Twin Pregnancy care
Caring for you and your twins is more important throughout your pregnancy. Twin pregnancy care should be taken at different levels and in different ways. Here you can find few tips on the variety of care to be considered. They all together can be coined as twin pregnancy care.
Throughout your pregnancy, you should make sure to get consistent antenatal care from your medical practitioner.
Antenatal care is the support and guidance you receive from the healthcare professionals for your entire pregnancy period. It makes sure that the mother and the babies are well and developing good.
Your antenatal appointments will include ultrasound scans, Blood and Urine tests for determining various deficiencies or any wary conditions. This will help you to predetermine any of the pregnancy complications and take early actions if possible. Also, you can keep track of the development of your fetuses.
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Mother’s womb is generally comfortable for one baby. When it is being shared there will be more stress/pressure in your uterus. So though not a complete bed rest, still getting relaxed from your normal livelihood will be necessary. It’s better to take more rest and keep away from the household work or long travels. Try to have a caretaker on your side all the time. He/she can be your relative or friend or if affordable a maid who can look after you round the clock. By not stressing yourself with more physical work (other than what is required) you can slightly avoid complications like the incompetent cervix.
Women who have conceived through ART procedures(Assisted Reproduction Techniques – IVF, ICSI) would have already undergone more stress with their uterus during egg retrievals, embryo or blastocyst transfer etc., They need to be more careful and completely restrict themselves from all the day to day routine work and rest as much as possible to avoid any further complications in the pregnancy. Stick to your medical practitioner’s instructions and complete your long-awaited journey happily.
As days pass by, you will feel more uncomfortable and lack sleep. This will increase your tiredness. Relax, take the needed rest and comfort yourself. Once the babies are born, you will have NO TIME TO REST 🙂 They will keep you totally engaged.
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Twin pregnancy care also comprises of the delivery care. Though vaginal birth(normal delivery) is also possible with twins, in most cases it might be a c-section, as one or the other baby might have issues to be delivered normally(based on their position). So a constant touch with your gynecologist is required.
Many of you might have knowledge of Stem cell therapy. Stem cells can generate additional stem cells or develop into blood cells or nerve cells. This makes them extremely useful in latest medical treatments. Nowadays, the practice of collecting umbilical cord stem cells during delivery and storing them is becoming more common. These stem cells can serve as a boon for your kids’ medical treatments in future. If you have plans to store the umbilical cord stem cells of your twins, talk to your doctor and the stem cell bank you have chosen. Be sure to make the arrangements during early third trimester itself, as there may be a chance of preterm labor. This will help you to avoid any hassles at the last moment.
If you are in the labor for a normal delivery, stay calm. Follow the instructions given by your doctor and go ahead with all the nerve. This is the moment you have to be more strong both at heart and body. Think positive and support bringing your twins into this beautiful world.
Whenever a c-section is planned, keep yourself more composed. So this is going to be THE DAY, for which you have been caring for so long. Stay focused and listen to your medical adviser and anesthetist. Provide the needed co-operation. Soon twin cries are going to pierce through your ears.
Make sure you have all the packing done for your delivery well in advance. As there may be a preterm labor or urgent c-section any moment, its best to be prepared anytime. Also, it is good if you can take more than one caretaker along with you to the hospital to care for you and your twins. They can take shifts, as two babies have to be taken care and you wouldn’t be able to do all the chores if you underwent a c-section.
There is also a possibility, your twins might need to be in the NICU (Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit) immediately after delivery due to some health conditions. This can be even for a small support and not any major issue. So don’t get panic if you are separated from your twins after birth. It is for their well being. Sooner or later they are going to be with you forever. Relax and understand what is needed from your side to support the babies in NICU like pumping breast milk to feed the babies(some preemies may not be ready for direct feed from their mother) , providing kangaroo therapy(skin-to-skin technique practiced in preterm babies with their mother) etc.,
This is the most needed twin pregnancy care. From the first week of your pregnancy till delivery and further in the NICU, it is very important that you and your partner stay cool, support each other (as there is more possibility of mood swings), talk/hear good things, be positive (even if any complication arise), do finance planning (as two new comers are awaiting), plan on who is going to help during the initial few months after delivery etc., More than all, love each other and build a family full of love and affection for your kids.
Twin pregnancies are generally coined as High-Risk Pregnancies. But you need not panic, as there are quite a number of moms who have had a smooth twin pregnancy and delivery. With medical technology grown to unimaginable heights, there are almost no pregnancy issues that couldn’t be taken care of. We have specialists for each and every problem.
So be calm, expect the good. Even if at times you are facing complications, still be confident and think of the little ones you will be holding in your arms very soon. They will keep you positive and strong to face any uncertainty.
Twin pregnancy care is more important for a happy and smooth pregnancy cum delivery. So don’t compromise on any of the above-mentioned care.
Though there may be hardships while carrying your twins, it will still be a mind-blowing experience and feel, which you will cherish throughout your life 🙂
“Twice the joy, Twice the love, Twice the blessings from above”
Happy twin pregnancy 🙂