My Twin Pregnancy Diet

31 May 2011

This week I'll be doing a series of posts on my pregnancy; and first on the list is my twin pregnancy diet. In retrospect, I now see that my diet was really good and I wish I could have continued with it. This is a list of the components of my twin pregnancy diet toolbox
  1. When You're Expecting Twins, Triplets, or Quads
    This book is a must read for anyone pregnant with twins. I used it as a foundation for planning my diet. Sometimes the tone came off as alarmist, but honestly it's got one of the best advice out there on nutrition while pregnant with twins. I couldn't follow the recommendation for calorie consumption or weight gain, but I still applied the concepts I learnt from reading it.
  2. Warm fluids- For my first trimester, I ditched the ice and sodas and stuck with hot caffeine-free tea (african rooibus). I got this tip from a friend who was more familiar with alternative medicine and it made sense to me to keep the uterus area nice and warm for the developing baby
  3. One thing that the book in #1 and a lot of experts recommended was eating an additional 300 calories per baby and minimum 20g of protein daily. I was able to track my consumption using the Calorie Counter app on my phone
  4. Water, water, water. With this pregnancy, I learnt that water is an elixir
  5. KFC chicken. I know fast food usually has a bad rap, but not in the case of a twin pregnancy. A 2-piece meal was one of the easiest ways for me to get a boost of my daily protein ration and calories.
  6. Almonds. For fiber, calcium and iron. This was a super snack to have around
  7. Calcium-added drinks. In the second semester especially, additional calcium for babies' growing bones was important. I tried to get my required daily calcium by buying foods that had added calcium like Simply Orange Juice. Additionally, the tums I used for heartburn helped bring up the calcium consumption
  8. Greek yoghurt. Why? Because it has double the protein content of normal yoghurt and in the second trimester with twin pregnancy, protein is king. PS: Skip the YoPlait brand. My favorite was fage and I would recommend most of the organic brands
  9. Instant breakfast drink. I had a combination of losing my appetite and shrinking stomach space. A breakfast drink was a good way to get a bunch of nutrients and calories in a glass. Nestle Carnation Instant Breakfast Essentials was my favorite. I bought the sachets and just carried it around for breakfast on the go.
  10. Water. Yes I can't say that enough and can't say it too much. On the nightstand, in the car, in my handbag; I always had a bottle of water.
That's my list. Short but sweet. Tomorrow, I'm going to post about one of my favorite activities during my twin pregnancy - preparing the nursery while on  bedrest. In the meantime, I submitted this list to Amanda's top ten Tuesday. Pay her a visit for some more lists of ten. Every week I visit her posts, I find a new blogger to follow.

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