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Dr Carol Cooper shares her advice on how parents can stay involved in their babies’ care whilst in the SCBU
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How can I make sure my twins or triplets develop their own identities? Get tips for creating seperate identities for your twins from Dr Carol Cooper.
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Why are my twins naughtier than their friends? Find the answers from Dr Carol Cooper in this short film.
In the following short film Dr Carol Cooper explains some of the factors that lead to poor language development in twins and multiples. Also in this section, learn what you can do to encourage speech development and when to seek help.
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The good news if you are expecting more than one baby is that the labour for twins or more is not twice as painful or twice as long. However, you are a lot more likely to go into premature labour with a multiple pregnancy.
Unlike single pregnancies, which are considered full term at 40 weeks, if you are carrying twins, triplets or quads, you will not be pregnant for as long.
Full term for twins is 37 weeks, for triplets it is 34 weeks, and for quads full term is 32 weeks. The earlier your babies are born before these dates the more likely it is that they will need to spend time in a special care baby unit.
Contrary to what you might expect your twins will be as developed at 37 weeks as one baby will be at 40 weeks, so if your babies are born premature by only a few days then it will be less of a problem than for a single baby born at the same time.
Nobody knows why pre-term labour is more common in multiple pregnancies but it is important to know the signs.
• Contractions every 10 to 15 minutes
• Abdominal or lower back pain
• A heavy feeling in the pelvis
• Blood, mucus, or clear fluid leaking from the vagina.
If you are concerned that you might be going into labour prematurely then phone and go to your labour ward immediately. Pre-term labour can be slowed or halted if caught at the right time. Even delaying labour for just a short time can be enough to mature your babies’ lungs with steroid injections.
Dr Carol Cooper, GP
Author of Twins and Multiple Births
All information used in this article was sourced from:
Cooper, C., 2004. Twins and Multiple Births. 2nd ed. Chatham: Vermilion
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