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The thought of having more than one baby may be scary, but it doesn't have to be. There are some simple things you can do to keep you and your babies healthy.

The best thing you can do is take care of yourself. The healthier you are, the healthier your babies will be.

While you're pregnant, be sure to:

  • Go to every doctor's appointment.
  • Eat healthy foods. Take in plenty of calories from foods rich in folic acid, iron, and calcium. These nutrients are essential for the healthy growth of your babies. Breads, cereals, meats, milk, cheeses, fruits, and vegetables are all good choices. If you're not able to eat enough because of severe morning sickness, call your doctor.
  • Don't smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs.
  • Avoid caffeine.
  • Avoid using any medicines, vitamins, or herbs unless your doctor says it's okay.
  • Talk to your doctor about what activities are okay for you to do while you're pregnant.
  • Get a lot of rest.

After your babies are born, you may feel overwhelmed and tired. You may wonder how you're going to do it all. This is normal. Most new moms feel this way at one time or another.

Here are some things you can do to ease the stress:

  • Ask your family and friends for help.
  • Rest as often as you can.
  • Join a support group for moms with multiples. This is a great place to share your concerns and hear how other moms cope with the demands of raising multiples.
  • If you feel sad or depressed for more than 2 weeks, call your doctor.

Learning about multiple pregnancy:

Being diagnosed:

Getting treatment:

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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: June 21, 2013
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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