Eating properly during pregnancy
Putting on weight during pregnancy
Women put on an average of 12 kg during pregnancy. If you are expecting twins, you will most likely put on an extra 3 to 4 kg. However, this can vary greatly depending on your initial body weight and shape. Weight gain is slow in the first trimester, and then generally speeds up in the last few months of pregnancy. To control your weight gain, get into good habits:
- Eat 3 meals a day, including a generous breakfast and a light dinner.
- Eat at the table. Make sure you sit down and take your time. Use mealtimes to relax and enjoy time with friends and family.
- If you feel a little peckish during the day, have a little snack: for example, don't have your desert after your meal – save it for later on in the day. Depending on how you feel, you can also snack on raw vegetables, fruit or a dairy product.
- To avoid too much temptation, go shopping when you have a full stomach and make sure you have a specific shopping list. Avoid buying sugary treats or very fatty foods that you may have problems resisting when you are feeling peckish.
- Do a little exercise every day, choosing activities that are suitable for your physical state, such as walking, swimming or yoga. You should also avoid using the car for short journeys.