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Delivering Multiples
If you’ve recently found out you’re expecting multiples – congratulations! Expecting multiples is an exciting, sometimes overwhelming but adventurous time. Here are some things to help ensure your pregnancy, delivery, and coming home from hospital goes as smoothly as possible for your family.Preparing Your Home
Since you’re expecting multiples, you will need more baby supplies than if you were having a singleton. With more than one crib in the nursery space may be tight, but have fun with it. Also be sure to stock up on lots of baby wipes, diapers, onesies and other clothing. Car seats should be installed early to ensure an easy transition home and give you time to get used to driving around with them in your car. A local fire or police station can help install and inspect car seats if you’re not certain that they’ve been installed properly or securely enough.Birth Plan
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.

Delivery Day
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.
There are options to consider post-delivery as well. Feeding options are breastfeeding and formula feeding. Breastfeeding multiples is possible but requires more work. Speak to your doctor and a lactation specialist for advice on how to breastfeed for more than one baby. Breastfeeding or formula feeding comes down to personal preference. Another post-delivery option available is cord blood banking. This is where the cord blood from your babies’ umbilical cord is collected and stored for potential use in a future medical treatment. This option requires you to plan ahead of time so speak to your doctor about how to proceed.Schedule Help
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.

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