A Few Good Reads when Expecting Twins

When I first found out we were having twins, I did what I usually do when presented with the unknown…I read.  There are many books offering advice on preparing for multiples, and I’m sure there are others besides those on this list that are very worthy reads.  However, these are the books I read and found to be most helpful.

1.  When You’re Expecting Twins, Triplets, or Quads – Proven Guidelines for a Healthy Multiple Pregnancy by Dr. Barbara Luke and Tamara Eberlein

I cannot say enough about this book.  If you are pregnant with multiples, do yourself and your babies a favor, and read it!  The sooner the better because it has some very good, research-based information on how you can increase your odds for a healthy and full-term pregnancy.  Much of the advice has to do with your diet – aka…EAT! – during the first and second trimester.  Some of the highlights include information regarding the risks and conditions associated with multiple pregnancies, signs of early labor, weekly fetal development, NICU, and most importantly, what you can do to keep those babies on the inside for as long as possible.  Our twins were born at 38 weeks weighing 8 lbs, 3 oz (“Big” Brother) and 6 lbs, 4 oz (“Little” Brother)…and I definitely think it had something to do with following much of the advice in this book.

2.  Ready or Not…Here we Come! by Elizabeth Lyons

This book offers practical advice about the upcoming arrival of your twins and does so with humor.  This is something I particularly appreciated after the twins were born.  I would often go back to this book at 3:00 in the morning while trying to remind myself that other people had in fact survived the first year of raising twins. You will find great info on naps, schedules, necessary gear, feeding, and generally keeping sane.

3.  Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Twins by Dr. Marc Weissbluth

In my opinion, the subtitle of this book should be, “And Happy Parents!”  Our boys sleep really well – insert Hallelujah chorus here – and I really believe that our reading and often following this book played a role.  The book begins with a discussion on the importance of sleep and the types of sleep your little one needs.  From there, it details typical sleep patterns by age and gives easy to understand tips for helping your kiddo get the sleep he (or she…or they) need.  There may be will be some crying involved in the beginning, and I will be the first to admit, this can be difficult.  However, the benefits for the family (babies as well as mom and dad) were huge for us.  My little guys now sing or babble themselves to sleep at night and, once asleep, we typically don’t hear a peep out of them for about 11 hours…until they wake up singing or babbling.  It is pure bliss.  The book also gives helpful advice on naps, and this has helped our boys, too.  A magical 3-hour afternoon nap has even made an appearance at our house recently…and sometimes they both sleep that long…at the same time!


What books did you find particularly helpful during your pregnancy?  How about during the first year?  
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  1. Pretty exiting. I am in my 23rd week and also confirmed i have twins and so happy. thanks for the post. 23 Weeks Pregnant With Twins

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