Tips for Pregnancy with Multiples

What Delivery Day Will Be Like

Don't count on an intimate scene during your labor and delivery. Most hospitals automatically take mothers of multiples to the operating room, whether they're having a planned C-section or not, in case the unexpected occurs, says Dr. Bender. This means more staff members are apt to be present (including anesthesiologists, pediatricians, and extra nurses), while the number of family members allowed in may be limited. You might be disappointed with this clinical feel, but take comfort in the fact that these measures are meant to ensure a safe delivery for you and your little ones.

Immediately after the babies are born, your doctor will assess whether they need to go straight to the NICU. Although some hospitals require that all babies born prematurely (earlier than 37 weeks) be admitted, others require this only of babies weighing four pounds or less. In general, though, multiples are more likely to end up in the NICU than singletons, as they're often born earlier and weigh less. Still, if your little ones turn out to be full-termers with no health issues, they'll be taken to the nursery and should only have to stay there for a day or two.

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