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Every woman wants a risk-free pregnancy and a healthy baby. But the worries of those nine months cannot be controlled in any way, especially if you’re expecting twins. Ladies, twin pregnancy is a double blessing, but you should be aware that having twins would undoubtedly be different than having a single baby pregnancy.
Having twins is exciting, but it also causes a lot of stress and apprehension. People also believe that if you have multiple pregnancies, you and your babies are more likely to experience health issues than if you are just carrying one baby. Well, being at high risk does not mean that your pregnancy will have issues. Rather, high risk means you will need to be extra careful and follow your pregnancy more closely. So, don’t be scared at all.
Health Shots got in touch with Dr Thejaswini J, Consultant – Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Motherhood Hospitals, Electronic City, Bengaluru, who suggested a few of the most important things that a woman expecting twins should do to stay happy and healthy during her pregnancy.
Dr Thejaswini says, “If someone is pregnant with twins, they need a healthy lifestyle and good antenatal care (antenatal care is the care that women get while they are pregnant). This should be done to ensure the good health of the mother and the babies.”
Proper nutrition is the most crucial aspect of twin pregnancy care. A pregnant woman should ideally consume all of the necessary vitamins and minerals. You also need to drink enough water throughout the day. And don’t even think of engaging in unhealthy vices like drinking or smoking.
The risk of having a preterm delivery or a caesarean is higher with twins. That’s why women with twins are put in the high-risk category, but this does not mean something frightening is going to happen. It’s just that you need to be more careful when compared to moms with a single pregnancy. Your doctor will be able to advise you on this.
“The calorie recommendation goes up to 600 extra calories per day for twins. (300 calories for each baby),” says Dr Thejaswini. Make sure you are eating enough nutritious food to meet the necessary calorie count. Do not get stressed due to your increasing weight, you can lose it after having a baby.
Having twins comes with a lot of physical, emotional, and mental instability. Whether it is your family or friends, you should stay around people who will help you during this time.
Having twins is emotionally and physically tiring. Remember to get plenty of rest and stay positive and stress free.
Dr Thejaswini says, “Going for yoga or general exercises daily will help you avoid joint and back aches. But remember to exercise only in moderation and after guidance from your doctor.”
The best position for sleeping in twin pregnancy is on your side as it helps in increasing blood flow to your heart, which is essential for your little ones.
Gaining knowledge through research about having twins will be your saviour. But make sure your sources are credible and not just something you find on the internet. Your doctor/hospital will be able to provide you with reading material on this. Gaining information will help you feel prepared and reduce your anxiety.
“About 60 peercent of women deliver before 37 weeks. You should be ready for such situations in advance,” says Dr Thejaswini.