Tips To Manage A Twin Pregnancy
You're pregnant with twins! How exciting! Here you'll find real-mom advice for surviving a twin pregnancy.
Twin pregnancy: According to the March of Dimes, close to 60 percent of all twins are born prematurely
Things to keep a tab on:
1. Frequent number of visits to the obstetrician
Your doctor may call you often for ultrasounds and pregnancy related tests. The doctor needs to keep a track of the progress and development patterns.
2. Boost in nutrition
Mothers with two babies need to take extra dosage of nutrition. Their diet should primarily include folic acid, protein, iron, calcium and other essential supplements. In case, you are already following a twin pregnancy based diet then continue it. Add prenatal vitamin in your intake as pregnant women with twins are more prone to anemia. Extra iron is required for both the fetuses.
3. More rest
Twin or multiple pregnancies requires a lot of rest and the expectant mothers may be asked to rest at home or at the hospital depending upon the urgency or presence of complications. Most of the times, bed rest is required right from the middle of the second trimester.
4. Early delivery
Single delivery needs 39 weeks while twin needs 37. If your body starts showcasing preterm labour then the doctor may inject the expectant mother with steroids for growing the lungs of the babies. In premature delivery, lung immaturity is a problem.
5. C-section delivery
Delivery in case of twins is mostly through C section. Vaginal delivery is also possible but it depends on the position of the first baby.
6.High blood pressure
There are a lot of chances for the expectant mothers to have high blood pressure. When the hypertension combines with protein in the urine, it causes preeclampsia. This happens either before 20 weeks or after the 37th week. There are chances that you may develop preeclampsia in the second half part of pregnancy. It is important to take extra care and timely detect any kind of complication.
Types of twins
1. Fraternal or non-identical twins
Non-identical or fraternal twins are born in a situation when two separate sperms fertilize two different eggs and then implant in the womb simultaneously. These twins may or may not have same sex and they are just like any two siblings.
2. Identical twins
Identical twins take birth when the same egg fertilizes and gets divided into two. This creates the same genes. Thus, identical twins mostly have same sex and most of the times, they look alike.