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What No One Tells You

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  • You and your babies are high-risk and unique. Your journey is a special one. If this hasn’t been obvious to you during your pregnancy, it will be right after the babies are born. Once the babies are delivered and you have a few tender moments with them, you will be moved to a recovery room. There, you will probably be near other new moms (sometimes with just a curtain separating you) whose babies are right beside them. Twins often need to have additional tests done, or they might be moved to the NICU for monitoring. As a result, you might be alone for a bit, with your partner working double time checking on you and the babies.

  • Separation from your twins while they are in the NICU is difficult. If your babies are in the NICU, you will be sleeping at night on the maternity ward without them. You will hear crying babies with their moms in rooms around you, but not yours. It is a sad, sad feeling. Take this time to rest as much as you can, as your babies will need you to be strong once you are together again. Be comforted by the fact that they are under constant supervision.

  • The constipation is awful, and you should take the enema if your doctor suggests it. This is pretty gross, but you need to know about it. Giving birth and taking pain medicine can leave you constipated. If your doctor or nurse suggests you need an enema because you are severely constipated, go ahead and take it while you are safe and in the hospital. Yes, an enema is disgusting, but severe constipation is not easily remedied once you leave the hospital. Once you are home, you will only be able to take a natural stool softener, which quite frankly helps only mildly. You have never felt constipation like this before; when you do have to go, it will take what feels like hours for very little to pass. Trust us on this: You will be better off with the enema.

  • Be mindful of your hormones. They will be going ballistic, particularly on Day 4 of your stay. Keep in mind that it is more than normal—it is natural. Do not hesitate to talk about your feelings if you have an emotional surge or spike. Talk to your partner, your nurses, and your doctors. When you have a dark, scary, or highly emotional moment, it is better when others around you are aware of how you are feeling so they can assist and support you. Stay in tune with your body as much as you can.
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