Before giving birth, the psychology of most mothers is anxiety and fear. Not knowing what to prepare, wondering between should and shouldn’t make mom extremely confused. Most of the time, you don’t expect to see three tiny fetuses on your ultrasound. But if you do, here’s what you need to know about triplet pregnan
What Causes Triplet Pregnancies?
If you’re pregnant with more than one baby, it is often referred to as multiples. If more than one egg is fertilized and implants in the uterus, your multiples are fraternal. If one egg is fertilized and splits before implanting in the uterine lining, you have identical multiples. In triplets — or any multiples more than two — the siblings can be all fraternal, all identical, or a combination of both.
Singletons, or one baby, are the most common type of pregnancy. However, more people are getting pregnant with multiples now than in the past. This is mostly because more people are having babies later in life, and multiples are more common among parents who are older than 30. Also, more people are using fertility treatments to get pregnant. Multiples are also more common among people who use fertility treatment.
How are multiples born?
Vaginal birth is the way most babies are born. During vaginal birth, the uterus contracts to help push the baby out.
If you’re pregnant with multiples, you’re more likely to have a cesarean birth (also called c-section) than if you’re pregnant with one baby. During a c-section, the doctor makes a cut in the belly and uterus to remove the baby. Most triplets and higher-order multiples are born by c-section.
What Triplet Pregnancies Are Like for the Mother
Because of the greater risks associated with pregnancy with triplets, what you need to do is:
1.Planning to have a baby
Every woman’s birthing journey is different, so everyone’s birth plan will definitely be different. While things may not really go according to plan, it’s still a good idea to have a plan in place for what you’re about to experience. If you’re pregnant with multiples, you may need extra medical care during pregnancy, labor and birth. You may need to go to extra prenatal care checkups so your provider can watch you and your babies for problems. You also may need more prenatal tests (such as ultrasounds) to check on your growing babies throughout your pregnancy.
2. Sign up for yoga classes
Practicing prenatal yoga can benefit both mother and child. Prenatal yoga focuses on breathing techniques and gentle stretching. These classes are designed to make you more flexible and prepare you for labor. If you’re expecting, you may want to consider trying a prenatal yoga class in a studio or at home.
Much like other types of childbirth-preparation classes, prenatal yoga is a multifaceted approach to exercise that encourages stretching, mental centering and focused breathing. Research suggests that prenatal yoga is safe and can have many benefits for pregnant women and their babies.
3. Do you need to eat special foods if you’re pregnant with multiples?
You need some extra nutrients, such as folic acid, protein, iron, and calcium. You can get enough of this nutrient by eating healthy foods and taking your prenatal vitamin every day. Prenatal vitamins are multivitamins specifically for pregnant women. Compared to a regular multivitamin, they have more nutrients that you need during pregnancy. Even if you’re pregnant with multiples, you only need to take one prenatal vitamin each day.
4. Weight gain
If you’re pregnant with multiples, you need to gain more weight than if you were pregnant with one baby. The amount of weight to gain depends on your weight before pregnancy and how many babies you have. Talk with your provider about how much weight to gain.
5. Limit physical activity if you are pregnant with multiples?
Talk to your doctor about what types of activities are safe for you to do. You may need to cut out any high-impact activities, such as aerobics or running, that cause you to jump or put stress on your joints. You can do some activities, such as swimming, prenatal yoga, or walking.
Later in pregnancy, you may need to limit physical activity, including travel and work. Many pregnant women with multiples lie in bed resting. Bed rest means reducing your activities while you are pregnant. Bed rest can mean lying in bed all day or resting only a few times per day.
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