1. Multiple pregnancies are often accompanied by premature birth and smaller babies.
2. Feeding all babies on the same schedule is recommended.
3. Breastfeeding may require extra practice, and lactation specialists can help.
4. Placing multiple babies together in the same bed can offer comfort.
Having one baby is already a miracle, imagine having two, three, or four! Here’s what you can expect when unexpected multiple pregnancies occur.
They may be born earlier than expected
Multiple babies are often born earlier and smaller than average. It is also common for mothers of multiple babies to undergo cesarean sections. This doesn’t happen to all mothers, and we don’t want to scare you, but it’s important to be aware of the possibilities.
So, what can you do to prepare? You may need to pay closer attention to your body and schedule frequent visits to the doctor. This is especially true around 30-32 weeks, when the growth rate begins to decrease.
Feeding is quite a challenge
It is recommended to feed all babies on the same schedule. If one baby wakes up to eat, for example, it’s best to wake up all the others and feed them as well.
Breastfeeding pillows are useful for both breastfeeding and bottle-feeding. These large U-shaped pillows can help you securely hold each baby on each side. Regular pillows also work, but they may be a little more difficult to use. Don’t worry, you’ll get used to it over time; and your forearms will become super strong!
If you choose breastfeeding, remember it may require extra practice. Consider consulting a lactation specialist who can help you maximize milk production. After feeding, hold your babies in an upright position to aid digestion. Consider talking or singing to your babies. This is a great time to strengthen the bond!
Sleeping together is better
Many multiple babies find comfort in each other’s presence, so consider placing them together in the same bed. Most of them will get used to each other’s noises and sleep habits, and will be happy to be together. Sleeping together is perfectly safe. You can review different sleep methods here and find out which one best suits your family. Eventually, your babies will sleep in separate cribs, but enjoy these adorable moments while you can.
Forming a community
During the first weeks, having additional help is extremely important. Whether seeking guidance from a family member or a specialist, don’t be afraid to ask for help. So start planning shared responsibilities as soon as possible!
Stimulation for each one
Even though your babies are multiples, each one has their own personality and needs. Dedicate individual time to interact and stimulate each baby uniquely. This will help strengthen the bond between you and each of them.
Enjoy every moment to connect with your babies and enjoy the miracle of life in multiplicity. With love, patience, and support, you will be prepared to face any challenge that comes your way and raise your precious children in a happy and healthy environment!
Olivia Maitret is a psychologist with a minor in Education and a Masters in Brief Systemic Therapy. She is a mindfulness instructor, trained on the treatment of Learning Disabilities. Olivia spent 4 years as a Preschool teacher, 3 years as a school counselor, and trains children in meditation. She is a family psychotherapist and feels excited to support parents and teachers from around the world in their essential participation in child development.