AdobeStock 114675162 200x200Multiple births aren’t that rare. About one out of 90 deliveries are twins and more women today are having babies well into their 30s or using fertility treatments, both of which increase the odds for a multiple birth.

So, what happens when you find out that you’re pregnant with more than one baby? How does this change your prenatal game plan?

You may need extra doctor visits, and this could include more ultrasounds and other tests. If you have a history of pregnancy complications, you may need to see a maternal-fetal medicine specialist who can follow you and your babies closely to help prevent or treat any conditions that may occur.

You’ll also need to gain more weight during your pregnancy. The amount to gain depends on your weight before pregnancy and how many babies you have.

With a multiple pregnancy, you’re more likely to have anemia, gestational diabetes, preeclampsia and a higher risk of preterm labor. Your babies are also at a higher risk for health complications from premature birth and low birthweight that can lead to long-term health problems.

This isn’t to say that a multiple birth is destined to be dangerous for you and your babies. Focusing on the joys to come can help you prepare for a healthy delivery and a happy homecoming.

Speaking of home, having twins doesn’t mean that you’ll need to buy two of everything right from the start. Two babies can share a crib or bassinet for several months and will probably enjoy the coziness. Likewise, a single changing table and one infant bathtub may be fine because your babies can take turns having a diaper changed or taking a bath.

For other nursery items, you may want to try one first and see if both babies take to it. This can apply to activity centers, jumpers, swings or even a crib mobile.

Having two bouncy seats can be convenient for feeding one baby when the other is playing or sleeping, while a double highchair can make meals together more manageable. You’ll also need two of each for sippy cups, pacifiers, snuggly toys, teethers and rattles, and two car safety seats.

Now is a great time to start stocking up on diapers because newborn twins might need up to 20 changes per day. Buy a few sizes so you’ll be ready when they grow into a bigger diaper. You also want to begin planning for the extra help you’ll need with two new babies, whether that’s paid childcare or volunteer assistance with chores and meals.

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