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Second Trimester (Months 4-6) - Strategic Planning for Multiples

separator 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 back.
  • 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.
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