Introduction

Lesson 4 of 5: “Diet and Preemies”

As you may know, prenatal diet plays a key role in building healthy babies!

 Let’s play a sorting game. For each food item card below, sort it into the “safe to eat during pregnancy”, “proceed with caution” or “avoid while pregnant”. Once all the cards have been sorted, you will be able to see how you did! 🙂

Note: This game requires Flash, which is not available on mobile platforms, such as iOS / Android.

Launch Game!

 

For more information about specific meds or foods, go to Motherrisk.

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Whether or not diet affects preterm labour is a subject of some debate in the medical community; in any case, following a diet high in IRON, PROTEIN and CALCIUM builds healthy blood, brains and bones respectively so that if the babies DO come early, they will have the best start. Here is an article on pregnancy diet “do’s” and “don’ts” (not specific to twins,but still a good overview for what to eat and what to avoid).

 

A foremost expert in multiple births pregnancy nutrition is Dr. Barbara Luke; you may want to investigate her work. Check out this twins-specific article, courtesy of Multiple Births Families, or check out this article.

Sometimes food prep is time-consuming or dull, but eating well is so very important at this time… you may want to consider a meal prep or delivery service on occasion. Across Canada, Supperworks Delivery now offers prepared healthy meals right at your doorstep.

Preemies

I don’t like to scare people, but many of my early prenatal clients in their feedback indicated that they wished we had touched more on prematurity, since that is an increased risk when carrying multiples, and it’s nice to be prepared so that you know what to expect, “just in case”.

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Preemies

HERE is a link to an informative article about preemies.

In addition, when you book your hospital tour, ask to see where the Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is. You probably won’t be allowed in, but just knowing about it, how it works and where it is may give you peace of mind, so that is not an added stress in the event that you end up with preemies. Many hospitals now have a DVD of the NICU which they are willing to let parents view as well– check with your hospital.

Your doctor can also answer any questions about pre-term labour you may have.  In the meantime, check out this fact sheet from Multiple Births Canada.  (You may wish to print and post it somewhere handy for reference.) 

Preemie & Diet Link

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Again, I want to emphasize the importance of drinking water and a diet high in calcium,iron and protein, if not to prevent premature labour, at least to give the babies the best start in life, regardless of when they are born! Here is a poster to print out and put on the fridge, to remind you of the importance of drinking water during pregnancy.

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And finally, here is a great muffin recipe for those expecting… It is is high in iron, calcium and protein. Make a big batch, and freeze some for later, too.

 

Keep your feet up (Mom!)

When you are ready, please proceed to the final lesson
in Section One, “Bonding“.

 

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