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Things to do before having twins

Things to do before the birth of twins.

• Pack your hospital bag by about 32 weeks

• Put the number of the labour suite in your phone or write it down an put it near your land line telephone so you can access it quickly if necessary

• Find the number of your local taxi company and put it in your phone. Even if you’re hoping to go to hospital by car, it is handy to have a taxi number to hand just in case!

• Put some loose change into a separate purse ready for the vending machine, the taxi etc. Put this in or on top of the hospital bag.

• Plan who is going to look after your older children, feed your cat, walk the dog and water your house plants whilst you are in hospital.

• Prepare a list of who you want your partner to call when the babies are born. Make sure he has the numbers to hand.

• Set up the baby equipment you have bought.

• Write your birth plan detailing whether you want no pain relief, pain relief on demand, all the pain relief available! Also detail what you want to happen after the birth do you want the babies handing straight to you if possible, do you want them washing before you have them brought to you. Do you want Dad to cut the umbilical cords if possible.

• Stock up the freezer with easy to prepare meals for the first week or two when you get back with your babies.

• Set up online banking, and learn how to order groceries online!

• Create direct debits for your utility bills (if you haven’t already done so!)

• Plan where you’re going to feed your babies both during the day and at night time and set up comfortable ‘feeding’ zones so you have everything to hand exactly where you want to feed them!

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Feeling your twin babies move.

When did you feel your twins move for the first time?
When did you feel your twins move for the first time?

Feeling your twin babies move.

When will I feel my twin babies move?

If it is your first pregnancy you might feel them move for the first time from around 17-18 weeks, maybe a little later. If you’ve already had children you might feel them move sooner than this ~ from around 14 weeks. It is not unheard of for you to not feel them move for the first time until 20+ weeks. It can be hard when it says in pregnancy and parenting books that you might feel them move from around 17 weeks but you haven’t felt yours move for the first time until later. If you’re worried at all please contact your midwife for reassurance.

How will I know if what I am feeling is my twin babies moving?

When you feel your babies move for the first time it may feel like a tiny ripple or even a slight touch of wind or perhaps a mildly fizzy feeling. You may at first only feel a gentle fluttering or it might take you a few attempts to realise that what you are feeling is them moving inside you. Eventually it will get more obvious as to what is happening and you might even be able to see the movement as you look at your abdomen. As time goes on the kicks will be more prominent and there’s nothing more rewarding than snuggling up to daddy and allowing him to feel them kick him too. (Why should he miss out on all the ‘fun’? :D)

Their movements may form a pattern, soon you’ll establish what a normal days movements is like for you.

You may also start to notice a pattern emerging. They might have times when they’re awake and active, and other times when they’re less active or you don’t notice their actions so much. Figure out what is ‘normal’ for you and your babies.

I’m not sure if my twin babies are moving or their movements have changed, what should I do?

If you find that you’ve not noticed your babies moving for a little while (especially if you’ve been busy going about your day) you might find it helps to lie down for a short period of time and drink a cold drink and see if that helps. If you don’t start noticing movements after a lie down and a cold drink contact your midwife or delivery suite for advice.

If you notice any changes to the amount or way that your babies are moving or you’ve not felt them move for a while get in touch with your midwife, antenatal clinic or delivery suite.  Sometimes when you notice a change in movements it can be that they’re kicking inwards or lying facing away from your front but it’s important not to assume that this is the case, always get checked out to be on the safe side. It also can mean that the babies are in distress or need help so it’s always important to ring and ask for guidance. Your midwife/ delivery suite may want to get you in for monitoring.

For more information check out this article from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

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