Before the birth, it can be difficult to imagine having a relationship with your baby, even though you may feel a close bond during pregnancy.
Fortunately, bonding is a chemical process in your brain when you give birth. Other people's babies may leave you feeling cold, but it's highly likely that your own baby will spark all kinds of feelings that you never even knew you could experience. It's normal to worry about being a mother-coping with the responsibility, taking care of a helpless baby, being "good enough," and making lifestyle changes. However, when your baby is born, your priorities will become abundantly clear, as will your affections-although bonding may not always be instant.
In some cases, postpartum depression, or even the short-term baby blues , can interrupt the natural progression of feelings a mother has for her newborn baby.
Yes, but if possible, arrange for a lactation consultant with experience in feeding twins to be available after birth. If you get the positions correct and know how to latch on your babies at the outset, you'll feel much more confident continuing on your own.
Many moms of twins find that feeding them simultaneously, using a specially designed breast-feeding pillow, is the easiest way to manage. This is something you may want to buy now. There is a variety of effective breast-feeding positions for twins that the consultant or a midwife can show you.
You may not feel particularly lovely, but that's all the more reason to pamper yourself. There's unlikely to be time for beauty rituals once the baby is born.
Excerpted from Pregnancy Day by Day.
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