The journey you will take with twins and multiples, from pregnancy through to adulthood, will be many things – exciting, nerve wracking, exhausting, challenging – to name but a few. The one thing that having twins and multiples won’t be is boring. From the moment you see and hear more than one heart beating on the ultrasound monitor, you and your babies become a little bit extra special. In this section of short films Dr Carol Cooper, author of Twins and Multiple births, guides you through each amazing stage in having twins and multiples, from pregnancy and birth, toddlers, teenagers and everything in between.
Already feeling six months pregnant before your 12 week scan? Fast bump growth in the first trimester is a sign that you could be expecting more than one baby. In this short film learn what changes to expect from your body in a multiple pregnancy, as well as how much weight gain is normal.
Pre-eclampsia is just one of the pregnancy complications more common in a multiple pregnancy. In the following short film Dr Carol Cooper explains the medical complications you might face when carrying twins, triplets or more, and how to be prepared.
Your twins are six times more likely to arrive prematurely compared to a baby from a single pregnancy. In the following short film Dr Carol Cooper talks you through premature labour and birth for multiple pregnancies, including the symptoms to watch out for.
The more babies you are carrying, the greater the chance of complications during both pregnancy and labour which can put you and your babies at risk. So it is no surprise that 60% of twins in the UK are delivered by caesarean. In the following short film find out the delivery options available for your pregnancy and when a vaginal birth is possible for twins and triplets.
Nearly half of all twins born in the UK, and almost all triplets will spend time in a Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) after birth. In this short film Dr Carol Cooper explains why your babies may need neonatal care and what happens in the SCBU.
It can be a stressful and emotional time for new parents when their twins or triplets need to spend time in the special care baby unit (SCBU) after birth. In the following short film learn how to stay involved in your babies’ care and what to expect from the SCBU
Breastfeeding can be challenging for one baby and seem impossible when you have three hungry babies to feed. In this short film Dr Carol Cooper shares her advice and techniques on how to breastfeed triplets.
Whether you choose breast or bottle to feed your newborn twins, finding a good position and encouraging your babies to feed at the same time can be a logistical challenge. In this section Dr Carol Cooper gives some practical tips to help you chose how to feed your twins.
Immense sleep deprivation, divided attention, and any special needs your babies may have are just some of the reasons bonding can be harder for parents of newborn twins, triplets and quads. In this film Dr Carol Cooper explores the challenges with bonding with your babies.
One baby crying can be stressful enough for exhausted mothers, but what about crying in twins, or triplets? Coping when your twins or triplets cry is not always easy. In this section Dr Carol Cooper answers the question why do babies cry?
If you think your babies might be ready to be weaned, then listen to Dr Carol Cooper offer useful advice on when and how to start, as well as tips to help you juggle the demands of weaning twins and multiples.
No matter how identical your twins or multiples may look on the outside they will each have their own personalities, including their own likes and dislikes; something which can be evident from day one. In this section Dr Carol Cooper explains the importance of creating seperate identities for your twins, as well as techniques to help.
Keeping a toddler safe and out of trouble is a full-time job for any mum; keeping twin or triplet toddlers out of trouble, entertained and safe is near impossible. In this section Dr Carol Cooper gives you some important safety tips and explains why the terrible twos are even more terrible for multiples.
Is potty training twins really twice as hard as potty training one? In the following section Dr Carol Cooper shares her advice and experience on how to potty train twins and multiples, from when to start to how many potties you’ll need.
When it comes to naughty twins is more than just double the trouble. In fact, at the age of three your twins are three times more likely to misbehave than single children of the same age. In the following section Dr Carol Cooper explains the reasons behind twin behaviour and what you can do to combat it.
Concerned your twins don’t speak enough? Dr Carol Cooper explains how to encourage language development in twins and multiples here.
Before you know it your twins will be ready to start preschool giving you your first opportunity to separate them regularly if you choose. In this short film Dr Carol Cooper explains how to choose the right preschool for your twins or multiples and when to think about separating them.
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