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Birth Classes for Twins and Other Multiples

Do you need to take a special birthing class for multiples, and when shoud you start? We've got the answers.
ByExcerpted from The Baby Bump, Twins and Triplets Edition
Updated
April 28, 2017
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Many moms-to-be who are expecting multiples wonder if they should take a special birth class. The truth is, babies are babies—so many of the concepts covered in child-prep classes (changing diapers, learning to swaddle, breastfeeding) apply across the board, no matter how many you’re carrying. But there are distinct differences between singles and multiples.

For one, you’re more likely to go into premature labor, so it’s important to be on the lookout for signs of early labor: pelvic pressure, low back pain, increased vaginal discharge and a change in the amount of “false labor” pains. And since the logistics of coping with twins or more can be overwhelming, you might find it helpful to take a class that’s devoted to caring for multiples.

As for timing, since you can expect your babies to arrive a little early, it’s probably not too soon to start taking classes in your second trimester.

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