Stash a first-aid kit in the nursery so you'll be prepared for any emergency. Be sure it contains the basics, including a nasal aspirator, medicine spoon and dropper, a digital thermometer, safety nail clippers, and a list of emergency numbers like the poison control center and the hospital.
This pelvic tilt exercise can ease back pain and sciatica (tingling sensations or sharp pains that run from the buttocks down the thighs): While kneeling on all fours with your back straight, gently rock your pelvis back and forth. Curve the center of your back upward like a cat while contracting your abdominals. Then lower until your back is straight again. Repeat ten times.
Friendships will probably take a backseat once your baby is born and claims a starring role in your life. The rift may be wider, too, if your pals have no kids. As with most relationships, communication is key to staving off problems, so be open about your expectations now.
Teach your child what to expect during the first few weeks after the baby comes home so the changes don't come as a surprise. You may have to explain why she still has to sleep in her own room, for instance, when the baby's crib is in yours, or that many visitors will be stopping by to meet her family's newest addition.
Twins are double the joy, but they're double the work, too. Consider hiring a postpartum doula to assist you during the grueling weeks after birth, or ask in-laws and relatives to stagger their visits so you have plenty of help.