Congratulations nearly half way!!At least with twins you will most likely miss out on the last month of pregnancy! With twins you are always much larger than those with single pregnancies so you must not compare! Also your weight will increase – I recommend leaving your weight for the midwives to check rather than your own home scales and being horrified every day!! So what to eat? You are now hungry. With twin pregnancy there are more complications than with normal single pregnancies so keeping the sugar down is one of the most important things to do. So you ideally have to avoid all sugar – even just one biscuit or a little slice of cake!! That sounds very draconian but when you are pregnant your body is not able to break down sugar as easily as it used to. There is so much natural sugar in the food we eat when being healthy that your body does not need more. If you have sugar lows and really need something then maybe you need more frequent meals and health snacks or as a real emergency a dextrose tablet used for diabetic hypos from your pharmacist over the counter. Ironically the less sugar you eat the less sugar lows you get. Please avoid snacking on sweets – they contain a lot of sugars that you are unable to break down and can only store and cause damage. You need to be on a low GI diet – Gwyneth Paltrow has just written a Low GI book It’s All Good’ and lives off this sort of diet and she looks great!! Possibly a little extreme but you are only going to be pregnant for another 4-5 months so it is not long. However, the benefit to your babies is huge and also to your health and postnatal recovery.
The main drinks and foods to avoid are the carbonated drinks, take-a-ways and sweets. Not to mention the sugar in tea or coffee!!
So what to eat, porridge (1.1grams sugar in 100grams) is always a great start to anyone’s day or a low sugar cereal such Weetabix ( 4.4grams in 100grams). Have a look at the labels!! Or eggs for breakfast – you could just have 2 scrambled eggs on its own. Bread contains a lot of sugar, bagels and sweet breads are even worse. So if you are struggling with weight when pregnant eat less bread or even avoid it. Chapatis and pittas are a healthier option. Lunch can be salads – washed well- make them as interesting as possible or make homemade soup –actually easier than you realise and delicious. For snacks try hummus and carrots or celery or some good cheddar and oatcakes (low sugar ones – some varieties add sugar and wheat to make them more cake like). Nuts such as brazil nuts, walnuts, pecans, macadamia nuts and almonds are also good healthy snacks when eaten in moderation. Evening meal ideally needs to be homemade – look at the calorie and sugar contents of pre-made meals. If you really want something sweet then a little dark chocolate with high coco content is a prefect treat.
Today you tried a slice of’ Feel Good Cake’ to try from a recipe in ‘Vegetarian Cooking Without’ by Barbara Cousins. It is not made with any sugar. It does have natural sugars in it but your body and your babies can cope with that. It is also very filling without the sugar highs and lows of a normal piece of cake. There are a few other recipe books out there – the ingredients look a bit odd but once you have them in your kitchen it all gets very easy. David Gillespie has written ‘Sweet Poison Quit Plan’ and there are other Low GI books out there to give you lots of ideas. This is all good for you and your babies.
Dr Winstanley. ©2013
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