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How Can I Lower My Risk for Pregnancy Problems? continued...

Maintain a healthy, well-balanced diet. Eating a variety of foods will help you get all the nutrients you need. Choose plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans, lean meats, and low-fat dairy products. You should eat and drink at least 4 servings of dairy and calcium-rich foods every day. That way you'll keep your teeth and bones healthy while your babies develop. Also be sure to include good food sources of folic acid, such as leafy green vegetables, dried beans, liver, and some citrus fruits.

Gain the recommended amount of weight. Talk with your doctor about how much weight you should gain. Women with a normal BMI should gain between 37 and 54 pounds during pregnancy with twins. If you were overweight before getting pregnant, your doctor may recommend that you only gain 31 to 50 pounds. Obese women should gain about 25 to 42 pounds. Gaining the appropriate amount of weight lessens the chance of your babies growing slowly and preterm birth. You also lower your risk for developing pregnancy problems such as gestational diabetes and high blood pressure.

Exercise regularly. Regular exercise will help you stay at a healthy pregnancy weight, keep your strength up, and ease stress. Just be sure you review your exercise program with your doctor. You'll most likely be able to continue your normal exercise routine throughout your pregnancy. But your doctor can help you figure out if you'll need to decrease or modify your routine.

Stop smoking and drinking alcohol. Like all pregnant woman, you should not drink alcohol or smoke cigarettes during your pregnancy. Drinking alcohol increases your babies' risk for mental retardation and birth defects. Smoking increases the chance for delivering premature and low birth weight babies, which is more common in older women. Not smoking can also help prevent preeclampsia.

Ask your doctor about medications. Talk with your doctor about what meds are safe to take during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. This includes prescription and over-the-counter medicines, supplements, and natural remedies.

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Reviewed by Trina Pagano, MD on December 21, 2013

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