Mom to Mom
"I was under a lot of stress during my last pregnancy, and I wasn't gaining enough weight. But my doctor went out of his way. He monitored us both closely and reassured me that my baby was growing just fine." --Kim Johnson, Richmond, VA
While you may save a bundle on used baby equipment like high chairs and bouncy seats, purchase a brand-new car seat that meets all the latest safety requirements. Newer versions are outfitted with conveniences you can't find in older models, like tethers that work with the universal anchoring system. Most car models from 2000 on come equipped with anchors that the tethers hook onto, which makes latching a car seat much easier than struggling with the seatbelt.
If your back is starting to complain, try this easy stretch: Sit in a chair or on the floor with your legs stretched out in front of you. Slowly drop your head toward your knees, and reach for your toes with your fingertips as far as they will comfortably go. Straighten up slowly. Someday soon, you'll repeat this process--not for the stretch but to reach for pieces of far-flung macaroni.
Take advantage of the next few months to schedule special dates with your partner while you're still energetic and able to move around easily. Some good choices: a leisurely hike or a weekend trip.
Ask for extra printouts of the ultrasound for your firstborn to keep. Pick a picture that's recognizable, like the face, so she can look at it and marvel at the baby she'll someday get to know.
Since you're expecting twins, you have a higher risk of developing preeclampsia, also known as pregnancy-induced hypertension. There's no proven way to prevent it, but experts say it helps to stay on top of your health. So take good care of yourself, and call your doctor if you have any new symptoms you can't easily explain.