Barbara Luke, Sc.D., M.P.H., R.N., R.D., is a professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology at Michigan State University. She has published numerous research studies on multiple pregnancy through the University Consortium on Multiple Births, with colleagues from universities around the country. She is also the author of Every Pregnant Woman's Guide to Preventing Premature Birth and coauthor, with Tamara Eberlein, of Program Your Baby's Health.
Tamara Eberlein, an award-winning health journalist, has published hundreds of articles on health, parenting, and psychology. She is the author of four books, including Sleep: How to Teach Your Child to Sleep Like a Baby. She is also the mother of twins.
The stresses that come with raising two babies are numerous - but they are predictable and manageable. From a mom who's been there, Juggling Twins is a funny, realistic, and reassuring guide for every new mom of twins who may be asking herself, "Can I really pull this off?"
From pregnancy to health issues, to eating, sleeping, bathing, and leaving the house, Juggling Twins is packed with the detailed, authoritative information that parents of multiples crave.
You'll learn how to:Nurse two babies at the same time, comfortably and efficientlyGet exactly the help you need from family and friends in those first few weeksSafely transport two babies at once when it's just you and themSurvive the nights by breaking them into shifts (that include you sleeping)Stockpile the right food and supplies in advance of their arrivalMaintain your identity and your marriage through the madness
Get prepared, stay calm, and count your blessings (two!)—raising twins can be a wonderful, intense challenge that draws on the best in you.
"Practical advice and a healthy dose of humor—this book has exactly what parents need to help them survive and thrive with multiples. Recommended reading for all mothers of twins." — Deborah Platek, MD, Director of Maternal Fetal Medicine, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates
You're expecting more than one baby? Congratulations!
Effective, encouraging, and up-to-date, When You're Expecting Twins, Triplets, or Quads is essential for you and your babies.
Like all mothers-to-be, you're experiencing the full spectrum of human emotions: joy, fear, confusion, and excitement—maybe all at once. As a woman pregnant with more than one baby, you're feeling all these things . . . only more so!
In When You're Expecting Twins, Triplets, or Quads, Dr. Barbara Luke, an acknowledged expert on the prenatal care of multiples, outlines a practical, nutrition-based program to keep you and your babies healthy, and she offers a comprehensive tour of what you can expect during your unique pregnancy and childbirth experience. Women who follow this program have significantly fewer complications during pregnancy—and their babies are born weighing 20 to 35 percent more than the average twin, triplet, or quad. Included is crucial information on:
· Finding a qualified maternal/fetal medicine specialist
· Dietary guidelines for maximizing birthweight
· Safe limits on exercise, physical activity, and work
· Taking a leave from your job and negotiating the best deal
· Reducing your risk for pregnancy complications
· Recognizing the signs of preterm labor and what to do about them
· What to expect during and after delivery
· Feeding and caring for your newborns . . . and yourself
· Getting back into shape after delivery