babies, and will help mom to not over-gain so her postpartum recovery will run smoother. Mom in return is healthier to, which you want to be healthy as can be with two newborns on the way. Do allow yourself some craving indulgences, just not constant ones. Eating for 3 is in fact a myth.
*Important fact:* Protein is most important to your babies birth-weight, and can increase your chances of carrying to term. (Bring on the protein!!)
a) Lean meats
b) Nuts and seeds
c) Milk products
d) Fish (cooked fish, and not fish that is high in mercury.)
4. Light exercise.
If you are not placed on any restrictions exercise wise, or they are modified in the second or third trimester which is a possibility but certainly not a given with twins anymore. (I had no restrictions at all as did many of my pregnant with twins cyber-friends.) Get yourself feeling good and looking good by walking. It’s the best and the safest prenatal exercise for most all women.
Pop in a light prenatal DVD to, if your doctor agrees that it is safe. It helps make you feel better, helps with the delivery, and postpartum recovery. They also say that the endorphins released during exercise (and sex) not only makes you happier, but your babies happier in utero to. Who knew 😀 ?
5. Great prenatal care.
Always get proper prenatal care, and attend all of your scheduled ultrasounds and testing. Don’t miss a beat. Stress tests, your NT scan, the anatomy scan, triple screen testing, glucose testing for gestational diabetes, etc.
6. Avoid and/or limit certain substances.
Limit caffeine intake, only take necessary medications your doctor knows about, obviously avoid alcohol and smoking, and being around people who smoke if you possibly can. Secondhand smoke has proven to also be harmful to us, therefore I am sure the same applies to our unborn children.
7. Find a great doctor with a great reputation and a fabulous rapport.
Have a doctor you really like and can confide in, and always follow his advice and any instructions or recommendations made to you. Do your homework on him or her prior. Make sure he or she is a trusted physician, and you feel totally comfortable around this person. You’ll be spending quite a lot of time together.
8. Don’t fear those two little words…HIGH RISK!
Sometimes hearing that can put a scare into you all on its own. Please, don’t let it. There are a million things that can cause a pregnancy to be considered high risk. The vast majority of the time twin pregnancies have a happy and healthy outcome. Try and relax. Your doctor will make sure he or she does all they can to monitor you and your babies closely to properly manage the pregnancy and help you deliver healthy babies.
6. Reduce stress in your life.
If you have other kids, a job, etc. it’s impossible to eliminate all forms of stress, just do what you can. Step away from things that stress you that you are able to avoid. My biggest piece of advice for Internet surfers? Read this site now that you have found it, but avoid Googling AT ALL COSTS! It made me crazy about so many things.
10. Find support in others like you.
Your husband might be a great support system, or he may have a lot of worries of his own like mine did and you may feel like you aren’t getting the support from your partner that you feel you deserve because of their own fears, (usually surrounding money.) Don’t blame them. Some men handle the news of multiples well, and others go into a shock like some women do. Allow them their right to feel as they do, but know they aren’t the only source of support that you have, nor are they the best in some ways.
Moms that have been there, and ones who are going through the twin pregnancy experience along with you, are a great source of guidance, comfort, knowledge, and support. Though I don’t recommend Googling anything about twins or twin pregnancy really at all, please do Google twin mom groups, twin support groups, and such names as this. You will find plenty of resources to aid you in your journey and ease your worries.
Yes, it is normal to have additional fears while pregnant with multiples, but please be optimistic. I really regret now that I was always waiting for something bad to happen. Bad things can happen in any pregnancy, but following the above advice by taking good care of yourself and your babies-to-be, gives you the best leg up possible. Most twin pregnancies turn out just fine. You got this mama!
If you ever need a shoulder, have a question, or simply need to talk, though of course I get very busy, I’ll always make time for you: Contact@twinpossible.com
Healthy & happy!
Enjoy your twin pregnancy!