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Coping with Multiple Births

Coping with Multiple Births

Coping with multiple pregnancies and multiple births is a challenging task. When you give birth to twins, you need to be more alert and prepare yourself beforehand. Read on to find more about making multiple pregnancies and multiple births easy.

Women expecting twins or multiple children need to cope with the extra burden after the birth of the children. Also during the pregnancy, there are few things that the would-be mother needs to take care of. The mother usually has lots of questions and concern. It becomes very important to get the answers to the questions as soon as possible. It has been observed that women who have given multiple births are more prone to postnatal depression.

How to Cope with Pre and Post Multiple Births

The struggle starts right from the time you come to know that you are pregnant with twins or multiples. There are medical issues, emotional issues and you have to prepare your mind, body and the family for the birth of your babies.

Coping with Multiple Pregnancies

Well, you do not have to eat for two or three or do something of this sort. Your body will show changes just like any other pregnant woman and the only thing is that your belly will get enlarged at a greater amount. You have to take care of your diet and maintain a varied and healthy diet plan.

Just pay attention that you take 50 – 100 percent more protein, calcium and iron and be cautious about the intake of Vitamin B12 and folic acid. No matter what your activity level is, you should take rest at intervals. It is better if you stop or make your activities minimal after 29 weeks. However, you should plan your diet according to the doctor’s advice.

Giving Birth to Multiples

Twins or multiples are born one by one and it is not necessary that both of them come with a difference of only few seconds. The doctor continuously monitors the second child and will not take any action unless there is any emergency. After the first child is born, the position of the second one is checked.

Breastfeeding Twins

Breastfeeding twins could be the biggest challenge after multiple births. But you should not worry because your body will respond in the same manner and you will have enough milk to feed both your infants. Otherwise you can find natural ways of improving and increasing breast milk supply. It depends on you and your convenience whether you want to feed them together or one at a time. You simply have to make sure the positioning is right for both of your infants.

Bottle Feeding Twins

The biggest advantage of feeding your twins with formula milk is that someone else can help you feed your infants or at least one of them.

Naming the Twins

There are options available and you can search the internet for that. However, some parents like to name their twins that they feel will work together. Make sure the names fit in with your last name also.

Parenting Twins

If your twins are identical you might be able to get confused or not perfectly distinguish both of them. Do not feel guilty. It is natural and obvious. Watching them grow and develop together will be a real fun. Enjoy your parenting period and watch how they get along with each other.

Take help from your husband and involve him in day to day activities. Just keep in mind that twins squabble more than other siblings and they learn to share very early too. So, you can ignore many things unless one is not harming the other one. However, you will find that learning language is experienced late in twins and multiples as compared to singletons.

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Alexandra.7 years ago
i am expecting twins. while net surfing, i came upon this page. it is really helpful for me. after going through the article, all my fears are at rest and i am at my best to take up the challenges of the twins. though parenting twins will be a challenge, but due to your tips i am sure that i will smoothly sail through the testing times. thanks.
Cindy Crowe.7 years ago
my due date is just a week away and will be having triplets. i am worried about breast feeding issues. how will i breast feed my new triplets. will my milk be sufficient for them. what if all three of them require to be fed at the same time.
Gweneth.7 years ago
i am carrying triplets and am into my last trimester now. i always feel fatigued, tired and cranky. i did not enjoy my pregnancy till now. i always have breathless feeling. now i am wondering if this is my state during pregnancy, what will happen after delivery. how will i cope with triplets....
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