While twin pregnancies can be twice the fun, they can also be twice the ouch! Beyond 16-20 weeks into the pregnancy, growth of the abdomen will quickly outpace growth experienced in singleton pregnancies. This means that it becomes more difficult for mommy to reach down to tie her shoes (hint: a great gift is a pedicure) and it becomes more difficult to reach the steering wheel. Mommy may find that she tires easily, feels pelvic pressure and has lower back discomfort (another hint: a great gift is a pregnancy massage). We recommend at least 8 to 10 hours of sleep nightly, regular gentle exercise and increased intake of vitamins, vegetables and fruits.
Many of our mothers who are expecting with twins want to know if they can still have a natural, vaginal birth. Yes! That being said, we want to ensure a safe delivery for all three of the lives in our hands. A patient is a good candidate for a vaginal birth if the first baby is facing head down, the babies have achieved a safe minimum weight and the babies weights are within 10% of each other. We recommend that our patients have regular, interval ultrasounds of the babies to monitor these and other parameters of well-being. We have a lot of experience with breech and transverse presentations and when circumstances permit, we are pleased to offer these patients the opportunity for a vaginal delivery, too.
To schedule an appointment or consultation with Dr. Jennifer Mushtaler, please visit www.capobgyn.com or call 512-83.OBJEN. We look forward to seeing you at Capital Ob/Gyn Associates of Texas.