Bad blogger!

October 1, 2008

I’m sorry that I haven’t updated our blog in a while, but there just isn’t much to say right now…I have had a pretty good week so far…I don’t want to jinx it, but I think the all-day sickness may be lifting a little bit.  I have been feeling pretty damn good during the day, but at night (for some reason) I usually end up feeling like complete crap.  Jeff gets worried about me because I haven’t been eating much for dinner, and then I have to spend 5 minutes convincing him that I have been doing a really, really good job at eating plenty during the day.

I have been reading a new book by Dr. Barbara Luke called When You’re Expecting Twins, Triplets, or Quads, and I have to say I am really surprised at what I’m “supposed” to be eating for a twin pregnancy.  Ummmm, yeah.  Not possible unless you are literally eating all.the.time, and kind of disgusting if you ask me.  Here’s the daily rundown as advised by Dr. Luke :  3500 calories, 176 grams of protein, 350 grams of carbs, and 155 fat grams (that’s at least two Baconators…ewww). 

Seriously?  Seriously.  I realize that by following her guidelines, I would be bettering my chances at carrying my babies longer (up to 36 weeks, which is considered “full-term” for a twin pregnancy), and having them be born at healthy birth weights (around 6 pounds each), but holy crap – I am pretty sure that eating this much is just physically impossible for me.  Women pregnant with multiples are also advised to drink eight 16-ounce servings of water, which is no problem, since I think I’m half-camel.  Drinking this much water is said to help with pre-term labor, which is also something I would like to avoid.

Again, according to Dr. Luke, the average-sized woman (me) pregnant with multiples should gain 24 pounds by 24 weeks, and 40-50 pounds total.  The weight you gain before 20 weeks dramatically affects fetal growth between the beginning of pregnancy and 28 weeks.  Weight gain between 20-28 weeks immediately affects the growth of the fetuses, whereas weight gain between 28-36 weeks doesn’t really do much for fetal growth as the first 28 weeks do.  And since I am 10 1/2 weeks today, and have actually only gained 3 pounds, that means I need to gain 21 pounds in the next 13 1/2 weeks…if anyone has suggestions on how I’m supposed to do that when eating usually involves some form of gagging, please let me know.

I think I will ask our OB what she thinks about these guidelines, because I just don’t think I can do it.  I have also been thinking about whether or not we are going to see a MFM (Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialist) instead of, or in addition to our OB, but I just can’t seem to make up my mind.  I wonder what they would think of these guidelines…  I think I will ask my OB (at my appointment on October 7th) what she thinks about this, and we will go from there. 

Jeff and I (and the dogs) will be leaving for Nebraska tomorrow morning because Jeff’s cousin, Eric, is getting married on Friday, and Jeff is in the wedding.  I probably won’t be online much, but if I am, I will be sure to update with any exciting information (and will hopefully post those pictures of me in a dress, because those are few and far between…). 

Have a great rest of the week, everyone!

Kerry

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9 Responses to “Bad blogger!”

  1. pyjammy said

    Just a warning – a lot of OBs don’t “believe” in Dr Luke’s recommendations. My OB didn’t, and I was yelled at for gaining too much weight. But my MFM not only gave me a copy of the book, but he commended my weight gain! I had big babies, so I’m a believer. If your OB doesn’t like what Dr Luke says, don’t take that to mean you should ignore the book. Just do what you can. I was supposed to eat 4000 cals/day…never happened. Just do the best you can. You’ll start feeling better soon, and you’ll have an easier time eating a lot. 🙂

  2. Brenda said

    So you mean you can’t imagine eating 2 baconators a day? 🙂 Have a good trip!

  3. LeAnn said

    This will all seem really funny once you start feeling better- you will laugh at the thought of “just 2 Baconators??!!” We will have to pry them out of your hands and have to convince you that “no- you don’t need another piece of cake!” Isn’t it fun?!!

  4. Noell said

    (((HUGS))) It really sucks thinking about gaining weight when you’re so sick you can barely eat! I don’t have much advice for you because I was constantly being reprimanded by my dr. for not gaining enough weight (20 lbs. with my DD and 8 lbs. with my DS…yikes!). Hopefully you’ll start feeling better soon and this won’t be much of an issue for you!

  5. Dani said

    I’m currently 34 weeks pregnant with twins. I was so sick my first trimester, I lost 7 pounds and I didn’t really start gaining weight until the 20th week. I was worried too but my OB told me just to eat what I could, when I could. Once the morning (all-day and night) sickness subsided, I was able to focus on nutrition and the weight came on easily. So far, each of my girls have been right on in weight for singleton pregnancies at each of their growth scans. Definitely discuss nutrition with your doctor, but I would recommend eating as healthy as possible (make your calories count) and try not to worry too much, the weight will come on. Good luck and congratulations!

  6. alexis said

    I have only gained a pound (one week ahead of you) and my ob didn’t seem concerned at my 11 wk appointment. If you figure out a good diet, pass it along. I struggle with what to eat (or what sounds remotely appealing) too. Glad to hear the all day sickness is lifting! Nights are bad for me too, but crossing fingers this is a good sign to feeling great in the 2nd tri, right?

  7. Kimberley said

    I read her book while pregnant with twins and thought there was no way I could even eat close to that amount. But once the morning sickness subsided – it got easier – My midwife stressed the importance of protein more than anything else – think of actually building 2 babies as fast as you can in case they come early .

    She advised whole milk, and whole milk products like cheese ( more fat and calories, ice cream, protein bars, protein shakes, smoothies etc) I didn’t have the stomach for all the meat that was recommended and as the pregnancy progressed there was just no room in my stomach with 2 babies squishing it.

    Try to be aware of the protein content and choose the high fat or high calorie content foods for now 🙂

    Hope that helps a little and good luck !
    Kim

  8. Felicia said

    Stress the protein above the calories… that is really important. Here are some ideas:

    nut butters (peanut butter, almond butter, etc.)
    nuts
    cottage cheese
    smoothies
    non-fat dry milk powder (add to everything to bump up protein, even regular milk)
    eggs
    cheese
    beans
    protein enriched breads and tortillas
    edamame

    etc.

    Just try to eat as much protein as you can! Good luck!!!

  9. Molly said

    It’s ok to be half-camel. Just don’t sport the camel toe ok?

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