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Excerpted from The Baby Bump, Twins and Triplets Edition

Birth Class For Twins And Other Multiples?

Will my birth classes be different since I’m expecting twins? When should I start taking them?

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, 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 to go a little early, it’s probably not too soon to start taking classes in your second trimester.

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