When having twins, you should plan to complete all your preparations before your 30th week of your twin pregnancy.
- Twin pregnancies experience a much higher rate of bed rest than singleton pregnancies.
- Twin pregnancies experience a higher rate of pre-term labor.
- If you manage to make it into or through your 3rd trimester, you will very likely be so tired that you will not be able to accomplish much on your to-do list.
Tasks you can (and should) complete before the 30th week of pregnancy
The most important piece of equipment for your nursery is a crib. It is not necessary to get two cribs immediately, as you may wish to have your twins share a crib at first. Twins often take comfort from sharing a crib.
- Stock the freezer with meals
Whether you make meals ahead and freeze them, use a service where you prepare 30 days of meals in advance, buy pre-made warehouse meals, or schedule family and friends to bring meals — you will not regret being prepared in this way. When your twins arrive, you will be so relieved to have meals at the ready.
- Organize your help schedule
When expecting twins, many will offer help. Our tendency is to say thank you, but then never to bring it up again. You must resist this tendency! Practice accepting offers of help. Think about what types of help you are willing to accept. When friends and family offer to help, be prepared to tell them specifically how they can help. Try using a “care” calendar. These online calendars allow you to list your needs and facilitate sign ups for help. Don’t be shy — you’ll be needing help.
- Get your equipment basics
As we mentioned earlier, your most critical equipment need is your crib. Don’t go too overboard and purchase everything you’ll need to raise your twins into adulthood. Just focus on the needs to cover the first 3 months. You’ll have time later to purchase additional equipment and supplies for the next stage. The second most important piece of equipment is your stroller. For your first stroller, we recommend a Snap ‘N Go, or convertable system that allows you to put your infant car seats into the stroller. This will save you headaches when your twins are sleeping soundly and you don’t have to remove them from their car seats to put them into the stroller.
- Prepare birth announcements and thank-you notes
This is a great time review styles for birth announcements and thank-you notes. Pick out the layout and shop around for prices. Prepare as much of the information in advance as possible. You can even address envelopes so they will be ready to personalize and pop in the mail.
Completing your preparations before the 30th week will give you peace of mind as you move into the final weeks of your twin pregnancy. Enjoy this time as you prepare for your little ones.
Copyright 2011 – Kathryn Whiteley / TwinParenthood.com