A twin pregnancy means double the reason to celebrate. But you’re also in for some serious weight gain with twins. Don’t worry, though.
While you may put on significantly more weight than you would with a singleton pregnancy, it’s all perfectly normal and actually quite necessary as you’re carrying two babies.
Though all the extra weight can make it seem impossible to get back to your normal size after all this, just concentrate on your pregnancy and on gaining the right amount of weight for now.
If you’re really intent on getting back to your pre-pregnancy size after the births, watch what you eat during these next few months.
Being mindful of your diet will also help you avoid weight-related pregnancy issues like gestational diabetes and preeclampsia.
So how many pounds will you gain during a twin pregnancy? Let’s break it down.
Doctors suggest keeping twin pregnancy weight gain to between 37 to 54 pounds. That’s roughly double the weight gain recommended for singleton pregnancies.
However, if you were already a bit overweight before your pregnancy, you should aim to gain a little less than that. If you were underweight before you got pregnant, aim to gain a little more. If you were obese pre-pregnancy, with a BMI of 30 or more, keep your pregnancy weight gain between 25 and 42 pounds.
If all that extra weight seems extreme to you, don’t worry. It’s not all fat that will sit around long after you’ve birthed your babies.
The twins themselves will account for between 10 to 12 pounds of the total weight gain.
During your pregnancy, you will be producing extra blood and a lot of amniotic fluid. These liquids help your babies grow in the womb. You’ll also be retaining a fair amount of water weight.
Once your water breaks and your babies are in your arms, this extra weight will be gone. You will drop about 30 pounds in the first couple of weeks after birth, which means you’ll be in about the same place as someone who gave birth to just one baby.
Given that you’re advised to gain about 37 pounds, does this mean you should be putting on a pound a week during your pregnancy?
Well, it’s not always that simple. There will be weeks when you’ll put on a couple of pounds and weeks when you’ll remain the same weight. There will also be weeks when you suddenly gain a lot of weight.
Here’s a rough guide on what to expect in terms of weight gain during each trimester in a twin pregnancy.
Not all pregnancies are the same, so try not to compare your pregnancy weight gain with that of other moms. The important thing is to be mindful of your and your twins’ health.
Don’t be too concerned about losing the pregnancy weight just yet. Remember that insufficient weight gain during a twin pregnancy boosts the risk of preterm birth. Consult your doctor about your weight gain and keep track of your weight throughout your pregnancy.
Do you have any tips for controlling weight gain with twins? Share your experience in the comments below.
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