Pregnant with twins? Congratulations! I know this is an exciting and, perhaps, terrifying time in your life. The ability to bring a new life into the world is truly a miraculous gift. If you have any concerns about how you will get through it, try to focus instead on your good fortune. You have been chosen to care for more than one new life as best as you can. Enjoy this unique phase of your life.
Pregnancy is a very personal, life-changing yet short-lived experience. In the grand scheme of things, your all-important pregnancy will serve as a small blip in your life story. Plus, it is likely to be easier than what is to come once the babies are born! Here is how I think you can make the best out of your twin pregnancy journey:
Take Photographs of Your Growing Bump
I tend to steer clear of cameras because a great picture does not come easy for me, and when I was pregnant, I was much less likely to pose for a photograph. Thankfully, my husband and mother managed to capture a few, so my daughters now have a reference for where they came from.
If you’re like me, try to pose for the camera once in a while – later you’ll be glad you did. Plus, I think documenting your growth can be a great psychological motivator for reaching as close to your original due date as possible.
Commit to Healthy Eating and Allowable Exercise
If there is ever a time to watch what you eat, it is during your pregnancy. Your goal should be to give your babies the best nutrients you can, and this cannot be accomplished unless you follow a well-rounded diet that includes lean protein, fibrous carbohydrates, healthy fats, and lots of fluids. (As a bonus, the less junk you eat during pregnancy, the less fat you have to worry about losing after delivery.) Read more about a Healthy Twin Pregnancy in my upcoming post.
Unless your obstetrician has advised otherwise, you should aim to maintain some form of exercise during your pregnancy. However, this is not the time to start a new fitness regimen. If you are not accustomed to a regular exercise routine, walking is a safe bet. A stationary bicycle, swimming, the elliptical machine, and stair climbing are some other lower impact activities that you may also consider. Read more about Safe Exercises During Twin Pregnancy in my upcoming post.
Use Your Frequent Doctor Appointments to Add to Your Photo Album
When you are pregnant with twins (or more), you are likely to be subjected to more frequent appointments with your obstetrician than women who are pregnant with a singleton. You should never skip a visit, and use them as an opportunity to ask all the questions you have gathered since your last appointment. If you dread the doctor’s office, look at your visits as a chance to catch a glimpse of your growing beauties.
Your body is working very hard to create those living beings inside your womb. Treat your body right – no one else will. Develop a keen sense for your body’s signals.
- If you’re feeling tired, take a break. I used to close my eyes on the subway to and from work, mastering the art of the power nap (which came in handy once my twins arrived).
- Put your feet up often (this also helps to reduce swelling) and wear comfortable shoes and clothing.
- Ensure you’re getting enough sleep. Most pregnant women need at least nine hours a night, so if you have to get to bed earlier than normal to achieve this, do it and don’t feel guilty about it.
- If you’re feeling stress, get a pedicure or consider a prenatal massage at your local spa. Engage in any healthy activity that will help you relax. Read more about my Suggested Products for Your Twin Pregnancy in my upcoming post.
Have anything to add? What helped you enjoy your pregnancy? Send me a Tweet with your thoughts!