Finding out you’re expecting can be a beautiful and tricky experience—whether it is your first or even fourth time. But what if this time, you’re carrying twins?
Being pregnant with more than one child places you in a different class, according to obstetricians. As you’re not in control of so many aspects of your pregnancy, it’s vital to do all that you can to make sure you have a healthy pregnancy which will lead you to successful delivery.
But you don’t have to worry so long as you know what not to do when pregnant with twins. Trust us, it’ll make your life so much easier as well as more exciting in the next 9 months.
Here are the things that you should definitely not do when you’re pregnant with twins:
1. Skip Checkups
Women carrying twins are very likely to experience medical issues such as anemia, gestational diabetes, and preeclampsia. Not to mention that the fetuses may be at risk of low birth weight, birth defects, and other health problems.
To protect your babies’ health and your own, you’ll need to visit your OB-GYN more frequently than if you’re expecting just one baby. After week 24, you should typically see your family physician every other week.
Note: This doesn’t mean that you can skip appointments with your OB-GYN if you’re an expectant mother of one. 😉
2. Eat Too Little
If you’re expecting twins, you should be eating for at least three. Your caloric consumption needs to show that, too. Although it’s a perfect time to practice healthy eating, it’s unwise to limit your food consumption in any way or start a diet. You need a minimum of 300 additional calories per child, so make sure to fill up your plate and eat anything you’re craving for. You can shave off the calories once you’ve given birth anyway.
3. Exercise Too Much
Exercise is typically recommended during pregnancy, but it’s a definite no-no if you’re expecting more than one baby. High impact exercises like running or dancing put pressure on the pelvic area muscles that house your babies.
Strenuous exercises can cause overheating, which can stress your muscles, joints, and heart. Ask your doctor what kind of workout is best for you and save the high-intensity workout for after your baby is born.
4. Party Hard
It’s definitely not advisable to drink too much alcohol, take drugs, or smoke, whether you’re expecting or not. However, it’s quite appalling to have your unborn babies exposed to those harmful substances.
You’re putting their lives in serious danger, increasing their likelihood of having birth defects, and possibly causing them to have severe chronic ailments. So please, don’t do it!
5. Plan a 40-Week Delivery Date
If you’re in trimester 3, don’t put off building the nursery or packing your suitcase. According to studies, 50 percent of all women pregnant with twins deliver preterm, with deliveries occurring at 35 weeks on average.
It’s also important to be aware of signs of premature labor. If you notice changes in the amount or appearance of your discharge, abdominal cramps, pelvic pressure, or unusual pain in your lower back, call your doctor immediately.
Why should you avoid these when you’re pregnant with twins?
If you want you and your baby to have a safe delivery and avoid any health issues, then you should definitely follow these tips. Note that these are just some of them. There are still many other things and activities to avoid when you’re having twins (or more).
Having twins can be quite tricky, but you’ll get twice the joy. With good care and a positive attitude, you can breeze through your pregnancy and celebrate childbirth happily with friends and family!
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I take care of my twin pregnancy?
It should be the same as when you’re having one baby except if your doctor said otherwise. Eat lots of healthy food, avoid excessive unhealthy habits, and do everything else moderately.
Are all twin pregnancies high risk?
Is bed rest common with twins?
It is, especially if a pregnant woman happens to have health issues during pregnancy. The only way for you to know is to consult your doctor and do your best to not skip any check-ups.