Open a PDF version to print this topic

HealthInfo Canterbury

Coping with symptoms in multiple pregnancy

Pregnant bellyCommon symptoms during pregnancy include nausea and vomiting, constipation, feeling full soon after eating, and heartburn. Eat as well as you can and try the suggestions below.

Talk to your LMC, or GP before you take any medications or supplements for your symptoms, or if your symptoms are severe.

Nausea and vomiting

Nausea during pregnancy can be reduced by:

Constipation

Constipation can occur when you're pregnant due to hormonal changes that affect the muscles of your bowel, and because your growing babies can press against your bowel.

Eating plenty of fibre-rich foods and drinking at least 9 cups of fluid a day can help relieve constipation.

Try to have fibre-rich foods at all meals. Fibre-rich foods include:

If you're already eating plenty of fibre-rich foods and drinking plenty of fluids, adding more probably won’t help. In this case you could try Kiwi Crush. This is a drink made from kiwifruit and pineapple juice. It's available in the freezer at the supermarket. Drink one to two glasses a day with a meal or with an iron supplement if you're taking one.

Being active can also help keep your bowels regular. Try to include some activity such as walking, swimming, playing with your children, or housework every day.

Feeling full soon after eating

Feeling full soon after eating (called early satiety) is common in women carrying twins or triplets. It can happen as your babies grow and push on your stomach, making it smaller. Early satiety can make it difficult for you to gain weight and get all the nutrients you and your babies need to stay healthy.

There are several tips for early satiety.

Heartburn

Heartburn is caused by the acidic stomach contents moving back up the oesophagus. This is due to pregnancy hormones relaxing the muscles which control the opening into your stomach. As your babies grow, more pressure is put on your stomach, which increases the risk of heartburn.

To manage heartburn, you could try:

Avoid foods and drinks that trigger heartburn. Some foods and drinks can make heartburn worse in some people. These include:

Written by Nutrition and Dietetics, Christchurch Women's Hospital. Adapted by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Page created August 2018.

Page reference: 509472

Review key: HIMUP-67928