Stay hydrated with a twin pregnancy
Proper hydration is essential during pregnancy, particularly when it comes to a multiple pregnancy.
Dehydration can stimulate uterine contractions, which may lead to preterm labor. Avoid this by drinking at least 2 quarts of water every day. Try keeping a bottle of water near you throughout the day to increase your liquid intake.
The Food Groups
As with a singleton pregnancy, women expecting multiples should aim to eat a well-balanced diet. This means that your diet during pregnancy should contain foods from all of the four food groups, including:
- Protein: Women expecting twins or multiples need to get in between 90 and 120 grams of protein every day. This is the equivalent of four protein servings, which can include fish, chicken, lean red meat, or soy-based products.
- Milk and Dairy: Milk and dairy products are chock-full of calcium, which is essential for a healthy pregnancy. Be sure to get at least four dairy servings a day, which may include yogurt, low-fat milk, or cottage cheese.
- Fruits and Vegetables: Brightly colored fruits and vegetables will help you to get all of those necessary vitamins and nutrients. Aim for at least six servings a day.
- Unsaturated Fats: Your body needs the right amount of fat in order to remain strong and healthy. Aim for two to four servings of unsaturated fats, which may include vegetable oils, light mayonnaise, or peanut butter.
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|1. Diet for Twins and Multiples|
|2. Twins: Tips for weight gain|
|3. Diet tips for having twins|