The prenatal requirements for a future mother of twins tend to be a bit more rigorous to avoid possible complications and health problems.
As you’re about to face the last trimester, every woman pregnant with twins should know that:
- In most cases, twin pregnancies don’t get as far as 40 weeks. Twins are usually born around the 36th or 37th week. Triplets arrive anywhere between the 30th and 34th week and quadruplets, usually come to this world even earlier, between the 28th and 32nd week.
- The children’s low birth weight – usually lower than 2 kgs for each – will require they stay in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for some time immediately after birth. Because these babies tend to have respiratory issues, they require special and urgent care.
- Despite the C-section being the most frequent option when dealing with more than one baby, vaginal and normal birth is also possible as long as the babies are aligned in the proper position, which means their heads are facing down. Only one of the fetuses will “fit” at a time, but the other one follows suit when the first one comes out. Important: the mother cannot present any symptoms of gestational diabetes or preeclampsia.
- In a twin pregnancy, weight gain is typically 37 to 54 pounds (about 17 to 25 kilograms) for women who have a normal weight before pregnancy.
Swelling and cramps are more common and intense. Try to drink as much fluid as possible and opt for foods rich in potassium and calcium, such as bananas, milk, avocados, and spinach.