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Recovering from the birth of twins

Recovering from the birth of twins

Time is the best healer

No matter how you’ve given birth, you will need time to recover from this. The best way to heal any scars/ tears would be to rest as much as you can. I know it’s not easy to rest when you’ve got newborn twins in the house but rest whenever you possibly can.

Do as little as you can around the house. Enlist help from those around you.

Make only light quick easy meals (or get someone else to cook) If you don’t already have a slow cooker(crock pot) , they’re a great investment as you can fill it up in a morning when you’ve got a little more energy and leave it to cook so it’s ready to dish up at dinner time.

Do the bare minimum of housework (if you are very houseproud get someone else to tidy for you). If friends come round for cup of tea and a cuddle with the twins ask them to make the tea. Don’t feel you need to jump off the sofa to start making everyone a drink. You really don’t.

In times past the only thing a mother had to do for the first ten days of the babies life was to feed and change him/her. Whilst of course these days we know that long periods of inaction is not a great idea, there’s certainly a case for spending a good proportion of your time doing just that. Spend time getting to know your babies and concentrate on establishing feeding routines and resting.

Be gentle on yourself

Don’t forget that your body has been through a lot of the last 9 months and will need time to recover. Try to eat sensible meals on a regular basis (it’s easy to ‘forget’ about yourself in the chaos of looking after newborn twins) remember to drink plenty of fluids, especially if you’re breastfeeding your twins. Having plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables and protein will help you feel better.

If you have stitches or scars ask your health team for advice as to how best to care for them.

If you have had an episiostomy (cut to the perenium during a vaginal birth) or a caesarean you will need time for your wound to heal. Your health team will advise you what you need to do to promote healing. Avoid lifting anything (including your children) until you’re feeling better.

If you’ve had an episiostomy you might find that it hurts when you pee. If this is the case try peeing in the shower whilst you flush that area with warm water. Sitting on a ring cushion might also help take the pressure off ‘downstairs’.

When can I drive after my caesarean?

If you have had a caesarean you will need to find out what your car insurance policy says about driving after a caesarean. You might have to get a certificate from your GP to say you are fit to drive again. Different countries and states have different policies so find out what applies to where you are.

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