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    Twins Pregnancy After 35

    How Can I Lower My Risk for Pregnancy Problems?

    Remember, you deserve the same TLC as your babies. Taking care of yourself will help you manage any existing health problems and protect you from developing pregnancy-related diabetes and high blood pressure. And the healthier you are, the better for your little ones.

    Keep up with other doctor appointments. If you have chronic health problems such as diabetes or high blood pressure, be sure you keep up with your regular doctor appointments. Keeping your condition well-managed before you get pregnant will keep both you and your babies healthy. Be sure to see your dentist for regular exams and cleanings, too. Having healthy teeth and gums lessens the chance of preterm birth and of having babies with low birth weights.

    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.

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