It is true that you might experience a mixed feeling once you find out that you are pregnant with twins. Expecting twins can be an overwhelming scenario, as your life is going to have a new phase all of a sudden, in a doubly fun way!
Being pregnant with twins will mean you will have loads of questions, which might even be a mixture of your worries. The first thing that you must remember is that you are not alone carrying twin babies in your womb. There are many moms who have had two pregnancies with twins successfully!
What To Remember Before Giving Birth To Identical Twins?
If you are pregnant with twins, it is important for you to know that you would have the delivery anytime between 33 weeks to 38 weeks, which is the usual delivery period for twins. You can handle your delivery easily by staying organized beforehand:
- Unlike single pregnancies, you must be well prepared to spend a few days in special care as some babies might need neonatal care.
- Have a discussion with your doctor to know about the birth options you have and decide on the safest one, as twins have a premature birth.
- Choose the best hospital in your locality, based on the high-end facilities available there to avoid any complications during your twin delivery.
- Have a maternity survival kit ready with your medical reports, dresses and other things to help you and your twin babies after your delivery.
- Keep the maternity survival kit handy, as it would be helpful when you rush to the hospital.
- Have the contact number of your doctor ready in case if you are facing a contraction or labor pain all of a sudden.
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Symptoms Of Twin Labor:
The symptoms of twin labor are similar to that of singleton labor:
- Firstly, the baby’s head engages with your pelvis.
- The mucus plug becomes dislodged
- The water breaks
- The contractions are frequent, regular and stronger.
What Are Your Twin Delivery Options?
The major concerns of every mom would be about twin delivery. This process is a challenging one and the decisions on delivery options might change as you enter the later stages of twin pregnancy based on your baby’s position.
As a mom pregnant with twins, you will have two delivery options before you:
- Vaginal birth
- Cesarean section
However, if you had a caesarean section during your first pregnancy, then your doctor would not advise you to go for a vaginal delivery.
a. Vaginal Delivery:
If you are planning for a vaginal delivery, then you must discuss the pain relief options to have better relief after your delivery.
- If your first twin baby is in a cephalic position or head down position, then your doctor would advise you to consider a vaginal birth.
- You must have an assisted birth during your vaginal delivery as your doctor would need the aid of suction cup or forceps for delivering your baby.
- As soon as the first twin is delivered, your doctor would check the position of the next baby through a vaginal examination.
- If the baby is in the right position, then your waters would be broken and the baby would be born soon as the cervix stays dilated.
- Sometimes, the doctor would add hormones to your drip to begin your contractions if your previous contractions stop after the first birth.
b. Caesarean Section:
You can choose caesarean option during the outset of your pregnancy or you might be advised to go for a caesarean section due to various reasons.
- If you develop any health complications during your twin pregnancy, then caesarean birth is advised.
- Sometimes, your twin babies’ position such as a breeched position (your baby’s feet, buttocks or feet is first) or transverse position of one baby among the twins would demand for a C-section.
- If you have a low lying placenta or if the twins share the same placenta, caesarean section is required.
- If you have faced a difficult vaginal birth for your first child, then you might need a caesarean birth for delivering twins safely.
- Sometimes, you might deliver one baby vaginally while the second one of the twin might require a caesarean section to avoid distress in the second baby.
The recovery time for both these delivery options tends to differ. If you and your twins are in perfect health, then you will be discharged in 2 days time after a vaginal delivery and 4 days time after a caesarean section.
We hope that the points we compiled for you helped you gain an understanding about giving birth to twins.
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