5 Things to do Before Giving Birth to Twins
Expecting twins can be a wonderful experience and one that will certainly make you feel extra special. It should, because even with the increase in recent years of multiple births, your chances of having twins are still only 1.5% in the UK and 3% in the United States.
Twins in the family are definitely a cause for celebration, but it can also feel quite daunting. How will you cope with two newborns? They say one baby is hard work so how will you manage with two? So many questions will go through your head in the months leading up to the birth, but there are some things you can do ahead of their arrival to make life a little easier when they are here.
1. Get Organised
Stock up on all the equipment for your babies well ahead of the birth. Just because you have been given a due date doesn’t mean your babies will stick to it. Twins very often come early so be prepared with everything you will need including the smaller items like nappies and creams.
2. Take it Easy
A twin pregnancy is very different to carrying just one baby. Your body has to work twice as hard and getting enough rest beforehand is vital. Believe me, you will need it. Leaving work early is probably a good idea but don’t do anything strenuous like decorating the nursery otherwise you could end up spending the rest of your pregnancy in hospital.
3. Gather Information
Join a twins club and speak to other mums and dads to get a real picture of what it’s like to have twins. These groups are usually very positive and very supportive and can be a valuable resource before and after the birth.
4. Assemble a Support Network
The first few months after the birth will be very hard work. You will be tired, probably more tired than you ever thought possible, and if you have a caesarean section you will be recovering from what is a fairly major operation. Having several reliable people that you can turn to when things get tough is crucial, and not just for the first couple of weeks.
Speak to trusted friends and family and enlist as many people as you can who are willing to lend a hand after the birth. Having someone who can take over for a couple of hours will be a life-saver, even if you just get some well earned, uninterrupted sleep!
5. Discuss Establishing a Routine
Before the birth, talk to your partner, friends and family about how you will establish a routine once the babies are born. This will not only help to create ground rules but will also get you into the right mindset for coping with twins.
Practical tasks such as changing nappies, bathing the babies, feeding them, feeding yourselves, cleaning and washing, will all need to be worked out so talk about it and decide how you want it to go.
Synchronising your babies feeding and sleeping patterns will be your biggest challenge in the early months so discussing and agreeing on how you will handle this will give you the greatest chance of getting them feeding and sleeping together as soon as possible.