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What special challenges do parents of multiples face and what can friends do to help?

This week’s guests provide first-hand knowledge!

 

Marti and Erin have two guests this week: Tory Kielas-Jensen, Postpartum Doula and Education Coordinator with Welcome Baby Care, and Colleen Lindstrom, mother of nine-month-old fraternal twins and a four-year-old. While getting sleep is a big issue for twins and their mother, many people are surprised to learn twins often sleep through each other’s cries but notice if you remove one of the babies from the room. Learn how to keep the identities of multiples separate and how to best handle the extra work and challenges that come with parenting multiples!

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  1. Auth on May 20, 2012

    I just had identical twin boys in July! I found out when I was 8.5 weeks and it hanpeped naturally so I never thought there was a possibility before finding out!! I was very excited and terrified because it was my first pregnancy. I tried to do a lot of research on the Internet but I don’t know that I really found a “great” website. I probably read the most on webmd and the hospital I delivered at offered a multiples class that I took around 24 weeks (wish I had taken it sooner!) the class was amazing and taught me things about twin pregnancy that is above and beyond a single pregnancy. One of the most important things I found out is that water and protein are VERY IMPORTANT in multiples pregnancies. I drank close to 120-160 ounces of water a day and tried to eat a lot of protien every chance I got! Being high risk because of two, I had ultrasounds done every two weeks to check fluid levels, blood flow, and to make sure they were “sharing”. The nurses always asked me what my secret was because of how well the boys were growing and having such great checkups. PROTEIN & WATER! My 40 week due date was 8/12/11 but I was scheduled to have a c-section at 36 weeks, July 15th. My boys shared a placenta but had their own sac which is how we know the were identical and because of the shared placenta they opted for Caesarian. My pregnancy was pretty great. I had morning sickness the entire time but took zofran once a day in the morning and that made a world of difference! Towards the end I had some swelling and side cramping, but I never had back pains or any other problems. My blood pressure went 1 week before my scheduled delivery, so they decided to send me to the hospital July 7, and I delivered at 2:34 that day! It was a great experience and the best part was feeling them both moving! Their personalities in the womb are the same as they are out and it’s so neat to see!! If you have any questions feel free to ask! Sorry about the book ….