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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Registry Checklist for Multiples

Baby stores have huge lists of things to buy -- and none of them even address twins (or triplets or more!). Here’s what you really need for your multiples.

Photo: Jim Bastardo / The Bump

Furniture/bedding
[ ]
Cribs (your babies may be able to share in the beginning, but they start wriggling around pretty quickly, so 1 per baby)
[ ] Crib mattresses (1 per baby) and covers
[ ] 2–3 fitted crib sheets (per crib)
[ ] Dresser (depending on how many babies you have, you may be able to fit all of their stuff in 1 large dresser)
[ ] Changing table

Gear
[ ]
High chairs (1 per baby)
[ ] Swing (buy 1 and see if you need more down the line)
[ ] Bouncer seat or rocker (you may be able to get away with having just 1 here, too)
[ ] Car seats (1 per baby/no skimping here!)
[ ] Car window shade
[ ] Stroller (choose one that can accommodate all of your babies)
[ ] Umbrella stroller (You only really need one stroller, but it’s good to also have an umbrella stroller for travel.)
[ ] Baby slings or carriers
[ ] Diaper bag
[ ] Changing mat (just get 1 of these)
[ ] Diaper pail and liner
[ ] Activity mat (get a big one that can accommodate all of your babies)

Safety/health
[ ]
Baby monitor
[ ] Pacifiers
[ ] Thermometer
[ ] Nasal aspirator
[ ] Baby nail clippers
[ ] First-aid kit
[ ] Infant bathtub
[ ] 2 hooded bath towels per baby
[ ] 4 washcloths per baby
[ ] Baby shampoo and wash
[ ] Brush and comb set
[ ] Diaper rash cream
[ ] Diapers (start with at least 2 cases of newborn size)

Clothing
[ ]
4–6 undershirts per baby
[ ] 4–6 receiving blankets per baby
[ ] 4–6 long-sleeved onesies per baby
[ ] 4 sleep sacks per baby
[ ] Caps/mittens

Feeding
[ ]
Breast pump
[ ] Multiples nursing pillow
[ ] 4–8 bibs per baby
[ ] Burp cloths
[ ] 10–16 bottles per baby (Seem like a lot? Babies go through these very quickly. You’ll be happy when you aren’t spending your days washing out plastic bottles.)
[ ] Insulated bottle tote
[ ] Bottle brush
[ ] Bottle sterilizer
[ ] Bottle warmers
[ ] Dishwasher caddy

Plus, more from The Bump:

The Ultimate Baby Gear Guide

Baby Shower Ideas

Baby Registry 101

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

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