Important Facts About Being Pregnant With Multiples
Being pregnant with multiples, meaning twins, triplets, or more, this can be one of the most joyous and most overwhelming events for parents. It means twice if not three times the joys of parenthood, but it also means caring for more than one baby at a time.
An expectant mother may not need to change her routine when expecting multiples; the same precautions about physical activity and advice about nutrition should be followed. However, she can expect to gain more weight and have a larger girth with multiples since the body is protecting more than one fetus. She may also need to eat more than normal since her body will be using some 300 calories per day to feed each fetus; twins mean a need for some additional 600 calories per day.
You will also need to ensure both fetuses are getting proper prenatal care and proper exams. If they are fraternal, they have their own amniotic sac, but if they are monochorionic this means they are sharing the same sac. Monochorionic multiples are sharing the same nutrition so it’s imperative your doctor give them both exams to ensure they’re both flourishing.
Multiples often weigh less than single births; this means they may face complications when born and may spend time in an incubator. This is perfectly safe for them and the vast majority of babies that spend time in an incubator or who may be smaller at birth go on to thrive and be perfectly healthy for life.
When you have any questions about carrying multiples, don’t hesitate to ask your doctor for help. He or she can advise you on all possible complications and what you can do to ensure a healthy birth for each and every baby you carry!