Pregnant with Multiples

If you are pregnant with twins you may be the envy of your friends for having two babies with only one pregnancy. Neat trick! Two for the price of one is certainly a great deal but being pregnant with multiples has its own special needs, unique challenges, and potential complications. Whether it’s fraternal twins, identical twins, triplets, or even quads - as a result of IVF or just sheer luck - being pregnant with multiples is anxiety producing for moms who are carrying twins or higher-order multiples. From conception to pregnancy, delivery to post-partum, women who are pregnant with multiples are overflowing with questions. How early can I tell if I’m having twins? How much should I exercise when carrying multiples? What should I be eating for a twin pregnancy? Will I have to go on bed rest? Are c-sections inevitable when delivering multiples? Will my twins have to stay in the NICU after they are born? What is Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome? How will I be able to breastfeed both my babies? Whatever your question, we have expert answers and mom-tested tips for women who are pregnant with multiples. Find out about your babies’ growth and development, and their special prenatal needs and nutritional requirements with our Q&A’s, articles, and resources. Being pregnant with multiples can be hard on mama’s body too so get the scoop here on what you need to do to stay healthy throughout the course of your pregnancy, during labor, and after your babies are born.

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Baby Gear for Twins and Triplets

When you consider that buying at least two of everything means you’ll be spending twice as much, a budget can get blown pretty quickly. But you don’t have to double up on everything.

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Nonnegotiable doubles:

• Infant car seats. Sorry, need one per customer here, no matter what. Most hospitals won’t let you bring your babies home without them.

Cribs. In many cases you can get away with sharing a single crib for a few weeks, but eventually your little guys are going to want to spread out. For safety -- and comfort -- give them their own sleeping space when they’re starting to move.

Double bonuses:

Bouncy seats. Those babies aren’t going to spend their whole day in the crib, so when it’s time to get up, it’s nice to have a place to put them. Placing each one in a bouncy seat can give you time to do something fun, like brushing your teeth and doing the dishes.

Bottles. Even if you plan on breastfeeding, there’s a chance you’ll have to “top off” with some formula, or you’ll have to pump and let someone else do the feeding. Keep those bottles at the ready for when you need them.

One is enough (for now):

Stroller. Technically, you only need one, but make it a double.

• Twin feeding pillow. Oh-so helpful when it comes to either breastfeeding or bottle-feeding, because you can get double the job done in half the time.

• Play mat. Spending some time on the floor will help your tots develop muscle tone and strength, and you can keep them both on a mat for company.

Swing. One more place to put ’em down (together if they’re small enough, or separately when they get bigger).

Plus, more from The Bump:

The Ultimate Baby Gear Guide

How to Buy a Double Stroller

Breastfeeding Gear for Twins

-- Excerpted from The Baby Bump, Twins and Triplets Edition

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