There are several things that you have to keep in mind when you find out that you are going to give birth to multiples. It is not necessary that a c-section would be recommended by your OB-GYN should you be pregnant with twins. However, most medical professionals would recommend a c-section if they find out that you are going to give birth to more than two babies. It is also considered if one of the twins that you are carrying is not in the right position in the uterus.
Vaginal birth is considered when both the twins are positioned correctly, especially the first one to come out. Health of the mother and the babies is another big factor in considering a vaginal or c-section delivery. As long as both the mother and the babies are healthy, vaginal birth is more often the first choice. Vaginal birth is also the first choice even if you go into labor within the thirty-third week of your pregnancy.
Going into labor when you are carrying twins or more will be so much different when compared to that of someone who is only carrying a single baby. A skilled obstetrician in delivering multiples would be a great help to you. When you learn that you are carrying more than one child, look for a hospital that has the appropriate facilities to handle multiple births. The hospital should have more than enough staff to assist you once you go into and all throughout labor.
Some women choose to get some pain medication while undergoing labor. It is recommended that you get an epidural, as this would help you should your doctor decide to give you an emergency c-section.
In the delivery room, don’t be surprised to find yourself in a room that can double as an operating room. After giving birth to the first twin, the doctor would either decide a vaginal birth for the second twin if the second baby is positioned correctly, head down in the uterus. If not, the doctor can opt to reach into the uterus and help the baby to come out or perform a c-section.
A planned or emergency c-section does not have much difference. The only thing that you might notice is that there are more medical professionals in the delivery room as compared to that of a single birth. A pediatrician and nurse would be there, one for each of your babies, so if you’re giving birth to triplets, expect to see three pediatricians waiting for your babies.
Recovery after giving birth to multiples largely depends on how healthy you are before, during and after giving birth. If there are no complications found on you and your babies, you can go home in as early as two days for vaginal birth and four days after a c-section.