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I had never even entertained the thought of twins being a possibility. In fact, we had just bought a car the day before and it was already too small, as we had two older children. How am I going to manage twins? What is it like?

With singletons, I had done things like exclusive nursing, cloth diapers, and extensive babywearing. Would that even be possible with twins? Each pregnancy and baby is different for each woman, nevermind two or more babies, but here is a compilation of helpful methods and tools to manage, based on my experience.

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Twins pregnancies are similar to singleton pregnancies in that there are no two alike. With twins, however, you can expect that some pregnancy complaints will be increased, like morning sickness, heartburn, and pressure on the bladder. While searching for a magical cure to the awful morning sickness, I read that carrying twins can intensify the symptoms.

Prepare a little earlier than usual for a new baby, as twins have a higher chance of being born premature. Stock the freezer with ready made meals, make a list of easiest crockpot meals, and another list of super quick and easy meals. Make sure any projects are done around the house. The expecting mother asked all the guests to bring freezer meals, so that when she was tired with baby she could just pull out a ready made meal. Do they allow kangaroo care? How long can the mother stay?

Twins make doctors rather nervous, simply because there are more unknown factors involved. While this may be necessary in some cases like if the twins share a placenta , try to find a doctor who is willing to at least try other options. For a vaginal birth it is much preferred if twin A the lower twin is presented head down. Remember to stay flexible. By being induced I also knew that the doctor I wanted would be on duty for 24 hrs, so she would be present even if the labour took a while.

Consider hiring a doula to attend the birth, particularly if you will be birthing in an environment that is hostile to your wishes. Some women can stand up for themselves during labour, but I go into a total other space and become a sheep. Giving birth to twins made me a little more nervous than normal beforehand.

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I loved this story of a Greek mother giving birth to unexpected twins while making a journey on a donkey; it reminded me that we mothers are stronger than we think we are, and can endure more than we expect. This was a good 50 years ago, before disposable diapers and dishwashers for bottles. Another mom of twins had three under three years, a husband who worked away in the mountains, no running water and only wood heat.

If they did it, I thought to myself, so can I. This is where the difference between singles and multiples makes itself felt. Try to have someone come help the first six weeks. If you have no family or friends available, save your pennies beforehand to hire someone to help a few hours a day. For many of us, this is really, really hard. People asked me if I was managing and I usually said yes, even if I was drowning. Simple things, like taking the babies for a walk, washing the pile of dishes, or entertaining an older child, will help.

You will be tired. In all probability you will cry. If you feel that the negative emotions are too intense or going on for too long, however, be sure to ask a professional about postpartum depression. Let the babies sleep together. At around six months, when babies start moving more, they may start kicking each other in the head as they toss and turn, so you might want to separate them then.

My twins, at two, still sleep together and rarely wake each other up. In fact, both of them will sleep through quite a bit of noise, and I attribute it to them being used to sleeping with each other. If one gets a stuffy nose, pull out all the stops to get rid of it. I think that was one of the hardest times for me. It is possible to cloth diaper twins. You need at least enough for about three solid day; I washed diapers every other day, so enough diapers for two days plus one more day while those are laundering.

I highly recommend giving breastfeeding a good, hard go. A twin nursing pillow greatly increases the chance of successful breastfeeding, making it much easier and more comfortable. They can be pricey, so look for second hand ones if you need to. A normal nursing pillow for one is not the same and will not provide the same support.

I had an air filled one that was shaped to tilt their bodies towards mine. I tend towards minimalism in the baby gear department, but this is one piece of gear that was worth every penny and I highly recommend it. Take it with you to the hospital, especially if you live in a country where you are kept for longer in the hospital four days at least for a normal uncomplicated birth in the country where I live, Slovakia.

If you exclusively nurse twins, however, you will be ravenously hungry. Call a lactation consultant to help, at least once. He pointed out that I get question after question about supplements and super foods…. I run a website on natural childbirth. I teach natural childbirth classes. I can peruse the best evidence out there, and I can ask other student midwives and midwives for their thoughts, opinions, and experiences based on caring for lots of women in a holistic, natural-health focused environment. It only makes sense for me to share that with you, because part of my mission is to make your life easier….

Like I said above, I believe that supplements, vitamins, and minerals should be chosen carefully for each mama and mama-to-be — but there are supplements that benefit most mamas. I'll also give specific brand recommendations. Supplement Guide For Pregnancy, Fertility, and Breastfeeding Dear Mama, I felt little thrills of excitement run through my body as I stepped into the small health food store. He pointed out that I get question after question about supplements and super foods… …and he was right — you were asking a lot of questions about supplements!

It only makes sense for me to share that with you, because part of my mission is to make your life easier… …and to help you give your baby the best start in life while feeling great I might add! Should you take a prenatal multi-vitamin? The role probiotics play in a healthy pregnancy Two nutrients you're almost guaranteed to be deficient in — and how to safely raise those levels The truth about calcium you might be surprised at what the research says!

Which vitamins can give you a big emotional boost along with their health benefits Without this essential nutrient, your vitamins are basically just expensive sugar pills! However I would say the workouts do look attainable for all levels, even beginners.

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I will try doing both cardio and the workout for a week to see how attainable they are. I also liked the exercise tips for after birth and setting good expectations. I thought the book was overall good and I expected her to be a bit more intense but she approached the book with a realist mind set and it made it feel more attainable. Edits: Monday- biked 20 minutes; swam 20 minutes; biked 20 minutes home; JM prenatal workout 15 minutes Note: weights I owned were too heavy, just did only once through, will buy smaller weights tomorrow.

Wednesday: Thank you for a rest day, my hamstrings are so sore. Husband is also sore, called me a badass for starting a workout program while pregnant.

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The Smart Mama's Guide to Childbirth Choices eBook: Barb Wade, Lynn Dickinson: lirodisa.tk: Kindle Store. Provides an agenda-free overview of all legitimate childbirth methods and choices currently available to pregnant women along with exercises and worksheets.

Thursday: biked 30 minutes; JM Workout 20 minutes Added music to the workout, Michael Jackson definitely makes it a lot more enjoyable. These workout don't require much at home equipment, I used small 6lbs dumbells but I could have gotten a smaller weight or just used body weight; I also used a yoga mat. I liked that each exercise was easy to follow and could be done by women of all shapes and sizes regardless of how they started their pregnancy this workout is a come as you are, anything is better than nothing approach.

May 11, Nikki rated it really liked it Shelves: baby. I chose this book specifically for the fitness aspect of it - something I was very curious about while trying to conceive. I actually ended up not using the fitness guides though. One thing I wish this book would have changed - it had workout plans by trimester but the explanations of the moves are in the back of the book. Having the guides and explanation for each trimester in the same spot would have made it more likely that I'd use them.

What was helpful though - for every area of pregnancy you had a few perspectives: a professional doctor, a mother Jillian's partner Heidi , and a partner Jillian. Its always good to get different points of view and hopefully that addition will help me remember to incorporate my husband in this process. Nov 06, Kellie rated it liked it Shelves: I was between at 2 and 3 on this one I think.

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The information she has about prenatal and postpartum workouts and food choices are great and solid. Which makes sense since that's her wheelhouse. And that's honestly why I picked up the book. Her information on birth, however, a lot of fear based and non evidence based advice solely based on how her wife's birth went.

From a childbirth educator reading it, it sounded like a classic case of the 'cascade of interventions' starting with an induction a I was between at 2 and 3 on this one I think. From a childbirth educator reading it, it sounded like a classic case of the 'cascade of interventions' starting with an induction at 41 weeks that may have not been medically necessary. Anyway, I would hate for moms to read this and think that that is the correct recommendation. Sadly, a lot of providers still practice that way.

But, good for the nutrition and work out stuff. Jul 11, Catelyn Silapachai rated it really liked it. I read this book listened to the audible version towards the end of my 2nd trimester and 1st pregnancy. This book is incredibly comprehensive, which can be a good and bad thing. I have been pretty anxious throughout my pregnancy, and this book gave me a lot of new things to worry about like how non-stick cookware is terrible and lots of other things I hadn't thought about before. However, Jillian Michaels definitely accomplished what she promised to do in the subtitle so I can't fault her I read this book listened to the audible version towards the end of my 2nd trimester and 1st pregnancy.

However, Jillian Michaels definitely accomplished what she promised to do in the subtitle so I can't fault her for stoking my own anxieties.

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I would just say to proceed with caution if you are already a worrier. I know in my case, I'd rather know all of this than not know, so I am glad I read it. Aug 01, Bethany rated it it was amazing. Up-to-date tips for a healthy pregnancy and 4th trimester written by Michaels and her team of experts in several fields related to women's health. This book is a one-stop-shop for women hoping to be moms or already on their way, filled with tips on how to prepare your body and optimize each trimester regarding your lifestyle and living environment, nutrition, and fitness.

Provides specific meal plans and fitness routines for the entire period, also general guidelines on how to avoid toxins and d Up-to-date tips for a healthy pregnancy and 4th trimester written by Michaels and her team of experts in several fields related to women's health.

Provides specific meal plans and fitness routines for the entire period, also general guidelines on how to avoid toxins and deal with common pregnancy symptoms as well as what needs to be tended to at any time.

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Mamas on bed rest may feel that much about their pregnancy is out of their control. She is a psychologist by training and is utilizing her skills and expertise to support women going through difficult pregnancies as well as families and couples experiencing stress. Buy securely. She went on to have a completely normal healthy pregnancy and gave birth to a healthy baby boy. The hospital where I delivered gave me control over lights and had many different lighting options, which I kept dim almost the entire time. The report consists not only of the research and the evidence for each practice recommended, Childbirth Connection has also developed extensive patient and clinician resources that are available for free on the Childbirth Connection website.

A reference of clear and lighthearted advice! Jun 26, Lifelong Reader - Lifelong Learner rated it really liked it. I listened to this book because it was the only audiobook on the topic available without hold through my local library's Overdrive collection. I didn't have particularly high expectations, but this book was informative and supported by research. Jillian also mentions explicitly if and when the research is inconclusive or if turning to other resources might provide more information.

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I should note that my particular level of knowledge on anything pregnancy-related is very low; this book was super I listened to this book because it was the only audiobook on the topic available without hold through my local library's Overdrive collection. I should note that my particular level of knowledge on anything pregnancy-related is very low; this book was super informative for me.

Jul 24, Fae rated it really liked it. My review comes mostly based on loving the exercise routines in this book. I found them extremely useful throughout pregnancy until I just didn't have the energy to do them anymore. There's a lot of information on how to approach things the organic way, which I didn't really follow, and a full section of recipes I admittedly didn't utilize even once And Jillian Michaels at one point referenced Six Feet Under being her favorite show of al My review comes mostly based on loving the exercise routines in this book. And Jillian Michaels at one point referenced Six Feet Under being her favorite show of all time, sooo that made me love her even more!

Nov 28, Jackie rated it liked it. Full disclosure: I bought this book on the recommendation of a friend I used to work out with because she said it had good exercise tips. And, as you would expect from Jillian Michaels, those tips were good and helpful. The rest of the content was just fine- definitely not your go-to pregnancy prep book, but has some decent info.

Jillian's books are all excellent. This book raises the bar - outstanding detailed interesting guidance on eating, exercising, environment, and health before, during, and after pregnancy. I loved the true-to-life explanations of what the woman's body goes through in each phase. Truly invaluable information for a woman planning or going through the pregnancy process. Best to get this book during pregnancy. I picked it up after I gave birth and the only part that applied to me was the final chapter.

That being said - there are some great tips throughout the book. Jan 09, Andrea rated it really liked it. I love Jillian Michaels and how she is straightforward and to the point. This is an easy book to follow. Its really like any other baby book I've read so far. Nothing too special.