Tuesday, January 31, 2012

365 Days of Twinipedia - Day 44

Day Forty-four of Twinipedia: 

Fact #44

WhatToExpect.com has a great post about twin pregnancy and weight gain.  The article shares some information about what most doctors recommend as a healthy weight gain when a woman is pregnant with twins. They state that most Md's would encourage a woman carrying twins to gain between "35 to 45 pounds during a multiple pregnancy (a little less if you were overweight pre-pregnancy; a little more if you were underweight)." Now this is nearly 50 percent more weight gain than is recommended for singleton pregnancy.

But the author goes on to stress that women carrying twins do not need to freak out about this amount of weight gain.  The mother-to-be is going to put on about 30 pounds of that weight just from the babies weights, which will average  10 to 12 pounds alone, and then also the weight from the extra blood volume in their bodies, the amniotic fluid, and water weight, which could be another 20 or so pounds. 

Most moms who have twins find that those 30 pounds from baby and pregnancy related fluids are almost gone before they even leave the hospital and then "at that point, they’ll be in the same boat as their friends who had one baby: trying to get rid of that last 10 to 15 pounds."
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