Second Trimester (Months 4-6) - Strategic Planning for Multiples
If you're pregnant with multiples, now's the time to strategize
and prepare yourself for life with more than one infant.
For the Babies
- Clothing: Common wisdom says that
you'll need about 1½ times the amount of clothing than you would
need for one baby.
- Extra help: If you already have
children, give serious thought to having help after the babies
are born. Have the helper come to the house before the birth so
that your children will feel comfortable with their new caregiver.
- Names: It's tempting to give twins
and triplets rhyming names or "cute" names. Ask yourself whether
the names you're considering will carry your children into the
teen years and adulthood with respect and dignity.
For the Parents
- Birth Classes: Investigate the
possibility of signing up for childbirth classes for parents of
multiples. Ask your healthcare provider if these classes are available.
- Try a Prenatal Cradle: Being pregnant
with multiples can quickly become uncomfortable. A Prenatal Cradle
is an undergarment that provides support for your abdomen and
- Contact local twin and triplet groups:
Find out whether there is a Mothers of Twins or Parents of Multiples
group near you. Do this before the birth. You can get lots of
helpful information from experienced parents. There may even be
used baby equipment available.
- Prepare for breastfeeding: Talk
to your doctor or healthcare provider for advice about feeding
multiples. Your local LaLeche League can also give you useful
information. Nursing multiples is possible, and since breast milk
is so beneficial for babies, it's worth giving it a try.
National Organization for Mothers of
Twins; National Organization for Parents of Multiples.