When You're Expecting Twins, Triplets, or Quads: Proven Guidelines for a Healthy Multiple Pregnancy

When You're Expecting Twins, Triplets, or Quads: Proven Guidelines for a Healthy Multiple Pregnancy

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by Barbara Luke, Tamara Eberlein
     
 

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You're expecting more than one baby? Congratulations!

Effective, encouraging, and up-to-date, When You're Expecting Twins, Triplets, or Quads is essential for you and your babies.


Like all mothers-to-be, you're experiencing the full spectrum of human emotions: joy, fear, confusion, and

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You're expecting more than one baby? Congratulations!

Effective, encouraging, and up-to-date, When You're Expecting Twins, Triplets, or Quads is essential for you and your babies.


Like all mothers-to-be, you're experiencing the full spectrum of human emotions: joy, fear, confusion, and excitement—maybe all at once. As a woman pregnant with more than one baby, you're feeling all these things . . . only more so!

In When You're Expecting Twins, Triplets, or Quads, Dr. Barbara Luke, an acknowledged expert on the prenatal care of multiples, outlines a practical, nutrition-based program to keep you and your babies healthy, and she offers a comprehensive tour of what you can expect during your unique pregnancy and childbirth experience. Women who follow this program have significantly fewer complications during pregnancy—and their babies are born weighing 20 to 35 percent more than the average twin, triplet, or quad. Included is crucial information on:





  • Finding a qualified maternal/fetal medicine specialist

  • Dietary guidelines for maximizing birthweight

  • Safe limits on exercise, physical activity, and work

  • Taking a leave from your job and negotiating the best deal

  • Reducing your risk for pregnancy complications

  • Recognizing the signs of preterm labor and what to do about them

  • What to expect during and after delivery

  • Feeding and caring for your newborns . . . and yourself

  • Getting back into shape after delivery


Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062009418
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
12/28/2010
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
512
Sales rank:
233,061
File size:
7 MB

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When You're Expecting Twins, Triplets, or Quads, Revised Edition
Proven Guidelines for a Healthy Multiple Pregnancy

Chapter One

Your Unique Pregnancy

Tamara: As I lay flat on the examining table, the radiology technician smeared my belly with greasy jelly, then turned the screen toward me. I was about to catch my first glimpse of the baby that had been growing inside me for 18 weeks.

But as she slid the probe across my abdomen, she began to frown. Pushing the screen to one side to block my view, she fiddled with the knobs. Then she stepped into the hall to summon a doctor. Together, they manipulated the dials of the ultrasound machine, whispering and pointing.

Trying to squelch a sudden rush of fear, I choked out the words: "What is it? Is something wrong with my baby?"

The doctor turned the screen to face me again and said, "Well, here's what we've got. This is a leg, and an arm, and this is the head. And now, over here, we see a foot, and a back, and another head — twins! And they look just fine."

If you too have joined the ranks of expectant mothers of multiples — twins, triplets, even quadruplets or more — congratulations! You're now in a special group whose membership is swelling more and more each year. Between 1975 and 2000, twin births rose by 100 percent. During that same period, the birthrate of "supertwins" or "higher-order multiples" (meaning three or more babies born together) surged a whopping 587 percent.

You've probably got a thousand questions and concerns about your pregnancy, but chances are, you've had trouble finding the answers you need."As soon as I found out that I was going to have twins, I read everything I could find on the subject. Yet most pregnancy books have only a page or two about multiples, and the books devoted to twins focus on taking care of the babies after they're born," says Judy Levy, mother of twin girls and an older daughter.

Or perhaps you succeeded in finding some material on multiple pregnancy but were put off by its gloom-and-doom tone. "Everything I read about having twins seemed so frightening, as if the writers were saying, 'You will definitely have all sorts of problems — and your babies will too.' I couldn't bear to read that scary stuff," says Stacy Moore, mother of twin boys. "What I really needed was some sensible advice on the specific steps I could take to avoid complications and give my babies the best possible start in life. And I found it — at a special clinic for expectant mothers of multiples, where I learned that many problems associated with multiple births are preventable. I did everything they told me to do, and my whole pregnancy went very smoothly. My twins were born big and healthy at full term, weighing 6 lb., 11 oz., and 6 lb., 1 oz."

Dr. Luke: Here's where I come in. As a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor, and a researcher and nutritionist, I founded the clinic that Stacy Moore attended, and directed it for six years. This is the Multiples Clinic we refer to throughout the book, and many of the mothers quoted participated in this program.

I'm now a professor at the University of Miami School of Medicine in Miami, Florida, where I'm working with experts from renowned universities across the country, as the University Consortium on Multiple Births.

Our goal is to improve pregnancy outcomes — in other words, to help our patients have the healthiest pregnancies and the healthiest babies. To achieve that, we provide special prenatal care, including patient education, risk screening, and intensive nutrition therapy.

The Multiples Clinic program works. Our clinical success proves it. Compared to the average mother of multiples, women who follow our guidelines experience significantly fewer complications before the birth of their children. For instance:

  • Our expectant mothers develop fewer infections.

  • They have less trouble with high blood pressure and preeclampsia.

  • The moms in our program have a lower incidence of preterm premature rupture of the membranes.

  • Our patients are hospitalized for preterm labor less frequently, and they spend fewer days in the hospital if they are admitted. For infants born to our moms, the results are even more impressive:

  • Triplets born to mothers in our program weigh 35 percent more at birth, on average, than triplets typically do. That's very significant, given that the average birthweight for triplets nationwide is just half that of the average singleton.

  • Our twins are generally born 20 percent heavier than the average twins delivered at the same gestational age.

  • Two out of three of our newborns weigh more than 5½ pounds at birth, and one out of four is born weighing more than 6 pounds. These birthweight figures, which are significantly better than the average for infants of multiple-gestation pregnancies, prove that you can break the "rule" that says twins are always born small.

  • Sixty percent of our mothers of twins deliver at 36 weeks or later, compared to only about 40 percent of twin moms nationwide.

  • Our babies are healthier at birth, regardless of when they are born, because they have grown well right from the start of the pregnancy.

  • Infants born to patients in our program go home sooner than the average multiple-birth baby, spending only half as much time in the hospital. (Their hospital bills are only half the average too!)
When You're Expecting Twins, Triplets, or Quads, Revised Edition
Proven Guidelines for a Healthy Multiple Pregnancy
. Copyright © by Barbara Luke. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

Meet the Author

Barbara Luke, Sc.D., M.P.H., R.N., R.D., is a professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology at Michigan State University. She has published numerous research studies on multiple pregnancy through the University Consortium on Multiple Births, with colleagues from universities around the country. She is also the author of Every Pregnant Woman's Guide to Preventing Premature Birth and coauthor, with Tamara Eberlein, of Program Your Baby's Health.

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When You're Expecting Twins, Triplets, or Quads: Proven Guidelines for a Healthy Multiple Pregnancy 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
SunFlrGirl More than 1 year ago
This book answers every possible question you can have when expecting multiples. It also gives great guidance on eating properly to bulk up those babies in preparation for a possible early birth. Great resource!
Twin-Mom11 More than 1 year ago
This is a decent books for mom's to be of future multiples. And while I appreciate that the book makes you feel normal for putting on weight I felt there was soooo much discussion around putting on so much weight so early on that it may me feel worse as I wasn't putting on that type of weight. Bottom line always listen to your doctor but I expected more information on what makes being pregnant with multiples different from a singleton - and if there is no difference than just say so.
Randi Roerick More than 1 year ago
This book made me feel so prepared for my twins. I kept rereading sections and found answers to all my questions. This is an invaluable resource for anyone carrying multiples!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was gifted this book by a friend of mine who is also a mother of twins.  I followed the diet to the "T" and delivered girl twins at 39.5 weeks!  The diet played a big role in my pregnancy and really helped with healthy birth weight of my  girls.  Twin A weighed 6 lb 9 oz and Twin B weighed 5 lbs 5 oz.  I never developed any complications during my  pregnancy and neither did the twins.  Again, I was so happy to have had this book as a guide!  It help me stay on  track with my diet and food choices.  I just recommended this book to my niece who is also having twins. 
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