Q: What extra precautions are needed for delivering twins?

A: He'll probably use a monitor to track each baby's heart rate -- as well as one to follow your contractions. He may also give you intravenous antibiotics during labor. That's because you may not have been tested yet for Group B strep, a common vaginal bacterial infection that pregnant women are screened for at around 36 weeks. (Without prophylactic antibiotics, you can pass the infection on to your babies.) Finally, most moms of multiples are encouraged to get an epidural; if you need an emergency c-section, an IV and some pain medication will already be in place. --Donna Christiano

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