07 November 2009

When you’re eating for twins or more

Nutritional needs soar when you have a multiple pregnancy. According to Barbara Luke from University of Miami, the mother has a “greater nutritional drain” on her body. Because of quicker glycogen depletion that might slow fetal growth rate, Luke suggests a diabetic regimen with caloric ratio of 40% carbs, 20% protein, and 40% fat. In addition, she suggests supplementation with iron, calcium, magnesium and selenium for preventing “complications and improvement of postnatal health”.

Reference List

Luke B. Nutrition and multiple gestation. Semin Perinatol 2005;29:349-54.

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