As a multiples prenatal educator, I’m an expert in helping new parents ready and steady themselves.
8 PREGNANCY TIPS ON PREPARING FOR TWINS
Here are 8 pregnancy tips for Twins or key points to keep in mind when getting ready for twins both during your pregnancy as your due date gets closer and raising twins once they have arrived :
1. Book your post-natal support pre-delivery
Whether you’re having identical or fraternal twins, your two new bundles of joy require a bit of a different approach. We explore each of these tips in depth below.
2. Pause And Take 5 Deep Breaths
Close your eyes, take five deep breaths and know that you are not alone. A relaxed Mommy will make for healthier babies
Then begin to prioritize and focus on what’s immediately important: educating yourself in key subjects such as breast and bottle feeding, sleeping, scheduling, and baby gear. Anything outside of these areas isn’t necessary to know initially. Anytime you start to feel overwhelmed take another five deep breaths.
3. Be As Prepared As You Can By 30 Weeks
Close to 50% of moms expecting multiples are placed on some form of bed rest by about 30 weeks. Try and make this your ‘readiness point’ and save yourself the stress of being stuck in bed worrying about untested strollers or still-to-be-selected bedding.
At the very least, make sure you’ve had your baby shower by then (if you are having one) and have your maternity pictures taken.
It’s also a good idea to get your hospital bag packed early so that’s out of the way as well.
4. Don’t Buy Two Of Everything
It is a myth that twins can’t or won’t share. This is especially true when it comes to activity toys such as rockers, bouncers, or anything electric.
When shopping for your newborn twins, it’s much better to buy different types of equipment so that you can rotate the babies between them.
What’s most important is buying individual pieces of gear that help make your life easier. Some of my favorites include a double feeding pillow, a double stroller that fits your lifestyle (think tandem vs. side-by-side), and the Keekaroo peanut change table for easy-to-clean use. There are many well-designed products to consider. Just remember, it’s the quality, not the quantity that matters.
You will need multiples of some items though like car seats, high chairs, and cribs. Just think of the items the twins will typically be using at the same time consistently.
5. Talk To And Get Advice From Other Moms Of Multiples
There’s great comfort and advice to be gained from moms who have been through it all. Parenting techniques are constantly evolving so recent experiences and techniques can be useful.
The backbone of your twin learning experience can often come from older moms who have a wealth of amazing information at their fingertips and are eager to share.
- Find out about and join your local multiples group and try to attend the monthly meetings before and after your twin pregnancy.
- Surrounding yourself with a network of parents in the same situation will guarantee that you walk out with a sense of reassurance and a smile on your face.
6. Choose A Medical Support Team That Has Experience With Multiples
This applies in all areas, from OB/GYNs to pediatricians. Multiple births, premature babies, twin development, and even twin milestones, can vary greatly from singletons.
Try and find experts who are suitably experienced so that you feel completely comfortable in their care.
7. Plan To Schedule Everything From The Moment Your Babies Come Home
Keeping the twins on the same feeding, sleeping, and activity schedule means that you can plan your day more efficiently and not feel like you are running around 24/7 with no respite. Think about who you can organize to help aside from your partner with tasks such as feeding.
If you’re considering hiring a baby nurse or a doula, they can be extremely knowledgeable of the scheduling process and can help you manage the emotional instincts of instant response.
8. Book Your Post-Natal Support Pre-Delivery
Here’s the last from the pregnancy tips!
Budget and preferences permitting, you could benefit immensely from the services of a postpartum doula, baby nurse, and/or a lactation consultant. Whichever you choose, ensure that they have extensive twin experience and can provide substantial references to confirm their expertise. This is non-negotiable for parents of twins: no multiples experience = not worth pursuing.
Check out: Self-Love Tips For Mums: The Guide to Happiness After Giving Birth
WHAT TO EXPECT WITH TWINS?
Parenting multiples can be a challenging yet wonderfully engaging experience. If you stay organized the stress involved can be alleviated allowing you to enjoy your new babies. See our 8 organizing tips for twins, triplets, or quads.
Once you hit the twin toddlerhood phase, you’ll be tackling new issues like how to deal with twin tantrums.
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