@aunt pol: Congrats! I’m 12w with twins, so here are some of the questions I have or will bring up with my providers:
*Pregnancy & Delivery
-Best steps to prevent pre-term labor? I’ve read a lot of different suggestions in terms of weight gain goals, rest, time off work, pelvic rest, and so on.
-What is a goal gestation to prevent NICU time? And approx how long can they be expected to be in the NICU at various weeks delivery – say 30, 32, 34, 36?
-How late will they let me go? My dr will induce at 39 weeks with twins, some only let you go til 37 or 38. And what criteria and risks factor into that?
-What are my birthing options? If conditions allow, can I try to deliver vaginally, or do twins automatically mean a c-section?
-What kind of access do we have to the babies in the NICU, while they are receiving various stages of care? How many hours a day can we be there? Can we be involved in their feedings/changings/baths? Can I pump and provide breastmilk?
-If the babies have to remain in NICU after I am discharged, is there a facility/housing at or near the hospital where DH & I can stay – like a Ronald McDonald House – to avoid driving hours back and forth each day.
*After the babies arrive
-Suggestions for techniques of feeding/breastfeeding twins – positions, equipment? My hospital offers a specific 1 on 1 twin breastfeeding class, and I’m so excited 🙂
-What equipment is helpful to have 2 of, what things 1 is sufficient?
-What things do I need to keep an eye on with preemies, health-wise, after we bring them home?
-Any suggestions for situations when twins do better together or benefit from being apart (sleeping, tummy time, feeding, etc.)?