You have just discovered that you are carrying a multiple pregnancy.Whether you are ecstatic or shocked and overwhelmed, your head isprobably spinning with a million questions at this point. One thatmay be particularly important at this time is how much weight shouldyou expect to gain during the next several months.
Why is weight gain with multiples important?
Eating right and gaining the recommended amount of weight is importantin any pregnancy, but this is especially important when carrying morethan one baby. This is important because there is a higher risk of pretermlabor and low birth weight in a multiples pregnancy. Weight gain isespecially important between weeks 20 to 24 of pregnancy. If a motherof twins gains 24 pounds by the 24th week of pregnancy she reduces herchance of preterm labor. Early weight gain is also vital for the developmentof the placenta which aids in the passing of nutrients to the babies.
How much weight should I gain?
Weight gain depends on a number of factors including height, bodytype, and pre-pregnancy weight. However, most women who are carryingtwins are encouraged to gain 35 to 45 pounds. Women carrying tripletsare advised to gain 50 to 60 pounds. At this time there is not enoughinformation on quadruplets and quintuplets to suggest any guidelines.Because opinions vary, it is important to discuss your specific weightgain with your healthcare provider who will be most familiar withyou specific healthcare needs.
How fast should the weight gain occur?
Women carrying twins will only gain 4 to 6 pounds during the firsttrimester. During the second and third trimester they should expectto gain 1 ½ pounds per week. If you are carrying triplets youshould expect to gain 1 ½ pounds per week throughout the entirepregnancy. Once again, because opinions vary, you need to consultwith your healthcare provider and keep them informed on your weightgain.