How to have a Healthy Twin Pregnancy

• Rest Plenty
• Take regular gentle exercise
• Avoid eating high risk foods
• Eat good quality food that are high in nutrients
• Eat regularly. A little and often seems to work best.
• Drink plenty of water
• Avoid cleaning the cat tray if you possibly can ~ get someone else to do it.
• Relax whenever you can.
• Avoid infectious diseases.
• Delegate some of your usual work load and household tasks to other people.

Eating/ Weight Gain During Twin Pregnancy Should I eat for three?! Alas not. The important thing is to eat nutritionally rich food, making every mouthful count. Having plenty of fruit, vegetables, wholegrains, protein rich foods, wholemeal bread sandwiches is vital, as well as drinking plenty of water.

It is a good idea to eat regularly, especially if you’re suffering from morning sickness. I know it doesn’t sound like it would make sense, but the one thing that will stave off morning sickness seems to be having something carbohydrate rich every few hours and never letting yourself get truly hungry.
Great snacks include:  sandwiches on wholemeal bread, pieces of fruit, a yoghurt, slices of malt loaf, pitta bread, vegetable sticks.
Make sure your food is cooked correctly and be extra vigilant with food hygiene. Always wash fruit and vegetables especially if you’re going to eat them raw. Cook eggs, meat, fish and poultry right through. Avoid homemade mayonnaise and mousse recipes.

Foods to avoid in pregnancy: see http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/pages/foods-to-avoid-pregnant.aspx
How much weight should I gain during twin pregnancy? Aim for steady weight gain over the pregnancy. Ideally you should gain about 24lbs in total over the first 24 weeks, then 1.25-1.5lbs a week for the rest of the pregnancy.  If you notice a very sudden weight gain, please inform your health team urgently.

Take Folic Acid for the first 12 weeks of your pregnancy.

Check any medications/ supplements/ vitamins you already take are suitable for pregnancy, including those from your GP and also those bought over the counter. Avoid over the counter regular vitamins as they contain too much vitamin A.

Rest as much as you can. If your twins are your first children, you are likely to be able to get a little more rest after work than you would if you had other children. No matter what your circumstances are, try to rest as much as possible. Don’t be afraid to delegate some of the tasks that you would normally do to someone else.

If you have other children, see if there is any way you could set up a system where you share some of the school and activity runs with another trusted family, so that you can say just take the children to their activity or just pick up rather than having to dash around taking and picking up. (Obviously if it is something that you’re able to stay and watch and you want to, that’s fine) But any times that you don’t need to be present at that particular club, try to find someone else to do it, so you can snatch a few minutes rest. Start this early on, so you get the benefit from it.

Avoid contact with anyone suffering from infectious diseases such as chicken pox or rubella (German measles) influenza, diarrhoea and sickness. Infectious diseases such as chicken pox and rubella can lead to birth defects, so avoid contact.

Do NOT clean your cats tray out yourself unless there really only is you that can do it, if you absolutely HAVE to clean your cats out, please wear gloves and make sure you wash your hands thoroughly afterwards. This is because in cat faeces (poo) there is a germ called toxoplasmosis which can have severe consequences for your babies including blindness and stillbirth.

Harness Technology! If you’re not already familiar with internet banking, internet grocery shopping and paying bills on-line or by direct debit, now would be a great time to learn. Later in your pregnancy and after the birth you will find it invaluable to be able to buy groceries, pay bills etc without having to leave your sofa!

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