This is a guest post from Katie Moore.
Do you have or needa birth plan? A plan can include items such as what pain management options you prefer, who will be allowed in the room at the time of delivery, and what type of music you prefer to be played, if any. Be flexible, though, because the entire plan can be thrown out the window if there is an emergency during delivery. Pregnancy with multiples can be more high-risk so trust your medical team to keep you and your babies’ health in mind during delivery.
Mothers carrying multiples often deliver early. On average, a mother carrying twins will deliver between 35 and 37 weeks, as opposed to a full term pregnancy of 40 weeks. Learn the signs of premature labor so you know when you should call your doctor. The time between deliveries, when done vaginally, will be less than one hour. In the case of multiples, a vaginal delivery is not always an option. Be open to a cesarean section if that is the best option for the health of mom and babies.
Bringing home a baby is a lot of work, but bringing home more than one baby at once can feel very challenging. Ask friends and family for help when they’re available. Help can vary from bringing a meal, helping with feeding time, or being on standby so you can get a much needed nap.Being a new mom is going to be a wonderful experience. Be prepared, know your options, and accept help from friends and family. Mothering multiples is going to take work, but it will all be worth it!
Katie Moore has written and submitted this article. Katie is an active blogger who discusses the topics of motherhood, children, fitness, health and all other things mommy. She enjoys writing, blogging and meeting new people! Connect with Katie via her blog, Moore From Katie, and on Twitter at @moorekm26.