While we’d suggest following pretty much the same advice as with a singleton pregnancy, a multiples pregnancy can be more taxing on your body so there are a few steps you can take to make sure you’re keeping you and your growing babies in the best possible health;
- Maintain steady but not excessive weight gain – you might find it hard enough to get around comfortably towards the end of your pregnancy without carrying unnecessary kilos
- Stay active as much as you can, but listen to your body – and your doctor – and don’t overdo it, especially if you experience pain or discomfort. Avoid any heavy lifting. Try to take short walks (unless you’re on complete bed rest) as this will help prevent complications such as deep vein thrombosis
- Eat a healthy, sensible diet and make sure your body is getting all the nutrients it needs
- Make sure you get adequate, quality rest. Take any opportunity to put your feet up and nap, especially if you’re working and/or have other children to take care of. Try to have early nights when you can, and take the easy option; if you have to cook dinner, pop something in the slow cooker in the morning. If you’re working and your boss is agreeable, try to work from home one or two days a week – it’s amazing what a day in pyjamas can do to help you feel rested!
- Avoid people with contagious illnesses if you can, especially those considered dangerous for pregnant women such as chicken pox and German measles
- Make sure you’re taking care of yourself mentally; get enough sleep, talk through any issues with people you trust, keep up communication with your husband.
- If you’re craving company but simply can’t be bothered going out, get your friends to come to you. Point them in the direction of the kettle and stay on the sofa! You’re making two, three or more new humans. Give yourself a break.
- If you’re worried about yourself, your babies or any aspect of your pregnancy, give your healthcare provider a call. It’s important to remember here in the UAE, you’re (or your insurance provider is) paying your obstetrician to look after you. Don’t feel you’re being a nuisance!