How to Prepare for a Twin Pregnancy

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“It’s twins!” The phrase will, no doubt, fill you with deep joy but at the same time, send shockwaves rippling through your life. How will you cope? What will you need? What are the risks?

With so many questions, it is hard to know which way to turn but thankfully, parents of twins have shared some of their best pieces of advice to help you prepare for a twin pregnancy.

Preparation is Key!
Of all the pieces of advice you come across, there is no doubt the underlying, key message: be prepared and be prepared for the unexpected.
For example, twins tend to be born earlier, usually around 36 weeks and so leaving everything to the last minute can see you with two gorgeous twin babies but very little else…

1. Make a list
Because everything you buy is more or less doubled, it pays to be uber-organised and make a list of things that are essential. You will need plenty of nappies – and somewhere to store them – as well as various other items too.

2. Take extra care of yourself
A singleton pregnancy places heavy demands on your body but being pregnant with twins can place even more pressure on you. Twins won't mean you will grow a huge bump but there may be times that making it to the bathroom in time and so on is a bit of a bind. Relying on incontinence pads to manage occasional leaks of urine will save you embarrassing mishaps.

3. One cot
You may be surprised to find that most new parents of twins will tell you not to rush out and buy two cots – twins can easily share a cot for the first few months, great news for when your budget is already feeling the pressure of impending birth of your twins.

4. You can never have too many nappies…
Clearly, the biggest expense in the early days will be nappies and with several changes a day, you will find that you will soon work your way through a pack of nappies every two days or so. Most twin parents suggest buying various sizes of nappy, starting with the very smallest as most twins are born smaller than singleton babies.

5. Double buggy
For any twin parents, getting around can feel like a military operation but clearly, being able to get out and about is essential.

  • Side-by- side buggy – a common sight for twins and babies of a similar age is the side by side double buggy. A fantastic way to get around, you may find that your buggy is too wide for some shop doors etc.
  • ‘Stacked’ buggy – a stacked buggy is when you have one baby in front of the other. This gives you a narrower pram, great for getting in and out of buildings, but you need to remember your buggy is longer than a single one.

6. The layette
This comprises the clothing and bedding items that you need for your babies. Most people expecting twins will buy two of everything although, with some items, parents say you can get away with buying just a few more. So, what do parents of twins suggest?

  • 10 to 12 cotton baby grows
  • 10 to 12 all in one short-sleeved vests
  • 4 to 6 jumpers
  • 4 cotton hats
  • 6 blankets
  • 10 to 12 pairs of socks
  • 4 or more cot sheets and other bedding

This is, of course, by no means an exhaustive list and for many new parents, they will be inundated with gifts of clothes and bedding but make sure you buy plenty of the basics, such as baby grows and so on.

Accept and Welcome Help
Having one new baby is exhausting, having two can leave you feeling stressed and frazzled. Just like any new baby, you want to enjoy your bundles of joy but unfortunately, if you try to do it all by yourself, you may find yourself at your wit's end soon enough.

When people offer to help, accept their offer as they can provide invaluable support. From helping with the washing to taking your twins out for a pleasant stroll in the sunshine while you get some rest are all welcome.
Likewise, getting help in pregnancy is essential too. As with all pregnancies, it is a balance between staying active and getting plenty of rest, managing the small things and enjoying being pregnant.

If you have twins, what pearls of wisdom would you pass on to someone expecting twins?


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