So you're pregnant with multiples. Congratulations!
Now that you have multiple buns in the oven, use your pregnancy to line up the items and care you'll need to survive those harried first few months.
Several years ago, Lacey and her husband discovered that they were unable to get pregnant without the use of fertility treatments. On their second round of in vitro fertilization, Lacey discovered that she was pregnant. She and her husband's excitement transitioned into a period of shock, however, when the initial sonogram showed three growing babies inside Lacey's uterus. "The next several months flew by at warp speed," Lacey said, "as I struggled with all the normal first trimester struggles while trying to prepare for the possibility that I'd be on bed rest during the second trimester."
Lacey's not alone in her shock. The rate of moms expecting twins, triplets and high-order multiples has skyrocketed in recent years. We talked to Victoria Zimmerman, CEO of Aspen Baby Planners and a certified newborn care specialist, to get her advice on what moms of multiples need to know before they head to the delivery room.
Many moms of multiples never have to go on bed rest, but some are prescribed bed rest to reduce the risk of preterm labor. Zimmerman often speaks with mothers during periods of bed rest, and as she says, "Time on bed rest doesn't have to be boring or unproductive and you are certainly not being lazy by following doctor's orders. Allow yourself to find joy in the time you spend carefully growing your babies inside of you, whatever that may look like."
In addition to allowing yourself the time to truly rest, Zimmerman recommends the following activities for bed rest or immediately prior to anticipated bed rest:
When asked about supplies for the multiples, Zimmerman simply said, "a lot!" When pressed further, Zimmerman provided the following sound advice to help expectant mothers narrow their supply list:
Above all else, Zimmerman highlighted the importance of support for moms of multiples. "You may or may not choose to have family staying with you when your babies come home from the hospital," Zimmerman said, "but something you'll definitely want is grown-ups around for adult conversation and sanity. Even if they have no experience or interest in helping with the babies, ask them to come over to keep you company." She added that there are many resources available for moms of multiples in the community, and recommended the following support:
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