Some couples may crave twin babies. By having twins, they expect the happiness they get will multiply. But before you start planning to have two children at once, let’s see the following things about twins.
Behind the happiness that exists because of the presence of twins, there are actually various challenges that you might experience. The following information is expected to help you in preparing yourself before having twins, ranging from pregnancy, childbirth, to the care and attention that is certainly different from a single baby.
The Challenges of Having Twins
Here are six things about having twins that you might not know about:
1. More at risk of pregnancy and childbirth complications
When you are going to have twins, you must be prepared to risk the complications that are more likely to occur during twin pregnancy, ranging from gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, childbirth faster than the estimated day of birth (HPL), until bleeding after delivery.
In addition, twins are more likely to experience breeches and other complications, so it may be necessary to be born by cesarean section.
2. The possibility of experiencing more severe morning sickness
The hormone HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin), which causes pregnant women to experience morning sickness, will be higher when pregnant with twins. So, you must be prepared to deal with more severe nausea and vomiting in the first three months of pregnancy.
3. Increased risk of experiencing postpartum depression
Having just one baby makes you dizzy, let alone two babies at once. For some women, this can trigger postpartum depression, due to lack of sleep and the time needed to take care of the Twins.
Postpartum depression can also arise because the mother lacks support when caring for twins or it becomes difficult to leave the house (feeling isolated).
4. The process of breastfeeding The Twins is more troublesome
Although you can breastfeed the Twins at the same time, more coordination and patience are needed. You must embrace two babies at once in a cuddle while giving breast milk (ASI).
If this is difficult, you can breastfeed one baby and bottle feed the other baby, or bottle feed both.
5. The Twins easily share disease
If one baby is infected with a certain disease, then his twin is also at high risk for getting the same infection. So, immediately separate twins when one of them is sick, until it’s completely healthy.
Although this method is not necessarily successful in preventing the Twins from transmitting the disease to one another, it is at least less likely.
6. The behavior of twins is not always the same
Although it looks the same, but basically twins are two individuals with different personalities. So, never compare them, especially if there is one that is more prominent.
Also avoid thinking of them as the same two people. Remember, each person must have advantages and disadvantages of each, as well as twins.
Can you predict what it’s like to have twins? Well, if you still intend to have twins or indeed are carrying more than one baby, prepare yourself well for the six things above yes. You can consult an obstetrician to find out more about preparing to have twins.