Expecting a baby is a delight already but when you are expecting two of them, it certainly becomes a twin delight! Just as caring for a single baby is a big responsibility, safely giving birth and taking care of twins is a Herculean task. Once you know that you have been blessed with twins, the first thing you should do is find out details about a twin pregnancy. First-hand accounts from mothers of twins, the net, from doctors or books – devour all that you can to keep yourself informed and prepared. Many online communities on twins and mothers of twins are useful sites to share your fears, doubts, making you feel better.
With a twin pregnancy comes oodles of weight, increased quotas of morning sickness and of course, many scans. There are a lot of dos and don’ts that come with the twin package. Firstly, drink as much water as you can to keep your babies hydrated inside. Remember, dehydration could lead to premature labor. Eat as much as you can, there are three of you now. All of you need your nutrition. Keep off from all kinds of junk food. Keep away from cats. Now, what do cats have to do with twins you might ask? Well, the feces of cats cause a disease called toxoplasmosis that can cause birth defects in your children. Folic Acid, vitamins and iron are highly recommended supplements with your daily nutritious food. Short naps are recommended too. Use a support to give rest to your muscles and spine as they are taking extra load.
Even if you are an exercise-freak, do not exercise. Any jerky movement could cause a strain on the pelvis that holds your babies. Say a definite ‘no’ to alcohol, drugs and smoking. You can decide whether you want healthy babies or want a puff or a drink. Do keep yourself armed with the knowledge of a few things like TTS (Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome), PIH (Pregnancy Induced Hypertension),IGUR (Intrauterine Growth Retardation) and gestational diabetes. Not that all of these have to occur. But, being prepared is always better so you will know what to avoid in the beginning of the pregnancy itself.
Twice blessed is double responsibility but it is also a double joy that not all mothers get to experience. So, take care and have a happy pregnancy.