Twin pregnancy causes a disproportionate division of the space in the abdomen. This leads to too little space for expansion of the stomach, intestines, causing lethargy because the motion is too narrow which makes you prone to constipation, and decreased appetite.
Eat small amounts of food several times a day in the third trimester of pregnancy. Avoid eating foods that are not nutritious calories like candy.
To ensure that the twins were born with a proportionate weight, pregnant women should pay attention to the fulfillment of nutrition, as reported mom.me, Monday (01/08/2013), namely:
1. Meet caloric needs
Pregnant women twins should get enough calories so that her baby grows with the size of the optimal. You can prevent twin birth weight infants to consume additional calories low since the second trimester and continuing until the third trimester of pregnancy.
Recommended calorie intake varies, but some experts recommend consuming 600 extra calories per day in addition to the normal intake. Some other experts recommend a higher amount of calories that is 3,000 to 3,500 calories per day if you are a normal weight before pregnancy, while obese women should eat between 2,700 to 3,000 calories per day.
2. Adding protein intake
Pregnant women typically need about 60 grams of protein per day, but if you are carrying twins, you need to increase your intake of protein to support your baby's growth. Experts recommend to meet 100 to 175 grams of protein a day in the last three months of pregnancy twins.
To meet the needs of the protein intake, ate 7 or 8 ounces of high-protein foods, such as meat, poultry, or fish, plus 4 to 6 servings of milk or cheese each day.
3. Increase the intake of calcium
Drink milk during pregnancy to help meet the needs of calcium, which helps build bones and teeth strong baby. Experts recommend that pregnant women should get 2,500 twins milligrams of calcium per day in the third trimester of pregnancy, twice the recommended dose of calcium for women who are not pregnant.
Ask your doctor about calcium dosage recommendations you need. Fill your calcium needs by eating milk and green leafy vegetables are rich in calcium.
4. Increasing iron intake
Your blood volume may be increased up to 2-fold when carrying twins. You should increase the intake of iron in order not to suffer from anemia due to a lack of red blood cells that have been diluted by the increase in blood volume.
Iron-rich foods include meat, poultry, fish, whole grains, and nuts. You also need to eat foods that contain vitamin C such as citrus fruits to help increase iron absorption.