Congratulations it’s Twins!
You just got back from the doctor’s office and found out that you’re pregnant with twins! Twins are special, being born on the same day; and carried in the same womb.
They have a special bond with each other that people who don’t have a twin can’t fully comprehend from the moment they are conceived until their deaths and beyond. This post will help you to get to know what you will need to do to take care of your twins.
Manage Your Diet during Pregnancy
Incorporate Folate and folic acid (the synthetic form of Folate) into your diet. Folate is a B Vitamin, which is an essential ingredient during a pregnancy as it can help prevent serious abnormalities of the brain and spinal cord, and neural tube defects.
If you don’t get enough Folate in your diet, the risks of a preterm delivery are increased.
- Whole grain cereals and trail mix
- Chicken sandwich
Exercise. Even though you’re carrying twins, you still need to stay fit. Talk to your doctor about an exercise program and how much you should exercise a day so you don’t overdo it. Some good ideas for staying fit are:
- Walking your dog (if you don’t have a dog, walk your neighbor’s).
Go in for regular sonograms to check up on the babies and make sure that they are healthy.
Call your doctor if you have questions or concerns. Doctor’s aren’t just there for examining people, but also for answering any questions that you might have.
Schedule a check-up with your doctor. Some doctors have standards but a good idea is once every two weeks until a month before the due date, in which case you should probably go in at least once a week. Decide whether you will have a home pregnancy or at the hospital. Be sure to talk to your doctor about this.
Make two lists of what you will need for your babies. One list will be for things that you will need right away, and the other for things that can be purchased later. Remember that you will need twice as much as you would need for just one baby.
- Purchase the supplies on your first list (the things you will need right away.
- Here are some ideas of what should be on there:
- Newborn and/or Premature diapers.
- Bottles (if you plan on bottle-feeding)
- A breast pump. (if you plan on bottle-feeding)
- Formula (if you plan on bottle-feeding)
- Heavy duty pads.
- At least one outfit each.
If you are going to the hospital, make sure to have a bag ready with the above items and also your personal items. Here are some suggestions:
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- A comfortable change of clothing for yourself
- Shower items (in case you take a shower while you’re there)
- Extra pair of socks
After the Birth
Congratulate yourself! You have brought two beautiful babies into the world and deserve to be praised. If you don’t know how to take care of your newborns, then read books, online sites, and ask for advice from your doctor or a mother who already has twins.
Remember that your twins are growing up together.
Here are a few things to keep in mind: Their sharing skills will probably be advanced, as they will have to learn to share with each other at an early age. They will probably work together very well. This goes two ways, learning, and getting into trouble. Don’t slack on making your house baby proof as it will be harder to keep an eye on two of them.
Read my blog post – New Dads A Personal Journey
Click here- Your Pregnancy and Baby Guide NHS
Watch Video – Coping with Twin Babies