Multiples Mean More Pregnancy Backache
When your doctor told you that you were having twins or triplets—or more! —you probably started thinking about buying extra, cribs, bibs and clothes. But soon you realized you'd have to get through extra pregnancy backache and other symptoms first!
There's no doubt that the extra weight of extra babies can cause pregnancy symptoms to be worse. Here are some of the side effects of multiple babies that you may experience:
- Weight gain It isn't just the extra baby (or babies) adding weight on your scale. It's also the extra fluids and tissue and your larger uterus packing on the pounds. Follow your doctor's advice on what to eat and how much to gain during your pregnancy.
- Aches and pains Whether it's the babies pushing on your sciatica or your feet bearing the weight of two or more babies, moms pregnant with multiples often feel more aches and pains. As the babies take up more room, may have extra pregnancy backache, and your knees and ankles may ache. You can relieve pain by swimming, going for acupuncture or chiropractic (if your doctor approves) and adding heat or cold to your aching bones.
- Pre-term labor Pregnant mothers of multiples are more likely to experience pre-term labor, when you have the early signs of labor prior to 37 weeks. Your doctor will no doubt watch your pregnancy more closely, as having twins, triplets or more makes your pregnancy high-risk. Call your doctor immediately if you feel increasingly strong uterine contractions, experience a low, dull pregnancy backache, have a change in your vaginal discharge or feel like the babies are sitting exceptionally low in your pelvis. These are all signs of pre-term labor.