Pregnant women who are expecting twins or triplets should receive support from a multidisciplinary team that includes a clinical specialist physiotherapist.
This is according to an updated clinical guideline on twin and triplet pregnancy, published by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).
The guideline covers the care of women with a twin or triplet pregnancy, as well as the routine care offered to all women during pregnancy.
It highlights that all women with a twin or triplet pregnancy should receive care from a specialist multidisciplinary team that includes obstetricians, midwives, sonographers and a women's health physiotherapist.
A central role for physiotherapists
Katie Mann, chair of the professional network Pelvic, Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapy (POGP), said: ‘We are very pleased to see physiotherapy again being recognised in the core multidisciplinary workforce for pregnant women, and also supporting pregnant women with a twin or triplet pregnancy.
‘Specialist women’s health physiotherapists should be central to all care of the pregnant woman regardless of the number of babies, the progression of pregnancy or the mode of delivery.’
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