Twins and more
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- Being a parent of twins or other multiple births is a unique and very special experience.
- If you are a first-time parent, it is beneficial that you attend a multiple birth parenting class.
- For further support, visit the Tasmanian Multiple Birth Association website.
Early weeks of a multiple pregnancy
- Nausea (feeling of wanting to vomit) can be more severe in a multiple pregnancy.
- You can also have more intense emotions.
- This is due to added hormone levels.
- A hormone called relaxin helps to prepare your pelvis for birth. It may cause lower back pain.
- You may feel discomfort from extra weight and increased lower abdominal and pelvic pressure.
- Feelings of being tired may also increase.
- You are twice as likely to experience gestational diabetes.
- High blood pressure and a condition called pre-eclampsia is more likely to occur.
In addition to your normal schedule of visits and tests, you will have:
- an early blood test for gestational diabetes
- additional antenatal visits
- additional ultrasounds for foetal growth, wellbeing, and heart monitoring.
- Most obstetricians (doctor specialising in pregnancy and childbirth) prefer multiple pregnancies to deliver by 38 weeks.
- Many multiple pregnancies are more likely to not reaching 37-38 weeks.
- If your babies are born prior to 36 weeks, they are considered to be premature.
- Premature babies may be cared for in the Neonatal and Paediatric Intensive Care Unit or Special Care Nursery.
Feeding multiple babies
- While in hospital you may be offered support from a lactation consultant.
- They will help you learn to feed multiple babies.
- If your babies are not able to be breastfed, we will help you learn to express your breast milk.
Going home from hospital
- If your babies are born closer to term (after 36 weeks) and are a good weight and feeding well, you may be home within 3 to 5 days after the birth.
- We provide support after discharge through our Extended Midwifery Service and the Child Health and Parenting Service.
- If your babies are in the Special Care Nursery, we will make you additional follow up appointments.
- For information on helping other children adjust to new babies, visit the Raising Children's Network website.
- Please ensure any second-hand equipment purchased second hand meets Australian safety standards if required. Find out more on the Product Safety or The Raising Children's Network websites.
- If you feel you are not coping, please ask your midwife, GP or Child Health Nurse.
- Always have your nappy bag restocked and ready for outings.
- Shop online or have groceries delivered.
- Accept help with daily routines from family and friends.
- Use your freezer, microwave and dishwasher to save time.
- Limit visitors but accept help.
- Connect with other families of multiples for advice and tips.
- Sleep when babies sleep.
- Routines are good, but keep it a bit flexible, what works for one baby may not work for the other.