Precautions To Be Taken For Twin Pregnancies

You learn you are pregnant and then you are in for a are carrying twins. You feel thrilled, excited, probably on top of the world and truly a twin pregnancy is very special as not everyone gets the privilege. But of course along with it comes the worry and anxiety as to the complications and whether you will really be able to handle two babies at the same time.

During a twin pregnancy you must be doubly careful as there are more chances of complications. You have a chance of a multiple pregnancy if there is any history of twins on your mother’s side, if you are in your late 30’s and if you have taken any infertility treatments. You must remember you are feeding two more living beings so be very careful about your nutritional intake. It is not need to overeat but eat healthy. Make sure you have at least 600 extra calories mainly consisting of carbohydrates, calcium and proteins. Try to eat 50 to 100% more iron and try to eat a wide variety of food so that your vitamin B12 and folic acid requirements are met.

It is important to drink a lot of water and eat high fiber foods like bran cereals, grains, high fiber fruits and vegetables. Have healthly snacks like peanut butter, nuts, dates, dry fruits and granola bars. Be very sure to take enough rest as you may get doubly tired. A single pregnancy itself is quite tiring a twin pregnancy you can imagine!!! Try to maintain your daily schedule and continue activities like walking or swimming unless advised otherwise by your practitioner.

There is a possibility of a very high level of nausea as the hormone concentration produced by the placenta is increased. It is important to reduce your salt intake as there is a greater chance of pregnancy induced hypertension for a twin pregnancy. Have regular checks done as see to it that the blood pressure is in control. Gestational diabetes is also quite common among women expecting a twin pregnancy so keep a check on that also. Above all relax, keep cool and be mentally prepared to welcome your tiny darlings.

Esther Gideon


The author is a postgraduate in business management and is a mother of a four year old and an eight month old.