There are so many more women nowadays pregnant with multiples due to fertility treatment and the higher liklihood of having multiples when getting pregnant at an older age. Here is an article which gives some good advice for those pregnant with multiples:
Top 10 Things Not to Do When You're Pregnant With Twins/Multiples
By Pamela Prindle Fierro, About.com
From the article:
2. Eat Too Little
You've heard the phrase "eating for two" during pregnancy. If you're having multiples, you are literally eating for three or more, and your caloric intake needs to reflect that. While it is a great time to implement a healthy approach to eating, it's not a good idea to start a diet or restrict your food intake in any way. You need at least 300 extra calories -- PER BABY -- so fill up your plate!
3. Eat Too Much
Just because you've got a license to eat more doesn't mean you should pull up to the all-you-can-eat buffet with a wheelbarrow. It's important to increase your caloric intake, but you've got to make those calorie count. Filling up on candy, soda and junk food does nothing for your babies; it just packs the pounds on you! Choose the right foods: fresh fruits and vegetables, lean protein and whole grains.
4. Get Dehydrated
It's not just food that you need more of, it's drink too! Your pregnant body needs lots and lots of fluid -- especially water -- to keep your blood circulating. Dehydration can induce contractions and the onset of preterm labor; it's a very real risk.
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I found this wonderful video that gives the "other side" of having a child with Down Syndrome. The video shows all of the things that these kids can do and it shows how healthcare professionals are being educated so they can better inform women who have been told they are carrying a Down Syndrome baby in pregnancy. See more from nytimes.com:
Down Syndrome (The New York Times)
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