Weight gain is a concern of a lot of women during pregnancy. Generally we say that you will gain about 1-2 lbs. a month in the first trimester. Some women will actually lose weight and be perfectly fine, particularly if they were ill. Some will gain no weight whatsoever. While yet others will gain 10+ pounds. The key is a healthy diet.
Your focus should be on nutrition rather than weight. You are not eating for two, but you should make everything you eat count. You will only need 300-500 calories extra a day while you are pregnant, less in the 1st trimester.
If you have seen pictures of babies at this stage you will notice that the head is about 1/2 of the body size. This will change as the baby grows. The iris will begin to develop this week and finger nails appear! Your baby weighs about 7 grams.
Did you go with her to her prenatal appointment? If you didn't be sure to go to the next one, you'll get to hear the baby's heartbeat. Attending prenatal appointments is also a great way to be involved in the pregnancy. If one scheduled during the work day isn't convenient, ask her practitioner if they can schedule one at the end of the day or on Saturday making it easier for you to attend.
Look for a local twin club to help you through your pregnancy and new parenting. Even if you've had children before having twins is a whole new ball game. You can look to the twin club for emotional and informational support. Some clubs even have huge sales and you can grab some double bargains.
Vegetarian Pregnancy by Sharon Yntema
It is possible to have a healthy pregnancy and to be a vegetarian. Read about your requirements and how to meet them with a meatless diet.
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