Nutrition for Multifetal Pregnancies
Good nutrition, especially for multifetal pregnancies, is one of the most important contributions a mother gives her developing babies. As in singleton pregnancies, nutritional intake should be increased during pregnancy to optimize fetal outcomes. However, simply "eating for three (or four)" is not an acceptable method to address the nutritional requirements of a multifetal pregnancy.
At Ochsner's Multifetal Pregnancy Center of New Orleans we recognize the dietary challenges faced by expectant mothers who are carrying more than one baby. A nutrition consultation with our board certified nutritionist during early pregnancy is important to ensure adequate nutritional intake, as well as addressing any dietary issues that may arise during pregnancy.
Your nutrition session will address common topics of concern such as: food aversions and cravings, fatigue, consuming an appropriate amount of nutrient dense foods, adequate fluid intake, and individualized supplementation if warranted. You will receive a streamlined plan that focuses on your personal food preferences, daily schedule and activities and exercise regimen. Your personalized meal plan will concentrate on the appropriate calorie/protein/fat requirements based on your individual needs, and include a sample meal plan with several menu options. Together, we can empower expectant mothers with the knowledge and skills necessary to optimize nutritional intake for a healthy pregnancy.
Exercise for Multifetal Pregnancies
Many women when faced with the news of a multifetal gestation have numerous questions in regards to exercise during pregnancy. Most believe that strict bedrest early on is expected to achieve a successful outcome. Though limitation of activity is a cornerstone in some treatment plans with multiples, there is very good evidence that light to moderate exercise is beneficial to good maternal and fetal outcomes.
By teaming with our Elmwood Fitness Center's experienced and dedicated exercise trainers, Ochsner's Multifetal Pregnancy Center has designed specific exercise regimens to help keep mothers and babies healthy during pregnancy. As part of care at Ochsner, pregnant women are given 2 free months of membership at Elmwood Fitness Center, during which time patients have the option of consultation with a personal exercise trainer experienced in pregnancy care. Additionally, for women who are prescribed limited activity as part of their care we have consultative services with physical and occupational therapists who will outline acceptable exercises to enhance their mental and physical well being.