- Champagne – You’re having twins after all! For me it has to be Verve Cliquot Although I would also suggest lots of water too. I use my Brita ‘Fill and Go’ and take it everywhere. click for yours here.
- Lots of your favourite foods to energise yourself. Chocolate may give you a much needed boost but try to eat slow burning foods such as Flap Jack, nuts and seeds. Graze do a huge selection of snack boxes. Get your Graze now.
- Lansinoh nipple cream and breast pads- start applying the cream before you even start getting sore nipples. This stuff is a godsend, (and also the best lip balm). Their breast pads are also great. Slimmer than most and with two stickers they stay in place. Lansinoh Cream Pads.
- Your favourite pillow and your new friend – your breastfeeding pillow! (If it’s your plan to go down this route) Twins UK have lots of great products and advise. The Harmony pillow is also good if you are planning to bottle feed. Harmony pillow.
- Credit card – if there is a private room get it booked in as soon as you arrive! To get some peace and sleep in those first few days is worth the cost.
- MP3 player and speakers. Whether its relaxing waves, or hard house, music can be a great way to relax or energise your body. Bose do a great selection of speakers and these little wireless ones are great. Bose.
- Last but not least – Your favourite Kerikit bag of course! Whilst all are perfect for new mothers, the Keri Jane or Aryella back leather are really ideal for new parents of twins or multiples.
Having babies may be the most natural thing in the world but the labour bit can be hard work, especially when you have more than one inside. By the end of my pregnancy I could barely breathe, let alone walk!
I had to have a C-section with my twins as they were breached so I also had to contend with the stitches. With Jasper it was a natural birth albeit with its own challenges, but the most important thing is they came out healthy. Try to get as much rest in before the big day as you will need all the energy you have for the first few days.
With regards to breast feeding, if you can get over the first two weeks then your are all set. I won’t lie, The pain is horrendous to begin with. With two, you don’t have the luxury of resting one side. I timed my feeds with paracetamol and cried more than once just at the thought of the next feed. However with lots of nipple cream and a ‘hint’ of perseverance you can do it and I went on to do 5 months. However if it doesn’t work for you, your children will be fine and will grow up to be just a healthy (in my opinion) and the most important thing is you don’t beat yourself up about it. If you have had twins you are in an elite club and you are now also officially a ‘Super-Mum’.
Last bit of advice is don’t be in a hurry to leave the hospital. Make sure you feel as rested as possible and have used the support of the nurses to get you feeling comfortable handling two children. When you do leave, if anyone offers help, take it! No one will give you a medal at the end of all this for doing it by yourself.