Pregnancy and baby

Your healthy twin pregnancy

If you're pregnant with more than one baby, a healthy diet and lifestyle will help you cope with your pregnancy and give your babies the best start in life.

The advice for keeping healthy in pregnancy is similar whether you're expecting twins, triplets or just one baby. Eat well, take gentle exercise, drink lots of fluid and, if you feel stressed, get support from friends and family, or talk to your midwife.

It's also important to attend all your antenatal appointments so your maternity team can keep a close eye on you and your babies.

Healthy eating with a twin pregnancy

Expecting two babies doesn't mean you have to eat significantly more than during a single pregnancy. However, it's normal to put on more weight than a woman who is only carrying one baby.

Aim to eat a healthy, balanced diet that includes plenty of fruit, vegetables and wholegrains. These will help you avoid constipation and provide a range of vitamins and minerals.

You also need some protein foods, such as lean red meat, well-cooked eggs, and nuts and seeds. Dairy foods such as milk, cheese and yoghurt are important for calcium.

If you feel peckish, it's best to fill up on healthy snacks, such as fresh fruit, low-fat yoghurt or sandwiches filled with grated cheese, lean ham or mashed tuna. Try to avoid foods with empty calories, such as sugary snacks, crisps and fizzy drinks.

You're more at risk from anaemia during a twin pregnancy. You’ll be offered extra blood tests and may be offered iron supplements. Good sources of iron include lean red meat, leafy green vegetables, beans and fortified breakfast cereals.

Read more about healthy eating in pregnancy and foods to avoid in pregnancy.

Staying active with a twin pregnancy

Gentle exercise will help you tone your muscles and protect you from aches and pains. Exercises that won't overstress your joints are recommended, such as swimming, walking, antenatal yoga, pilates and tai chi.

Doing pelvic floor exercises regularly will help your pelvic floor get back to normal after your babies are born. Even if you’ve had a caesarean birth, you pelvic muscles can still be weak from your pregnancy.

Read more on how to keep active in pregnancy.

Common pregnancy health worries with twins

It's not necessarily true that you will have more morning sickness if you’re expecting twins.

Although some women expecting twins or more report lots of morning sickness, others don't experience any.

If you do experience morning sickness, you may find it helps to eat little and often, and to avoid getting hungry.

You’re more likely to experience piles and varicose veins during a multiple pregnancy, because of the weight of your babies pressing on the blood vessels of the pelvic area.

Pressure from your womb (uterus) pushing on your stomach may make you more prone to heartburn and indigestion as well.

You may also find you have backache and pelvic pain, particularly later in your pregnancy. Speak to your midwife, who may refer you to an obstetric physiotherapist.

If you register with Tamba on their website, you can download their Healthy Multiple Pregnancy Guide for free.

For more information on how to have a healthy pregnancy, feel free to read:

Pre and postnatal workout

This is a gentle workout you can do during pregnancy and after birth once you have the all-clear to start exercising again.

Media last reviewed: 01/06/2016

Next review due: 10/03/2019

Page last reviewed: 05/06/2016

Next review due: 05/06/2018

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