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Fraternal twin births increasing (twins often associated with low vitamin D) – March 2022


Review of Dietary Recommendations for Twin Pregnancy: Does Nutrition Science Keep Up with the Growing Incidence of Multiple Gestations?

Nutrients. 2022 Mar 8;14(6):1143. doi: 10.3390/nu14061143.
Regina Ewa Wierzejska 1

Recommendations for nutrition and the use of dietary supplements for pregnant women are updated on regular basis but it remains to be seen to what extent they may be applicable in twin pregnancies. The aim of this narrative review is to present the current state of knowledge about the energy and nutrient demand in twin pregnancy. There is general consensus in literature that the energy demand is higher than in a singleton pregnancy, but there is a lack of position statements from scientific societies on specific energy intake that is required. In turn, recommended maternal weight gain, which favors the normal weight of the neonate, has been determined. There is even a larger knowledge gap when it comes to vitamins and minerals, the body stores of which are theoretically used up faster. The greatest number of studies so far focused on vitamin D, and most of them concluded that its concentration in maternal blood is lower in twin as compared to singleton pregnancy. Few randomized studies focus on iron supplementation and there are no other studies that would assess dietary interventions. In light of a growing incidence of multiple pregnancies, more studies are necessary to establish the nutritional demands of the mother and the course of action for adequate supplementation.
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Introduction - Increases in twins, and possible reasons

Over the past 30 years, there has been a considerable increase in the number of multiple pregnancies worldwide, which mainly applies to dizygotic pregnancies. In the USA, in 2009 compared to the 1980s, the number of twin pregnancies increased by 76%; the situation was similar in Australia (66%) [1,2]. Currently, it is estimated that in the United States, twin births account for 3.0-3.5% of all births (one twin birth out of approx. 30 births), much like in France and Australia—more than 3%. A lower proportion is observed in Central Africa (1.8%) and Great Britain (1.5%), while in East Asia and Oceania, the incidence of twin pregnancies has been stable over the years and amounts to <1% of all births [2-9]. This upward trend has also been observed in Poland. According to the Yearbook of Statistics Poland, in 1990, twin pregnancies accounted for 1% of all births, while in 2018,1.3%, which corresponds to 4925 births [10,11].
Among the reasons for the increased number of multiple pregnancies, several factors are taken into consideration. The main one is the use of

  • assisted reproductive technology, which is probably responsible for two-thirds of said increase;
  • the other is the more advanced age of women giving birth, which accounts for approximately one-quarter of the increase [9,12-16].

As an example, in 2002 in the USA, the number of twin pregnancies in women aged > 40 was 11 times higher compared to 1980 [17]. In Poland, in 1990, twin pregnancies after the age of 35 constituted 11.5% of all twin pregnancies, while in 2018, it was 23.3% [10,11]. The mother's pre-pregnancy obesity can also be of considerable importance. It is estimated that with a body mass index (BMI) of >30, the risk of a twin pregnancy grows by 40%, which, in times of globally increasing obesity, can be an important factor conducive tomultiple pregnancies [9,14-16]. Literature also investigates pre-pregnancy folic acid use and mandatory folic acid food fortification introduced in many countries [2,18-20].
A multiple pregnancy is associated with an increased risk of its abnormal course.
This mostly applies to

  • pre-eclampsia,
  • hypertension,
  • diabetes,
  • iron-deficiency anemia and
  • pre-term birth
    • that affects 50-60% of twin pregnancies.

For newborns, the risk mainly concerns low birth weight (<2500 g) and the resulting perinatal death [6,13,21-24]. When it comes to twin pregnancies, low birth weight applies to approx. 50% newborns, a birth weight of <1500 g applies to 10%, while for newborns from a singleton pregnancy, it is 6% and 1%, respectively [15].


Reasons for twin births are often associated with low vitamin D (by VitaminDWiki)


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