Twin Pregnancy
Diet and Weight Gain

If you have been wondering about twin pregnancy diet and weight gain, slow and steady wins the race. Here is some helpful information and general guidelines...

twin pregnancy diet and weight gain

A Guide to Twin Pregnancy Diet and Weight Gain

Generally, a weight gain of approximately 35 to 50 pounds is the typical recommendation for a twin pregnancy. And more specifically, 20 to 30 of those pounds by the 20th week. That is roughly about a pound or so a week in the beginning.

There is some emphasis on early weight gain during a twin pregnancy as it helps ensure that the babies will not have low birth weights and/or be born prematurely.

However, keep in mind that every woman will be different. For example, someone who is already overweight might be advised to gain less than the average. There is not an exact standard here, so a lot will depend on your own health.

Pre-pregnancy weight, age, and BMI (body mass index) will need to be factored in. Your doctor or midwife will definitely be tracking your weight gain throughout the pregnancy and will be able to give you the most accurate information and guidelines for you personally.

Your actual twin pregnancy diet plan will be much like a singleton pregnancy diet. It should be well balanced, of course, but may include some extra supplements and/or larger portions depending on your particular pregnancy requirements.  About 100 to 300 extra calories per day would be a good ballpark figure.

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I cannot stress enough the benefit of having a good twin pregnancy book. These books usually have and entire chapter about twin pregnancy diet and weight gain. It is a convenient way to get information on the foods you should be eating, menu or recipe suggestions and also what NOT to eat. Many doctors recommend no caffeine (or very little), no seafood, and no alcohol in any amount. There are even certain types of cheeses that should be avoided.

And don't forget about a good twin pregnancy exercise plan. Being well informed will make for a more enjoyable twin pregnancy.

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