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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd; 2 edition (Jan. 26 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060742194
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060742195
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 18.4 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #261,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I would recommend this book to everyone expecting twins. It is the book my husband and I consistently refer to when we have general questions about our boy/girl twins; and this book was my main reference guide during my pregnancy. It is comprehensive, includes vital information about fetal development according to gestational week, information on maternal progress, information about labor and delivery, honest perspectives from parents of twins, and what to expect during the twins' first year in addition to other information. The book is written objectively with content highly relevant to the twin experience, and gives you a good foundation for being educated about your twin pregnancy, birth experience, and life as a new parent of twins.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Pickett on March 15 2009
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I read this book in its entirety, and am disappointed with the lack of useful knowledge. There is a LOT of knowledge, don't' get me wrong, but we found very little of it actually useful. More importantly, I was upset with the little information on breastfeeding twins. The normal way to feed a baby should have more info about it in a book about twins!!

Mothering Multiples was a much better guide for our family.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 11 2004
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I bought this book for my daughter, who, having a tragic miscarriage several months ago, just found out she was pregnant with twins. We all were so incredibly happy, so my husband and I went right out to get her some books about twins. I started skimming the book on the way home. My first reaction was how much "gloom and doom" was in this book. Maybe with our first experience with the miscarriage, we were ultra sensitive to risks and uncertainty, but I for one found all the negative information very unsettling. I gave the book to my daughter just the same so she could judge it for herself. The beginning was extremely scientific and hard to wade through. To make a long story short, my daughter gave me the book back and asked me to return it to the bookstore, which I did. (...)
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By A Customer on March 11 2004
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I thought this book was the best to show you what to expect during your twin pregnancy. It breaks it down week by week just like the What To Expect When You're Expecting Book.It shows you your changes along with the babies changes every week.Another part that was helpful was the part about the NICU unit.Although nothing can prepare you fully for having your children in a NICU unit, reading about the possibility of it and what they may need was a help.I also felt it informed you of plenty without getting you overly concerned of things that can happen in a high risk pregnancy.For after they were born I didn't use this book much, but I used one called Double Duty.That one seemed to be more informative on development after you bring them home and through school age.
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I am so glad that I didn't just buy this book as a means of sussing out important twin information. Informative, yes, but there were many points left out & a lot of silly little sections of parent conversations that could have been easily excluded. I also found that I was able to skim & the skip the whole first section of the book because while interesting to some, I didn't have the time or the need to read in detail about how twins come to be. You'd think if you were having twins, you'd already know that from that initial conversation with your doctor, right? Overall, it was nice to have a book just on twins, but the singleton books seem to have a lot more of the basics.
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By A Customer on July 5 2003
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I concur with another reviewer. I have two other children and need much more specific details regarding the in utero development of twins, how to manage my prenatal diet differently than the single pregnancy and the logistical side of having twins in the home. The book included 'round-table' discussions with parents of twins but the vast majority of these parents had no older children.
Overall, a good/great GENERAL book for a first time mother who happens to be pregnant with twins. I will search on for a more detailed instruction.
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By A Customer on May 19 2003
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I've read this book , after my wife finished reading it. I thought it was very informative, and gave us lots of information, so that together we were able to discuss whatever we weren't sure of with the pregnancy. It went week by week telling us what to expect during the pregnancy, what the visits at the doctor would consist of , what tests would be taken and etc. I highly recommend this book to anyone expecting multiples, to guide you through your pregancy! I've leafed through other books, and felt this was the 'only' one that was clear, concise and to the point, of what I needed to find out in this multiple pregnancy. AS this is not our first child, we have read 'What to Expect When You are Expecting', with our other children, and this was quite a similar book, only that here it was not in question answer format, but just in 'fact format'!! A really great book!!
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I was extremely disappointed in this book and am not sure why so many people gave it such high praise. If you haven't read any other books about pregnancy, birth, or infants I suppose this book provides some good general background. However, I was looking for more in-depth discussions of how twins specifically develop during pregnancy and in their first year, how they relate to each other, and how I can better meet their needs and help them to thrive. Instead I found a lot of general comments such as, "...you will need to decide whether or not you want to put your twins in two cribs, or co-sleep them in one." Obviously I will have to make this decision, but the book offers absolutely no perspective on how to decide, the benefits of each arrangement, etc. Again this book provides decent general perspective on babies, but it simply takes the basic information one finds in other, more thorough, books and replaces the word "baby" with the plural "babies" - offering little or no insight into the deeper challenges and decisions involved in parenting twins. In addition, I found the round table discussions somewhat difficult to follow and not terribly helpful. I do not recommend this book.
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