What Multiples Means for You
From 1980 to 2009, the rate of twin births increased by 76 percent, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. That means that one in about every 30 babies born in the United States is a twin. Thanks to fertility treatments and women having babies later in life, more and more women find themselves pregnant with multiples – but what does that mean for you? Whether you knew multiples were a possibility due to IVF or were completely surprised to hear two (or more) heartbeats at your first ultrasound, the following tips can help you prepare for what’s to come as a mom-to-be of multiples.
What Happens at a Prenatal Visit
You’ve seen the plus sign or the little blue line on the at-home pregnancy test. What’s next? It’s time to call your doctor to set up your first prenatal visit. Regular prenatal care throughout your pregnancy will focus on both health and education – for you and your growing baby.
Preparing for Labor and Delivery
Whether you’re in your first trimester or just a few days from your due date, it is never too early or too late to prepare for labor and delivery. Especially if this is your first child, a little preparation can go a long ways toward calming your mind (and body) in advance of the big day.
Prenatal Sleep Strategies
Prenatal sleep strategies to have a more restful night.
Birth Control After Baby
Choosing the right birth control after having a baby may mean choosing something that you haven’t used in the past.
Morning Sickness Strategies
While most women struggle with nausea on some level, a small percentage have hyperemesis gravidarum or HG, which can cause severe vomiting, significant weight loss, tears in the stomach lining and esophagus, malnutrition, dehydration and more. Fortunately, most women cope with morning sickness without the need of medical help.