Do I need to eat for two during pregnancy?
Usually during first 12 weeks of twin pregnancy, the symptoms, feelings, routines are going hand in hand with singleton pregnancy but just as you enter 4th month, suddenly you feel like growing at the double pace, feeling hungry so often and moods are swinging with love and fear equally. When I was carrying twins, I knew from different sources that I don’t need to eat for 3 people. I read books, hit the net with all the topics related to food during twin pregnancy. The requirement is simple, proper nutrition need to be met. I suggest that before believing in any Myths like eating lot of ghee or cheese or any thing double, triple, do your research, consult your doctor and go for gaining the knowledge during this important phase of your life. Eat for two during pregnancy is nothing but a myth.'Eat for two during pregnancy' is nothing but a myth. Click To Tweet
So How Much is exactly Needed?
You only need to add 500 gm of calories in your daily diet. If your diet was not optimally healthy pre-pregnancy, don’t worry. Just add little bit of different but healthy options to your food which includes balanced amount of Protein to build up cells, Iron for protecting from anemia, Calcium for bones, Carbs for energy & of course healthy fats & Fiber for babies to stay healthy. For variety of options you start with veggies and fruits, oats, whole grain bread-Pasta, brown rice, nuts, Milk, yoghurt, paneer, cheese, banana, peanut butter, variety of Beans & Lentils (moong, rajma, chana dal, black eyed peas etc), soya products, egg whites etc. Also drink plenty of water throughout the day. Non pasteurized, Canned, packaged foods like ready to eat & frozen food should be avoided as much as possible. Also avoid caffeine like drinking too much tea and coffee is not advisable during pregnancy. Smoking and drinking alcohol is best to be avoided at all times during pregnancy. There has been a lack of research and data for using sugar free products during pregnancy so be careful about those.
What about proper weight gain?
It is important to understand that weight gain should be healthy and directed towards valuable nutrition for you and your baby. Keep your baby into your mind especially while eating.
There are some myths prevailing which are not true at all! Let’s see few of them,
- Having saffron in the meal or milk can make the baby fair skinned.NOT TRUE! The color of the skin is determined by the genes and not by the food intake.
- Mangoes, papaya and pineapple are not good as it can cause abortion. NOT TRUE!
- If you eat pomegranate, your baby’s teeth will be perfect & so white, NOT SO TRUE! Teeth of baby is depending upon the nutrients he or she get from the food and genetics both together.
- So unless otherwise your doctor restrict to eat something because of your medical history, don’t feel guilt and pamper your self! A scoop of ice cream may be!
What if I am a vegetarian?
In case of vegetarian diet, now common not just during pregnancy but otherwise also, vitamins like B12, Zinc, Calcium, folic acid, Protein are on low side. To make sure all vitamins,minerals and nutrition are covered in your vegetarian diet,together with food, take a pregnancy safe vitamin supplements as prescribed by the Doctor. You can check your weight gain at each your doctor visit to make sure your diet is appropriate. For vitamins deficiency, a blood test can be done. Perfect weight gain for pregnancy would be 9-11 kgs for single baby. If you keep in that range the risk of gestational diabetes and high blood pressure can surely be lowered and baby’s birth weight would be optimal as it should be. Fasting is not at all advisable during pregnancy.
During first three months of pregnancy, try to eat small portions more frequently if you get lot of vomiting, nausea, morning sickness and acidity type symptoms. Don’t starve for long hours. Also take more fluids during the day like buttermilk, coconut water, sweet lime juice, soups etc.
Few plus or minus points on the weighing scale may be OK, but healthy food habits during pregnancy will surely help also throughout the breast feeding periods. Have Fun Eating more often!
Share with us your experience & food habits that you follow/followed during your pregnancy in the comment section below. I look forward to hearing from you.