While you may feel like you're carrying more than one baby, only your
doctor can say for sure. He or she will do a
fetal ultrasound to find out. This test can give your
doctor a clear picture of how many babies are in your uterus and how well
If the test shows that you're carrying more than
one baby, you'll need to have more ultrasounds during your pregnancy. Your
doctor will use these tests to check for any signs of problems that your babies
may have as they grow.
pregnant with more than one baby, you'll need to see your doctor more often
than you would if you were having just one baby. This is because you and your
babies have a greater chance of developing serious health problems.
Your doctor will do a physical exam at each visit. It's important that
you go to every appointment. Your doctor may also do a fetal ultrasound, check
your blood pressure, and test your blood and urine for any signs of problems.
Early treatment can help you and your babies stay healthy.
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
- Go to every doctor's
- 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.
smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs.
- 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
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
- 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.